Specs: Trade Paperback | English | 264 pages | 8 x 9 IN
Pub Date: April 2018
Esoteric Freemasonry takes you deep into the mystical side of this fascinating secret society, and shows you how to carry out the most powerful practices. Learn how to enter your inner temple and accomplish the ancient mysteries. Discover the compelling links back to Egyptian Masonry as you progress through the degrees of initiation. Using this guide’s profound rituals and its exploration of Masonic tradition, you’ll take the next step in your spiritual practice and improve all realms of life.
As a leading specialist on Masonic rituals, Jean-Louis de Biasi was appointed Grand Officer (2000) after successfully restoring the esoteric and Egyptian High degrees in one the most important French Masonic organizations, the Grand Orient of France.
With access to highly restricted teachings, Jean-Louis is a foremost authority on little-known rituals and practices that can be used by lodges and individually.
Freemasonry is an ancient and powerful initiatic organization, with both public and esoteric doctrines. The inner teachings and practices of the esoteric tradition are indispensable for any serious student of this often-misunderstood fellowship.
by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero
"[...] Jean-Louis de Biasi’s book on Esoteric Freemasonry: Egyptian Rituals & Practices for a Solitary Practitioner could not have come at a better time. The focus of this text is on an individual approach to the practice of Freemasonry. There is nothing inherently gender-specific about ancient wisdom teachings; its knowledge is open to all “with eyes to see and ears to hear.” As the author explains, “the purpose of esoteric Freemasonry is to unveil to the initiate the mysteries of life and death through initiations and efficient individual practices.” This more mystical type of Masonry seeks to move beyond the mere theatrical form and ritualized reenactment that often characterizes its exoteric cousin. Additionally, esoteric Masons are more inclined to have a personal lodge space in their home for their own private use. This book offers men and women the opportunity to study and experience esoteric Masonic Light in a solo fashion, outside of the lodge setting where members of different groups and jurisdictions may not have the ability to work together.
One of the primary forms of Esoteric Masonry covered is Egyptian Freemasonry. De Biasi provides readers with all the tools necessary to begin their own regimen of Egyptian Masonic practice, including regalia and other items for the lodge space. Simple yet effective rites for self-initiation are paired with equally efficient meditations, rituals, and exercises designed to facilitate the practitioner’s work.
List of Figures … xiii
Foreword by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero … xv
Introduction … 1
Chapter 1: What Freemasonry Really Is … 5
Chapter 2: Birth of Freemasonry … 9
Chapter 3: The Two Masonic Families … 11
Chapter 4: What Makes Someone a Mason … 17
Chapter 5: From Esoteric Freemasonry to Egyptian Freemasonry … 19
Chapter 6: Eastern Tradition and Egyptian Religion … 23
Chapter 7: Western Tradition and Egyptian Freemasonry … 27
Chapter 8: The Sacred Order of the Sophisians … 31
Chapter 9: The Masonic Lodge … 39
Chapter 10: The Officers … 49
Chapter 11: The Tools … 53
Chapter 12: The Masonic Regalia … 65
Chapter 13: Spiritual Training … 69
Chapter 14: Rituals and Practices of the Three Degrees … 83
Chapter 15: The High Degrees of Egyptian Freemasonry … 159
Chapter 16: The Arcana Arcanorum … 163
Chapter 17: Consecration of the Lodge … 169
Chapter 18: Cagliostro and the Mysteries of the Prophetess … 177
Conclusion … 187
Appendix A: Mozart and The Magic Flute by Philippe Milgrom … 189
Appendix B: Allegory of the Cave … 203
Bibliography … 213
Figures (28 original or rare figures)