“Masonry is a veiled and cryptic expression of the difficult science of spirit life, and the understanding of it calls for special informed guidance on the one hand, and on other a genuine and earnest desire for knowledge and no small capacity for spiritual perception on part of those seeking to be instructed” [via]
“The meaning of Masonry, however, is a subject usually left entirely unexpounded and that accordingly remains largely unrealized by its members save such few as make it their private study; the authorities of what in all other respects is an elaborately organized and admirably controlled community have hitherto made no provision for explaining and teaching the ‘noble science’ which Masonry proclaims itself to be and was certainly designed to impart.” [via]
The Tracing Board of Walter Leslie Wilmshurst is the newest section of the Hermetic Library. Starting with W.L. Wilmshurst’s first book The Meaning of Masonry, published in 1922, this section will collect the books and articles of this masonic author and philosopher. Strictly speaking, although there’s other materials about Freemasonry on the site, this turns out to be the first section specifically about Freemasonry at the Hermetic Library.
You can read a very minimal entry about Walter Leslie Wilmshurst at Wikipedia:
“Walter Leslie Wilmshurst (22 June 1867 – 10 July 1939) was an English author and Freemason. He published four books on English Freemasonry and submitted articles to The Occult Review magazine.”
The addition of this section was suggested and made possible by a generous supporter of the Hermetic Library. There are a variety of ways you can help support the library too.