The Life and Doctrines of Jacob Boehme

by Franz Hartmann

The Life and Doctrines of Jacob Boehme by Franz Hartmann

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Cosmic Consciousness

by Richard Maurice Bucke

Cosmic Consciousness by Richard Maurice Bucke

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The Ancient Craft Before Freemasonry

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The Ancient Egyptians Mystery Schools are a great source of our teachings. Attached to most of the Temples was a “House of Life” (Per Ankh) where documents were kept, and seekers were trained in the Mysteries, including medicine, dreams, and other practices. Hermetic historian Garth Fowden points out that the “sacred” books of the ancient Egyptian priests were copied out in the ‘Houses of Life,’ which served, subordinate to their primary  purposes, as temple scriptoria or libraries which every Freemasonic lodge have.

Natural cycles in nature balance and regulate us to keep us in due bounds with the universe. There are cycles in nature we need to understand… First, we need to understand we live in a matriarchal and or Patriarchal society. A patriarchal society consists of a male-dominated power structure throughout organized society and in individual relationships. A patriarchy, from the ancient Greek patriarches, was a society where power was held by and passed down through the elder males. A matriarchy is a social system organized around the principle of mother-rule in which mothers, or females, are at the top of the power structure. The mother gives birth and is the first teacher of her child. Some would say that there is no solid evidence that a matriarchal society has ever existed. Those who have this belief system would be in error.

Female Divinity Isis(Aset) was honored in Vedic, Buddhist, Greek, Roman, and Hermetic texts,  the female polarity in the place of Isis in the ancient Egyptian Mystery tradition is in many respects the origin of  the Western tradition—not as an isolated phenomenon, but in the light of the great traditions still in existence.

Balance  and unification was not the sole work of Thutmose III. The unification appears to have taken place during the joint reign of the co-Pharaohs Hatshepsut and Thutmose III,roughly 1479–1458 BCE.Further, it was Hatshepsut’s own trusted vizier and supporter, Hapuseneb, the most important man in Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s entourage, who was appointed as “Chief of the Prophets of North and South,” which title is found on his statue in the Louvre. The alternation of masculine and feminine may result from later alterations in this text. “Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III(Tahuti) founded and propagated not a new religion, but a new form of Amunism. We also see a communion with the Atenism of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, seeing more continuity than is often supposed. The necessary balance of the feminine  and masculine energies are present at the very creation of our mystical lineage. On March 14, 1893, Maria Deraismes, Dr. Georges Martin and other master mason’s founded La Respectable Loge, Le Droit Humain, Maçonnerie Mixte (Worshipful Lodge, Human Rights, Co-Masonry) in Paris. In kabbalah, the masculine-feminine polarity relates to the direction of flow, giving and receiving.

Nature will also show us the path. The application of genetics to traditional genealogy  involves the use of genealogical DNA testing to determine the level of genetic relationship between individuals. Mitochondria are normally inherited exclusively from the mother, although a person’s maternal ancestry is traced by mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA for short. Both men and women possess mtDNA, but only women pass it on to their children. So we all inherit our mtDNA from our mothers, but not from our fathers. Your mother inherited it from her mother, who inherited it from hers, and so on back through time. Therefore, mtDNA traces an unbroken maternal line back through time for generation upon generation far further back than any written record.

Mystics are a group of people who seek attunement with The Divine Force that is the first Cause of the entire Universe. Before the term “Free-mason,” was thought of, women have always been apart of different mystery schools throughout the ages that tried to understand their existence.

In every indigenous culture with rare exceptions, women and men have to pass through some initiation ceremony before being admitted to the secrets of the tribe. The groundbreaking women’s historian Sophie Drinker pointed out (in 1948!):”Every woman could offer sacrifice, burn incense, pour the libation, play instruments, dance, and sing magic formulas for all the rites of the life cycle… she could sing the dirges [nenia] and make the gesture [planctus] appropriate for calling out to the deceased [conclamatio]. She could carry out the immemorially old customs.” [Drinker, 146] The healing power of the Good Goddess is also reflected in archaeological finds of offerings. At the sanctuary of Bona Dea in the southern city of Paestum, archaeologists discovered clay figurines, wombs, and eyes “left by cured or ailing women,” along with quantities of wine cups and loom weights. The temple dates back to the 5th century BCE. “Over the centuries, her intercession was variously sought for such purposes as healing, fertility, being freed from slavery, fruitfulness in agriculture and for the protection of the entire Roman people.” [Eric Pace, “Women’s Cults Of Antiquity: The Veil Rises,” New York Times, April 30, 1985] Similar finds at female shrines at Nemi and other  goddess sanctuaries in Etruria and southern Italy show a connection between their religious observances. Bona Dea rituals unquestionably took place in female space. However, men also dedicated offerings to the “Good Goddess,” and a few are even listed as priests. A growing number of Roman women were attracted to these ecstatic ceremonies. There they could step outside of male control and into a ceremonial world led by women that turned the tables: “Always in [Roman] Dionysian initiation scenes, it is women who act as the leaders and initiators: the women have control of the veiled men or boys who are evidently the neophytes.” [Godwin, 41] By all accounts, most of the initiates were female.

