Meditations on Masonic Symbolism by John R. Heisner
Published by PublishAmerica on 2006-07
Genres: Religion, Meditations
Freemasonry has often been described as a secret society, owing to the fact that it uses certain symbols to instruct upon a deeper knowledge about mankind's relationship with God. The variety of charities supported by this ancient fraternity comprised of millions of men and women are well known and easily recognizable. Children's hospitals are operated by Shriners throughout the world. Speech therapy centers, educational grants, eye care foundations and homes for the aged are funded and operated by Scottish Rite Masons, Knights Templar and Grand Lodges everywhere they are situated. There is nothing secret about Freemasonry's love for humanity. Among the very few secrets it does maintain-the ancient knowledge about mankind's relationship to God, concealed with such recognizable Masonic symbols as the Square and Compass-is fully explained in Meditations on Masonic Symbolism.
Is reading about Masonic symbolism something you enjoy? Want a book that’s both easy and difficult? (? – You’ll see!!!) You’d be hard pressed to find something better than Meditations on Masonic Symbolism by John R. Heisner. What’s also impressive is that Wor. Bro. Heisner wrote these essays as part of his ‘responsibility’ as Master. Ah, that we all should be so dedicated…. This is also a book which will leave you wanting more: he’s also published Advanced Meditations on Masonic Symbolism which will fill that desire. Certainly there’s no particular right or wrong as to how we interpret the many symbols of the Craft, this book will help you appreciate some of the more ‘hidden meanings’.
The Meaning of Masonry, Revised Edition by W. L. Wilmshurst
Published by PLUMBSTONE on November 1st 2007
Genres: General, Religion, Philosophy, Social Science, Freemasonry & Secret Societies
W.L. Wilmshurst's powerful vision of the rites and rituals of Freemasonry as a spiritual philosophy begins with this book. Here, Masonry is presented as "a sacramental system," represented not only by the ceremonies as experienced in theinitiations, but also by an internal and mystical side, hidden behind the visible symbolism, "available only to the Mason who has learned to use his spiritual imagination and who can appreciate the reality that lies behind the veil." This new, revised edition features a more readable modern typeface, and is enriched with extensive notes to make many of its points more accessible for both British and American students of Freemasonry. Prominent Masonic author Robert G. Davis calls this book "An easy-to-read and gratifying work which affirms Wilmshurst's interpretation: that the progressive lessons ofCraft Masonry are nothing less than the spiritual journey ofthe psyche toward full realization."
I never imagined that I’d be writing about a book first published in 1922 but it really is necessary due to the continued interest it elicits. The Meaning of Masonry by W. L. Wilmshurst is a true classic which has stood the test of time and ‘speaks’ to today’s new Masons with much the same intensity as it did when originally published. A true ‘Masonic Mystic’, Wilmshurst provides an interpretation of Masonic philosophy which stimulates and motivates. Although written for English Masons, any Brother could relate to the thoughts and interpretations and it’s a book you really should read. There’s an excellent revised and expanded new (2007) edition available but it’s also easily found in its original format in numerous places online including the great source for free out-of-copyright works, Google Books.
Ahiman: A Review of Masonic Culture and Tradition by Thomas D. WorrelErik Arneson
Published by PLUMBSTONE on 2010-06
Genres: Philosophy, General, Religion, Social Science, Freemasonry & Secret Societies
Ahiman is a new periodical anthology of Masonic writing, offering a serious exploration of the rich initiatic traditions of Freemasonry. Edited by Masonic scholar Shawn Eyer, Ahiman is dedicated to stimulating scholarship, penetrating interpretation and inspiring creative expressions focused upon the history, rituals, symbolism, iconography and philosophy of Freemasonry. Carefully researched and lavishly produced, each edition of Ahiman offers important material of interest to Freemasons and other students of Western esoteric traditions. This volume features original work by Thomas D. Worrel, David Stafford, Robert G. Davis, Erik Arneson, Adam G. Kendall, Erik O Neal, Greg Maier, Mounir Hanafi and Shawn Eyer, as well as insights from classic authors such as Joseph Fort Newton, Laurence Dermott, Thomas Starr King and W.L. Wilmshurst. "I do not say it lightly, but this premiere issue of Ahiman may be the most balanced and philosophically engaging Masonic journal ever published. And it is probably the most handsomely designed as well. I strongly recommend that any Mason, who seeks a deeper understanding of Freemasonry, check out Ahiman immediately."--Jay Kinney, 33, Author of The Masonic Myth and recipient of the Albert G. Mackey Award for Excellence in Masonic Research from the Scottish Rite Research Society "Ahiman fulfils an aching need within the Craft. For many years, there has been a tendency to suggest that Masonic scholarship ought to be exercised in historical argument alone. What has long been lacking is an open discourse that includes scholarship that addresses Freemasonry s spiritual and esoteric elements. To facilitate that wider conversation, Ahiman has now appeared."--Tobias Churton, Author of The Golden Builders and Freemasonry: The Reality, and Course Lecturer in Freemasonry at the University of Exeter s Centre for the Study of Esotericism "
Today there are a number of Masonic authors, some good and some not so good, competing for our attention. One, however, is a true stand-out in my opinion: Brother Shawn Eyer has exhibited both his writiting and editing skills as Editor of the newly renovated Philalethes magazine and now, he’s begun an occasional ‘Review of Masonic Culture & Tradition’ titled Ahiman. Available at Amazon and other online booksellers, this glimpse into what is and will be some great Masonic material is certainly worth taking the time to explore. You WILL learn from this – far more than you might imagine. It’s scholarly but approachable and well worth pursuing.