History of Amen Ra Lodge #584 LDH Milwaukee Wis by Theresa Wysocki 33’ Nov 2017
Amen Ra Lodge was founded in July 1043 by members of Sirius Lodge #556: Helen Palmer Wycherley,
Annette Schmitt (mother of Marcella Lord) Elizabeth Anholt, and Marjorie Hurd Dawn. Elizabeth
Anholt introduced Co Freemasonry to Caroline Ross, Joy Mills,and Vera Bruce, Jack Bruce and Clara
Bruce, as well as Kathleen and John Hitchcock at the Theosophical Society in Milwaukee, Wis.
Meetings were first held at the Schmitts’ home, then at the Oddfellows Hall. Request for rental from the
Oddfellows resulted in the Male Masons of Milwaukee finding Co Freemasonry to be clandestine and
An effort to stop Amen Ra from meeting was taken to court. However the judge determined the suit
Unfounded and dismissed the case. The male masons tried to claim that we were unlawfully using
Masonic symbols. Meanwhile meetings were held above a bowling alley until the Oddfellows agreed
To rent to Amen Ra Lodge at a church on Hilda St. until it was sold. For several years four of us, Vera
Bruce, Joy Zick, Martha Long and I kept the lodge active by meeting at the home of Vera Bruce.
Finally the Oddfellows built a kitchen in anticipation of building a new temple. We met in the
kitchen, which was the size of the carpet, until membership grew. During this time, Sirius lodge
members assisted us with ceremonies. Geneva Rice found the next Meeting place at Marian Hall.
It too was sold in 2016. However we found our current place in the hall of the Elks Club.
Amen Ra members held strong during trying times of unrest in Larkspur and Illinois.
In 2005,2008, and 2010 and again this year 2018, Amen Ra and Sirius Lodge hosted the Federation convention at the DeKoven center in Racine Wis.
We look forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of our beginnings at the Convention.
As early as six months the child will gaze into the mirror and mimic expressions. The child is fascinated at an early age by “WHO’S LOOKING BACK?” When we’re in meditation, shouldn’t we still ask this question? And always keep this wonder our entire lives?
We know when we reflect on ourselves this practice requires a consciousness to focus our attention during the reflection period, also known as reflective self-consciousness, which is at least a second-order cognition. It is the basis for a report on one’s
Socrates asked questions and said “something in people resists self-examination; they do not want to answer deep questions about themselves.” Socrates thinks all but a few people will strikeout against those who try to stimulate serious moral reflection in them. That is why he thinks his trial was not a mere misunderstanding, but the outcome of “psychological forces” deep within human nature and added with a heart that is buried, you will get a dangerous recipe.
Furthermore, the ability to train the consciousness to become completely self-transparent and continuously aware of its own presence and nature is a life-long attempt. The art of reflection is a useful tool for spiritual contemplation, although, it is a difficult path; when our passions begin to obscure the mirror or reflection of our higher divine consciousness, we then become blindfolded and our hearts will be covered with debris.
In Sufism, its called ‘Cleaning your Mirror,’ which is the only way to get a clear reflection. In Freemasonry, we look toward the rough ashlar to remove what is flawed.
A mystic in the 12th century Al-Ghazzali (Abū āmid Muammad Ibn Muammad al-Ghazālī) once wrote: “Your heart is a polished mirror, you must wipe it clean of the veil of dust that has gathered upon it, because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets.”
The Soul should govern who you truly are and not anything else. Currently, we see the lower ego zipped up, in a protective mode, the ego is clearly the ruler of the majority of us. The first step is to recognize its attributes and then get to know ourselves.
To KNOW THYSELF is a science, i.e. systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. All of the great teachings have taught us to unzip the layers that are not truly us, to reveal our true Nature.
God Most Sublime, however, has given us not only our two eyes with which to perceive the external world, but also a third ‘eye’ which can scan the invisible realities which lie beyond the horizons of perception.* The only way to experience truth directly is to look within, to observe oneself. All our lives we have been accustomed to look outward. We have always been interested in what is happening outside, what others are doing. We have rarely if ever tried to examine ourselves, our own mental and physical structure, our own actions, our own reality. Therefore we remain unknown to ourselves. We do not realize how harmful this ignorance is, how much we remain the slaves of forces within ourselves of which we are unaware. The inner darkness must be dispelled to apprehend the truth. We must gain insight into our own nature in order to understand the nature of existence.
The entire universe and the laws of nature by which it works are to be experienced within oneself. They can only be experienced within oneself. The path is also a path of purification. We investigate the truth about ourselves not out of idle intellectual curiosity but rather with a definite purpose.**
The more we know, the more tools we have at our disposal to remove the excrescences that prevents us from governing our own states of consciousness.
*Book: Man Know Thyself By Maulana Waihiduddin Khan
**Paper: Self-Knowledge and Understanding,Author Unknown
With the quick pace of the 21st century, being busy is a job all by itself. Burning ourselves out is almost a profession! We should always find moments to be still and silent for occasional reflection. To bend our thoughts back to our ‘First Cause,’is a lifelong process that gets easier the more we practice Freemasonry,for, it will train us to attune intimately with our Being. Our Inner Ruler, that was never born and have been with us and will continue to be with us, after this material experience, as electricity rules the cosmos; likewise,the Right Worshipful Master rules the lodge. This lodge is our physical body, which is our temporary habitat or our interim sleeping quarters.