The Cathars were historical record in the Languedoc region of France and other parts of Europe in the 11th century and flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries , being especially numerous in the region of the French town of Albi. Certain enlightened Cathars who had carefully studied the Bible advocated more humane treatment of women. Women could, however, be accepted among the perfecti; it is widely speculated that this was the main appeal of Catharism for women. The perfecti were the ministers of the Cathar faith, wandering in pairs through the countryside to be with the credentes. Women and men worked together to gain converts to the faith and maintaining devotion. To be a perfecta gave a woman a higher status.

Women have played an important role in the development of Sufism, which is classically understood to have begun with the Prophet Muhammad. As the mystical side of Islam developed, it was a woman, Rabi’a al-Adawiyya (717-801 A.D.), who first expressed the relationship with the divine in a language we have come to recognize as specifically Sufic by referring to God as the Beloved. Rabi’a was the first human being to speak of the realities of Sufism with a language that anyone could understand. Though she experienced many difficulties in her early years, Rabi’a’s starting point was neither a fear of hell nor a desire for paradise, but only love. “God is God,” she said, “for this I love God… not because of any gifts, but for Itself.” Her aim was to melt her being in God. According to her, one could find God by turning within oneself. As Muhammad said, “He who knows himself knows his Lord.” Ultimately it is through love that we are brought into the unity of Being.

Ibn Arabi, the great “Pole of Knowledge” (1165-1240 A.D.), tells of time he spent with two elderly women mystics who had a profound influence on him: Shams of Marchena. When Bayazid Bestami (d. 874), another well-known master, was asked who his master was, he said it was an old woman whom he had met in the desert. Someone once asked the great Egyptian Sufi master Dho’n-Nun Mesri, “Who, in your opinion, is the highest among the Sufis?” He replied, “A lady in Mecca, called Fatimah Nishapuri, whose discourse displayed a profound apprehension of the inner meanings of the Qur’an.” Further pressed to comment on Fatimah, he added, “She is of the saints of God, and my teacher.” She once counseled him, “In all your actions, watch that you act with sincerity and in opposition to your lower self (nafs(.” She also said: “Whoever doesn’t have God in his consciousness is erring and in delusion, whatever language he speaks, whatever company he keeps. Yet whoever holds God’s company never speaks except with sincerity and assiduously adheres to a humble reserve and earnest devotion in his conduct.” Aisha of Damascus was one of the well-known mystics of the fifteenth century. She wrote a famous commentary of Khwaja ‘Abdo’llah Ansari’s Stations on the Way (Manazel as-sa’erin) entitled Veiled Hints within the stations of the Saints (Al-esharat al-khafiys fi’l-manazel al-auliya’).

Sufi women around the world today continue to teach and share their experience personally as well as in written form. In the Sudan, for instance, there continue to beshaikhas (female shaikhs) who are particularly adept in the healing arts. In the Middle East, women continue to mature in many Sufi orders. In Turkey in particular, the teachings continue through women as well as men, perhaps even more so now than in the past because of Ataturk’s proscription of the sufi orders early in the century, which drove much of Sufi practice into private homes. One luminous lady, Feriha Ana, carried the Rifai tradition in Istanbul until her recent death; Zeyneb Hatun of Ankara continues to inspire people in Turkey and abroad with her poems and songs. One branch of Sufism that has become better-known in the West in recent years is the Mevlevi. Within this tradition, which was founded upon the example of Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi, women have always been deeply respected, honored, and invited to participate in all aspects of the spiritual path. Rumi’s family itself had a long tradition of recognizing the spiritual beauty and wisdom of women.

In conclusion, we are currently in a patriarchal cycle and we cannot ignore the woman just because of her gender. Hence Isis said: “I have revealed to mankind mystic initiations. I have taught reverence for the Gods; I have established the temples.” The fullness of humanity, that is, the complementary balance of feminine and masculine energies, is necessary for harmony to prosper and to charge our evolution.


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Deraismes and Martin Gallery

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Songs of Freemasonry

12 tracks. What A Mighty Building (A Trowel Can Make). Unbroken circle. Sisters of the Star. Upon The Level. Jobs Love. Ballad of Brothers. Path of Nobel Men. Life Is A Rainbow. The Nobel Thing To Do. Hand To Hand. Funeral Ode. Winter Patroit.

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Secret Teachings of All Ages

The Secret Teachings of All Ages

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Did You Know?
The oldest Masonic organization for both men and women is the Int'l Order Of Freemasonry For Men And Women: Le Droit Humain, which was founded in Paris in 1893.