The Abyss of Masonry

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

Growing up in the 1950s life was certainly different than today,  as a child, I had much more freedom than the kids of today.

We weren’t continuously watched over every minute of the day, the same dangers were there for kids as in the current time, but parents were more likely to let their kids roam the neighborhoods without fear of them getting into harm, and if they acquired a skinned up knee, the knee would heal, it was just a battle scar of growing up.

No worries.

I received a bike at a very early age, I was barely tall enough to reach the pedals, but that didn’t stop me from riding on the gravel road in front of the farm where I grew up.

As I grew braver, taller, and more adventuresome. my riding range expanded and soon I could be seen riding my bike a couple of miles from home.

Soon I was able to ride  a couple of miles to the only asphalt road in the area, what a treat to rid on a smooth surface and not have to worry about the larger stones in the gravel  road creating havoc with my diving abilities.

While riding on this black top road one hot summer day, I noticed a small hole in the pavement.  The freezing and thawing from winter to summer would cause the asphalt to expand and shrink, thus sometimes holes or bulges would appear in the surface of the road.

Stopping my bike , I ventured over to peer into the hole, my imagination began to run wild, the cavern seemed endless.  Things often appear larger to a child’s mind than to an adult.

Although the hole was only a few inches deep, I could only imagine what lie at the bottom of that endless pit. I couldn’t even imagine what may lie at the bottom of that bottomless abyss.

I have found the same to be true in Masonry.

As we study masonry and dive deeper and deeper into the ancient mysteries, it is hard to imagine the mystery every ending, if it does indeed end. 

We seem to uncover one truth, and that discovery just raises more and more questions. 

Does it ever end? 

It never ends. Just like life, our quest for truth is endless and eternal.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Masonic Lodge Meetings Should Be Held In the Morning

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

I was quite surprised after moving to Florida to discover the Master Mason degree was always held on Saturday mornings at about nine AM.

The reasoning being that the degree work is rather long especially if there are more than one candidate and it got too late in the evening before lodge was closed.

I assume too many brethren were falling asleep.

It was about this time I began researching the practices of many of the earlier esoteric societies that I discovered something interesting.

It seems in ancient times, many of the present day rituals were performed in the early morning to coincide with the rising of the morning star, Venus and the sun.

The ancient believed that our perceptions were more distinct when we were receiving the influence of the morning star,  along with the moon and rising sun enabling the initiate to more easily comprehend  the esoteric meaning of the rituals.

I also discovered that brother George Washington, before he assumed his duties in the military and  creating a new country, plotted the rising of the moon, sun, and Venus at his Mount Vernon plantation for fifteen years prior, and made detailed notes.

When our nations capitol, Washington D.C. was plotted, he insisted the White House and the Capitol Building be precisely aligned to the rising of Venus in the early morning hours.

Thus the tradition of early morning rituals is preserved and remembered in our nation’s capitol.

The lodge brothers, by looking after the needs of others and providing the opportunity to not keep late hours, actually provided the opportunity to perform the ancients rituals at the proper times.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

A New Culture Always Learns from the Past

 

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The Masonic Influence on World History 

Written by Gary Wonning

We learn as we study history, one culture or civilization always learns from the previous, takes the knowledge they have acquired, adds to it, and  a new religion or belief structure is born. Many times giving learned beliefs a new name but carrying on what was known before them.

Even though new thoughts are added, if one digs deep enough, the old philosophies never die, they are eternal and unchanging.

So it was with the new Jewish nation,brought forth by Moses, they took what was known to the Egyptians when they left Egypt and settled in the promised land. Moses grew up as an Egyptian, so he would have known much of their culture. They made it their own, sometimes changing the names to fit their own culture. This has been done since the beginning of time.  Out of it sprang a new culture, ready to assume its identity and make its mark in the world.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

What Do Masons Do?

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

We are often told the main function of a masonic lodge is to make good men better. It has been repeated for so many years that it has become the standard “Go to” answer when a stranger asks, “ What do Masons do?”

In reality, this is only partially true and it isn’t what we really do.

What we as masons do is to provide the working tools so the individual man can make himself better. We cannot do that for him, it is his responsibility, he must walk alone and find the resources both inside and outside the lodge in order for him to accomplish that goal.

We can only assist, even though our counsel should be wise and always willing to lend a helping hand, it is for the individual alone to improve his moral lot in life on his journey to perfection.

Back in the day, when a brother joined the lodge, he was expected to join one of the Masonic Rite bodies, and the Shriners, his lady was expected to join Eastern Star and the kids were expected to join DeMolay, Job’s Daughter or Rainbow Girls. We no longer demand that, instead opting to participate in  sports. Sports are important but by eliminating spiritual growth for our kids we have created athletes who no longer stand for the national anthem.

A few years ago, I made an early Sunday morning trip to Fort Lauderdale, and while driving home, I happened to pass by a large soccer field in Fort Myers visible from I-75. It was about twelve noon and I couldn’t help but notice what seemed like a hundred kids playing soccer. I wondered why these kids weren’t in church instead of on a soccer field.

I love sports, but there is a time and place for everything.

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Morgan’s Civil War Raid

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Morgan’s Raid

The raid took place from June 11-July 26,1863 and was named after the commander of the Confederate forces, General John Hunt Morgan.

Although it coincided with the battle of Gettysburg and Vicksburg it was not directly related to either campaign.

In fact, General Morgan ignored orders to not cross into the northern states by his commanding officer.

Crossing the Ohio River near Corydon Indiana, General Morgan raided the towns and villages along the route to northeastern Ohio where he was ultimately captured.   

While crossing southern Indiana, he raided, plundered and burned many small towns that crossed his path.

One such town was Versailles in southeastern Indiana, only about thirty miles from the Ohio border and about thirty miles north of the Ohio River.

 

His army completely destroyed the town, burning, stealing and plundering everything in sight.

In the process his men destroyed the Masonic Lodge and stole the officer’s jewels, thinking they may be valuable.

The next morning, before breaking camp, General Morgan discovered the jewels his men had stolen.

He immediately ordered the jewels returned to the lodge where they are proudly displayed in a beautiful case to this day.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Albert Pike: Harmony

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The Masonic Influence on World History

The writings of Albert Pike

Harmony reigns in the Natural Law and order of the universe as well as among the trinities recognized by different belief systems throughout history. For example, in the Hindu system, harmony is represented among the relationship of Brahma, the Creating Power, Vishnu, The Preserving Power and Siva, the Destroying and Renovating Power.

Pike goes on, WE are to seek the things that are above, and be not content with a world that must shortly perish, and which we must speedily quit.

Pike admonishes us that we do not conceive of or, much less, create moral truths. They are constituted everywhere and are imposed upon us. It remains for us to search for, discover and inculcate these Truths. 

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Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

The Battle of Bull Run; The Masonic Influence on World History

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Written by Gary Wonning

Wilmer McLean’s farm in Manassas Junction, Virginia, was the location of the first battle of Bull Run in 1861.

Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, who was using McLean’s house as his headquarters, wrote: “… of this artillery fight was the destruction of the dinner of myself and staff by a federal shell that fell into the fire-place of my headquarters at the McLean House.”

The Confederates won the first battle of Bull Run due in large part to General “Stonewall” Jackson holding his ground like a “stone wall,” resulting in his nickname.

With momentum on their side, Confederate troops could have pursued the fleeing and exhausted Union army 20 miles to Washington and won the war. Instead, an unusually heavy rain turned roads into mud pits and they called off the pursuit.

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome