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:
During the ritual of the Entered Apprentice Degree, the candidateís attention is directed to the above-referenced passage of scripture, which he is told is applicable to his personal situation at the time of his initiation. A man must ask to be made a Mason; he will never receive a specific invitation to become a member. Before entering a Masonic lodge, the candidate is required to knock at the entrance. Once appropriate identifying words are exchanged, the candidate is allowed to enter and commence his pursuit of the beauties of Freemasonry.