Today on Gnostic Warrior Radio, I have the pleasure of interviewing journalist, speaker, Freemason, and author of Written In Stone: Decoding The Secret Masonic Religion Hidden In Gothic Cathedrals And World Architecture, Richard Cassaro.
Richard and I talk about the secrets of Freemasonry, such as where the craft is today and where it may be heading. We also touch on the triptych, the secrets hidden in stone, and the future world that we are all building together. This is a conversation with a true Free Builder who is helping better future with his words, works, and websites.
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This has nothing to do with the podcast specifically…just ramblings and mutterings for the edement of myself mostly.
Man is imprisoned within himself and by himself, captured by chains forged by his own emotions. The real conspiracy is universal, every single one of us is involved with the conspiracy to imprison ourselves. Until the individual realizes that inherent within him or herself is the greatest power they will never be free.
We have created this reality, it is collective. I know plenty of people at the so called “top”, not a single one that I know wakes up everyday thinking about how they are going to destroy or impede the progress of fellows at the so called “bottom”. There is no top or bottom with these people, per se, however the people at the proverbial “bottom” wake up everyday thinking about the station in life that they believe they are at, this station is in the mind only, man was born free even as a slave.
Our reality is what we make with our word and energy, projecting outwards like a signal beacon for positive or negative answers.
There are a few, and I mean a few, individuals that understand the connections between people, the interactions between the nodes in essence, these few can navigate in between the nodes. When at this point you realize these interconnections and you can reach out and touch the strings that tie us, that mystic tie that binds for eternity, then becomes the true test of the vitriol that reduces us to our simplest element. The ultimate test is this; will you see the strings and not pull? Will you exist between the nodes without disturbance? This manipulation whether for perceived positive or negative reasons is the greatest enticement, once you pull a string you have created ripples and movements far beyond what can be controlled. Inaction becomes the most difficult action to achieve, at what point is this good or bad, which square are you on?
It is easy for the ones who have had a small glimpse behind the veil to a deeper truth to be careless with assessments and assumptions, to espouse certain conclusions based on these merest glimpses however fleeting. But one who takes the time to reflect upon what has been witnessed, interrogating and seeking interpretation, will realize the incredible danger of exposing partial truth to the un-initiated (any person not gradually and slowly receiving Gnosis), this danger is not that suddenly the worlds power structures will be destroyed and such conspiracy theories, but rather that the individual not properly prepared will be damaged in the process. Unbalance and eventual catastrophic collapse of the psyche is inevitable for those receiving the light without proper preparation and meditation followed by reflection. Like a house overloaded, like a cup overfilled, it fails.
Most of us are not ready and that is OK.
I really appreciate the work that you do.
I would prefer not to give my name in a public forum so Vitriol Knight would work for a handle.
I am a esoteric Freemason of both the Scottish and the Ancient York rite, having been initiated in and performing initiations in many degrees and performed various roles of leadership.
I wanted to layout my perspective so here it is.
Freemasonry is a vehicle through the ages, or a museum if you will. In a museum every worker and visitor has a part to play, the curator and workers in the museum do not always understand the intricacies or the nature of what they care for, likewise the visitors may coma an go and stare in wonder at the images and devices that are only partly explained to them. The very keepers of the knowledge in fact are at times the most ignorant among us, due to obsessions with the material, they keep every item, memorize every word, and document every detail, this while knowing nothing of the inner truths behind the symbols and structure of the rites. While through different times FM has been overloaded with the ignorant, it is these that have protected and shielded the precious artifacts throughout the dark ages from which we are now, hopefully, ascending. Every candidate (who takes the time to go through all of the degrees) is given every piece of the puzzle, some are bewildered and go away in confusion, some continue on happy in ignorance which is the easier path, and some search and piece the puzzle together. Be not disheartened by the Freemasons who espouse that all is lost, or tell stories of corruption, they may in fact be right in regards to corruption, however, the workers may be corrupt (not in my experience entirely) but the knowledge is in the building.
Many candidates are simply refractory and cannot be reached by the light, it is not our place to force anything beyond the means of the vessel to contain it, for this reason we tell the entered apprentice that this instrument will be instantly removed in case of resistance.
I would like to share a masonic charge with you that is told to every freemason at every lodge:
The ways of Wisdom are beautiful and lead to pleasure, Knowledge is obtained by degrees and cannot everywhere be found.
Wisdom seeks the secret shade, the lonely cell designed for contemplation, there enthroned she sits dispelling her sacred oracles, there we are to seek her and pursue the real bliss. Though the passage is difficult, the further we trace it the easier it becomes.
