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Freemasonry & Alchemy

Post  deviadah on Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:21 pm

Let me throw out a quote from A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry by Arthur Edward Waite:
The descent from the Mysteries of Egypt into those of the classical world has been compared with the descent of the soul into material things. It is a false analogy...

The quest for Persephone is not the quest of Isis; the story of the rending of Iacchos has no real connection whatsoever with the dismemberment of Osiris; and those Masonic virtuosos who mistook accidents of analogy for root-identity and essential consanguinity were misled herein, as in most of their other reveries. It goes with out saying that there is a general likeness between all mystical traditions and all modes of mystical symbolism because there is a verdical and vital likeness in all mystical experience.

...there came a time when the claims of the work on metals had fallen into serious disrepute and when there was - by the evidence of literature an increasing tendency to use the terminology of Alchemy in a transcendental and spiritual sense... Jacob Böhme... used largely the symbolic language of Alchemy as a... method of expression.

...many forms of faith in science, religion and philosophy gathered under the Masonic Banner in the eighteenth century, above all in France and Germany. It drew within its ranks such Alchemy as there was at the period... in due course... Hermetic Grades and Hermetic Rites grew up.

...there is very little to connect either founders or members with a serious pursuit of the practical side of metallic Alchemy.


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Re: Freemasonry & Alchemy

Post  The.Hermetic.Alchemist on Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:26 pm

all the proof is right there.

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Post  deviadah on Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:57 am

The.Hermetic.Alchemist wrote:all the proof is right there.
Proof of what?

I will lock this thread since it is kind of similar to another thread that began around the same time. I have also moved my post to the thread below.

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