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Book Title: The Lost Keys of Freemasonry|
The author of the book: Manly P. Hall
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.32 MB
Edition: Philosophical Research Society
Date of issue: December 31st 1976
ISBN 13: 9780893148386
Read full description of the books The Lost Keys of Freemasonry:This book actually is a combination of 3 different texts from M.P. Hall. The first deals with the basic ideas of Freemasonry as reflected into the 3 Blue Lodge degrees, at least in some symbolic way. They are mostly a panegyric and battle-cry -type speech, almost a sermon, which will be familiar to readers of other Masonic writers such as Pike. Hall dispenses with any kind of hyper-detailed deconstruction and exhorts the readers to become 'true Masons' in spirit in various ways. TL;DR: The Lost Keys of Freemasonry are simply the real integration & enactment of its principles by 'true Masons.'
The second book details Egyptian whatnot and I thought was quite boring, whereas the final book details some historical personages and developments in Masonry that was only of tangential interest. Not particularly recommended - there are no real Lost Keys here, although the general spirit of the first portion is worthwhile (although it can be summarized as focus on the spirit, not the letter).
Read information about the authorCanadian born, Manly Palmer Hall is the author of over 150 published works, the best known of which are Initiates of the Flame, The Story of Healing, The Divine Art,Aliens Magick and Sorcery The Secret Teachings of All Ages, and An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy.
He was also the author of a masonic curiosity, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry in 1923, more than thirty years before he joined a lodge. The preface of later editions states "At the time I wrote this slender volume, I had just passed my twenty-first birthday, and my only contact with Freemasonry was through a few books commonly available to the public." Later, in 1944, he wrote The Secret Destiny of America which popularized the myth of a masonic purpose for the founding of the USA. In 1950 he weighed in again on the meaning of Freemasonry with his booklet: Masonic Orders of Fraternity.
Initiated: June 28, 1954
Passed: September 20, 1954
Raised November 22, 1954
Jewel Lodge No. 374
Source: Grand Lodge of California records ; William R. Denslow, 10,000 Famous Freemasons, vol. ii. Trenton, MO. : Missouri Lodge of Research / Educational Bureau, Royal Arch Mason Magazine, 1958. p. 165.
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