The Art of Memory and talk on Hermetic Enlightenment
I am heading to the Brave and the Home of the Free to talk about The Art of Memory and talk on Hermetic Enlightenment for the Boynton Lodge Esoteric Research Group
Each session includes a lecture, discussion, and a break
9:30 AM -10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM -12:00 PM .
- Freemasonry and the Art of Memory
- Building a "Memory Palace"- Applying it to Masonry
12:00 PM -1:00 PM . Lunch
1:00 PM - 3:00PM
- The Emerald Tablet
- Western Meditation
- - The Chamber of Reflection
- - The Tradition of Silence in Freemasonry
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MASONIC OPEN EVENING
A rare opportunity to see the inside of a lodge room and find out the facts about Freemasonry
Goliath Lodge no.5595 will be hosting an open evening at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, Covent Garden on 20 November 2019. After a short formal lodge meeting, for Masons only, the lodge room will be opened to our Ladies and other non-Masonic visitors, while the Masons remain in their full regalia. After a brief introduction to the lodge and its officers, memory expert and Masonic historian Martin Faulks will present his talk Why Do Freemasons Learn Ritual? We will then dine together at the Grand Connaught Rooms next door. Everyone is welcome!
WHY DO FREEMASONS LEARN RITUAL?
Freemasonry is the largest Fraternity in the history of mankind. The practitioners of Freemasonry are known for their knowledge of ceremonies and their charitable endeavours, but what’s the connection between these two activities? In a time when modern technology has all but eliminated the need to remember anything, why is it that millions of men all over the world dedicate their time to being able to recall verbatim over three hours of ancient teachings? Come and see the inside of a Masonic Lodge and meet the officers, after which memory expert and Masonic historian Martin Faulks will explain the mysterious origins of Masonic memory practice and its value in the modern day.
Freemasons Hall is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). The Library and Museum are open to the public, and there are free hourly tours, including a visit to the Grand Temple. You can find details here.
There are many myths surrounding Freemasonry. Perhaps the first is that it is a “secret society”. In fact, although English Freemasonry went largely underground during the Second World War, it is now very much an open organisation. We do not hide our membership, and well-publicised meetings have been held in recent years in the Royal Albert Hall. As mentioned above, much of Freemasons Hall is open to the public, and the UGLE website will tell you a great deal about Freemasonry.
Nowadays, the only official “secrets” are the signs and words by which one Freemason recognises another, and even these have been publicly exposed many times. By the way, we do not use these signs and words to get on in business – they are only used in the lodge! We are happy to talk about Freemasonry, and tell you – and show you – in general terms what goes in the lodge room, although we won’t explain the ceremonies in detail. This is because much of the beauty and impression of a ceremony would be lost on a candidate for initiation who knows exactly what to expect. This is one reason why lodge meetings are only open to members, but in fact that is common among many clubs and societies anyway. The initiation ceremonies, incidentally, do not involve any kind of ritual humiliation! They are dramas designed to teach moral and spiritual values.
Freemasonry is a charitable and social organisation. Lodges under the authority of UGLE are specifically banned from discussing religion or politics at meetings, and are open to men of any faith which professes a belief in a Supreme Being. Although UGLE lodges are for men only, there are other Masonic organisations in England which have ladies-only or mixed lodges.
If you would like to come on 20 November, the cost of the dinner is £47.50 per person. We will meet at 16.45 and the formal Lodge meeting will begin at 17.30.
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REGULAR GRAND LODGE OF ITALY REGIONAL GRAND LODGE EMILIA-ROMAGNA
Saturday 12 January 2019, Bologna — Italy
Sympo — via delle Lame n°. 83 — Bologna
1 COMMUNICATION 2019 OF THE
REGIONAL GRAND LODGE EMILIA-ROMAGNA
CONSECRATION OF THE STABILITY LODGE NETTUNO OF BOLOGNA
the very first Italian Stability Lodge, under the guidance of the Stability Ritual Association
followed by a
CHARITY GALA DINNER AND BALL
to fund the purchase of essentials for 0-1 y.o. infants of local distressed families
Program for Brethren and Ladies
Saturday morning 10 AM — 12 AM – meeting of the Dove & Swan Lodge of Bologna, n°. 286 — RGLI (Irish Ritual); meanwhile a guided tour of the ancient and fascinating city of Bologna is arranged for the Ladies.
Saturday afternoon 3 PM — 6 PM – Regional GL Communication and Consecration of the Nettuno Lodge of
Bologna, in the presence of the Grand Master of the RGLI: 2.00 PM – Registration
3.00 PM – Opening of the Regional Grand Lodge Emilia-Romagna 3.30 PM – Consecration of the Nettuno Lodge of Bologna
4.30 PM – Installation of the Master Designate
6.00 PM – Closing of the Regional Grand Lodge Emilia-Romagna
Meanwhile a visit at the Pinacoteca Nazionale (National Gallery) of Bologna is arranged for the Ladies.
Saturday evening 7.30 PM —1 AM – Charity Gala Dinner and Ball (black tie):
7.30 PM – Aperitif
8.00 PM – Gala Dinner (four courses)
9.30 PM — Presentation of the Charity Collection to the representatives of www.ilsentierodellognomo.org
10.00 PM – Ball with traditional and group dances (led by a dance instructor). A bar is open during the ball.
Dinner and Ball tickets cost €50 per person, this includes a €20 donation for the said charity. This is to be paid in advance by bank transfer or PayPal; further donations, or from those who are unable to attend the event, are most welcome. To receive an invitation to the event with information on how to book and pay for tickets and to receive suggestions for the accommodation, and/or just to donate, please write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy (http://www.glri.it/) is the only Italian Grand Lodge recognised by the UGLE; the proper Masonic protocol between the two Grand Lodges has been followed in all interactions between the RegGL Emilia-Romagna and the Stability Ritual Association. A list of UGLE Brethren who will attend the meetings will also be communicated to the UGLE.
In ancient times the most renowned prophetess was based at the oracle at Delphi. She was gifted with miraculous powers, not only to give prophecy, but also to bring about magic through the powers of the gods she channelled. For centuries people have been searching for the key to her power – Hercules stole the tripod on which she sat thinking that it must be the key, Hadrian breathed in the fumes from the vent over which she sat hoping for some of her inspiration. Even today people are speculating, did she have visions after being bitten by a snake, was she ingesting extract of laurel or burning their leaves?
Yet, if we read the writing of Plutarch (who was a priest of Apollo at Delphi) the answer is clear. He states that her abilities were a result of many years of intense training. If you read carefully he even gives a hint as to her powers work. “The soul has great powers of memory. But memory is the hearing of silent things and the sight of invisible things. Hence it is not remarkable if, having power over what no longer exists, it grasps in advance many of the things that have not yet happened.”
Ammonius Saccus was an Egyptian Priest who lived in Alexandria, Egypt 3rd century AD. His first name is Egyptian in honour of the god Ammon. His second name is suspected to be Śākyas the ruling clan of India to which Gautama Buddha also belonged.
He was greatly respected as a teacher in ancient times and had many students. The most famous of which Plotinus. It’s through the writing of Plotinus we can see the harmonisation of Neoplatoic thought and practice with Vedantic philosophy. Indeed although these texts only use western philosophical terminology, they contain descriptions of the various states of consciousness that can be achieved through meditation that would make any yogi or yogini proud.
It’s clear that for Ammonius there was but one truth and that although we use several names for the gods, different terms for practices or ideas, we should reach beyond the words, traditions and cultural barriers to grasp the universal truth.