Recently, I had a conversation with a Masonic Brother about what tribe of Israel he and I were members of. No, I am not Jewish, but like a great many Masons I have an affinity with ancient Jewish mysticism. As a Mason I have learned to look beyond the obvious, which includes the hidden meanings behind each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. One such belief is the Tribes of Israel represent certain personalities traits. I know, it sounds weird, but it is true, and I will prove it.

You see, “when a Gentile converts and becomes an Israelite, he/she joins a tribe.” Did you ever wonder why certain Masons feel and sense things more than other people and even other Masons? I know I have! Within our own teachings, we are taught and even encouraged to seek further truths through Enlightenment. I know, some Masons balk as such notions, but others are encouraged by them and seek out even greater understandings. Like the reenactments of the 1st and 2nd constructions of King Solomon’s temple, and other related narratives that teach allegorical lessons. Why are these stories still taught? Because they hold powerful mystical lessons for each Mason to discover for himself.

I know my own path has given me greater comfort in knowing that God is with me (Gnosis); and history is replete with so many misunderstandings about how he and his power works for the benefit of mankind. This blindness is common amongst the masses, and even within Masonry itself. Sadly, these deniers are as prevalent as grains of sand at the beach. But that is OK, for you see, the Pyramid is very narrow at the top.

Yes, immortality of the soul is real and it does in fact exist. Denying its existence does not change the fact that when we die our souls transcend, but that is a topic for another day. If one denies his own soul, and the power that lies within it, than he or she are only causing themselves more pain and suffering, now and in the future. So when I say that people can communicate with the dead, it actually means they can talk to an individuals soul; weird right. Well not really. Many religions even encourage such behavior and beliefs. How often do we pray, or go to a cemetery plot and talk to a parent or lost love? I am not ashamed to say that I have done it and still do; how about you? But why do people do such things? Simply stated, because they believe they can communicate with that persons soul.

Yet, like I said earlier, when a person converts to Judaism, he or she is encouraged to select a tribe; only because their ancestors become our ancestors, or “our tribes become their tribes.” The convert gets to select a tribe based on prayer, meditation and personality traits that are common with that tribe. In fact, these “characteristics of the tribes… can …be found in Gen 49:3-27 & Deut 33. A convert should also feel some affinity for the part of Israel that was apportioned to the tribe they have chosen. Levi is not included in this list, because one can only be a Priest or Levite by descent, NOT conversion.” Therefore, a person should “feel some affinity” for Israel and it past, like what Masons do in Lodge and during its degrees.

Here is a list of tribes, with their personality traits; can you select your tribe based on your traits?

Reubenites: Strong-minded and strong-willed; powerful, excelling in strength. Turbulent in emotion; quick and fiery in anger. Determined to get their own way. Fierce warriors. Cattle herders.

Issacharites: Hardworking, great stamina. Down to earth. Good business acumen – able to make much out of their hard work. Scholarly, academic, good students of Torah. Persuasive in argument, eager to make converts. Astronomers

Zebulunites: Strong connection with the sea, sea-farers. Good at trade and commerce with all kinds of people. Good at dealing with outsiders.

Gadites: Cunning, resourceful, strong defenders. Warlike and strong, yet loyal and courageous. They don’t put up with nonsense or fools; quarrelsome. Strong sense of justice. Cattle-breeders. Aloof sometimes. Someone who enjoys unusually good fortune.

Asherites: Love food and cooking; very social. Like the good things of life, but still provide for others. Virtuous people who with single-mindedness strive for the general good. Generally happy good-natured dispositions.

Ephraimite: Strong, rugged; fruitful, influential. Good soldier, a warrior clan. Modest and not selfish. Able to overcome overwhelming odds. Able to make the most out a little. Jealous and defensive of position once gained; impulsive (also, the Ephraimites could not say the ‘sh’ sound, instead saying ‘s’). Ephraim is the royal tribe of the northern kingdom, just as Judah was the royal tribe of the southern kingdom.

Manassites: Strong, stoical. Good farmers. Good at languages. Blessed with good fortune. Full of courage and valor.

Danites: Strong sense of justice and fairness; suspicious nature. Artists and craftsmen. Restless, insecure, occasionally paranoid.

Naftalites: Good orators, writers, poets, teachers. Swift of mind or body. Values nature, love natural beauty around them, looks after nature. Has endured much hardship. Studies under difficult conditions to acquire knowledge.

Judahites: Able to command the respect of others. Born leaders and strong defenders of the nation. Good organizers. Good entrepreneurs, able to make wealth out of little. Stubborn, obstinate.

Benjaminites: The ‘little brother’ type, someone everyone wants to protect. Someone who gains strength from needing others, thereby binding them together. Astute and pugnacious in nature. Strong defenders – skilled archers. Someone whose strength is often underestimated, surprising his friends and foes alike.

Simeonites: Volatile, quick to anger, fierce, furious. Do first and think afterwards. Conservative in nature. Portion of the Falashas of Ethiopia are said to be descended from Simeon. Loves the desert lands.

I have long held that I am a descendant of the tribe of Judah, which I highlighted in blue above. There are, of course, many more personality traits available on the internet for you to explore, if you want to research this topic further; this post was only intended to give a basic understanding of the concept. I hope you enjoyed this Gnostic (Gnosis) exercise.

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir