I recently met a Masonic Brother at a Scottish Rite event who told me he was member of Golden Dawn. We had a GREAT conversation!!! Part of our discussion dealt with the influences of Hermeticism within Masonry. You see, a great many mainstream Masons (Blue Lodges) don’t truly understand the impact Hermes Trismegistus (thrice-greatest Hermes), who wrote Hermetic Corpus, which is a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism, had on the creation of the Craft. What I most enjoy about studying Hermes T. is its binding influences within the ancient mysteries (i.e. mainstream Masonry and its sister schools).
In short, the organization known today as the Golden Dawn is one such order of the broader Craft. No, they are not directly related to mainstream Masonry (Blue Lodges); however, like so many orders of the broader Craft, their roots are directly related through the study of Hermes T.. You see, this group also uses the teachings of Hermes T. as do so many of orders of the broader Craft.
The original Golden Dawn organization was founded in 1887 by three British Masons, Samuel Liddell Mathers, Dr.’s William Wynn Westcott and William Robert Woodman.
I only mentioned Golden Dawn to demonstrate the interrelationship between this as well as other Masonic orders. I have heard it said time and time again that mainstream Masonry was founded in 1717 in England, and there is no relationship between the other Masonic orders who delve more directly into the esoteric sciences. This is simply not true!
The sad part of mainstream Masonry is if you want to truly understand what the signs, symbols and allegorical stories mean, one must study these sister groups to find their more esoteric meanings. It has become my belief that Blue Lodges exist only for the sole purpose of general knowledge and exposure. And the true meanings of the Craft must be discovered by studying the lessons of the other sister orders (Scottish Rite, York Rite, Rosicrucian, Knights Templar GCKT International, Circes International, and even Golden Dawn, etc.).
That is why you have so many deniers within mainstream Masonry. Sadly, they honestly believe there is no relationship between these differing orders. However, only once a man understands gnosis, and its relationship to philosophies like Hermes Trismegistus, can a Mason of any order, including mainstream Blue Lodge Masonry, learn the truth about the degrees they attended and participated in.
And finally, while conducting research for this post, I discovered the following information on Wikipedia: “This is a list of all verifiable organizations that claim to be a Masonic Grand Lodge… A Masonic ‘Grand Lodge’ (also ‘Grand Orient’) is the governing body that supervises and governs the individual ‘Lodges’ of Freemasons in any particular geographical area or ‘jurisdiction’, (usually corresponding to a national boundary or other major political unit). Some are large, with thousands of members divided into hundreds of subordinate Lodges. Others are tiny, with only a few members in one or two subordinate Lodges. Sometimes there will be only one Grand Lodge in a given area. More often, however, there will be several competing Grand Lodges claiming the same jurisdictional area, or claiming overlapping areas. This fact leads to debates over legitimacy: Not all Grand Lodges and Grand Orients recognize each other as being legitimate. However, such recognition is not relevant to this list. Inclusion criteria only establish a physical (as against an internet) presence, and lodges which meet as masons.”
This Wikipedia information begs the question, what is Masonry? With so many competing interest, there has to be a defining solution, right? No, not really!!! You see, there are hundreds upon hundreds of different Masonic jurisdiction and governing bodies in the world. Many recognize others, while many do not!!! Therefore, for those mainstream Masons who claim superiority over the truth, your lies have been exposed! There are many differing forms of Masonry, yet all have similar defining truths, like Hermes Trismegistus and an appreciation for the ancient mystery of building a man’s character.
So Mote It Be!