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Rare Antique Masonic Secret Code Book Cipher Freemasonry Rituals Freemasons For Sale
RARE ANTIQUE MASONIC SECRECT CODE Book Cipher FREEMASONRY RITUALS Freemasons
((EXCEEDINGLY RARE)) 1886 FORMULA OF MYSTERIES~LEATHER
STANDARD FORMULA OF MYSTERIES (1886)
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Here is theoriginal 1886 Editionof "STANDARD FORMULA OF MYSTERIES,arranged strictly in accordance with the revised Vermont work." by Freemasons Grand Lodge of Vermont. Published by Burlington, VT. 73 Pgs. Measures 4" x 6"(15 cm). Leather wallet-style binding. All written in secret code.
Condition is overall GOOD. Leather binding is straight and tight with all pages present and firmly attached. Front hinge cracked with some webbing showing but holding strong. Original light green floral endpapers. Leather fold-over covers are in good condition as shown. Pages clean and bright with the occasional light pencil marking, though this doesn't interfere with the text. An example is seen in the pictures below. Previous owner's name in pencil written twice in book. The very rare one hundred and twenty-nine year old book is in good condition.
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Few things are more controversial than Masonic symbology and how they should be interpreted. Freemasonry was formed when there was little written material. As a result, early Masons would draw the symbols which were spoken of in the ritual on the lodge floor in chalk. At the end of the meeting, the floor was washed. However, the symbols (pictures) that had been drawn could be easily remembered by those present.
However, over time it became increasingly necessary for Masonic rituals, teachings and mysteries to be written down rather than simply being passed from mouth to ear. Esoteric ciphers such as Standard Formula of Mysteries could be read and understood by Freemasons yet not interpreted by outsiders. This both kept the secret rituals and workings of the fraternity safe, while providing a thorough knowledge to brother Masons. Standard Formula of Mysteries is written entirely in secret code. We were only able to locate two copies of this book online, both library holdings, one of which is in the vault at the Iowa Masonic Library. Now you can own this exceedinly rare book as well.
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A Little Freemasonry History
The Freemasons have long been the subject of much intrigue, speculation and discussion. The true origins of Freemasonry are not known. The knowledge has been lost to history, which leaves room only for speculation.
Some researchers believe that the origins go as far back as either the Ancient Mysteries, the Crusades, the Jewish religion, the Rosicrucian’s or the Knights Templar. Although all of these theories have been considered, no firm conclusions have ever been reached.
According to some legends the brotherhood dates back to the construction of King Solomon’s Temple. These legends appeared to be substantiated when the British Archaeologist and Egyptologist, Sir William Petrie, towards the end of the 19th century, unearthed papyrus records in the Liberian desert describing meetings of these guilds. Some scholars however do not feel that there is sufficient data to fully substantiate the claims.
Along with speculation on the origins of Freemasonry, there have also been hundreds of conspiracy theories that have plagued Freemasons from as early as the late 1700’s. Generally these theories fall into just a couple of categories: Political Domination and Anti-Christian or Devil Worship.
Likely these are a result of the esoteric nature of the Masonic rituals and symbols, misinterpretations of Masonic doctrines and the repetition of false claims. In fact, in the late 1890’s author Leo Taxil, decided to mock not only Freemasonry but also the Roman Catholic Church for their opposition to Freemasonry.
He wrote 4 volumes filled with ‘damning eyewitness accounts’ from people who allegedly participated in demonic worship as Freemasons. Prior to writing his books, he had undergone a ‘fake’ conversion to Catholicism.
One of the eyewitnesses in his book was a woman by the name of Diana Vaughn who claimed to have been involved with Satanic Freemason rituals. His book even received the praise from the Pope.
Taxil called a press conference in late 1897 where he promised to introduce Diana Vaughn to the world. Instead he announced that all of his writing was fictitious and a hoax and he thanked the Clergy for giving press to his wild claims.
Yet, still to this day his fictitious writings are used against Freemasons.. Some of the other theories are that Freemasons are secretly working towards a New World Order where one world Government controlled by a secret elite will govern the entire world.
There have been suggestions that Freemasons were behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Others have claimed that they secretly back a Jewish front for world domination. In fact, because of this theory Adolph Hitler outlawed Freemasonry.
Some believe that Freemasons secretly control the United States and United Kingdom governments.
This may come from the fact that many prominent politicians—Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and thirteen other United States Presidents--in the history of the United States were indeed Freemasons.
Also there is much speculation about ‘hidden symbols and numerology in our National Seals, architecture, dollar bill and even streets in Washington, D.C. Many prominent men throughout history have been Freemasons. This may have led to the mistaken theory that Freemasons ‘control’ governments, etc.
Yet, these famous Masons have come from all walks of life. With so many powerful members how is rank decided upon in a Freemason Lodge?
It matters not what a man’s religion (except no atheists are permitted), wealth, or station in life is behind the Lodge doors. In fact, the only significant rank in a Masonic lodge is Masonic rank, and that is conferred by vote of the members.
A sergeant in the army can be master of and preside over a lodge that includes generals and other high-ranking officers among its membership, which has often happened.
It has been reported that when Theodore Roosevelt became a Mason he discovered his gardener was serving as master of the lodge—the presiding officer. Men of high station outside Masonry evidence no resentment when men of lower outside station occupy positions of greater Masonic authority.
Prominent Freemasons have included the likes of Benedict Arnold, Four of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brothers, though not the great Emperor himself, Sir Winston Churchill, Joseph Smith, fourteen American Presidents, Buffalo Bill, Davey Crocket, Henry Ford, Jack Dempsey, Clark Gable, King George VI, John Hancock, Harry Houdini, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Norman Vincent Peale, Mozart, Albert, Richard Pryor, Paul Revere, Mark Twain, John Wayne and Steve Wozniak to name just a few.
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