The Beginning of Masonry

 

A collection of forty papers on the hidden mysteries of ancient freemasonry, reprinted from the Masonic Standard

Thoughts Concerning Esoteric

 

The whole topic of the “Esoteric” is charged with a lot of unfortunate mental and emotional baggage. The word itself has been subjected to a lot of bad information, wrong direction, and biased social conditioning.  It has been given the aura of a negative clandestine art.  It has been given a lot of bad press!

Although much of the bad press comes from nothing more than pure ignorance, there is still a good deal that is intentionally created. Interestingly, the bad press is created as much by its so-called adherents as it is from its active detractors.

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Thoughts Concerning Esoteric

 

The whole topic of the “Esoteric” is charged with a lot of unfortunate mental and emotional baggage. The word itself has been subjected to a lot of bad information, wrong direction, and biased social conditioning.  It has been given the aura of a negative clandestine art.  It has been given a lot of bad press!

Although much of the bad press comes from nothing more than pure ignorance, there is still a good deal that is intentionally created. Interestingly, the bad press is created as much by its so-called adherents as it is from its active detractors.

The meaning of the Arcana represents “what is necessary to know, to discover, to anticipate, so as to be fruitful and creative in one’s possible endeavors.” Arcana is derived from the Latin words “Arca,” meaning “Chest” and “Arcere” meaning “To shut or to close.” Thus, Arcanum symbolically represents a tightly-closed treasure chest which holds a secret meaning.

Waite considers the Major Arcana as richly symbolic, but treats the Minor Arcana as “fortune telling” devices. Having said this, nowhere does he insinuate that they are in any way ineffective in this role, merely that they lend themselves less to intuitive considerations.

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