Secretive Freemasons in midst of popularity, membership boom

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From left, Zulu, Jonathan Kanarek and Daemon Hillin are representative of a new wave of Freemasons that’s stamping a younger, hipper profile on the centuries-old fraternity.

The secretive society gains a higher, hipper profile as younger men seek out a place for fraternal bonding.

Los Angeles Times | May 18, 2008

By Adam Tschorn

IN LOS FELIZ, across from a 7-Eleven on North Vermont Avenue, a few dozen men in their early 20s to late 80s share a dinner behind closed doors. Some wear full tuxedos with bow ties and jeweled cuff links, some have shoulder-length hair, and others wear open-collared shirts that reveal the slightest filigree of tattoo arching across their chests.

Over Italian food, retired lawyers and judges sit elbow-to-elbow with owners of scrap metal yards and vintage clothing boutiques. They hold forth on philosophy, the weather; they rib each other and joke about saving room for cannoli. As they reach for seconds, they reveal skull-cracking rings emblazoned with a compass and a square.

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After becoming a Master Mason (the term used for a new member who has completed all levels of study), Zulu went on to become a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner — both fraternal organizations that hold Masonic membership as a prerequisite. Here he wears his Shriner’s fez, his Master Mason’s apron and his daily wardrobe of French-cuffed shirts, pinstripe trousers, a shawl-collared silk brocade vest and a vintage watch chain circa 1895.

Meet the millennial Masons. As secret societies go, it is one of the oldest and most famous. Its enrollment roster includes Louis Armstrong and Gerald Ford, and it has been depicted in movies such as “The Da Vinci Code” and “National Treasure.” Once more than 4 million strong (back in the 1950s), it has been in something of a popularity free-fall ever since. Viewed with suspicion as a bastion of antiquated values and forced camaraderie, the Masons have seen membership rolls plummet more than 60% to just 1.5 million in 2006.

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The 38th U.S. president was the most recent Mason to occupy the Oval Office. In his younger days he was a male model, once appearing on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Only now the trend seems to be reversing itself, and nowhere more noticeably than in Southern California. The reasons seem clear. In another Masonic Hall, this one on La Cienega, a Sri Lankan-born banker, a sunglasses-wearing Russian immigrant and a continent-hopping Frenchman break bread, poke at their salads and chat about their health.

“For a time it looked as if Masonry was going into a sharp decline, if not the death throes,” said UCLA history professor Margaret C. Jacob, who has written extensively about the fraternal order. “But it looks like it may be making a comeback.”

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New or old, one hallmark of Freemasonry fashion is a penchant for rings, usually in a precious metal and bearing a version of the square and compass logo. Here Zulu, left, Jonathan Kanarek and Daemon Hillin show off their Masonic bling.

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In addition to his Masonic ring and several tattoos with Masonic motifs, Zulu also sports a skull ring and carries a skull-topped walking stick.

That’s because the Freemasons, whose tenets forbid soliciting or recruiting members, have enthusiastically embraced the Internet as a way to leverage curiosity about an organization with its roots in Europe’s medieval stonemasons guilds. Freemasonry today sees itself as a thinking man’s salon, a learned society with a philanthropic bent.

“We had a record number of new members last year,” said Allan Casalou, grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of California. “We added 2,000 men, which is the most since 1998 and our seventh straight year of membership increases.”

And, to paraphrase that Oldsmobile campaign, these definitely aren’t your father’s Freemasons. They are bar owners, male models and olive-oil brokers. They are men like Zulu, an L.A. tattoo artist with a swirling Maori-inspired design inked across his face and a panoply of metal piercing his ears, nose and face. They are men like Jonathan Kanarek, who runs a men’s vintage clothing store on Hollywood Boulevard and whose retro chic wardrobe of polka-dot ascots, glen-plaid jackets and smartly pressed pocket squares earned him a spot on Esquire magazine’s 2007 list of best-dressed real men in America. And they are men like Daemon Hillin, whose surfer-dude looks and blinding white smile can be found on Japanese TV, where he plays sidekick and comic foil to the Japanese version of the Hilton sisters.

They are also all men who want to be part of an all-for-one and one-for-all brotherhood built on shared ideals, philosophical pursuits and a penchant for rings, aprons and funny hats. As Zulu bluntly put it: “I joined because I was looking for people to hang with that were like-minded but also hip and cool, and a lot of tattoo artists tend to be drunks and druggies.”

Hillin, who originally joined the Masons in Temecula, moved to L.A. and is interested in the Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge No. 307, one of the youngest and most diverse congregations in the state (the average age of active brothers is just 33). The lodge’s senior deacon, Jim Warren, calls it ” ‘Star Trek’ without the chicks.” “We have every possible national origin, ethnicity and religious denomination you could imagine,” he said.

Warren credits the Internet. “We were one the first lodges in the state to have a website up,” he said. “That led to a huge spike in membership.”

Other lodges followed suit, putting up their own sites and drawing a crowd. That’s how prospective Mason Johnny Royal ended up at the door of Elysian Lodge No. 418 last month. Intrigued by the distinctive Masonic architecture that graces most halls, the 31-year-old publicist with sideburns to his chin and hair to his shoulders and a Renaissance lute player tattoo on his right forearm hit the Web.

What he read about the Masonic ideals — wisdom, strength, beauty and the pursuit of knowledge — made him decide to pursue membership. “My generation wants to be part of something beyond itself,” Royal said. “I want to learn; I want to participate.”

