Freemasonry And The Hidden Goddess By William Bond I wish to thank Dianna Vesta, Pamela Suffield and Rasa Von Werder in their help and encouragement in making this book possible.
Contents Preface Chapter One, THE COMPASS AND THE SQUARE Chapter Two, THE GODDESS AND THE BIBLE Chapter Three, THE EYE OF THE GODDESS Chapter Four, GODDESS IMAGES WITHIN FREEMASONRY Chapter Five, THE MATRIARCHAL AGE Chapter Six, REVOLUTION AND COUNTER REVOLUTION Chapter Seven, FREEMASONRY AND THE DEVIL Chapter Eight, MASON TRACING BOARDS Chapter Nine, THE PENTAGRAM Chapter Ten, WEEP, THE END OF PATRIARCHY? Chapter Eleven, THE GODDESS KALI Chapter Twelve, THE MATRIARCHAL REVELATION Chapter Thirteen, FREEMASONRY IN THE MODERN WORLD Chapter Fourteen, THE COMPASSIONATE GODDESS Chapter Fifteen, THE FEMININE CREATRIX CONCLUSION
PREFACE A number of years ago I came across an illustrated Freemasonry book, called Freemasonry by W.Kirk MacNulty, in my local library and glancing through it, out of idle curiosity, I was surprised to find I was able to pick out Goddess symbolism within the Mason images. Which was a surprise; because Freemasonry is suppose to be a male dominated secret society. So why would an organisation that has steadfastly refused to allow female members within its ranks for hundreds of years, use Goddess symbolism? It didn't make sense. I am myself am not a Freemason so any knowledge and understanding from this book, only comes only from my interpretation of Mason symbols. Though I have had a deep interest in Goddess religions for nearly 30 years, so I am looking at Freemasonry from this point of view. Yet if my interpretations of the symbols are correct, they tell a very different story about Freemasonry, than what the general public is led to believe. Goddess worship is not usually connect with Freemasonry, yet they even had the audacity to erect a giant statue of a Sun Goddess in New York harbour, which they called the Statue of Liberty. Since then I have discovered I am not alone in realising there is a hidden Goddess within Freemasonry. I have since gone on the Internet and by simply typing - Goddess, Freemasonry - in a search engine I have found web sites saying very much the same thing. Many it seems from exFreemasons. Though I have to say, these people seem to have a different perspective than what I have. Mostly they seem to be fundamentalist Christians who believe strongly that the Bible is the word of God. Then they become Freemasons and were shocked to discover that its roots are Pagan. Some of these men have gone as far as accusing Freemasons of being Satanist. Now personally I am not a Christian myself. I very much believe in the teachings of Jesus but disagree with many of the teachings in the Old Testament and in the later teachings of his apostles. I have studied, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Paganism, Sufi, New Thought, New Age and mysticism and learnt from all these different spiritual teachings. I believe the difference between religions is cultural. So no one religion or sect has a greater truth than another, because different spiritual teachings fit the mindset of different cultures and people. My main interest is the ancient worldwide religion of the Great Mother, which I believe has been preserved in the Tao-Te-Ching, the Hindu sect Tantra, the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament and now it seems in Freemasonry. So this is the viewpoint I have, when I look at Freemasonry symbols. I don't have any interest whether the Freemasons are non-Christian or even Devil worshippers. I am dubious about the conspiracy theories that Freemasons secretly rule the world. Though I don't reject this all together, as a surprisingly large number of political, industrial, banking and religious leaders seem to be Freemasons. I have no doubt that the Freemasons do work behind the scenes influence world events, but I doubt if Freemasons are completely united in their aims and I don't believe its leaders are the evil supermen as portrayed by conspiracy theorists. You only have to look at the state of the world is in to realise that the world is ruled by very mediocre people with limited intelligence and imagination. I suppose many people prefer the idea they we are ruled by evil supermen than the thought that we could be ruled by people who are out of their depth and don't really know what they are doing. Yet I also have to admit that the world today is far better ruled, than back in the Middle Ages, so I do see signs of progress. The main focus of this book is to show how Freemasonry uses the symbolism of a very ancient Goddess religion that goes back to the Neolithic age. So its roots may be very ancient. Though whether Freemasonry in a Goddess religion in reality, or they have inherited ancient symbols they no longer understand, I don't know. The truth is probably a mixture of both, as I will explain later.
