Synopses & Reviews
In one magnificent edition, Arthur Edward Waite has provided a comprehensive view of the history, the literature, and the myths concerning Freemasonry, with comprehensive explanations of Masonic ritual and symbolism. Richly illustrated with sixteen full-page plates and thirty pictures in the text, and carefully indexed, Waite's New Encycolpaedia
covers every topic related to the order of Freemasonry from Acacia to Zohar.
Waite's approach to his topic is sympathetic: "Masonry...is part of a Divine Quest...it becomes an open gate into a world of real knowledge, where the Divine Quest ends in Divine Attainment." Waite is also mercilessly objective, and he has applied meticulous research and careful scholarship to explode dozens of myths that have pervaded Masonic lore through the centuries.
There are fascinating sections on the occult sciences Alchemy, Astrology, Kabalism, Ceremonial Magic, Animal Magnetism and their claims to connections with Masonry.
Waite charts the course of Freemasonry throughout the world in China, Australiasia, Austria, Brazil, Central America, Wales, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Peru, Portugal, Netherlands, Africa, India, Canada, West Indies, Japan, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Scotland, and the United States.
There are forty-nine pages on Masonic chronology beginning in the clouded region of mythical invention in 926 A.D. and ending in 1917 with the second centenary of the Grand Lodge of England.
In addition to biographical sketches of great leaders and writers of the Masonic Order, there are vignettes of mountebanks and fakers who have surfaced from time to time in Masonic history, including the famous charlatan, Count Cagliostro, and his attempt to take over the Masonic Order.
Ex-priest Emmentt McLoughlin has provided an engrossing introduction, in which he details his transition from priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church to membership in its ancient adversary, the Masonic Order.
Provides a complete view of the history, literature and myths surrounding Freemasonry. Comprehensive explanations of their secret rituals and symbolism. Including alchemy, astrology, Kabbalism, ceremonial magic, animal magnetism and more.