The Web generation

THE INTERNET hasn’t only made it easier to learn about the Freemasons, Casalou says, it’s changed the type of men coming forward. “There is so much information on the Internet that by the time someone comes to a lodge to seek membership, they already know a lot about Masonry,” he said. “Which is a big departure from previous generations. And it means they are more likely to be active participants.”

Zulu became curious about Freemasonry after tattooing Masonic symbology on several clients. He joined five years ago at age 39 and now serves as webmaster and senior warden of North Hollywood Lodge No. 542. He has also gone on to become both a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner (Masonic membership is a prerequisite for both), and next year he will become the leader of his lodge. “I’ll be the first black worshipful master in the lodge’s history,” he said, using the proper term of respect.

But he probably won’t be the last. Because California’s contingent of Freemasons is expected to grow, the average age of its members, once 71 and now 65, is expected to drop. By 2018, as Casalou predicts, the state will be awash in 55-year-old pre-retirement Masons giving each other secret handshakes, wearing ritual aprons and invoking the Grand Architect of the Universe.

The Internet continues to help. Zulu said that he gets at least four e-mails a week from prospective Masons around the globe who see his tattooed and pierced visage at the lodge website and want to be reassured such an alternative look isn’t a barrier to membership.

“Yeah, I think it’s going to become hip and chic to be a Mason,” Zulu said. “And that could be a dangerous thing.”

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93 responses to “Secretive Freemasons in midst of popularity, membership boom

  1. *groan*

  2. “Yeah, I think it’s going to become hip and chic to be a Mason,” Zulu said. “And that could be a dangerous thing.”

    I wish he’d explained further what he meant by that? Uncool people might get in and diminish his light? Or Masons will become popular and make enemies? Or that they’ll be the ones calling more shots?

  3. I had noticed lately History and other channels running a lot of Freemason and Knights Templar programs, along with Sci Fi Channel’s frequent showings of the Indiana Jones movies these past weeks leading up to the new movie… And other shows about Crystal Skulls and etc, and more depopulation special effect programs on Top Ten Ways world will end and kill every-body-

  4. One one hand, the Freemasons have done everything possible to keep a very low profile. But as the NWO unfolds, our masters will want to become known to the general public and finally worshipped as gods. This is the direction it is going. That is why they are being revealed in movies and media very gradually to condition the public which is totally ignorant about Freemasonry, even though we were all born into a Masonic Matrix system. Just take some time to study corporate and government logos to understand what I mean.

  5. Oh yeah–hard not to notice–

    I remember a while back–don’t know where I was at or the circumstance–older gentleman very determined to give me a certain type of handshake–I gave up and went along with it–guess he was trying to tell me something–

    The whole thing is like on one hand secretive, yet on other the facade of being in the open–

    I mean–if this relates–for all the talk of bird flu and conditioning people on it and pandemics–the current outbreaks in Seoul Korea barely mentioned, and just brief few sentences that all live poultry in city of 8 million have been culled. Well I thought it was newsworthy– Lot of talk on pandemic preparations over the last few years– but this event being skipped over it seems–

  6. If any mortal ever thinks I’ll worship them as a god–they can get over it.

  7. “I wish he’d explained further what he meant by that? Uncool people might get in and diminish his light? Or Masons will become popular and make enemies? Or that they’ll be the ones calling more shots?”
    He’s right about that, if it becomes “HIP” then it becomes trendy instead of a way to grow as a person.

  8. Reading social engineering like this as ‘news’ is falling into their mental prison grid.

    The facts of the present hour are given by Freeman. He notes Masonic temples are for sale all across America.
    http://thefreemanperspective.blogspot.com/2006/04/path-of-destruction.html

    Of course, the ‘club’ is not going to let everyone in on this secret. They operate on levels of deception and use the lower ones as cannon fodder and gophers who believe they are in on the big picture. Then they graduate up and think now, I’m in on the big picture. Then…you get the idea.

  9. Well that sentence of his could have been taken a dozen ways–I try to avoid mindreading what I thought people meant as much as I can.

    I mean if you look at the pix and read the captions–seems to be a fashion shoot as much as anything…and the article seems to spin “coolness,” emphasizing and detailing everyone’s dress style.

    And I agree with anon–I don’t really consider this “news” either.

  10. The Masons are the post-graduate fraternity for the empty soul-chambers who need to be adored by their vacuous peers. Through their secret initiations, levels of attainment, and brotherhood, they inject themselves with a self-absorbed fraudulent importance. Bollocks them and anyone else who needs a group to define their existence.

  11. Anonymous, to be in on the secret of Freemasonry’s falling membership numbers you only have to do about half an hour of reading on the net. Some Big Secret.

    Johnnypeepers, we actually try to keep out the guys who NEED a group to define their existence because they tend to NOT be members who contribute of their time, and energy to any purpose.

  12. You mean The Great Work? Novus Ordo Seclorum? Ordo Ab Chao? Is that the purpose you refer to?

  13. warofillusions

    Ahh! Great find! Notice the guy with the glasses doing that geometric placement of his arms. Nice skull ring on that guy too. Sure matches those kill-you eyes of his. Another mason rising to prominence is Barack Obama. You all should read this here. The Selection ’08 article will be of particular interest to those who want info on Clinton-Obama-Mccain.

    http://warofillusions.wordpress.com/2008/05/16/horn-hex-rally-satanic-origin-of-the-ut-hook-em-horns/

  14. not unlike ‘the jews’, the Masons relevance is exaggerated. Sombnall of both these demographics are in the ruling class, but these particular masons are dandies. the evangelicals worry me more than the freemasons.

  15. Logically, if all the Freemasons secrets, their handshakes being the exception, are out in the open then why would any thinking person join them and pay dues? What a conspiracy that is… “scam people out of their hard-earned money in exchange for the ‘secret’ shaky-hand handshake!” No thanks.
    — what’s the word – what is truth?

  16. Truth should be free–not for sale. (though I probably contradict that one by the number of books I’ve bought over the years) And any real truth can’t be bought–unless it’s the knowledge you get when you realize you’ve wasted your money.

    A friend told me he had once thought of asking me to be his “mentor.” I told him I thought he was doing fine and didn’t need one. I said I was happy to be his friend, and if anyone came offering to be a mentor–people like that he should flee from as rapidly as possible.

  17. In earlier life cycles I had my share of “mentors’ in opportunistic search of victims–I mean–disciples.

    And more recently I had someone try to project that onto me during a bad stretch when my defenses were worn down and I wasn’t in position to stand up for myself as well as usual. Now I’m just pissed at how much of my energy got diverted with the whole situation, but trying not to dwell on it and move on.

  18. Wise man, but there are times when mentoring is natural and right. It is just when it becomes a power-trip (from the mentor’s side), or a waste of time and energy (from the mentoree’s side), that it becomes a problem.

  19. You might say I gently mentor a number of people, or in other words–be a good friend…

    But I try to let other people run their own lives–I’ve had too many people attempt to maneuver mine–

    The recent case for me was a relative trying to work on me/”straighten me out”, but it was like animal training–I’m not supposed to know what’s going on–I’m just supposed to magically respond to certain stimuli (excessive repetition of lists of questions and statements I was expected to respond into in depth no matter how times it took until I gave the desired answers) and be unaware of the wondrous improvements being wrought upon me. After being nice for a while, I quit returning phone calls.

  20. A new friend a while back–I obviously knew some things he wanted to know more about, so you might say it was mentorish for a while –but I still view it as it being friends.

    The thing with relative–I was never asked–I was simply told periodically that the house here I was being helped with was a project–mysterious pause–I was a project too–another mysterious pause, but–It wasn’t going to be gotten into…..

    I eventually got tired of being compared to a run down house being gutted and remodeled.

  21. A lot of readers want to know what I meant by the following comment…
    “I think it’s going to become hip and chic to be a Mason, and that could be a dangerous thing.”
    I’ll explain…
    One should become a Mason because his main concerns are to help his fellow man and make this world a place where all can live in peace and have equal rights…that’s why guys like Nelson Mandela are masons.
    I fear that a large group of people will want to join because of Hollywood movies and the want to be a part of a “the click” or be seen as hip, cool or seeking a position of power; these kind of people are nothing but self inflated ego-maniacs and have no place in the fraternity.
    If this type of element infiltrates freemasonry they are sure to be weeded out, but unfortunately and possibly not, before doing some damage.

  22. surely its quite a big risk to join such a group, a society with secrets, like a fly entering the jaws of a venus fly trap, perhaps true freedom is being a non mason? you can have a great knoledge of wonder,time space, history and religion discoverd by yourself, is there (or a need for) a sign or handshake for non masons to indicate thier status to a mason?

  23. Excellent points Mike. Anyone who has ever made the mistake of joining a cult, who still had some common sense, soon realizes that it is a trap, much like being in the mafia. Once you are in, it is hard to extricate yourself safely because of the compromises you make along the way. The further you get in, the more deadly the trap until you are facing the mortal dilema of kill or be killed. At some point, someone is going to order you to perform an immoral or illegal act and you will have to carry it out or risk punishment or even death.

    In the case, of Masons, you face death if you reveal the secrets or break the rules. Why anyone would want to take such blood-curling oaths is beyond most people’s comprehension, yet it is driven by greed and lust for power. It has nothing to do with “making good men better”, charity, brotherhood and all that happy horsecrap. It is about selling your soul over to dark forces.

    See Brotherhood of the Bell with John Forsythe. Even though he was a Mason, I believe he did this movie to try to warn people about secret societies and their devilish machinations.

    There are countless signs that Masons use to communicate with one another. See:

    Codex Magica
    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/codex_magica/codex_magica.htm#Contents

    The Secret Handshake, Secret Word, Secret High Sign, and the Nature of Freemasonry
    http://www.freemasonrywatch.org/secrets.html

    Secret Masonic Handshakes, Passwords, Grips
    And Signs Of Blue Lodge Masonry
    http://www.ephesians5-11.org/handshakes.htm

    Freemasonry is really a religion
    http://www.trosch.org/msn/mason-graphics.html

  24. To Brother Zulu, johnathin, and Dameon, let me be the first to say from New Testament Lodge#3 Dallas Texas Prince Hall Origin that I am proud to see brothers reaching out to others in another way….This is the way of UNITY….. What lodge and state you guys from?

  25. Bro. Zulu can you hit me up at ntmtxpho@yahoo I am a traveling brother from Texas, I like what I see on the page…..will like to give a helping if needed

  26. Bro Tipps,

    As an educated, concerned Mason and patriot, what are your opinions about the New World Order: the North American Union, the open borders, losing our freedoms, facing economic meltdown, being involved in perpetual warfare, the corruption in Washington, the government pushing for transhumanism and the global warming hoax? Who do you think is behind all of this evil? Just curious…

  27. Jesus Christ is coming soon and will do away with those who worship false gods, because He is the truth. (John chapter 14 verse 6)

  28. Bro. Walker
    The people we can blame are people like Jules and his comment that are not in this Order of Freemasons. This is why our name has been slained for so many years because of blind ignorance of our fellow man. That also stands for the other bad things that go on. And the other things you asked you can blame everybody in the goverment because of greed

  29. Bro Tipps,

    Your organization has earned its universally accepted reputation as a secret society bent on subversion and conspiracy.

