Freemasonry has often been described as a secret society, owing to the fact that it uses certain symbols to instruct upon a deeper knowledge about mankind's relationship with God. The variety of charities supported by this ancient fraternity comprised of millions of men and women are well known and easily recognizable. Children's hospitals are operated by Shriners throughout the world. Speech therapy centers, educational grants, eye care foundations and homes for the aged are funded and operated by Scottish Rite Masons, Knights Templar and Grand Lodges everywhere they are situated.
Among the very few secrets it does maintain — the ancient knowledge about mankind's relationship to God, concealed with such recognizable Masonic symbols as the Square and Compass — is fully explained in Meditations on Masonic Symbolism. Read More...
John R. Heisner
John R. Heisner is a Master Mason, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Shriner, Knights Templar, York Rite Mason, California Grand Lodge Committeeman, Knight of the Red Cross of Constantine and member of the Southern California Rosicrucian College. He has served as Master of his Masonic Lodge, helped found a European Masonic Lodge in San Diego, and has thrice received the prestigious Albert Pike Award for excellence in Masonic ritual. Read More...
More on Masonic Symbolism
The study of masonic symbolism does not end with reading Meditations on Masonic Symbolism. That is merely the beginning of what should be for every Mason a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. To assist, John Heisner is working on a second volume which should be completed in the near future. Here, we present some excerpts from that new body of work.
Excerpts from future works:
Freemasonry teaches that each religious doctrine contains truth and error, and will forever do so as long as doctrine remains unchangeable. Thus, Freemasonry bears a close affinity to Hermetic philosophy, the origination of which is attributed to Hermes Trimegistus. That philosophy is of an esoteric nature consisting of mysteries that are expressed in symbols. Certain disciplines drawn from that philosophy have attempted to become complete doctrines: Kabbalah, astrology and alchemy are but a few. When such intellectualization of Hermetic philosophy attempts to establish unequivocal concepts it commits an abuse that is neither adopted by the philosophy itself, nor Freemasonry.