Marc Hubs is a writer/researcher on mind, science, and conspiracy. He is the author of "Know Your Enemy: Reflections of NPD."
Freemasonry is a controversial topic with many "conspiracy theories" surrounding it.
Public opinion of Freemasonry is mixed. Some people believe it to be completely harmless and benign whereas others think it's more sinister and there are some people who have never heard of it.
But what actually is Freemasonry?
The Grand Lodge of England and Wales describes Freemasonry as a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. The masons are also particularly well known for their charity work - they regularly raise money for (and make donations to) charitable causes.
Along with performing ceremonial rituals and indoctrinating other people into the craft, masons also hang around having meals together, attend events together and collectively raise money for charitable causes.
The most intriguing part about Freemasonry, however, is the rituals that a person must perform in order to become a Freemason and work their way to becoming a Master Mason.
This description given by the Grand Lodge of Endland and Wales, on the face of it, seems rather benevolent.
So why all the controversy?
The answer: because it's so secretive.
Many people, including some masons, consider Freemasonry to be a secret society. However, Freemasons claim that it is not a secret society but rather it is a society with secrets - notice the play on words and also notice the plural: secrets - that's more than one secret.
There could be numerous secrets to the masonic degrees and perhaps there is an ultimate secret revealed at the highest level of Freemasonry (the 33rd degree - the number 33 signifies full enlightenment). To become a Freemason you must have a belief in a supreme being (e.g. God) and during masonic rituals this supreme being is referred to as the Great Architect of the Universe.
Some people who have been involved in Freemasonry, however, have claimed that Freemasonry's Great Architect of the Universe is actually Lucifer and that this is revealed during the ritual for becoming a 33rd degree Freemason. I have no idea whether there is any truth to this claim (but it wouldn't surprise me).
It is, however, claimed at the lower levels of masonry that the term refers to whichever God the candidate worships. So, if the candidate is a Christian, then the term Great Architect of the Universe refers to Jesus/God.
The one thing I don't like about the masonic rituals, however (especially after going through two of them myself), is the fact that before the candidate enters the temple to perform the ritual, the Grand Master formally invokes the presence of the Great Architect of the Universe.
He does this without the candidate, who is outside of the temple at the time, knowing and that bothers me - this is something which the candidate should know about before performing the ritual and having him not know about this invocation seems a little deceptive.
They haven't lied to the candidate but they've kept him in the dark about a vital piece of information that he should know about. The candidate should know about the invocation so he can make a fair and informed decision about whether he wants to continue to be a Freemason.
And which supreme being does this invocation apply to?
Lucifer, as some former masons claim?
The candidate should be in on it right from the start. It's only fair.
There are three main degrees to Freemasonry which require the performance of a ritual and they are "Entered Apprentice" (1st degree), "Fellow Craft" (2nd degree) and "Master Mason" (3rd degree).
To become a Master Mason you have to go through the rituals required for each level, so after your first ritual you become an Entered Apprentice. Once you've done the 2nd degree ritual you become a Fellow Craft Mason and after going through the 3rd degree ritual you become a Master Mason.
The other 30 degrees of Freemasonry are really just an extension of the Master Mason level of Freemasonry. One of these degrees is, quite significantly, the Knights Templar. However, once you become a Master Mason you will always be a Master Mason.
All three degrees have their own secret passwords and handshakes and this is how masons identify each other. All Freemasons are obligated to help each other out if it's possible to do so and the theme does seem to be centered on being honest, working diligently, being charitable and becoming a better person.
All seems rather benevolent, right?
Unfortunately, during the rituals up to becoming a Master Mason, as a part of the allegory (which is acted out by the masons during rituals in the temple), you actually swear several curses over yourself - punishments should you reveal the secrets of the craft.
They tell you that this is not literal but rather it's how you should feel should you violate your oaths. Punishments include having your tongue cut out and having your heart ripped from your ribcage should you reveal any masonic secrets.
What's wrong with this?
Well, as a person who is familiar with the aether and how it works, it seems to me that the performance of the masonic rituals that a candidate goes through actually manipulates the surrounding aether in order to place energetic curses on the parts of the body mentioned in the punishments.
In other words, though it may seem a bit too far out there for some people to understand, it's a form of witchcraft - should a mason reveal secrets then those parts of his body will be punished etherically (energetically) and he may go on to experience illness. Should he keep quiet about the secrets of Freemasonry then the curses won't affect him and he'll be fine.
Whilst everything we know about Freemasonry seems fairly harmless, there is a good side and a bad side to everything and masonry cannot be excluded. There is a good and a bad side to absolutely everything, no exclusions. One bad side to Freemasonry is the fact it's so secretive - this makes it a target, not just for conspiracy theorists, but for others who are looking for a system to exploit.
Due to the very fraternal nature of Freemasonry, along with it's secrets, it's inevitable that the craft is going to be exploited by a select group of people within the craft; those who will form a new secret society with it's own rules within the masonic fraternity - it's inevitable and Freemasonry due to it's never nature encourages it.
On the topic of rogue secret societies, there is another, more significant and more sinister group (secret society) which bases itself on Freemasonry but is very different and might be the reason why Freemasonry gets such a bad rap. This group is called Ordo Templis Orientis. There are three main degrees to the O.T.O and these are "Entered Apprentice", "Fellow Craft" and "Master Mason" - named after the degrees as Freemasonry but they are very different.
The O.T.O., however, is not proper Freemasonry. It's a quasi-masonic group which has worked it's way into genuine Freemasonry - there is a lot of cross-pollination between Freemasonry and the Illuminati. Whilst Freemasonry and the Illuminati are two separate organizations, they have been linked due to the Illuminati drawing membership from already existing masonic lodges.
They have interlinked.
Make no mistake about it, the Illuminati really do exist and I know this from personal experience. I've had run-ins with them (which is why I quit the UFO book project) and I believe I'm lucky to be alive. They have infiltrated Freemasonry and are targeting the children of Freemasons, especially the children who themselves joined Freemasonry when they were old enough (such as myself - I joined when I was 21).
Another secretive organization which seems to be linked to the Ordo Templi Orientis is called the Temple Of Set which exists within the US military. The Temple Of Set is headed by the extremely controversial Michael Aquino who has had multiple claims made against him, such as illegal sexual activities. However, he has never been found guilty of any of these claims.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on November 30, 2019:
What are the benefits and costs to the individual for joining?
Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 30, 2019:
I am aware of the Illuminati, however I am not aware of the exact details. Thanks for the share.
James A Watkins from Chicago on November 29, 2019:
Thank you for this very interesting article. I enjoyed reading it.
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 25, 2019:
From what I was taught in my "not-so-secret" mystery school studies was that the ancient mysteries of old were open only to the elite. They were secret because they were not to be revealed to the common people. You or anyone else certainly do not have to believe this, but one of the teachings was that Jesus was an initiate into the ancient mysteries, but he believed that the information should be open to everyone, especially the great unwashed. So he traveled around the countryside teaching anyone who would listen. He became a danger to the learned elite who looked for a way to eliminate him. The story is that he was crucified not because he claimed to be a king or a god, but because he was teaching the mysteries outside the chosen elite, and he was considered by them to be dangerous. Thus, the charges against him were trumped up and he was convicted by a kangaroo court and crucified.
After his death, the intervention by Saul/Paul and the Romans into his teachings did evolve into one of the greatest hoaxes ever pulled on the common people. The question is, was this intervention specifically aimed at putting the ancient mysteries in a bad light or was it just a bastardization of what he really taught? Conspiracy theories abound and people just love them. That, I would argue as fact.