    Sure, blame the government, but remember that most of our presidents have been Masons and the rest have belonged to equally nefarious organizations like Skull and Bones. All these secret orders work together at the top to run governments from the top down. We do not live in a free world because powerful actors behind the scenes manipulate events toward the Novus Ordo Seclorum. Freemasons, whatever level of initiation, have sold their souls.

  30. Bro. Walker,

    The way you are saying your words is starting to sound like you are not a Mason. Sell my soul you say? Yes I did sell my soul, if you want to put it like that. and that will be to GOD….Jesus father if you get confused on that part, we worship no “body” or “thing” and every Mason will agree. We do not try to run everything in the goverment, just make it better for all. Also my brother, Skulls and Bones do not work together. The Freemason organization is not a secret society, everyone has secrets just like every other Frat. If we were such, nobody will know what we do or what we are about.

  31. You probably aren’t a mason after all. Or maybe just an Entered Apprentice.

  32. Lol I am and you can try me all you want but I know you not one

  33. I think the reference to popularity being a negative thing for a secret society is correct. The caliber of individuals that are lead by trends as apposed to those which are lead by the pursuit of knowledge, is drastically dissimilar [In my experience]. However since their craft has endured for this long… perhaps GMA will work through the MMs to catalyze the reactions required to form even the ignorant wretches of the general public into something other than what they are, please God! [As a note I am not a Mason, but vaguely familiar with what they may or may not be about.]

  34. There is not a position in Freemasonry that is GMA and what are we about or what you hear about us.

  35. mason interest played itself out in the 90s at the height of the pop culture conspiracy boom. x-files also rode that wave.

    i guess this is the inevitable 2nd wave.

  36. This “zulu” clown looks like a typical greasy, slimeball, conniving, uppity bastard who uses his so called important position to seduce gullible brainwashed white women into having sex with him and contract venereal diseases originating from africa.

  37. Wow Al seems like you realy got some bad blood with Zulu the whole africa thing was a topper the way you sounnd is like you saw him do this befor

  38. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lily-burk29-2009jul29,0,909475.story

    Go see for yourself what these uppity stepnfetchit bastards are doing to naive, brainwashed white girls. What are you gonna do about it? I bet you anything that this smooth talking aggressive fuckin zulu bastards sweet talks white girls just like this LA homeless punk.

  39. By the way, I am a member of Scottish Rite, and I am totally against letting in these slimebags into our midst. The only valid branch of masonry for me at this point is the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

  40. Al Pyke, you sir are not a true mason, if you are at all. all this conspiracy talk is bullshit. its just an organization. a charitable one at that. i am a member, and im not trying to take over the world, im trying to better it. people like al give us a bad name. a true mason accepts all people equally. so your Ku Klux Klan shout out just proves to me that if you are a mason at all, you do not deserve to be. i am a master mason, and an officer at my lodge. if i ever heard a potential candidate, speak with a blind bias or discrimination, i would see that they have their membership denied.

  41. So called Bro. Pyke: I was raised Scotish Rite and you just spit on the one thing I love……you say you are in the KKK right, that means you are in a klandestine organization and your group was removed from the masonic organization about 30 to 40 years ago. So, Bro.R, he is not a true mason he is a true coward to his name. You just made yourself look real dumb on this page so just kill yourself already…..LOL

  42. And the kill yourself part is to Al Pyke

  43. I always like to read this kind of discussions.
    It always shows the powerfulness of the greater masonic workings and codes.
    The different lodges and the free masonry itself are just a fraction of the global masonical whole.
    Closelly examining these ‘fractions’ will never be able to give any kind of answer. That is why it is a secret society and will always remain so, even if at times it seems to be ‘uncovered’.

    The thing is, free masons work with codes, but they are not the programmers who made up the code. That is why they blindlly (have to!) accept the code. The better they follow up, the higher they get ranked. But that also means they do not know what the code is.
    And this is what makes it so brilliant; since they don’t know they can never ‘give out’ information about it.

    The code is meant for a different ‘part’, who are able to ‘naturaly’ decipher the code. They never show any external signs, they don’t have a certain handshake, they don’t wear ceremonial clothes… but they understand the code and work on their own level.

    The beehive who is still used by the free masons is in fact a old symbol who doesn’t do justice to the masonic ‘whole’ in the present day.
    The present day symbol is that of the hypercube.

  44. Oh, you mean the Borg?

  45. There you have it, another reference – chances are there was a mason involved in the whole star trek – borg creation.

  46. For example:
    Albert Einstein was such a ‘decipher’, by such – you will never see any ‘power’ symbols surrounding his persona. And it may look paradoxal but he became a free mason after his share of work was actually already done.

  47. Just Google “gene roddenberry freemason” and you get 11,000 results.

    The Borg is the NBIC Hive Mind. Just google it:

    Just another agenda of the Illuminists, pre-conditioning the public through Star Trek predictive programming.

    The hive-mind brainchips have been in R&D since the 1960s at least and they were conceived of at least as far back as the 1930’s by FDR science advisor Vannevar Bush.

    Vannevar Bush Worshipful Master Richard C. Maclaurin Lodge Cambridge, Massachusetts
    http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/biography/bush_v/bush_v.html

    One of the heads of NBIC is a socioligist out of the NSF who is a former apologist for Scientology and the Process Church (a satanic cult), both coming out of Aliester Crowley, a Freemason and Satanist.

