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Freemasons on Freemasonry and the Cabala ------------------------------------------------------------- "Kabalah is the key of the occult sciences." -- Albert Pike, 33rd Degree Mason, as quoted from secondary source "Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge" by Ankerberg and Weldon, page 219 "The Kabalah is indeed of the essence of Freemasonry." -- co-Mason Helena P. Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society, as quoted from secondary source "Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge" by Ankerberg and Weldon, page 236 "The Jewish mysteries are the source of our present tradition of which was carried to Rome, and thence passed down through the Collegia into the mediaveal guilds, finally emerging in the eighteenth century in the speculative rituals fo the Craft degrees, in the Holy Royal Arch and the degree of Mark Master Mason, and in those of other emblems and ceremonies..." -- Freemason C.W. Leadbeater, "Freemasonry and its Ancient Mystic Rites, page 77 "....the theories of Qabbalism are inextricably interwoven with the tenets of alchemy, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, and Freemasonry." -- 33rd Degree Freemason Manly Palmer Hall, as quoted from secondary source "Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge," by Ankerberg and Weldon, page 220 "...in the Kabbala we find fragments of the symbolic knowledge which was once the exclusive property of the initiates. So close are the analogiews between certain of the doctrines of the Kabbala and those of the earlier degrees of Masonry, that it has been supposed that Kabbalistic students were responsible for the introduction of speculative Masonry into our modern Craft. The student of occultism does not hold this veiw, for he knows that our speculative rituals belong in substance to a far older past than the eighteenth century, and that they perpetuate the tradition of the Jews, who derived it from the Mysteries of Egypt. He sees in the Kabbala a written and exoteric portiion of certain teachings belonging to the Jews, though handed down...." - Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites, Freemason C.W. Leadbeater, page 73 "This is a Kabbalistic and Hermetic Degree of the greatest antiquity, dealing with the primal matter of things.... There are seven stations representing planets that andciently explained the passage of souls between heaven and earth...." -- Freemason Clauson's commentary on the 28th Degree of the Scottish Rite, as quoted in "Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge" by Ankerburg and Weldon, page 217 "The Cabala may be defined to be a system of philosophy which embraces certain mystical interpretations of Scripture, and metaphysical and spiritual beings... Much use is made of it in the advanced degrees, and entire Rites have been constructed on its principles." -- Freemason Albert Mackey, "Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry," as quoted from secondary source "Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge," page 220 "Freemasonry is kabbalism in another garb." -- Freemason F. De P. Castelle, "The Genuine Secrets of Freemasony Prior to A.D. 1717, according to secondary source "Hidden Secrets of the Eastern Star" by Dr. Cathy Burns, page 263 "Masonry cannot be fully appreciated or understood without knowledge of the Qabalist Tree of Life..." -- Paul Foster case, Freemason and Golden Dawn member, considered to be the outstanding authority of Tarot, Qbalah, Alchemy, and other occult topics, as quoted by Dr. Cathy Burns, "Hidden Secrets of the Eastern Star, page 263 "...all Masonic associations owe to it [Kabala] their secrets and their symbols." --Eliphas Levi, Transcendental Magic, as quoted from secondary source, "Fallen Angel" by Thomas Friend on page 241 [brackets mine; Levi was a 19th century Freemason and black majician, whose works were plaigarized by infamous Freemason, Albert Pike, according to Freemason Manly Hall.] "Simultaneously with the publication of the Qabalah in 1887, he [MacGregor Mathers, founder of the Golden Dawn] recieved instructions from his occult teachers to prepare what was eventually to become his esoteric school.In this connnection were associated with him the late Dr. Woodman and the late Dr. Wynn-Wescott, both eminent Masons and Qabalists" --Moina Mathers, wife of Freemason MacGreggor Mathers, author of the "Kabbalah Unveiled", where the quote occurs as a prefatory remmark in an edition of Mather's "Kabbala Unveiled", as is quoted here from secondary source: "Fallen Angel: The Untold Story of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin", page 206 "The true philosophy, known and practised by Soloman, is the basis on which Masonry is founded." -- Albert Pike, Freemason of the 33rd and last Degree, "Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry", 1871, L.H. Jenkins Inc., p. 785, as quoted from secondary source, "The Great Seal of the United States: Its Occult Meaning", David Carrico, 1977. This quote is taken from the Ritual of the Degree of Kabalistic and Hermetic Rose Croix, according to researcher Carrico. "Freemasonry is founded upon the activities of this secret society of Central European adepts, whom the studious Mason will find to be the definite 'link' between the modern Craft and the Ancient Wisdom. The outer body of Masonic philosophy was merely the veil of this qabbalistic order whose members were the custodians of the true Arcanum." -- 33rd Degree Freemason Manly Palmer Hall, "Rosicrucian and Masonic Origins "The whole basis of our theory is the Qabalah...." -- Aleister Crowley, Freemason and father of modern satanism as quoted in Craig Heimbichner's "Blood On The Altar", page 116; primary source is "Magic In Theory and Practice" by the self-professed "Beast-666" himself, Crowley. "Masonry is a search after Light. That search leads us dire- ctly back, as you see, to the Kaballah." -- Freemason Albert Pike, 33rd Degree, as quoted in Ankerberg and Weldon's excellent book, "Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge," page 217 "The basis of the Western occultism of medieval is the Kabb- alah of the medieval Hebrew Rabbis." William Wynn Westcott, a Freemason, "The Rosicrucians: Past and Present, At Home and Abroad, an Address to the Soc. Rosic. In Anglia --------------- SOME QUOTES BY NON-MASONS: ----------------- "And when augmented by wide-ranging reading from a number of works related to the Craft (most of which were suggested by New Age articles or editorial commentary), it is evident that international Freemasonry historically has been a revolutionary world- wide movement organized to advance Kabbalistic Gnosticism and, if possible, to undermine Christianity..." -- Paul A. Fisher, "Behind the Lodge Door", page 16 "The Cabala is a body of occult doctrine, originally Jewish, which has been adopted with enthusiasm by non-Jewish occultists since the fifteenth century. [Freemasons] Levi, Mathers, Crowley were all heavily influenced by it." -- Richard Cavendish, "The Dark Arts". [Brackets mine] "Although many cabalists have led devout and blameless lives, thick veins of magic and sorcery are not far beneath the Cabala's surface." - Thomas Friend, Fallen Angel, page 393 "In essence, the Kabbalah, as preserved in the Zohar, compl- etely subverts everything which God ever tried to teach the Jews about Himself and about ethics and religion." -- Pike, Theodore Winston, "Irael, Our Duty, Our Dilemma" "Even today virtually all occult systems (especially theos- ophical ones) and practices, including witchcraft and Satanism, borrow heavily from the Kabbalah in their rituals and symbolism." -- Theodore Pike, "Israel, Out Duty, Our Dilemma", page 103 "As Nesta Webster documents so well, modern theosophy is but warmed-over Kabbalah." -- Theodore Winston Pike, "Israel, Our Duty, Our Dilemma", page 123 "It is from the Kabbalah, which has drawn deeply from the pagan mysteries, as likewise from these mysteries themselves, that we are to ask an explanation of what Masonry is, and of Masonic symbols." Preuss, as quoted by Father Fahey
"Let no one be found among you who...practises divination or
sorcery,  interprets  omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts
spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults  the
dead.  Anyone  who  does  these  things is detestable to the
Lord" -- The Holy Bible