Oration – Reading Materials
The Provincial Grand Orator is maintaining this list of recommended reading materials – mainly of a more philosophical / advanced nature, that will undoubtedly be of interest to all those who have felt stimulated by the subject matter discussed during any of the Orations.
Some Recommended Reading on the Philosophy and Symbolism of Freemasonry
The Meaning of Masonry
W L Wilmshurst
(Gramercy Books, Random House, 1980)
a survey of the whole Masonic subject as expressed by the Craft and Arch Degrees, which it is hoped may prove illuminating to the increasing number of Brethren who feel that Freemasonry enshrines something deeper and greater than, in the absence of guidance, they have been able to realise.
The Masonic Initiation
W L Wilmshurst
Here, we find the author’s most advanced expression as he explores the profound depths of Masonic ritual as a contemplative art, and offers his vision of the future of the Order. Both Freemasons and those who study the Craft from a distance will enjoy these insightful essays.
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry
Manly P Hall
(Philosophical Research Society 1996)
This will appeal to the thoughtful Mason as an
inspiring work, for it satisfies the yearning for further light and leads the initiate to that Sanctum Sanctorum where the mysteries are revealed. The book is a contribution to Masonic idealism, revealing the profounder aspects of our ancient and gentle Fraternity – those unique and distinctive features which have proved a constant inspiration through the centuries.
A Journey through Myth and Symbol
W Kirk MacNulty
(Thames and Hudson, 1991)
This is a fascinating and thought provoking personal view of the three craft degrees. Drawing on the work of Mircea Eliade, Joseph Campbell and Carl Gustav Jung among others, the author offers an interesting interpretation of the symbolism contained within the first three degrees and speculates on its psychological meaning and purpose.
Available in paperback.
What do you know about Ritual?
Revd. Neville Barker Cryer
(Lewis Masonic 2008)
This educational new volume has been designed to fulfil the great demand for a straightforward and informative book to guide prospective candidates through the various aspects of the Masonic Ritual.
It includes helpful explanations of the meaning and origins of the ritual, and unique insights into the ceremonies themselves.
The author gives the reader clear, concise commentaries on the First, Second and Third Degrees, as well as explaining more complex rituals such as the Royal Arch.
Freemasonry: Its Hidden Meanin
(Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company, June 1982)
A spiritual interpretation of the esoteric work of the Masonic lodge, analyses the lectures and symbols of the three degrees.
The Entered Apprentice’s Handbook
J S M Ward
This handbook is designed to introduce the new Entered Apprentice to the vast body of knowledge associated with Freemasonry in a meaningful and understandable way. It is intended that through the intellectual study of Freemasonry the Entered Apprentice will come to understand that the application of Masonic teachings in daily life is the most rewarding aspect of his new journey. The best way to use this handbook is to read through it as soon as possible, but also to continue to use it as a reference source in one’s continued Masonic development and study of the Masonic mysteries.
The Fellow Craft’s Handbook
J S M Ward
In the second volume we are dealing with the degree of Life, in its broadest sense, just as in the first degree we were dealing with the degree of birth, and as life in reality is educational for the Soul, we are not surprised to find that throughout the whole degree the subject of education is more or less stressed. We should, however, realise that each of the degrees builds on the one which has gone before, and the ingenuity with which the lessons inculcated in the first degree are carried forward and developed in the succeeding degrees is one of the most striking characteristics of our Masonic ritual.
The Master Mason’s Handbook
J S M Ward
The last great lesson which Masonry presents to the mind of the Craftsman. Among the manifold blessings that Freemasonry has conferred on mankind none is greater than that of taking the sting from death and robbing the grave of victory. No man can be called Free who lives in dread of the only event that is certain in his life. Until emancipated from the fear of death, he is all his life long subject to bondage. Yet how miserably weak is this phantom king of Terrors who enslaves so many of the uninitiated.
(Lewis Masonic, 2006)
Metaphorically speaking, the reader is led step by step over the three initiation journeys already experienced.
Every essential moment of the initiation, the passing and finally the raising to Master Mason is accurately dealt with and explained in the book.
Naturally the unveiling of the Masonic symbolism is made in accordance to the esoteric teaching. Therefore a correct but general explanation is given which lets every Brother begin to cover his own personal initiation journey.