Freemasonry's Spiritual CousinS

THE CALIFORNIA MASONIC SYMPOSIUM EXPLORES FREEMASONRY'S CONNECTION TO OTHER ESOTERIC TRADITIONS.

By Ian A. Stewart

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Nothing exists in a metaphysical vacuum. At least that’s the idea behind this year’s California Masonic Symposium, the yearly gathering of fraternal researchers, specialists, and other deep thinkers. And Freemasonry is no different, at least where spirituality is concerned.

This year’s event, held June 16 and broadcast live online, is titled “The Spiritual Quest and Freemasonry.” In it, a roundtable panel will explore the role of spirituality within the craft—and the many ways that Masonry has both affected and been affected by other esoteric movements. From the turn-of-the-century fascination with the occult to today’s mystical Kabbalists, Masonry’s philosophical reach is long. Rosicrucianism, Perennialism, Theosophy—the list of spiritualist movements that share DNA with Masonry is practically endless. 

Spirituality and Freemasonry

But is that spiritual quest the point of Freemasonry? It’s a question the speakers will debate, says Dago Rodriguez, a past master of South Pasadena № 290 and one of the event’s organizers. “We see more and more Masons coming into our lodges trying to find a connection on that spiritual level,” he says. 

Among the panelists are Henrik Bogdan, author of Western Esoteric and Rituals of Initiation and a board member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism. Joining him are Josef Wages, a member of Plano № 768 in Texas, expert on high-degree Masonry, and editor of several books on mystical orders; and Lon Milo DuQuette, a writer, recording artist, humorist, and expert on Western mystery traditions, magick, and the occult.


Free and open to the public!
Register in advance at: freemason.org/symposium

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