World Conferences on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History

The World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History Including Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society
up coming events.
 WCFFH 2018:
Not Men Only: Sisters, Sororities, and Ritualistic Societies
May 17 – 18, 2018
The Historic Whittemore House, Washington DC
Click here for more details.
Posted in Articles, Library

The Secretive Masons

“An Irishwoman was the first female to break the glass ceiling of the ultimate old boys’ club. The tradition lives on in the one freemasonry order open to women as well as men.”

John Fleming

To read more about this article, click here.

 

Posted in Articles, Library

More Light: Today’s Freemasonry for Men and Women

Book Link

“This is the as yet untold story of Freemasonry for Men and Women. Although in existence since 1893 no book in the English Language has yet been published on the subject.In it, we will tell the story of Freemasonry particularly Freemasonry for men and women we will explain what liberal Freemasonry is; that it is far removed from the boring boys club image…”

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Library, Literature

Our Brief History

 

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.

 

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Updates

The Number 3

Posted in Updates

Esoteric Freemasonry

Is Esoteric Freemasonry for everyone? First, let us  find the true sense of the word esoteric, so we can get a clearer view. Esoteric was birthed from the Greek word esoterikos “belonging to an inner circle” from esotero “more within,” also found in the doctrines of Aristotle and Pythagoras.

With that understanding, it is only for a select few (e.g. Inner Circle) but it doesn’t mean everyone else is eliminated. Outer participants can become the “Inner Circle” as they unfold the degrees within themselves.

It is everyone’s duty to develop and unfold their entire being physically and spiritually, but most people are not ready to tackle the expansion of their own consciousness. Most people don’t know how to communicate with or don’t know they have their own venerable elder inside of them.

Sacred dramas are keys to esoteric knowledge. This knowledge has always taken care of or guarded itself, for, the populace have different levels of consciousnesses, and as for the lodge members, each member has to master their own chemistry, psychology etc. and unfold specific attributes to enter into these ancient and sacred teachings.

In Closing, “esoteric or inner knowledge is no different from other kinds of human knowledge and ability. It is a mystery for the average person, only to the extent that writing is a mystery for those who have not yet learned to write.” Rudolf Steiner

A Brother!

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Updates

Handbook of Freemasonry

Handbook of Freemasonry – Henrik Bogdan & Jan A. M. Snoek (Click for book)

The relatively short-lived Grande Loge Symbolique Ecossaise (glse), which brought together the most

progressive Masons of its time. It was this Grand Lodge to which the lodge Les Libres Penseurs belonged,

which initiated the feminist leader Maria Deraismes in 1882, resulting in 1893 in the creation of what is

now the mixed masonic order Le Droit Humain.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Library

3Minutes


What can we learn about ourselves in 3 minutes if we’re focused?
New series coming soon.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Updates

Reflection


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
experience.

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.”

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Updates

Governing Yourself

Unzip the lower ego.

Unzip the lower ego

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.

Fiat Lux

*Book: Man Know Thyself By Maulana Waihiduddin Khan

**Paper: Self-Knowledge and Understanding,Author Unknown

Save

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Updates
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.