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The Masonic Initiation

by Walter Leslie Wilmhurst

This book is meant to be a sequel to, and an amplification of the previous volume, The Meaning of Masonry, first published in 1922—a collection of papers issued diffidently and tentatively on the chance that they might interest some members of the Craft in the deeper and philosophic aspect of Freemasonry. The Masonic Craft seems to be gradually regenerating itself, and, as I previously indicated, such a regeneration must needs make not only for the moral benefit and enlightenment of individuals and Lodges, but ultimately must react favorably upon the framework in which they exist the whole body of society.

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INTRODUCTION
Masonry and Religion 8
CHAPTER I
From Darkness to Light 20 Initiation, Real and Ceremonial 22 The Purpose of the Mysteries 27 The Ideal Lodge 39
CHAPTER II
Light on the Way 46 “The Knowledge Of Yourself” 50 The “G” 56 The Ladder 62 The Superstructure 71 The Cable-Tow 79 The Apron 87 The Wind 92 Seeking A Master 95 Wages 103 The Law Of The Mount 107 “From Labour To Refreshment” 114 The Grand Lodge Above 121
CHAPTER III
Fullness Of Light – Observations And Examples 127 Apocalypsis 139 An Allegory Of Initiation 139 I. 141 II. 146 III. 148 IV. 153 V. 155 VI. 159 VII. 164
CHAPTER IV
The Past And Future Of The Masonic Order 168 The Past 168 The Future 183
Postcript 203

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ISBN

9781670286581

Pages

216

Author

Walter Leslie Wilmshurst (1867–1939) was an English author and Freemason. He published four books on English Freemasonry and submitted articles to The Occult Review magazine. Born in Chichester, Wilmshurst was initiated as a Mason in the Huddersfield lodge in 1889, having moved to the town to become a solicitor, for a time becoming president of the Huddersfield Law Society. He died in Huddersfield.