Freemasons, when considering their art and science, almost invariably identify with one single form of the pursuit, namely that system propagated by what has come to be known as mainstream Freemasonry and known to the world at large as regular Freemasonry. This form is typically one which acknowledges the English Grand Lodge (UGLE) as the standard-bearer of regular Freemasonry throughout the world, and one finds that, for example, all-male Freemasonry in USA adheres to this as the absolute and immutable standard of masonic exactness. The truth of what Freemasonry really is, is far more complex, and even the most superficial scholarship shows that, far from there being one single strand of this fascinating system of morality, there are many forms and organisations all calling themselves Freemasonry. Whereas the form of Freemasonry propagated by English all-male Freemasonry is a dogmatic form, insisting on rigid adherence to certain principles regarded by them as central to the masonic raison d’tre, one finds that when the English forms were exported to continental Europe they underwent an important change, resulting in European, and more especially French Masonic practice, being essentially adogmatic or liberal, and not as hide-bound by civic and other traditions, whilst remaining true to the core principles of what makes Freemasonry the secular spiritual pursuit that it is.
The Other Brotherhood is available in softback, 122 pages, richly illustrated and is available from Amazon at £18.27
A new book has been published, the first ever comprehensive work on Le Droit Humain in English. More Light – Today’s Freemasonry for Men and Women will be a revelation to many, Freemasons and non-Freemasons alike.
Freemasonry is often looked upon as an all-male pursuit, a social activity. But since 1893, when French Freemason Georges Martin founded the mixed masonic Order Le Droit Humain, Freemasonry for men and women has flourished and grown from strength to strength, currently boasting more than 30,000 members in over 50 countries. The International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women Le Droit Humain forms part of a larger Masonic family, namely the liberal branch of Freemasonry alongside Orders such as the Grand Orient of France and many others worldwide. The British Federation of Le Droit Humain prides itself on being the home of spiritual and esoteric Freemasonry in the United Kingdom.
This book sets out to show how in this Masonic Order a truly liberal, spiritual, esoteric and philosophical Freemasonry is followed, detailing some of the practices and aims of its members. The authors draw on the various strands that have come together to make Freemasonry what it is today, from the Ancient Mysteries, Mithraism, Eleusinian practices and medieval stonemasons, in addition giving us some fascinating insights into the ritual and ceremonial dimension.
More Light is available in softback, 140 pages, richly illustrated and is available from Amazon at £16.99.