Freemasonry is "directly or indirectly the parent of all modern secret societies, good, bad, or indifferent. "--Cyclopedia of
Fraternities. One outdated source indicates there are over 600 secret societies in the U.S. utilizing Masonic symbolism, and operating largely under Masonic influence, so that about every third male adult in the U.S. is a member of one or more such societies.130 The 600 figure is outdated, and the actual number of secret societies has increased by several hundred more secret societies.
Some of the Masonic spin-offs have become such a part of normal life that the negative reactions of past years toward them are forgotten. Rotary, because of its Masonic control, hostility toward the Catholic Church, and its moral code, "which in almost every particular resembles that of Freemasonry, " was forbidden in some Catholic jurisdictions, and discouraged in others.131 That was back in the 19th and early 20th century.
THE HIGHER SCOTTISH RITE DEGREES & THE PALLADIUM RITE
In the hard to obtain book, The Hidden Life In Freemasonry, written by 33rd degree C.W. Leadbeater for Masons one learns in Masonic language what the upper degrees of Freemasonry can get into. On page 175 Leadbeater refers to "when a clandestine meeting is held, even though a duly I.M. be present, the inner recognition is not given..."
What? Why are these Masons being so secretive amongst themselves? Because the Theurgical fun (Magical & occult) and politics begin, and the Lodge quits being just a private club for ritual. How this operates will be discussed.
First, we'll discuss the 30-33 Scottish Rite degrees. This is where it is becoming evident that Lucifer is the God of Masonry. Leadbeater says, "It must of course be understood... the conferring of the Higher Degrees puts certain definite powers in the hands of the recipient." Where does such power come from? "The 33 degree links the Sovereign Grand Inspector General with the Spiritual King of the World Himself—that Mightiest of Adepts who stands at the head of the Great White Lodge, in whose strong hands lie the destinies of earth—and awakens the powers of the Triple Spirit as far as they can yet be awakened." (The Hidden Life In Freemasonry, p.302) Other Masons like Manly P. Hall (33°) and Foster Bailey (32°) have said similar things.
Foster Bailey calls the spirits that Masons communicate with the
Was this article helpful?