Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A Brother Asks: Why do so many Freemasons inherently associate the Craft with any one specific religion?
My Response: Their Ignorance, Arrogance, and Wishful thinking are the causes.
He Continues: Would you please expand upon this?
My Response: Sure! Freemasonic Ritual is symbolic and allegorical; not literal and factual. The organization’s Rituals are "morality plays". They're supposed to be understood and experienced as such and they are to be applied within the context of your own faith and philosophy, even when the veil that is used to convey any one specific story or obligation is that of another’s faith or philosophy.
In other words, the veil that is put forth through these plays to convey intended values, meanings and concepts is not the veil you should see or internalize; that would be counterproductive and contrary to Freemasonic intents and ends. You must learn to see through veils, no matter how you might be distracted by them, to gain what is truly being offered beneath each.
This same understanding applies to the demands placed upon some candidates within specific appendant bodies that appear to be literal and specific to one faith or another. These plays, and the manner to which they convey things, are symbolic and allegorical and should apply symbolically and metaphorically to the candidate’s life; not literally.
When you listen to what Freemasonic instruction intends, you will take what is shared “figuratively” and apply each insight gleaned and each experience conveyed toward your own life, as it fits within your own faith and philosophy; not the faith or philosophy used to convey.
However, when you take any ritual as concrete, historical and factual, you miss the intent of what was shared. You believe what was shared in a literal way. You miss the entire reason for the experiences and the lessons are learned superficially.
In reality, Ritual will be always be understood to be whatever the individual experiencing it wants it to be and within the limitations of that person’s capacity to understand it. And because of this limiting factor, men who have the capacity to see past the veils of dogma, both religious and philosophic, will be attacked and eventually driven off by those individuals who insist upon experiencing and interpreting these plays literally.
This is one of the reasons that both the Apprentice and Fellow Work are so crucial to Masonic development. It prepares both the heart and mind to comprehend things, even when veiled several times over. The Work is also what prepares a spirit to soar.
Brother John S Nagy
Sunday, March 26, 2017
He Continues: What's that?
My Response: He is a Ruffian.
It was when the first degree was split in two that the second part then bestowed the governing rank of "Fellow of the Craft" upon those going through it. This was an "innovation" to the existing work.
Monday, March 20, 2017
A Brother Asks: Freemasonic Ritual is overwhelming! I have no idea where to begin my studies. How can we better come to understand what it communicates?
My Response: It can best be understood by breaking each of them down into smaller chunks to identify what is actually communicated by each of their symbols, phrases and allusions. It is only after one does this that one can begin to see the big picture and what Ritual actually offers to all those who experience and use them to better one's self. Until one takes the time to do this, Ritual remains a blur and one's actions continue unfocused upon what truly needs to be done with each.
He Continues: Can you provide an outline or map?
My Response: I sure can and have already done so many times.
Let's review them here.
The Apprentice Map
The Work it directs him toward is Foundational to his Learning. In this respect, it is a roadmap for Preparation for Learning.
It is focused upon the physical man, and what he must know about the Creature -- The Self!
Sadly, few men follow the map that they are offered.
The Fellow Map
The Fellow Craft Degree Ritual provides a roadmap for Outward Travels. It provided... a guide to the outer Terrain that, when Traveled, enables a man to know the Universe -- the Whole of Creation.
The Work it directs him toward is Structural and sets the stage of his Actual True Learning. In this respect, it is a roadmap for Learning How to Learn.
It is focused upon the mental man and what he must know about Creation -- The Universe!
Sadly, even fewer men follow the map that they are offered.
The Master Map
The Work it directs him toward is his Actual Learning and Teaching. In this respect, it is a roadmap to Further Cultivation of the Heart and Mind, Inner and Outer Travel and Employment of Cunning Craftsmanship also known as "Beauty!"
It is focused upon the spiritual man and what he must know about the Creator -- The Word!
Sadly, it is rare men who follows the map that they are offered.
Each map offers opportunity to Perfect one's self. It is only opportunity though. One must do the Work to obtain Betterment.
Brother John S Nagy
PS - For extensive Masonic Map Reading Course Materials, please investigate "The Building Better Builders Series" of Uncommon Books and Videos. You will not be disappointed.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
- the "Master's Part", was originally the Premier Grand Lodge's Fellow Craft Degree Prime, and
- the "Master's Part" was an innovation to the original one degree system brought about by the GL era, and
- the MM degree "legend" was an innovation to this innovative "Master's Part" , and
- the Craft are known, taken and Accepted as "Brothers and Fellows", and
- the Apprentice Degree Prime was originally the now split into two, EA Subprime and FC subprime degrees, with a lot less fluff, and
- the Apprentice Degree Prime was the highest degree necessary to be a full fledged member with all the rights, lights and benefits of "organizational membership", prior to Gland Lodge innovations to membership requirements, and
- the splitting of Apprentice Degree Prime pushed Apprentice Degree Prime completion to the now Fellow Craft Degree Subprime level, and
- the Fellow Craft level (at the time of "Stonecraft") was obtained ONLY after seven years of Apprenticeship, and
- the currently practiced Master's Degree, if done properly, is ONLY an acknowledgment and celebration of the skill development that one must cultivate to be proficient as a "Fellow of the Craft", and
- the completion of Fellow Craft skill development makes you a Master of the Craft; not some title bestowed upon you by others,
PS - If you were paying attention, you might now ask: Are you talking about the Fellow Craft, as in "the second half of the Apprentice Degree Prime"?
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Filed Under: Astronomical Education - The Rest of the Story...
Day of Ides
Ides was originally the time of the full moon. Because a full moon comes halfway thru each lunation, its day was called Idus in Latin from an Etruscan word meaning "divide."
After Ides, the next new moon was expected to appear in from 15 to 17 days. Variations in the length of time before another new moon can be sighted is due to constantly changing positions of moon and Earth relative to the sun.
- AND in European traditions, the month starts when the young crescent moon becomes first visible at evening after conjunction with the Sun one or two days before that evening (AKA just after the "NEW" moon")
- AND the middle of the month (governed by the Moon) is indicated as the Full Moon,
Bro. John S. Nagy
 Soothsayer; "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" - Act I, Scene 2
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Good Day My Good Brothers and Friends!
If you wish to know what was the catalyst for both of these books, here it is...
I was told by several critical members of the Fraternity that:
"Freeborn; Free-Born; Free Born" meant "Born Free; that is, not born a slave" -- this has since been proven wrong,
"Freemason" was from "Free Stone Mason" or "Free from the Guild" or "Free to Travel" -- this has since been proven wrong,
There doesn't exist any clear and historical difference between Freemasonry and Free Masonry -- this has since been proven wrong,
Obviously these Brothers were mistaken. Had they done their Work and not merely memorized and repeated Societal Dogma, they would not have been compelled to share these things.
The date of its publication was no coincidence, however the article and the subsequent books were anything but foolish.
Pleasantly enough, since their publication, critics have tempered their public criticism.
Brother John S. Nagy
Points to Perpend