From the illustrious George Washington and the infamous J. Edgar Hoover to brilliant imaginer Walt Disney and bad boy of baseball Ty Cobb, Freemasons have influenced every aspect of American life. Yet this secret society remains as controversial and mysterious as ever. In this book, you’ll learn the truth about:
- The power and meaning behind the symbols, rites, and rituals
- Alleged connections with Jack the Ripper, the KKK, and the Holy Grail
- Freemasons vs. the Nazis
- The centuries-long rivalry with the Catholic Church
Freemasonry’s growing influence here and abroad As the largest–and oldest–fraternal organization, the Freemasons will continue to shape the world we live in for the foreseeable future. With this tell-all guide, you’ll unravel the mystery of this intriguing society–one secret at a time!
Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally bestselling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest “secret society” in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings.
With new and improved content, including updated examples and references throughout, this new edition of Freemasons For Dummies provides the most straightforward, non-intimidating guide to the subject on the market.
Updated expert coverage of the basic beliefs and philosophy behind Freemasonry
Revised information on the history of the society, including updates concerning its founding, famous historical members, and pivotal events
New coverage devoted to the recent influx of younger membership
The latest and ongoing controversies and myths surrounding Freemasonry
The role of women in a Masonic organization, including opportunities for women to participate in Freemasonry
The effects cultural and political changes and worldwide events are having on the organization
If you’re intrigued by the mystery that surrounds the Masons, get ready to learn the facts about this ancient order in Freemasons For Dummies.
DID THE FREEMASONS CREATE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?
Step back in time to the birth of a revolutionary new republic and discover how the utopian ideals of a visionary secret society laid the foundation for the most powerful nation on earth. Follow George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and other Founding Fathers as they transform the democratic principles of their Masonic lodges into a radical new nation.
Solomon’s Builders unravels history from myth as it takes you on a Freemason’s tour of Washington, D.C. It reveals the evidence of Masonic influence during the construction of America and its new capital, including clues hidden in plain sight:
•Masonic connections to national monuments
•Puzzling pentagrams and symbolism in city streets
•The mysterious temples of the “Widow’s Sons”
Solomon’s Builders relates the true stories of these visionary founders, and the fascinating meaning behind the cryptic codes, enigmatic symbols and intriguing architecture that is reputedly the basis for the sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol.
Uncover the fascinating truth behind Freemasonry and incorporate symbolic rituals into your life with this remarkably detailed and comprehensive insider’s guide.
Jean-Louis de Biasi, a 32nd Degree Freemason who’s been involved in the order for over twenty years, offers a candid look at the essential aspects of Freemasonry. Basing his work on original texts and archaeological findings, de Biasi details the Masonic tradition’s history, the degree-based system of the Scottish Rite, and their ethical teachings and philosophies. He provides evidence of Freemasonry’s origination in the Ancient Western Mysteries and its Hermetic and Qabalistic underpinnings, and then traces how the Founding Fathers used this knowledge to embed sacred symbolism into the U.S. Capitol and throughout Washington, DC.
From the power-charged grids within architecture to Albert Pike’s highly influential teachings, from the Rose-Cross mysteries to the Masonic themes in Dan Brown’s popular books, Secrets and Practices of the Freemasons shines a revelatory light on this captivating subject.
Also featured: genuine Masonic meditations and individual rituals with easy-to-follow instructions, plus interviews with scientists who lend their perspectives on Freemasonry as it is viewed and practiced today.