[Archive] Liberty Enlightening the World
I recently found some old documents that I thought were lost and wanted to share one of them here. It is an article I wrote over a decade ago while I was still active in Co-Freemasonry. For a little bit of background, this Order worked the Scottish Rite degrees and a few York Rite degrees. This particular Order had informal ties with the Theosophical Society and certain explicitly occult elements had been incorporated into the ceremonies. For example, on the Spring Equinox there was an optional ceremony called, The Invocation of the Angels.
To hear more about my experience with Freemasonry, including my opinion on the Luciferian connection, I would like to share this video I created back in March 2012:
With the background information covered, I present to you this original paper I presented to my lodge over a decade ago:
Liberty Enlightening the World
By Brother Jeremy Crow
“Thou hast broken my bonds in sunder. I will offer unto thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the Name of Tetragrammaton!”
This prayer is inscribed around the perimeter of the 7th Pentacle of the Sun in The Key of Solomon the King. This prayer comes from the 116th Psalm. The stated purpose of this Pentacle is thus:
“If any be by chance imprisoned or detained in fetters of iron, at the presence of this Pentacle, which should be engraved in Gold on the day and hour of the Sun, he will be immediately delivered and set at liberty.”
This freedom from the “bonds of iron” should be of significance to all Masons.
Also inscribed on this Pentacle, in the arms of a pyramidal or Maltese cross, are the names of the Angels who rule over the four elements: Water, Fire, Earth and Air. These angels are the very same Angels whom we invoke at the Spring Equinox. While there is a slight difference in the names, this can be explained by the variation in methods of transliteration from Hebrew to Roman characters. The elemental associations match up and the names are so similar that we can be safe in proclaiming them to be identical entities.
In Masonry, we call these Angels “Supervising Architects” and we describe their work as “the building of the Temple of King Solomon, or more permanent structure.” If you recall the bible story, the Ark of the Covenant (which was said to contain the Spirit of God) was first kept in a tent. A tent is a temporary dwelling place. After the completion of the Temple of King Solomon (a more permanent structure) the Ark was transferred to its Holy of Holies. Also recall the restriction with regards to iron tools in the construction of the Temple.
What does all this mean to us in relation to our Initiation and the ceremony of the Invocation of the Angels?
At our initiation we invoked the elementals of the four quarters, whose rulers also happen to be engraved on Solomon’s 7th Pentacle of the Sun. These rulers are the Divine Carpenters: Tharsis rules Water, Seraph rules Fire, Cherub rules Earth and Ariel rules Air. These Divine Carpenters build the “tents,” the temporary dwelling places of the divine spirit. These tents represent our physical bodies and perhaps the entire physical plane. When we are formally introduced to each group of elementals, we are beginning the process of taking responsibility for the state of our physical bodies, our immediate physical surroundings, our entire planet and perhaps beyond! We start to understand that the Carpenters use our mental patterns as blueprints for their construction.
During the Invocation of the Angels, we invoke the Supervising Architects to aid us in our quest to raise the Temple of Humanity to the Glory of The Great Architect of the Universe. This is a concept that is a bit more abstract than the former, which is why it is spoken of in metaphor. In various Western traditions it has been called not only the Temple of King Solomon, but the Resurrection Body of Christ, the Wedding Garment and the New Jerusalem. In Buddhism it is called the Body of Light, the Diamond Body and the Rainbow Body. In Freemasonry it is also the Perfect Ashlar or the Cubic Stone. In plain terms, on the microcosmic level it is a new, perfected body that can affect the physical plane but is not bound by its limitations. On the macrocosmic level it is the perfection of all matter. It is Shambhala and the Temple not made with hands.
The Angel ceremony is performed at the Spring Equinox for the same reason Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ at that time. On that day there is balance between night and day. Also at this time of the year the Sun has a very intimate connection with the Earth. This connection is recognized in the invocations. The East, South and West invocations all involve aspects of the Sun and the North invocation acknowledges the Earth. The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of renewed life on the planet. It is the perfect time to focus on breaking our “fetters of iron.” At this time, we offer up our whole selves in sacrifice to that divine flame within us in the hope of rising up like a phoenix from the ashes of our burnt offering.