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The Newly-Made Mason

The Newly-Made Mason: What He and Every Mason Should Know About Masonry by H L Haywood, a 1973 hardcover published by Macoy Publishing and Masonic Suppy Co., is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

H L Haywood The Newly- Made Mason from Macoy

“The Newly Made Mason usually craves to know what it is all about:—what it all means. We have long felt that there should be made available for him a single book—readable—concise, comprehensive. This is just such a book; it covers briefly but adequately the origin, history, philosophy, symbolism, organization and operation of the Order. It answers all his ordinary questions. His lodge, itself, or his relatives, friends and business associates should present it to him at his raising and start him off right.

Some knowledge of the laws and customs of the Middle Ages is an absolute essential to a clear understanding of present day Masonry. We know of no one better informed or more able to furnish this blackground than Brother H. L. Haywood, the author of this book. He spent his lifetime in the study of Masonic and Medieval history and wrote many authoritative and interesting books on these subjects. In this book he ably and interestingly presents the generally accepted conclusions of modern Masonic Scholarship. He also advances and strongly defends some theories and ideas essentially his own. These are based on his wide and general knowledge of the Craft.” — dust copy

The Builders

The Builders: A Story and Study of Freemasonry by Joseph Fort Newton, an uninscribed presentation paperback published in 1973 by the Supreme Council, 33°, A.A.S.R., Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in the US, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Joseph Fort Newton The Builders

“This book, The Builders, is published by the Supreme Council, 33° for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America through its Committee on Masonic Education for the particular purpose of making available to our membership an excellent piece of reference and study media that covers the history, prophecy, interpretation and philosophy of our great Fraternity.

It is hoped that each recipient of this volume will read and reread it and also encourage members of his family, and particularly our young people, to read the book and thereby obtain a better understanding of what so many of us have come to appreciate over a long period of years.

Our forefathers built well when they formed this organization. It is our duty to transmit it, unimpaired, to those who follow.” — back cover

The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O.

The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O., edited and introduced by Francis X King, the 1973 hardcover edition from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Francis X King's The Secret Rituals of the O T O from Weiser Books

“In recent years there has been a remarkable resurgence of interest in what is generally referred to as the ‘Occult’. Popular Sun-sign astrology has become a subject for cocktail party chatter; the ‘Underground press’ displays an intensive, although often ill-informed, interest in such subjects as Glastonbury, Ley Hunting, and Flying Saucers; and books — many of them owing what little merit they possess to the skilful employment of scissors and paste — on all aspects of occultism pour from all the presses.

In the shadow of such well-published aspects of the Occult revival can be dimly discernec the shape of an altogether more important phenomenon — nothing less than the rebirth of Magic. Magic, that is, in the sense that is was defined by that extraordinary occultist Dion Fortune: ‘The science and art of causing changes in consciousness in accordance with will.’

There is no doubt that the magical techniques, for which extraordinary efficacy is claimed, are almost exclusively derived (although sometimes indirectly) from those two extraordinary occult sodalites the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templi Orientis. The rites and secret instructions of the former organization are easily available in Dr Francis Regardie’s Golden Dawn, a work which only now, thirty-five years after its first publication, is beginning to receive the appreciation it so undoubtedly deserves. Those of the latter, the Ordo Templi Orientis, have hitherto never been published, although grossly inaccurate and incomplete typescript versions of them have occasionally been sold for high prices.

Now, at last, this volume makes available to the occult student not only the symbolic-masonic riches of the initiate on rituals of the O.T.O. but the secret magical instructions of the Order’s seventh, either and ninth degrees, the full details of the techniques from which such occultists as Theodor Reuss and Aleister Crowley derived their mystic powers.

Here is a source book that has a place in the library of every serious student of the Occult.”


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