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Freemasonry Overview

Discussion in 'Freemasonry DIR' started by Green Gaia, Jan 20, 2006.

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  1. Green Gaia

    Green Gaia Veteran Member

    Mar 27, 2004

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternal organisation. Members are joined together by shared ideals of both a moral and metaphysical nature, and, in most of its branches, by a constitutional declaration of belief in a Supreme Being. Freemasonry is an esoteric society, in that certain aspects of its internal work are not generally disclosed to the public, but it is not an occult system, and in recent years, it has become less and less a "secret society" than a "society with secrets". Among the reasons given for the amount of secrecy that remains, is that Freemasonry uses an initiatory system of degrees to progressively explore ethical and philosophical issues, and that the system is less effective if the observer knows beforehand what will happen. It is often referred to as "a beautiful system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols."
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