This work was not reprinted (despite Brown's explanation for writing it) to be a defense of Freemasoniy. It is reprinted to be a tool to help free shackled minds — minds constrained by thought patterns ignoring the obvious and seeking deep meanings when original meanings are the truth.
Nineteenth-century Socialists and Communists believed that "raising the consciousness" of the people would cause uprisings to force governments to change to Socialism or Communism. The real solution is simpler. To know the truth, to have one's consciousness raised, not by recognizing a political philosophy, but by knowing what the simple signs and symbols of everyday life mean, a person can choose. He or she can choose to participate — or not to participate — in good, bad or indifferent aspects of society, government, religion, commerce. Having the ability to choose, to make conscious and not manipulated choices, such is true freedom based on understanding!
Reading Brown's book, you will notice that Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy forms the basis for much of today's religious concepts and belief structure, both in the assumptions and the expressions of today's religious, social, educational, corporate and governmental organizations. You will note that these signs and symbols are in evidence everywhere in society. Just a little concentration to overcome the familiarity of your surroundings, and the scales will be lifted from your eyes, and the shackles removed from your mind. You will see the world around you as never before— the way it really is. And you will see how its secrets were hidden "in plain sight." Truly many will look with their eyes, but not see.
Remember, most truths in life are revealed through "open secrets." This reprint book helps make the truth simpler and easier to understand, and one's choices better.
Enjoy the book. This is Jordan Maxwell.
Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy
Chapter 1. Introduction — A Few Words to the Masonic Fraternity Chapter 2. The Ancient Mysteries Described Chapter 3. A Chapter of Astronomical Facts Chapter 4. What the Ancients Knew about Astronomy
Introduction— A Few Words to the Masonic Fraternity
THE WRITER OF THIS WORK was for a long time in considerable doubt as to the propriety of its publication—not because he had any lack of faith in the truth of the theory it advocates, but from a fear that the revelations it contains might be thought unlawful according to a strict construction of the masonic obligation. But, after consulting with many conscientious as well as eminent members of the fraternity, the author was confirmed in his belief that nothing is said in the book which discloses any of the essential secrets of that order.
The "essential secrets" of freemasonry are defined by Dr. Oliver, in his "Dictionary of Symbolical Masonry," as consisting of nothing more, than the signs, grips, passwords, and tokens essential to the preservation of the society from the inroads of impostors, together with certain symbolical emblems, the technical terms apper-
Chapter I. Introduction— Words to the Masonic Fraternity taining to which serve as a sort of universal language by which the members of the fraternity can distinguish each other in all places and countries where lodges are instituted.
Now, although in the following pages the masonic tradition as to the history of an important masonic personage is freely alluded to, nowhere is there anything said, or even implied by which any of the essential secrets of the craft are placed in peril; nor is there any particle of information given which can be use to unprincipled persons, however acute, who might desire to impose themselves upon the fraternity as having a right to its benefits and honors. The masonic reader should also bear in mind that many things in the following pages, which are to him full of masonic significance, will appear to the uninitiated but an expression of some of the simplest facts in the science of astronomy, long established and known to all.
Says Gadicke, a masonic writer of repute:
With the increase of enlightenment and rational reflection, it is admitted that a brother may both speak and write much upon the order without becoming a traitor to its secrets Inquiries into the history of the order, and the true meaning of its hieroglyphics and ceremonies by learned brethren, cannot be considered treason, for the order itself recommends the study of its history, and that every brother should instruct his fellows as much as possible. It is the same with the printed explanation of the moral principles and symbols of the order. We are recommended to study them incessantly, until we have made ourselves masters of the valuable information they contain; and, when our learned and cautious brethren publish the result of their inquiries, they ought to be most welcome to the craft.
These remarks of Gadicke are quoted with approbation by Dr. Oliver, who himself says, in the introduction to his "Landmarks":
No hypothesis can be more untenable than that which forebodes evil to the masonic institution from the publication of scientific treatises illustrative of its philosophy and moral tendency. The lodge lectures, in their most ample and extended form, however pleasing and instructive soever they may be, are unsatisfactory and inconclusive. They are merely elementary, and do not amply and completely illustrate any one peculiar doctrine. As they are usually delivered in nine tenths of the lodges, they are monotonous, and not perfectly adapted to the end for which they are framed, or for the effect they are intended to produce. For this reason it is that literary and scientific men, who have been tempted to join our ranks in the hope of opening a new source of intellectual enjoyment, and of receiving an accession of novel ideas for their reflection and delight, so frequently retire, if not with disgust, at least with mixed feelings of sorrow and regret, at the unprofitable sacrifice of so much valuable time which might have been applied to a better purpose.
He adds that, if the authorized lectures of masonry were amplified and illustrated, such instances would not only rarely occur, but our lodges would become the resort of all the talent and intelligence in the country.
Dr. Mackey, who in America holds the highest rank as a masonic writer, says:
The European masons are far more liberal in their views of the obligation of secrecy than the English or Americans. There are few things, indeed, which a French or German masonic writer will refuse to discuss with the utmost frankness. It is now beginning to be generally admitted—and English and American writers are acting on the admission—that the only real aporrheta (essential secrets) of freemasonry are the modes of recognition and the peculiar and distinctive ceremonies of the order, and to these last it is claimed that reference may be publicly made for the purpose of scientific investigation, provided that the reference be made so as to be
Chapter I. Introduction— Words to the Masonic Fraternity obscure to the profane and intelligible only to the initiated. (Symbolism—Synoptical Index, Aporrheta)
Many masons who do not make themselves familiar with the standard and authorized masonic authors, like Dr. Oliver in England, and Pike, Mackey, and Morris in America, are not aware how freely many parts of our ritual are spoken of by brothers occupying the most distinguished positions in the fraternity.
In this work "I have been scrupulously careful about the admission of a single sentence from the peculiar lectures of masonry which has not already appeared in the printed form in one or other of our legitimate publications."
In speaking of the masonic traditions and legends, I have used no greater freedom than other masonic writers whose works are authorized by the highest masonic bodies in England, Germany, France and America; and, in view of all these considerations, have come to the conclusion that it was not wise to permit an unnecessary and unrequired degree of caution to longer delay the publication of truths which are, as I am persuaded, of great importance and interest to the craft.
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