Grand Lodge St. GermainPansophic Freemasons
lies within each of us (Christhood, Buddha Nature, Atman); Sun, Moon, Triangle,Working Tools, etc. The student should study these symbols and gain anunderstanding of them.The first allegory is a legendary monument erected to Hiram Abif by Kings Solomon andHiram of Tyre after the third burial of his mortal remains. It contains several importantsymbols.The second is a summary of Masonic symbols including a representation of theMasonic Altar with Sacred Scripture, Compass, and Square, the three Pillars of Beauty(
, the Central Column), Strength (
, the Left Column) and Wisdom(
, the Right Column), representing the Higher Self of a person in theKabbalistic Sephirotic Tree, centered at the Heart, and shown with candles in theTemple in conjunction with the Three Great Lights of Freemasonry, which are alsorepresented by Sun, Moon, and the Venerable Master in the East.The Masonic symbolism that is used in the Blue Lodge or first three degrees owes itsspecialized use of architectural and building motifs to the unique history of EuropeanFreemasonry. Although the origins of it are complex and shrouded in obscurity, itseems that in addition to the moral and spiritual allegories developed and carriedforward in the stone-working and temple-building trades from remote antiquity (possiblybefore Egyptian and Roman times), specific Biblical allegories of Solomon’s Templeprobably became important by the thirteenth century when the Knights Templar workedclosely with the Companions of the Craft to build the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe.The Templar Knights were deeply involved in esoteric Eastern and Hermetic spiritualityinterpreted in terms of Christian mysticism. These elements became part of architecturaldesign and, therefore, of the Operative Craft. After the persecution of the KnightsTemplar, many of them may have been hidden and sheltered by members of the Craft.The sudden development of the Rosicrucian movement and Hermetic sciences(Alchemy, Theurgy, Astrology, etc.) in the early seventeenth century in Englandcoincided with the earliest development of Speculative Freemasonry, which showsclose alliances with the work of Bacon, Fludd, and the other occult adepts of the period.While we cannot know exactly how Freemasonry was connected with Templarism,Rosicrucianism, and other initiatic schools, it is clear that much was preserved inFreemasonic symbolism, and later in the higher degrees. The Candidate is advised toread and study Masonic symbolism on his or her own as much as possible, and to learnabout Templarism, Rosicrucianism, and the Hermetic and initiatic sciences of theWestern tradition. A major emphasis of the U.S. Mixed Lodge is revival of the occultstudy that characterized Freemasonry at its European inception as a Symbolic or Philosophical association.
The mission of the U.S. Mixed Lodge is to carry on theoriginal Freemasonic tradition of esoteric lectures and studies, as well as discussion of progressive social issues.