    Every bit of the transhumanist agenda arises out of Freemasonry’s conceit of “improving human performance”.

    We don’t want no stinking Masonic hive mind borg brainchips thank you.

  48. Bro tipps, why dont you just bend over and let some big spade penetrate your rectum and spew aids infected sperm into your innards? And why don’t you just suck some n1gg3r’s dick? You are just a jew worshipping fag.

  49. as someone just starting to look into masonry via books and the internet, i have found next to nothing but attempts to dash the purpose and intentions of the masons, by people who arent masons. how can anyone in their right mind be against something they know nothing about, and have only heard about from people like this Al Pyke tosser? i choose not to believe the critics, and hope one day to join the ranks of masons, as my grandfather was a high order member himself. more power to you Zulu and the Brothers.

  50. David,

    Wow. For someone who is “just starting to look into masonry”, you are awfully quick to judge something you know nothing about, aren’t you?

  51. @ Pyke I must have hurt yo feeling coming back like that….that all you got…..lmao….damn lil man just remember this black thang is bigger than yours. That’s just like a skin head all bark no bite…….MASONIC POWER!!!!!! Damn mofo

  52. For the first time I will have to agree with pjwalker he knows nothing how you going to ask a non masonic member

  53. Bro Tipps,

    You are obviously watching this thread carefully so that you can guide it along. Good…for you.

    To clarify, the question was as to how a non-mason who is “just starting to look into masonry” can determine that masonry is good and that non-masons who criticize masonry are wrong. I think that is a fair and logical question. We are not talking about masons who defend their Craft, such as yourself. We are talking about non-masons with little knowledge who assume (without much basis) that non-mason critics are wrong. The point being that a non-mason with little knowledge of either side would not appear to have the necessary information to form a conclusion either way.

    There, I think that should clear up the issue for further discussion.

  54. Got ya from the start

  55. Ah Bro Tipps, you ain’t got shit, admit it. The world is waking up to the NWO agenda, out of the official Masonic bedtime stories. Time to repent.

    There may yet be time for you to free yourself from slavery to your masonic masters, to go from Freemason to Free Man.

  56. i wouldnt say i know nothing about either side of the argument. i have a history of masons throughout my family and have heard from them the masonic side of things. however after “just starting to look into masonry” for myself, ive found next to nothing but sites criticising masonry. therefore i think ive learned enough about both sides to have an opinion. since my last post ive been inducted into a lodge, so i can only learn more from now on.

  57. David,

    Well congratulations. Now you are an official servant of the Novus Ordo Seclorum. You know: Big Brother Surveillance, MasonicChip, Global Government, NAU, EU, AU, APU, UNASUR, United Nations, Police State Dictatorship, Wealth Redistribution, Big Government, CIA Black Ops, Eugenics, Transhumanism, Perpetual War, Social Engineering, Psyops, Military/Industrial Complex, CFR, Bilderberg, Club of Rome, Lucis Trust, Roteract, Lions UN Global Compact, Banking Cartels, Royal Bloodlines etc, etc, all the things that Freemasons support.

    I wish I could say best of luck, but instead I’ll say go sit on a sharp stake.

  58. What is it, pjwalker911, that you have ever done in your entire life to benefit somebody other than yourself? You are so negative and conspiracy driven. I truly feel sorry for you. Tell me this, have you ever been out of this country? Do you speak any languages other than english? Have you been to war, bankrupt, or divorced? Have you truly suffered as a result of “the New World Order” ? It is you, and people like you, who question things to the point where life loses its magic. It is people like you who allow anti-semitism in our country. Your people are a people with no culture, love, tolerance, ambition or future. You seek to set brother against brother. You are a weak, emotional and intellectual infant who bought into the liberal arts education that your parents paid for. The anarchy you seek would crush you. You are a pussy.

  59. @ jbehr finally someone else thinks pjwalker is a pussy this mofo does not know what the hell he is talking about…..where you hail from jbehr

  60. Freemasonry is not a religion and therfore cannot be defined as a cult. Unless you choose to ignore the command of english and its definitions.

    Freemasons give over 1 million dollars a day to charities. This isn’t a PR Program, its a genuine desire to improve mankind.

    I wonder if the blog author sees a conspiracy and nefarious agendas in the birthday gifts he receives.

    Question to Blog Author:
    If Freemasonry and the NWO were so paranoid and secretive as you like to exclaim, don’t you think it wouldn’t be much of a challenge to censor this website? << Rhetorical

    Sensationalism sells news. I think the Blog Author works for the National Enquirer.

  61. I hate liars. And every Freemason who posts his lies here:

    “The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine.”

    – Albert Pike, KKK founder and Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction Scottish Rite Freemasonry until his death in 1891, in Morals and Dogma

    “Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled, to conceal the truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it.”

    – Supreme Pontiff of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, – Sovereign Grand Commander Albert Pike 33°, Morals and Dogma, page 104

    “All the truely dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabbalah and return to it: everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of the Illuminati, Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin, and others, is borrowed from Kabbalah, all the Masonic associations owe to it their secrets and their symbols.”

    – Supreme Pontiff of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Sovereign Grand Commander Albert Pike 33°, Morals and Dogma, page 744

    “To you, Sovereign Instructors of Grade 33, we tell you: you have to repeat to the brothers of inferior grades that we worship only one God to whom we pray without superstition. It is we, Initiated in the Supreme Grade, that are to keep the real Masonic religion preserving pure the Lucifer doctrine.”

    – Supreme Pontiff of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Gen Albert Pike, issuing a directive to the 23 Supreme Councils of the Illuminati 4 June 1889

  62. “I wish he’d explained further what he meant by that? Uncool people might get in and diminish his light?

