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Book Title: The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: Large Print Edition|
The author of the book: Manly P. Hall
ISBN 13: 9781453767184
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Edition: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of issue: August 15th 2010
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Manly Hall's one of my favourite lecturers. His lectures are not based on poetic truths like Alan Watts' but go straight to the meanings of virtues, values, honour, daily life, the great quest for truth... He speaks plainly and it's a breath away from the New Age movement and their gurus.
The Lost Keys though is totally different and Hall deploys an array of vocabulary which he uses to pierce open the meaning of Masonry's symbolism. I understand that when he wrote it he was not yet a Mason but I think he might have been Rosicrucian (?)
Anyway, I think it was very well written and I think that the use of poetic language there is the only way to describe the meaning of symbols not only in Masonry but also all around the world. I don't wanna speak too much though because I'm not a Mason although I hope to be one day. I understand that it is a quest which is carried from within, it is the trust into the metaphysical realm, it is the irrational yet undeniable inexpressible existence of God through man. I don't want to say too much unless I'm wrong but I like to think I understand.
Hall goes from explaining the quest through Hiram Habiff and the three ruffians being Thought, Desire and Action who assassinate the Builder (Hiram) and then work to ressuscitate him. He then goes on to speak about the canditate for Freemasonry and how he feels as an individual; what makes him a candidate; what makes him elligible as an Entered Apprentice and then goes on to explain the mindset of the Fellowcraft and then to Master Mason.
It doesn't give any insights into the rituals and what goes on in Freemasonry but rather it unravels with beauty what goes on inside the Mason as an individual. I thought it was very well written.
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Read information about the authorCanadian born, Manly Palmer Hall is the author of over 150 published works, the best known of which are Initiates of the Flame, The Story of Healing, The Divine Art,Aliens Magick and Sorcery The Secret Teachings of All Ages, and An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy.
He was also the author of a masonic curiosity, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry in 1923, more than thirty years before he joined a lodge. The preface of later editions states "At the time I wrote this slender volume, I had just passed my twenty-first birthday, and my only contact with Freemasonry was through a few books commonly available to the public." Later, in 1944, he wrote The Secret Destiny of America which popularized the myth of a masonic purpose for the founding of the USA. In 1950 he weighed in again on the meaning of Freemasonry with his booklet: Masonic Orders of Fraternity.
Initiated: June 28, 1954
Passed: September 20, 1954
Raised November 22, 1954
Jewel Lodge No. 374
Source: Grand Lodge of California records ; William R. Denslow, 10,000 Famous Freemasons, vol. ii. Trenton, MO. : Missouri Lodge of Research / Educational Bureau, Royal Arch Mason Magazine, 1958. p. 165.
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