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Uncover ‘Hidden Wisdom’ This Week with Author and Freemason Tim Wallace-Murphy

NewtonWilliamBlakeIf you will be in the New York-metro area this week, please come and join us for a talk and book signing for Tim Wallace-Murphy's new book Hidden Wisdom: The Secrets of the Western Esoteric Tradition. Please RSVP on Facebook (see links below) or if not there, then by comment on this article: Thursday, May 6, 2010: East West Living Bookstore and Cafe Saturday, May 8, 2010: New York Theosophical Society Monday, May 10, 2010: Livingston Masonic Library Whether you can make it or not, here's the first five chapters of Hidden Wisdom available on Scribd: From Egyptian mythology to Jewish mysticism, Rome and Greece to the Druids and the Gnostics, Tim Wallace-Murphy exposes in Hidden Wisdom a fascinating lineage of hidden mysteries and secret societies, continuing through the Templars, Rosicrucians, and Freemasons to our modern visionaries. This hidden stream of spirituality and that of sacred knowledge are inseparably entwined to form the single most important continuous strand in the entire Western esoteric tradition. More info at www.hidden-wisdom.com.
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American Initiate Claims Freemasons In Italy Are Really The Knights Templar

Hidden WisdomA recent post on AboveTopSecret.com has stirred up the debate on whether or not Freemasonry is the modern identity of the Knights Templar. The gentleman (remember, all American Masons are men) writes from Italy:
During my stay here I was invited to go with a few interpreters to a Scottish Rite Lounge in a small town near Ancona... The first thing I learned shortly after walking through the doors is that the true Freemasons are, in fact the Knights Templar! This meeting was a meeting of the Templar Knights under the guise of the Freemasons... Now this is difficult for me but I can not mention who was there or what we talked about. But as far as the American Delegates that were there, that I stood right next to, I couldn't believe who I was seeing. The most appropriate thing I can mention is that everyone I saw, you definitely know exactly who they are... No Barack Obama was not there.
Take his post with a grain (or more) of salt, but...
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Freemasonry and the French Revolution

From Fortean Times:

Dominating the Freemasons’ Hall’s new exhibition, Freemasonry and the French Revolution, a giant chair, all puffed up with majesty and pomp, looms over the display cases — an effect rather undermined by its resemblance to an oversized, over-pimped prop in a novelty Hip Hop video, and its having been designed to be disassembled and moved around like eighteenth-century flat pack.

Still, it’s clear what it’s trying to say: built for the Prince of Wales (later George IV), who was elected Grand Master in 1790, it reflects the extraordinary prestige and respectability accorded to English Freemasonry by the late eighteenth century. Meanwhile, over in France, Freemasonry was about to be plunged into a terrible whirl of suspicion, accusations and fear.

Many, both contemporaries and later historians, have suggested Freemasonry bears some responsibility for the French Revolution. Elements of French Freemasonry can be traced through to the Jacobin clubs — the language, the emphasis on fraternity, the constitutional and governmental organisation rare in France at that time – and there were Freemasons among the early revolutionaries, yet there is nothing to suggest that the lodges came up with any kind of coordinated plan to challenge the established order.

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Listener Discussion with John Ratcliff on The Black Fridays

The Black Fridays Episode 13 — John Ratcliff

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Today we’ve got a very special guest. Mr. John Ratcliff. John is an engineer and a Freemason and a newer listener to The Black Fridays. John first heard about us on Paratopia’s podcast with Wes and Tim Bannall. After which, John had some particular comments about us on Paratopia’s forum. We invited John to come on the show and talk about those posts, plus Freemasons, and UFO’s. We think we’ve found a new friend. Wes and Stacy both really liked talking with John and think you’ll like his ideas as well.

Wes and Stacy also have a lengthy discussion on the Emma Woods tapes and Dr. David Jacobs. To get a more thorough treatment of this issue, go to the episode 57 podcast at www.paratopia.net.

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No Longer for Display in the U.S. Capitol: George Washington Zeus

From Wikipedia (Image at right: Photo by Mark Pellegrini via Creation Commons 2.5):

The Congress of the United States commissioned Horatio Greenough to create this statue for display in the Capitol Rotunda. When the marble statue arrived in the Washington, D.C. in 1841, however, it immediately generated controversy and criticism.

Many found the sight of a half-naked Washington offensive, even comical. The statue was relocated to the east lawn of the Capitol in 1843. Disapproval continued and some joked that Washington was desperately reaching for his clothes, then on exhibit at the Patent Office several blocks to the north.

In 1908, Washington was finally brought back indoors when Congress transferred it to the Smithsonian Institution.

It remained at the Smithsonian Castle until 1964, when it was moved to the new Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History). The marble Washington has been exhibited on the second floor of that building since that time.

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Freemasons: Fact vs. Fiction

The Square and Compasses is one of the most prominent symbols of Freemasonry. The "G" in the middle represents God, otherwise known inside Lodges as "The Grand Geometrician of the Universe", since Freemasonry demands belief in no specific faith, simply a belief in a "Supreme Being". It has also been ascribed to the Worshipful Master's word.  Some also claim that it represents Gnosticism or Saint Germain. Source: MesserWoland (CC)

The Square and Compasses is one of the most prominent symbols of Freemasonry. Source: MesserWoland (CC)

From TIME:

Search Encyclopaedia Britannica for the word Freemasons and an unusual though not entirely unexpected result pops up: the entry for scapegoats. The secretive organization that once counted George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire among its ranks has been a favorite target for conspiracy theorists since the 17th century, when Masonic lodges first spread across Europe. Now best-selling novelist Dan Brown has taken aim at the group’s cultlike reputation in his latest book, The Lost Symbol — a fact that comes as no surprise to author Jay Kinney. In his own new book, The Masonic Myth, Kinney attempts to dispel some of the persistent rumors about the group by explaining how he became a Freemason himself.

TIME: You joined the Freemasons in 2001. What made you want to get involved?

Kinney: I had been interested since the ’70s, when I saw a few books about Masonry and had a lot of confusion about it.

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Masonic Assassins and Alchemical Rites – Out There Radio: Episode 3

Out There Radio – Episode 3: Masonic Assassins and Alchemical Rites

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downardThis episode is devoted to the legendary conspiracy theorist James Shelby Downard. We discuss Downard’s views on Freemasonry and the occult. The episode includes the final portion of our Adam Parfrey interview, which contains biographical information about Downard that is not available in print. Enjoy!

Adam Parfrey started the independent publishing company Feral House Press in 1989. He has written and edited such books as Apocalypse Culture, Volumes I and II, and Cult Rapture.

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