    You don’t have to be a genius to figure out it doesn’t matter what he says since he is saying it in the first place.

    Freemasonry is a serious problem because it is old. Starting at the 33rd degree a masons pledge to his brothers is deadly serious. What happens when they get into powerful positions is anyones guess but most of it will never be known except for the obvious.

  63. Let he who has common sense tell from these quotes (from those in positions to know) what Freemasonry is really all about:

    “European mysticism was not dead at the time the United States of America was founded. The hand of the mysteries controlled in the establishment of the new government for the signature of the mysteries may still be seen on the Great Seal of the United states of America. Careful analysis of the seal discloses a mass of occult and masonic symbols chief among them, the so-called American Eagle. … the American eagle upon the Great Seal is but a conventionalised phoenix…Not only were many of the founders of the United States government Masons, but they received aid from a secret and august body existing in Europe which helped them to establish this country for A PECULIAR AND PARTICULAR PURPOSE known only to the intiated few.”

    – Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, pp. XC and XCI

    “Freemasonry is a fraternity within a fraternity — an outer organization concealing an inner brotherhood of the elect … it is necessary to establish the existence of these two separate and yet interdependent orders, the one visible and the other invisible. The visible society is a splendid camaraderie of ‘free and accepted’ men enjoined to devote themselves to ethical, educational, fraternal, patriotic, and humanitarian concerns. The invisible society is a secret and most august fraternity whose members are dedicated to the service of a mysterious arcannum arcandrum.”

    – Manly Palmer Hall, ‘Masonry’s Greatest Philosopher’ according to the Scottish Rite Journal, in Lectures on Ancient Philosophy, p. 433

    “The Masonic Movement … is the custodian of the law; it is the home of the Mysteries, and the seat of initiation. It holds in it symbolism the ritual of Deity, and the way of salvation is pictorially preserved in its work. The methods of Deity are demonstrated in its Temples, and under the All-seeing Eye the work can go forward. It is a far more occult organisation than can be realised, and it is intended to be the training school for the coming advanced occultists.”

    -Alice Bailey, Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 511

    “Masonry gives rogues and evil-minded characters an opportunity of visiting upon their devoted victim, all the ills attending combined power, when exerted to accomplish destruction. It works unseen, at all silent hours, and secret times and places; and, like death when summoning his diseases, pounces upon its devoted subject, and lays him prostrate in the dust. Like the great enemy of man, it has shown its cloven foot, and put the public upon its guard against its secret machinations.”

    –Capt. WM. Morgan, Illustrations of Masonry, 1827.

    “Masonry makes no profession of Christianity.. but looks forward to the time when the labor of our ancient brethren shall be symbolized by the erection of a spiritual temple.. in which there shall be but one altar and one worship; one common altar of Masonry on which the Veda, Shatra, Sade, Zeda-Avesta, Koran and the Holy Bible shall at who’s shrine the Hindu, the Persian, the Assyrian, the Chaldean, the Egyptian, the Chinese, the Mohammedan, the Jew and the Christian may kneel.”

    – “The Kentucky Monitor” Fellowcraft Degree p. 95

    “Masonry, successor to the Mysteries (Babel, Mythras, Tummuz, Whicka, etc.) still follows the ancient manor of teaching.”

    – Albert Pike “Morals and Dogma Fellowcraft Degree p.22

    “Though Masonry is identical with the ancient Mysteries, it is so only in this qualified sense: that it presents but an imperfect image of their brilliancy, the ruins of their grandeur ..”

    – Albert Pike “Morals and Dogma Fellowcraft Degree p.22

    “You must conceal all the crimes of your brother Masons… and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother Mason be always sure to shield him. It may be perjury to do this, it is true, but you’re keeping your obligations.”

    – Ronayne, “Handbook of Masonry” p. 183

    “Membership of secret societies such as freemasonry can raise suspicions of a lack of impartiality or objectivity. It is therefore important the public know the facts. I think it is the case that the freemasons said they are not a secret society but a society with secrets. I think it is widely accepted that one secret they should not be keeping is who their members are in the criminal justice system.”

    – Home Secretary Jack Straw, 1997 Home Affairs Committee England

    “It is generally agreed that the biggest single influence in the modern expansion of ritual magic, and the occult explosion in general, in the Western world, was the Golden Dawn. This magical fraternity, founded by Freemasons at the end of the 19th century, developed a complex ritual system with ten degrees of initiation relating to the Cabalistic Sephiroth.”

    – Janet and Stewart Farrar, The Life and Times of A Modern Witch, Phoenix Publishing Company, p. 121.

    “We must allow all of the federations to continue just as they are…BUT we must create a SUPER RITE, which will remain unknown, to which we will call those Masons of high degree whom we shall select. With regard to our brothers in Masonry, these men MUST be pledges to the strictest secrecy. Through this SUPREME RITE, we will govern ALL freemasonry which will become the one international center, the more powerful because its direction will be UNKNOWN.”

    – Giuseppe Mazzini

  64. marcus l. hill

    im wanting to become 1 who travels east can some1 help me?

  65. I find it ironic that the blog moderator is also allegedly known as Simon Grey – The Author of Secrets of Freemasonry.

    That said, my point is proven. Sensationalism sells books. The entire point of this anti-masonic blog is to line the pockets of an author who makes his living by the very existance of Freemasonry.

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  69. Only thing I find on Simon Grey is a musician. References or links?

