"The archetypal image of the wise man, the saviour or redeemer, lies buried and dormant inman's unconscious since the dawn of culture; it is awakened whenever the times are out of jointand a human society is committed to a serious error" *In the present era, when indeed, "the times are of joint," Freemasonry should eagerly embracethe sacred opportunity of awakening the torpid consciousness of the leaders of the masses to thereal truths of Masonic Wisdom. This is my prayer and my hope; and this desire has inspired me topresent in this treatise the illucidation of those Masonic truths as I have been given the light tosee them.* C. G. Jung Modern Man in Search of a Soul. Harcourt, Brace & Co.
"A younger Brother shall be instructed in working, to prevent spoiling the material, for want of judgement, and for increasing and continuing of Brotherly Love."A good man and true makes known to a friend his desire to become a Mason. He is given apetition for the degrees of Masonry, which he fills out and presents to the Lodge. It is received; acommittee of investigation is appointed and functions, efficiently or otherwise, and if elected, thedegrees are conferred in due course. The newly-made Master Mason sits among the brethren, ispresent at the conferring of a few degrees, becomes wearied of the same routine repeated over and over again and soon fails to attend Lodge, except, perhaps, on some special occasion suchas a Past Master's night, a banquet, or possibly not at all.Over twenty-five years of experience in Masonry has forced the conclusion that this lack of interest of Masons in Masonry is largely due to failure on the part of the Lodge to teach thescience and philosophy of Masonry, especially to the younger members, at the time when their curiosity is aroused and their interest is flaming. Masonry has been defined as a "system of morals, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols." The ritual nowhere adequately explainsthese symbols and allegories, and not only conceals the true explanations but also often actuallymisleads. To transform rough ashlars into perfect ashlars, reading, study and instruction arerequired. It should not be forgotten that only stones capable of being fashioned should beadmitted to our Venerable Institution, and that the INTERNAL QUALIFICATIONS should becarefully scrutinized.Masters of Lodges, officers and coaches are continually being asked questions by those of inquiring minds which they are all too often unable to answer. The necessary information can beobtained only from the continual and persistent study of the writings of those Masonic studentswho have placed their thoughts and researches upon the written page, thus conforming to theadmonition to the "well informed brethren" to impart knowledge to the lesser informed.In this book Brother Steinmetz has created an elementary textbook and guide for the study andunderstanding of the esoteric meanings of Masonry. He is enanently well qualified to undertakethis task, being well versed in the Mysteries, a student of Hebrew, a clear, logical thinker,realizing the necessity for continued Masonic education. Since it is intended for the use of thebeginner rather than for the advanced Masonic Scholar there are many quotations from themonitorial work to facilitate its use. S ome students of Masonry may not agree entirely with theinterpretations herein set forth. Even these, however, will benefit as they will need arrive logicallyat a better explanation, and in so doing advance themselves.