The 33rd Degree

April 23, 2021

Nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid that shall not be known and come abroad. Luke 8:17

Freemasonry, a secret society, or so we are led to believe. It is not so much a society that is secret; I mean how can it be when most people have at least heard of it? It is more accurate to say that it is an organization with secrets, as such; it is no different from any home, business, or institution that has conversation or rituals behind closed doors. The fact that a Freemason will tell you that he/she (yes there are lodges for women) that they cannot discuss what takes place at these meetings has led to the common belief that the organization has much to hide, which in turn has led to people on the outside believing in conspiracy theories about them.

 Masonic conspiracy theories are conspiracy theories involving Freemasonry; hundreds of such conspiracy theories have been described since the late 18th century . Usually, these theories fall into three distinct categories: political (usually involving allegations of control of government, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom religious (usually involving allegations of anti-Christian or Satanic beliefs or practices), and cultural (usually involving popular entertainment). Many conspiracy theories have connected the Freemasons (and the Knight Templar with worship of the devil; these ideas are based on different interpretations of the doctrines of those organizations.

Of the claims that Freemasonry exerts control over politics, perhaps the best-known example is the New World Order theory, but there are others. These mainly involve aspects and agencies of the United States government, but actual events outside the US (such as the propaganda due scandal in Italy) are often used to lend credence to claims.

Another set of theories has to do with Freemasonry and Religion, particularly that Freemasonry deals with “the occult”. These theories have their beginnings in the Taxil hoax In addition to these; there are various theories that focus on the embedding of symbols in otherwise ordinary items, such as street patterns, national seals, corporate logos, etc.

There are Masonic conspiracy theories dealing with every aspect of society. The majority of these theories are based on one or more of the following assumptions:

  • That Freemasonry is its own religion, requires belief in a unique Masonic god, and that belief in this Masonic god is contrary to the teachings of various mainstream religions (although usually noted in terms of being specifically contrary to Christian belief)
  • That the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite is more than an honorary degree, coupled with the belief that most Freemasons are unaware of hidden or secretive ruling bodies within their organization that govern them, conduct occult ritual, or control various positions of governmental power
  • That a centralized worldwide body controls all Masonic Grand Lodges, and thus, all of Freemasonry worldwide acts in a unified manner.

My particular favorite conspiracy theory is that being a 33rd degree mason admits you in to the Illuminati. This is utter nonsense, especially when you consider the fact that there are just 3 degrees. A simple comparison is this, if you were to obtain a B.A. say from Western University, you need a minimum of having taken 20 courses to obtain the degree, similarly, to obtain the 3rd degree rank of Master Mason, there are 33 courses that are taken. The 33rd course, is known as the Royal Arch degree, it is here that the Mason truly soars off in to the esoteric, or at least should.

 Instead, the Mason is introduced to the rather disappointing story of Hiram Abif. There is much ado in masonry about the differences between Scottish rite and English masonry. There never would have been a Scotland if not for the Irish. In the early years of the first millennium A.D., Irish Kings married in to Egyptian Pharaonic dynasties, thereby cementing Grail bloodlines in to their Gaelic DNA. Over time, these Scots/Irish kings and queens would marry in to the crowns of Europe, eventually becoming the Royal House of Stuart. The Stuart’s of course, having the strongest claim of descent to both Jesus’ and Mary Magdalene’s bloodlines. This connection to the House of Bread is vital to understanding what happened in the 1700s.

From King David I or Dauíd mac Maíl Choluim (modern: Daibhidh I mac [Mhaoil] Chaluim; c. 1084 – 24 May 1153) was a 12th-century ruler who was Prince of the Cumbrians from 1113 to 1124 and later King of Scotland from 1124 to 1153

King of Scots David I

 through to Bonnie Prince Charlie: Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart (20 December 1720 – 30 January 1788) was the elder son of James Francis Edward Stuart, grandson of James II and VII, and the Stuart claimant to the throne of Great Britain after 1766 as “Charles III“. During his lifetime, he was also known as “the Young Pretender” and “the Young Chevalier“; in popular memory, he is “Bonnie Prince Charlie“. He is best remembered for his role in the 1745 rising; his defeat at Culloden in April 1746 effectively ended the Stuart cause, and subsequent attempts failed to materialize, such as a planned French invasion in 1759. His escape from Scotland after the uprising led to his portrayal as a romantic figure of heroic failure.

The Bonnie Prince

Our Kings of Scots because of their Grail heritage were heavily interested in Alkhame, the art of bringing light from darkness. But not just any kind of light, the light of spiritual illumination, gold in its purest form, MFKZT, manna, star fire, white powder gold, ORMES (Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements)

The completely mis-understood symbol found at Mt Choreb by Sir W.M. Flinders Petrie

Robert I (11 July 1274 – 7 June 1329), popularly known as Robert the Bruce Medieval Gaelic: Roibert a Briuis; Modern Scottish Gaelic: Raibeart Brus; Norman French Robert de Brus or Robert de Bruys; Early Scots: Robert Brus; Latin Robertus Brussius), was King of Scots from 1306 to his death in 1329. Robert was one of the most famous warriors of his generation and eventually led Scotland during the First war of Scottish independence against England. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland’s place as an independent country and is now revered in Scotland as a national hero. The Bruce gave sanctuary to the remaining Templars after the French King Phillip IV, caused the disbanding of that organization (see our article “Everything Has A Price”) on Friday October 13, 1307.

Master of the Knight Templat Jacque de Molay moments before his arrest

Those incredible humanists had brought the secrets of Alkhame back from the holy land, after their dissolution, the organization morphed in to the Rosi-crosse movement to protect itself. The adherents of the Rosicrucian’s of the early 1600s found themselves studying esoteric things like this:

An esoteric image used by Rosicrusians

This was pure anathema to the puritans of the Cromwellian era, which again forced the then modern Templar underground. The members of the Rosi – cross were not established as an organization, so they could not quite call themselves Freemasons, yet they were, because there were recorded freemason lodges in Scotland notarized by Stuart kings. These Rosicrucian/freemasons under the Stuarts studied science, and as we know, science and spirituality are two peas in the same pod.

 

The symbol for light

Under the Stuarts, we studied the light and the Royal Arch degree, , and thanks to Cromwell and the puritans, Freemasons got Hiram Abif, oddly mysterious but not mind blowing in the way that a mason is led to believe.

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