  70. WL – here is the link that connects Simon Grey.

    http://www.isnare.com/?aid=389063&ca=Education

    When you click his profile avatar you will note the info in the results on his profile page. Be sure to note the other article titles as well as the links.

    *Its standard for bloggers to post their blog articles on article directories to drive traffic.

  71. Interesting links. Maybe I’m being slow–but I still don’t see where PJ Walker is the same person as Simon Gray? I mean similar views obviously–

  72. Well maybe not similar views–I had only time for quick skim–

  73. To those of you who slander the history, meaning, and purpose behind freemasonry and bettering ones self through bonding with fellow brothers: the Freemasons are no clan of devil worshipping heathens, nor a group of politically corrupt people with high ambitions on becoming powerful through the freemasonry. They are people who know the old virtues that some would argue, ‘America once had.’ When you attempt to look deeply into their rituals and acts, you may find things you see as disturbing. Some things may be to draw you away from the special, sacred things they may truly wish to keep for those worthy who have earned the right to see and hear it. They work to better themselves and their fellow brothers with the wisdom and morals passed down through freemasonry. If you complain that politicians are freemasons.. Well you had ought to be glad. These are wise-minded people who are the epidome of what people can be if they work hard and live in accordance with a superior being. It is sickening to see these good people slandered up and down through all parts of the world by outsiders who know nothing about them. I myself am an outsider. Yet, I know many good men who are freemasons and there isn’t a one of them I would not trust in my darkest hour. They can be complete strangers and yet the best friends one can have due to their random acts of pure kindness. You may not believe that I am only 17 years old, but I am. I am waiting with sincere patience to be allowed the priviledge to join this sacred brotherhood. I would hope people that know nothing about the things in which they accuse a group of doing realize they don’t really know and that they could be and probably are quite wrong in their slanderings. If they have not, then I fear for humanity, because a 17 year old boy has realized it when they have not. If freemasonry were a cult of devil worshipping beasts, then why would church going men, pastors, priests, and other holy men join this group? They simply would not. It is rediculous to make dirty the name of a benevolent and kind-hearted organization such as the Freemasons. May God bless them and frown upon unjust gawk at their sacred past and present.

  74. ‘Your people are a people with no culture, love, tolerance, ambition or future. You seek to set brother against brother. You are a weak, emotional and intellectual infant who bought into the liberal arts education that your parents paid for. The anarchy you seek would crush you.’ – jbehr

    Very well said.. It is this kind of person who should crawl into a hole and die. He is already digging his hole to get away from reality, to give his meaningless life some form of purpose. I may be 17 years old, but I’m a Volunteer Firefighter & EMT in the state of Maryland, consistent donator to charities, and a person who actually goes outside to see what is going on around my little hole, unlike Pjwalker911. I fear that I’ve already done more in my short lifetime than this person will ever do. My words for him… take a walk outside your fantasy world of cults and conspiracy to see what’s truly going on in the world. Then see if you are still content with your countless hours wasted in lies and pointless slandering. The world could truly do good without you on it.

  75. You’re right.

    I don’t believe you. (D I )

    And the world would be better with more PJs.

  76. Speaking of benevolent kind heartedness–

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dies_Irae

  77. Oh man,the blue lodge brothers are out in force. You are the biggest bunch of followers on earth. You swear oaths to deceive the profane about the secret society you belong too. In fact Albert Pike wrote that the higher adepts should mislead all the lower Blue Lodge master lemmings about the true nature of the craft. I feel for you because I think most of you are good people but please research the greatest writers of Freemasonry thru-out history who were of the higher degrees and who and what they where associated with.
    I would not believe anything you told me because you have sworn to mislead me by your blood oaths. So I study your symbolism and writings from the great masonic philosophers like Manley P. Hall etc. I can say I have been illuminated lol. The farther you look back the more truth you will find. The sorry goal of the Secret of the Ages is how those at the top of the pyramid can control the rest of us, the sheep.

  78. Trimbeaux,

    Right on all accounts, but one thing is, don’t be too charitable toward these swine. You waste and misplace your compassion when you say “I feel for you because I think most of you are good people”. That simply isn’t true. I know from dealing with these bums for years spinning their webs of lies and constantly attacking anyone who exposes the Great Work of the Builders, the Synarchy, the Occult Theocracy, their Masonic Matrix system, the Luciferian Novus Ordo Seclorum, ie New World Order. So I say Freemasons can all go to hell and can never be trusted anymore than an “ex-CIA” agent can be trusted. There can be some exceptions like Capt Morgan, but they are very few in number. Once they have sold their souls, that is it. For all practical purposes, they have cut themselves off from the rest of humanity, pooling their loyalties into the Craft above ALL other loyalties. They consider themselves an inviolable elite priesthood and yet claim they are not a religion. But they claim this simply because they are a bunch of damned liars. It is so easy to disprove them from their own writings (Pike and Palmer etc) that it’s just ridiculous. They are the continuation of the Mysteries of Egypt which is a system of the oldest form of mind-control and political domination.

    Freemasonry is the officially accepted and protected Mafia that runs just about everything from media (99% of articles on Freemasonry are pure formulaic propaganda for example, because they control how these articles are written) to the Military, to the auto industry and Hollywood, religion, education, and on and on. They are behind media spin and propaganda. They are behind MK Ultra Mind Control. They are behind the gangs and the degrading music industry. They are behind the False Flag terror. They are behind the endless wars. They are behind world government. Their Six million strong Masonic army is behind the scenes quietly manipulating and manufacturing the world in their favor from the beginning. They are the NWO. They are the Enemy. Their propaganda is aimed at hiding the mechanisms of the NWO and attempting to destroy anyone who exposes them. A bunch of psychopaths whose “morality” and “charity” are merely fronts for their nefarious crimes against humanity. Not one of them ever lifts a finger to stop the madness of the New World Order (and they attack those who do) because they are cowards who will never risk their positions. So to sum it up, they are cowardly, immoral, criminal, fake, arrogant, psychopathic liars who deserve nothing but derision and exposure to the light of day.

