Freemasonry, as envisioned by its creators, fulfills the same purpose. Theoretically a man who becomes a Freemason is mature; is married, perhaps; is possibly a member of a religious denomination; is affiliated with his political party of choice, and so on.
Then, by achieving Marriage with the Order, these men of different walks of life can be bonded in Brotherhood. People from all walks of life are gathered together and united to achieve one purpose, the Accomplishment of the Great Work. As it was devised, it constituted a sort of Substitute Royalty, to maintain stability in unstable times and to further the course of the propagation of knowledge useful to the well-being and progress of Society.
The reason why so many of the real secrets of Antiquity have been lost is not so much due to there not having been any secrets in the first place, as to imperfect transmission, like imperfect marital unions lead to imperfect products.
A secret mystery is of no use if there is no suitable vessel to receive it. If there is no context which gives it importance, enough to impress upon the minds of those it is revealed to, the great truths of a bygone era which reach down to the present, shall vanish.
We shall discuss one of the most important and hard-to-come-by Masonic texts in the next chapter. It is the Book of the Words. It was written by Albert Pike, as one of a series of volumes in his reformed ritual of the AASR.
By the time Pike reformed the Scottish Rite, over a half century had passed since the various rites were amalgamated into the AASR. This system, as we shall see later, was derived from several rites of High Grade Freemasonry which sprang up in continental Europe during the 18th Century. These rites were sympathetic to the Stuart Monarchy's claims, not only to the throne of Scotland, but to the throne of England. This is partly why it is called the Scottish Rite.
When, in 1717, the Grand Lodge of England was formed, there were groups who belonged to a more ancient and authentic Freemasonry. Some of these real Masons were tricked by lower men like James Anderson, into accepting him as a member, who then went on to change the passwords and times of meeting, and excommunicated the ancient brethren. Anderson and pals went on to establish the Grand Lodge. A number of these ancient brethren split off in 1745, the year of the Uprising, and became known as the Ancients. The Hanoverians were known as the Moderns.
Running concurrently with this schism was the development of the above-mentioned rites. These Rites included Ramsay's Rite, founded by Andrew Michael (aka "Chevalier") Ramsay; the Rite of the Vielle Bru; the Chapter of Clermont; the Primordial Chapter of Arras, said to have been founded by Bonnie Prince Charlie himself; the Knights of the East; the Emperors of the East and West; The Rite of the Seven Degrees in London, established by Peter Lambert de Lintot; The Rite of Perfection; The Strict Observance, the Relaxed Observance, Rosa's Rite, the Illuminati, Philalethes, Philadelphes, Amis Reunis, etc.
In short, the entire corpus of Masonic ritual and teaching, which was cut out of the official (so-called) Grand Lodge system, established by pro-Hanoverians.
Pike held that True Scottish Rite Masonry was allied with the Ancients or "Schismatics" and that they held the correct order of Jachin and Boaz. The correct pronunciations of the words, and that the Hanoverian usurpers had changed everything around so that the Lodges would be closed to the Ancient Masons. This theme is demonstrated to be historically true, by the materials John Yarker refers to, by Gould's monumental corpus, by Baigent and Leigh, in The Temple and the Lodge, by far the best "recent" book available today on the origins of Freemasonry.
There are those today who will ask, justifiably, "What does it matter? Who cares about the Stuarts?? Ask a Scot even today, and you'll have your answer!
It is not just a matter of restoring the throne to Scotland, and putting a nominally-Catholic family on it. The Stuart Dynasty is directly connected to a) the Celtic Royal House, which extends at least as far back as the Tara Kings; and b) There is a connection to the Merovingian bloodline.
Also, we must mention a third family dynasty that is of importance in the Grail family tree. This is the Hohenstaufen Dynasty. The Hohenstaufens were the ruling dynasty in Swabia, just as the Merovingians were the ruling dynasty with the Salian Franks and the Celts were the ruling dynasty among the British Isles.
Just as the Merovingians had SION and its related partisans; and as the Stuarts had their partisans the Jacobites and the aforementioned Masonic Rites. The Hohenstaufens, for a time, had the Ghibellines. These were Italians primarily, who supported Frederic II and his heirs.
Their chief enemies were the Guelfs, who were recognized by the Popes, and used in the war against the Hohenstaufens: whereas the Ghibellines were considered heretics who had to be exterminated to the last man.
It's a funny thing how history works. Whereas the Hohenstaufens and Ghibellines were arch enemies of the Church, who recognized the Guelphs; the Stuarts were recognized by the Church, and taken out by the Hanoverians who were also Guelphs!
Today, Europe is more stable than ever, and has the genius of organized bodies such as Freemasonry and the Illuminati, to thank for it.
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