In Conclusion, what causes a bulb to burnout in the first place? The filament oxidizes and oxidation is the process when oxygen combines with an element, changing the appearance of the element, which becomes more and more brittle, until it breaks apart and the bulb goes out.The physical world has the power to change our true appearance and make us brittle,so make sure you’re always in tune with and reflect on, your true nature, as this will keep your light on!
We’re all familiar with the personification of death, the Grim Reaper! An imagined force as a skeletal figure, carrying a large scythe or sickle and clothed in a black cloak… which first arose in 14th century England. But there’s another analogy; death also represents being born a new person, being able to see clearly and to transform all the attributes that keep us from elevating our energies.
When the inquirer knocks at the door of the temple, get ready for reaping. Grain is cut-down when it is ripe, the VSL states: “And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud,thrust in thy sickle, and reap:for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So, I ask again, are you ripe for Freemasonry? Are you ready and mature enough to face yourself? Are you ready for some action or effect to show itself to you? Are you willing to work on your own harvesting?
We study many things and some would say we dig into the esoteric meanings of the seven liberal arts.*Grammar*Rhetoric* Logic*Arithmetic*Geometry*Music, and *Astronomy. Again, esoteric is defined as having specialized knowledge understood by a small group. This specialized knowledge is spread throughout Freemasonry by a initiatic system where members expand their understanding by degree’s.The human being does not stop learning or bringing out the best in them…it is a life long process.
Grammar is the science which teaches us to express our ideas in appropriate words. Rhetoric is the art or skill of speaking or writing. Arithmetic, which is the science of computing of numbers, is absolutely essential, not only in a thorough knowledge of all mathematical science, but also a proper pursuit of our daily supplications. Geometry, or the application of Arithmetic for sensible quantities, is of all sciences the most important, since by it we are enabled to measure and survey the globe that we inhabit. Its principles extend to other spheres; and, occupied in the contemplation and measurement of the sun, moon, and heavenly bodies, constitute the science of Astronomy; and, lastly, when our minds are filled, and our thoughts enlarged and our hearts are at peace, the contemplation of all the wonders which these sciences open to our view, Music comes forward, to soften our hearts and cultivate our affections by its soothing influences.
In Closing,we could not be worthy of the name if we did not study ourselves and the Universe. Each Mason is charged with certain tasks as they evolve with experience and with the implementation of their working tools assist humanity. This is just a small sample of what we study as we seek more light.
Le Droit Humain’s International magazine is a magazine that can be viewed by every member of the order in a secure area. The Sovereign Grand Commander of the Order as you would guess, would give a few words to our international brethren in this magazine. If you are a member and have not found the time to read or catch up on the magazines, I hope you will find the time and I charge all members of Worshipful Lodge Amen-Ra#584 Orient of Milwaukee, to read them when your T.F.I.G. permits. Some of the topics you are missing include:
• The vision of the future
• Birth and growth across the planet
• Twinning updates
We are also eager to hear about our pioneer lodges and triangles. We also have information on the internationality of our order, which we call federations,with locations in France, Belgium, Brazil,The Netherlands, Great Britain, India, Greece, U.S.A., Australia, Iceland, Finland, Austria, Scandinavia, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile and West Africa, with Jurisdictions in Poland, Portugal, Argentina, Israel, Canada, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Germany, Central America and the Caribbean, Mexico and Madagascar, and Pioneer Lodges in Luxembourg, Eastern Europe, Africa, South America and Mauritius. The international convention is also a hot topic and is held every five years and masonic business is always on the agenda, i.e. Our rights and duties. As for the International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women- Le Droit Humain, American Federation, we have the Square and Compasses which is our MPGC bulletin. Diversity is always a discussion we can’t get enough of,which has always been a mainstay from our founders.
In closing, contemplate the words of this 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant, who stated,”Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one’s understanding without anothers guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in indecision and lack of courage to use one’s mind without anothers guidance. Sapere Aude! Dare to Know! Have the courage to use your own understanding is therefore, the motto of the enlightenment era.”
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be “invited” to become a freemason. Like any society we prefer to introduce candidates who are already known to existing members, however, this does not debar anyone from making an approach to us on their own behalf. Indeed, this is generally regarded as a very healthy sign of personal initiative and commitment and indicates an existing sympathy with our aims and beliefs.
The public may be thinking,”What are we building as Freemasons?” First, let us look at the etymology of the word. To Build is an act of elevating,” Specifically, in American English, “the erecting of a building,” by 1650s.RAISING. In New England and the Northern States, the operation or work of setting up the skeleton of a building. [Webster, 1830] edification (n.) Mid-14c., or, “building up of the soul,” from Old French edification and directly from Latin edification (nominative edification) “construction, building,” in Late Latin “spiritual improvement,” or as a translation of Greek oikodome in I Cor. xiv. Meaning “mental improvement”.
The Free or Speculative Mason is also a builder, but not of material edifices.The Speculative Mason implements certain tools of an Operative Masons’ art as we receive the design.Their emblematic use will build or bring-out in us morality,fortitude and perseverance as we learn to subdue our passions and exercise service as best we can. It is rare to see a Mason destroying or demolishing someone else, for we Build instead of destroy.The Speculative Mason will make the Royal Art Operative daily and what do I mean by Operative? A worker and in this case a Mason skilled with the tools to get a specific job done.The Builder has many tools to elevate or raise the best attributes in themselves on a daily basis.Here in the Orient of Milwaukee we are doing just that.