Mysteries and Secrets of the Masons: The Story behind the Masonic Order

Mysteries and Secrets of the Masons: The Story behind the Masonic Order

Mysteries and Secrets of the Masons: The Story behind the Masonic Order

Mysteries and Secrets of the Masons: The Story behind the Masonic Order


Our world is mysterious and conspiratorial. Networking is key - people who exercise power accept that success depends upon who you know. Some of these networks are obvious and visible, while others are hidden. Criminals and fundamentalist cults are sinister - but some secret societies help and guard us.

There are wheels within wheels. Unsuspected power sources are interconnected. Concealed watchers and listeners monitor phones, emails, and the Internet. Knowledge is power - and secret knowledge is greater power. Masonry has many secrets. Signs, codes, ciphers, passwords, and symbols abound - for those who recognize their meanings.

Masons are prominent throughout the world today in academic circles, armed services, police, government, commerce and industry, finance, and medicine. What are their aims and how important is their influence? Researchers believe some of Masonry's famous members have included Edward VIII, George VI, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, General Douglas MacArthur, Gene Autry, and Virgil Grisson


The writer of this foreword is not a Freemason, never has been and, now at ninety-two, is never likely to be. However, he has had many friends over the years who are Masons and has come to understand something of what it means to them. Freemasonry has established itself as an impressive brotherhood of like-minded people, perhaps the oldest and largest in the world, numbering now, reportedly, some four million members. They join from all over the free world, from all occupations and professions, and to date, the movement shows no signs of diminishing in strength or influence.

Centuries old now, what gives it such appeal? Some of its qualities are obvious even to an outsider like me. First, there is its known strength in numbers. Success is always attractive as any good football team will prove. Crowds follow a winning side. The Masonic movement has never needed actively to recruit nor ever feared for its future. Where other organizations have come and gone, Masonry seems, over the years, as firmly rooted as ever.

Freemasonry has always had the attraction of high ideals and aspirations. The movement is not a religion competing with other religions, even if some of its meeting places seem to be called temples. However, all those who join the movement are religious people. All Masons are believers in God, and though, as in the finest of families and the strongest of churches, some few bring discredit on the faith they acknowledge, all Masons are people of principle and ideals and are believers in social justice and equality. Masons come from all walks of life and abilities but, as the movement demands, all are deemed equal one with the other.

Masons also have well-established and high humanitarian commitments. All Freemasons look after their own. The orphaned, the sick . . .

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