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  80. am reading. confused. who doesn’t want to be rich?

  81. This is a sad sad set of comments that I am reading. I just happened upon this article by accident and started reading the comments all the way through, mostly out of boredom. I am not writing this to attempt to reason with those who do not wish to be reasoned with, such as those above, but rather to make an observation. If you would pick up Freemasonry for dummies, it tells you everything short of the words grips and signs of a mason. Let me address some issues that have come up.

    1. “penalties” for breaking your obligation…they are the ancient penalties and are no longer enforced. If someone was to break their obligation, they appear before a committee and are most likely suspended for a while.

    2. NWO, this is a theory perpetuated by people who feel so insignificant and so out of place in the world that they feel a need to be “above” other people, which they do by claiming a higher knowledge of things

    3. The Internet. Stories about freemasons being evil are nothing new, they have been around for centuries. If you read Freemasons for dummies, there is a whole section devoted to that.

    4. The KKK. The KKK is everything the Masons are not. Masonry is all about helping your fellow man, being a good person, and living an all around good life.

    5. Masonry is a fraternity, no different than your average college frat in terms of secrecy. Just as college have secret rituals, so do the Masons. The only difference is that Masonic rituals are all about making yourself a better person.

    6. Using one person as a model for the whole group is just ridiculous. If there have been some bad people it is because they are individuals, doing what they want to do, not what Masonry tells them to do. Masonry is a guiding light, you can choose to follow that light and hope to become a better person for it or not. It would be like saying every Christian is a horrible person because Hitler was a Christian (for illustrative purposes only, Hitler was not a Christian).

    I hope at least some people come off with the right idea of Masonry. Again check out Freemasonry for Dummies, it is a fantastic read. Also, I am a Master Mason in Michigan. Also, I ask any Brothers reading this not to act like Bro. Tips and start getting angry. If people want to believe in something, that’s fine, even if it is clearly wrong, because it is better to believe in something than nothing at all.

  82. Also Bro. Zulu, I’d enjoy to the chance to discuss how Masonry is practiced where you live. Drop me a line at dandrews1132@gmail.com if/when you get the chance.

  83. Sorry, one more thing, the skull on the ring is a symbol of the Knights Templar (a Christian based appendant body).

  84. It saddens me to see good men come under attack who are trying to make this world a better place.
    I suppose that if I had no affiliations with anyone, lived in a cave and gave to the poor there would be those who would still attack…it’s in their nature.
    All I ask is that those sensible people who have seen that these attacks are out of ignorance; please do not name call and attack them back, just send them positive energy and hope that they will find peace and enlightenment in whatever form suits them best.
    I wish you all (even those who have attacked me) all the best.
    Be well,
    Zulu

  85. So Mote it Be! Bro. Mark, get ahold of me at goldenchild7817@yahoo.com

  86. Those of you who dislike Freemasonry do so out of your own ignorance. You know nothing except what a couple of malcontents tell you. Now, in my mind, you sound more like slaves than you think that we as Masons are.

    There is no brainwashing going on, not evil plan. Why in the world you want to know what we do behind closed doors in our meetings is beyond me. I wonder, can I go to your house and barge in on your most intimate time? Can I barge in on you during your organizational meetings or private conversations? Oh, would you mind if I had the password to your email address or bank account? No? Why not? You are hell-bent on trying to find these things out about us. What good does it do you to learn some password or handshake??? Okay, so you think you might have discovered one or heck, all of them. Then what??? What do you have??? Even if we let you come into our meetings and sit during our imitations, what do you have? Will it shut you up? No. So where are we? Right back were we started. You will always hate what you don’t understand or believe in; it’s human nature.

    As someone has said, a little research and you can find some of the “secrets” of the lodge. Despite that fact, there are still countless numbers of foolish people who still berate a bunch of well-intentioned men trying to learn a little more about themselves and better their lives and the lives of their fellowman.

    I can promise you, in my lodge there is no funny business or nefarious activities going on. We do a lot in the community and give a sizable about of money away to people in need and to local students to help them pay for college. Are those the evils actions you accuse us of? What are you doing in your spare time? How are you improving your condition and those around you???

    Oh and quoting Pike is pointless; most of us in the lodge think he is a nut. He and Crowley are apologists who try to interpret Masonry their way. They did not come up with the rules of the lodge or how initiations are supposed to be handled. They are commenting on their own ideas about the lodge. They do not speak for the rest of us, I promise you.

    Do yourself a big fat favor and spend you time doing something useful, not trying to figure out what a bunch of harmless men in aprons are doing at that little building with the funny symbols on the front.

  87. *initiations* not *imitations* as I wrote above.

  88. To deny that iniquity doesn’t exist in this nation and this world is to deny reality! One is either deceived, or a deceiver, one who denies that a very great evil is not at work in this nation, and this world, and one who attempts to hide this truth. To those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, the “mystery of iniquity” will be, and is being, revealed. The deceived will go on being deceived, and the deceivers will go on decieving until the bitter end. They will both fall into the ditch, just as Christ foretold.

  89. All Freemasons, skull & bones, illuminati ect. Read my lips, LICK MY BALLS!!

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  91. This article alone has resulted in thousands of new members. Thank you Aftermath News!

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