Freemasonry has kept, as a museum if you will, every broken shard, every relic, and every idea of ancient practices and “religion” through time for the contemplation of the candidate, this is why many of the degrees are of quite different nature, you will see Judaic, Assyrian, Babylonian, Essene, Qabbalistic, Vedic, Egyptian, Rosicrucian, Christian, Catholic, and many other elements in them. In the ages past these elements have been attacked and partially destroyed, freemasonry has provided the vehicle to sustain them, compile and document them, and hide them under the apron. It is not supposed that Freemasonry believes or espouses any of these specific parts, it simply has existed as a safe harbor through the ages. This leads many initiates to be confused, thinking that each one is independent from the other or that they are all intertwined, this is not quite the case, each part is of a greater whole and is provided for the initiate to see a glimpse behind the veil, to see the similarities and find the ultimate truth that the initiate already knows.
While I agree that the Scottish Rite branch is materialistic, has become ever present throughout masonry in North America, and has provided a form of secular, Freemasonry Lite 2.0; they are an appendant body and the museum has no regard to its present “loudest” occupants. Simultaneous with the supposed watering down of Freemasonry is a movement on the esoteric side from within (Traditional Observance), this is supported, maintained, and promoted, albeit quietly from the top down.
No Freemason initiate is lied to (at least not in the degrees or official lecture, what individuals do I don’t know), all of the ancient teachings are there is the initiate has the strength, and ability to find them. What I do see is that for the past two centuries, especially after the Morgan Affair, the mysteries had been re-veiled in the degrees and esoteric teachings had been discouraged, not so much to keep the initiate in the dark but for protection. Look through history, Freemasons have been persecuted time and again, we have held on to and protected what we carry for a very long time, we have came to far to risk losing it now due to some modern day (1700 +) inquisition. All of the previously mentioned sects and teachings have came under attack and been partially destroyed at one time or another, our inner secret, the hidden stone in all of Man (no gender reference) must be found, formed, and carried individually, this may take a millennia, until that happens Freemasonry in whatever form or size must continue.
Look what happened to Freemasons under Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, General Franko, you name it, and this is all recent history.
This leads to my second comment which is in regards to the oaths.
as an initiate you swear to support a brother, to keep secret the secrets of freemasonry etc. First off the secrets of Freemasonry are not the degrees or passwords, handshakes, etc. The secret is all encompassing and if you know the secret you probably couldn’t explain it well enough to expose it in a way to be understood, the secret can be shouted from the highest rooftop and still not be heard much less understood. The secret is but a brief glimpse behind the veil, cannot be explained in words, and takes a lifetime to achieve. You can have every glorious title, have been initiated into every rite and degree, and still not obtain the secret. yet the secret can be obtained by every one of us, freemason or not, nothing is held back from us, we ourselves are the only agent blocking the way.
As for the penalties, never do we say that we will inflict these penalties upon a brother who betrays his oath, they are metaphorical. The penalty is self inflicted on the soul by the lower man inside who through blindness destroys. Also in past times, and probably in the future, if it had been known that a Hebrew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian could sit together and communicate ideas, those penalties would have been inflicted upon that brother by the inquisition or any other number of destroyers.
All of our souls evolutions are not ready for further knowledge, it is our place to provide the tools to be used but not to hammer on a stone that is not ready.
This is unfortunately a solitary journey my friend, let us pray to meet a fellow traveler along the way to keep us company.
Hello Vitriol Knight,
Thank you for the kind comment and wise words. I truly appreciate you taking the time to express your thoughts on the subject matter at hand and also the concerns I often express about secret societies. Personally, I have been rejected by my brothers and freemasons because of a past mistake with the law. So, much of my research and thoughts on Freemasonry is speculative. But in the same breath, in studying the craft over the last thousand years, speculation seems to be the norm even by 33rd degree masons, rather than based on strict truths, documents or provable facts. Hence, it appears many masons who represent the craft as author etc are all exposing some partial truths in one way or another.
Based on my research, this is the end result of murdering the original blood lines who hold the true ancient secrets and new blood lines taking them over by sword alone. Hence, the dilution of blood equates to the dilution of truth, life and true liberty that if we do not reinstate the truth and our original blood, we might as well kiss this unnatural world good bye because a man made world based on war, plunder and slavery is not a world based on love or truth, but darkness and lies. Based on my own reincarnation experience, it don’t matter who rules now or what blood lines are the Masters, these same said masters may wake up one day like I have enslaved in their own self created hells and chains where it don’t matter what the individual wants or needs to do, they are predestined to awake in what is akin to a North Korea prison camp with poison food, air and lying doctors in suits who inject our children with poison.
When does it end and when do we institute the truth, love and true light or do we just give them all the Vitriol and call it a night? Also, is one ready just because he wields a sword better than me or happens to be born inside royal walls where they are ‘given royal titles and degrees” like candy because of a last name and a current title?
Please keep in mind that my blood line is of the original Cynics of Greece. Hence, why I can be rather cynical and cunning in my approach to knowledge and this stage of a world.
May peace, love and light be with you in this dark world.