It has occurred to me that the readers of this blog might be interested in knowing what I plan to write about over the next few weeks and months. Below, I list my topics, pretty much in the order in which I plan to post, one to two posts weekly. Readers: Do let me know how this suits you. If you like the list as is; if you want to see topics addressed in a different order; if you want to see topics addressed that are not here—in any such case, let me know.
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Here are the topics that I plan to address in future posts:
- Why should we pay attention to the esoteric symbolism of Masonry? Or is it all nonsense, as one brother expressed to me not long ago?
- What is ‘Masonic enlightenment’? I have made the case that Masonic enlightenment is the objective of Freemasonry and its symbolism. But just what does that mean?
- The “Paradise” (PaRDeS) approach to the interpretation of symbols. This ancient approach to scriptural interpretation is also a powerful vehicle through which to approach the interpretation of Masonic symbolism.
- What symbols should we address in Masonic education? I shall give a list, focusing on the Blue Lodge. I shall also make brief mention of symbols in the Scottish Rite and the York Rite. (What—did you think Masonic education was only for the Blue Lodge? Oh, my brothers….)
- The sources of Masonic symbolism. Yes, the traditions of the medieval operative stonemasons come to mind immediately. However, Masonic symbolism is also the result of several other currents: Enlightenment-era ideals; Enlightenment-era esotericism, such as Hermeticism, Kabbalah, astrology, Rosicrucianism, and so forth; and, the medieval Knights Templar, even if only by inspiration. All of these currents can have some impact on the interpretation of a symbol, simultaneously.
- How to prepare a session of Masonic education. What goes into putting a session together.
- How to deliver a session of Masonic education. What to do when you are in front of the brethren.
- How to get your lodge to hold sessions of Masonic education. How to obtain a mandate from the leadership of the lodge.
- How to learn about Masonic symbolism: Print resources. This involves a slew of individual blog posts, regarding such works as: Albert Pike’s "Esoterika" (perhaps the best of the bunch) and his Lectures on Masonic symbolism; Albert Mackey’s The Symbolism of Freemasonry; Wilmhurst’s 3 books; Allan Roberts; W. Kirk MacNulty; and, with appropriate cautions, the work of P. Manly Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages and other works), as well as the work of other authors (e.g., A. E. Waite).
- How to learn about Masonic symbolism: Online resources. Another slew of individual blog posts: A survey of online resources.
- Responding to anti-Masonry. With resources.
- The application of depth psychology to Masonic symbolism. Learning about the Jungian approach to symbolism. “The Journey of the Hero”-type of literature.
Your comments will be appreciated.