I was once accused by a Freemason of being too simplistic in my interpretation of Mason symbols. This Mason symbolic drawing called, See Light, answers this criticism as it's meaning is K.I.S.S (Keep it simple stupid). We see two seekers searching for the Sun Goddess, one path is full of symbolism and complex ideas, while the other path is clear and leads straight to the Sun Goddess. The highly educated Mason with all this complicated ideas is on a path that leads no-where. While the other seeker is has his eyes fixed firmly on the Sun Goddess and looks no-where-else and his path leads straight to Her. 3
Chapter One THE COMPASS AND THE SQUARE
The drawing above is called Faith, Hope and Charity. As in other Mason drawings Faith, Hope and Charity are represented by angels or Goddesses. In this drawing we only see two Goddesses or angels so where is the third? The secret meaning within this drawing is that the third Goddess is Compass and Square imagine in the middle of the drawing. So why is does this image represent a Goddess? 4
The Compass and Square image is probably the most popular symbol in Freemasonry. The fundamentalist Pastor Ron Carlson, who has spoken about Freemasonry in evangelical churches in many parts of America, claims that the square represents the earth, the compasses represent the sky, and the square and compasses when united, represent the sky impregnating the earth with its showers. He goes on to state that this is a symbol of sexual intercourse. The official Freemason line is they are just tools of the Masonry Trade. Within the space made by the square and compass sometimes a letter is put there. Mostly it is a G though sometimes it is an M or F. So what do these letters mean? Masons claim that G is the secret name of God. Which is a mystery in itself because clearly G would stand for God, so it is not a mystery at all. To make it a mystery suggests it must be another name. Masons themselves claimed that G stands for geometry. This is because Freemasons refer to God as the Great Architect and you need geometry to create a complex building like a Church. It has been claimed that the Presbyterian minister, James Anderson, introduced the word "Great Architect" into Freemasonry in 1723 and that he got it from the works of John Calvin, one of the founders of Presbyterianism. Also the idea of geometry comes from the physics of Isaac Newton who showed that the movement of planets was caused by scientific laws and not by the hand of God as previously thought. Newton used geometry to calculate the movement of planets so if we replace geometry with God we would then assume that Freemasonry is an atheistic organisation. As atheists claim that God didn't exist, used the physics of Isaac Newton along with the later Darwin's theory of evolution to prove that the world was created by blind chance. Though the irony of this is that Isaac Newton was a very religious man and would completely reject this claim. Freemasonry is certainly not an atheist society and they even banned people from joining it who are atheists. In my opinion both the Great Architect and Geometry are really very poor names for the Creator. After all there is a vast difference in planning a building and creating life. They are names that wouldn't satisfy a person who has the imagination to wonder at the diversity and complexity of life and the universe. A better explanation comes from Gerald Gardner who was not only a Freemason but also the originator of modern Witchcraft. At the end of a article about Witchcraft he was to write. The Myth of Witchcraft seems to be the story of the goddess here quoted. I am forbidden to give her name, so I will call her G.
If that is true, then it gives us a clue to the meaning of the Compass and Square image. A Diamond shape frames the letter G. This shape must be important because Masons use the same shape using other tools. As we can see on the previous page, where knives and forks are used to make the same shape, which is strange because knives and forks are certainly not Mason tools. This then suggests that the shape that the objects makes, is more important the than objects that make the shape. So what is this shape trying to tell us? The V or triangle shape seems to be used a lot in Freemason symbolism. An example of this is another important Mason symbol of the Trowel which off course is another triangle shape. In Stone-Age excavations archaeologists and palaeontologists have discovered many V 5
and triangle shaped symbols and it seems they represent the triangle of a women's pubic hairs. While the diamond shape is similar to an open woman's vagina. We can find an example of this is the images of the Sheela-Na-Gig.
[Drawing by Kathy Jones] The image called Sheela-Na-Gig, and is found, believe it or not, on ancient Christian Churches in Britain and Ireland. It is claimed by Christian Priests that this image was used to frighten away demons. Which might make sense to a Christian minded person who believe sex and everything to do with it, is "dirty" and evil. Yet to the ancients this was once...