by Samuel Richard Parchment (b. 1881) in 1930 (1st ed.); He was a student of The Rosicrucian Fellowship and, later, he founded the Rosicrucian Anthroposophical League.
A few words to the wise, from this book, that (I) believe to be still up-to-date:
« Although the three principal officers of the Lodge, respectively, the Most Worshipful Master, the Junior Warden and the Senior Warden, represent the sun at rising, at high meridian and at setting, it is a regrettable fact that these officers have not the slightest knowledge of the stellar script. In the ancient order of Operative Masonry, however, the candidate is not admitted until after the officers have mathematically calculated his horoscope. The evolutionary status of the student seeking admittance is determined by the signs rising, at zenith and at setting, by planets functioning in those angles, and their aspects to the planets posited in the signs which rule other sections of the horoscope. Thus astrology is resorted to instead of injust balloting, the system used for admitting candidates into the present-day lodges. » (pp. 15-16)
Indeed it is not: i believe any individual acquainted with Freemasonry, even in a superficial extent, is capable of such discernment. BUT, it does not mean that, though Operative being the genesis of current Speculative (also secular) form, she is not currently in Operation from within her crystallized form. Am i being too speculative?
So how did these ancient operative masons ballot on candidates?
In first place, you wrote "did", assuming a past event only, but the quote says that in "Operative Masonry, however, the candidate is not admitted until (...)"; can it mean that Operative Masonry currently IS?
Isn't the sentence from the last quote clear enough regarding your question?: "injust balloting, the system used for admitting candidates into the present-day lodges.", that is, "ballot" is the secular system employed in Speculative Masonry; not in Operative Masonry, which through the Art of Erecting an Horoscope knows beforehand the candidate's potential: in fact, his true nature (things as character, integrity, ...) and every major aspect in man's life, from birth, the first inspiration of the fluid crystalline-like structure123 of Space itself, till death [physical] occurs, more accuratly, a birth into the Great Beyond.
Peace and good will.
------- 1Aspden, H., electical engineer and physicist, PhD. Trinity/University of Cambridge, 1953-4: "The vacuum is a cold ionized medium having a crystalline structure, which can be rotated. The rotation and its effects are found to range from phenomena involving photons to the rotation of stellar objects (...)" in 1998. 2 cf. PVLAS Experiment in 2007 (Italy's Legnaro National Laboratory): "But a vacuum acting like a crystal is something altogether different" (...) They observed that the light coming out [from the vacuum in a chamber under a strong magnetic field using powerful magnets] spun around as if it had passed through a crystal. 3 Cf. The Source
I believe a simple, and yet most comprehensive, answer may be: Masonry, in her highest and most subtle expression, was then and IS now at work with and within each MASON AT HEART (the neophyte) who is found [to be ready] after being lost (cf. Luke 15:11-32), IMHO.
In the light of this viewpoint: at a lower and denser expression, Operative Masonry in the material region of the physical world, such as i may have briefly described, is found potentially at the core of current Speculative Masonry, since this last one is but the crystallized form of the former one; a crystallization process that was perceived beforehand ( « ... We have the Mason Word and second sight, / Things for to come we can foretell aright. » in 1638) and has occured (adapted) in face of the secularization of man's society, derived from the materialist ideology, currently ultra-materialism, which started to emerge (ca. 18th century) as man and the world (ie. the western world) was experiencing the necessary deepest immersion [focus] in the material-physical domain (with great advantages to the developing intellect, but creating the darkest times from the Spiritual standpoint, damaging almost every aspect of Life on this entire planet through the actions of his/our [man's] intellectual pride and arrogance).
Now (as the 9º towards the coming Age are we stepping into, IMHO), the reverse process must be started as the spiritualization of matter is in already in motion. And this takes us back to your question: "Where"? Indeed, where to find the Spirit that is able to revitalize the current outer form (Speculative) of Masonry? Shouldn't it be such a Cosmo-Conception that satisfies-illuminates/enlightens both mind and heart through the explanation of the current lost meaning of the Sacred Symbols in the most holy presence of THE GRAND ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE?
Rays from such Spiritual or Wisdom teachings are already among us, entrusted to worthy ones: true Operative Masonsin the world, working in Silence, whose self-denial allowed them to resist the temptation of attracting the vanity of this world: cf. 1 Corinthians 3:18-20; 21-23: NO publicity or money seeking in exchange of those pearls, offered gratis. Worthy ones who follow the commands of the Christ, namely: "Preach the Gospel [of the Coming Age] and Heal the Sick," IMHO.
Please, allow me also to share a most sublime poem - IN MY MIND'S EYE A TEMPLE, LIKE A CLOUD by William Wordsworth in 1827 - i have found a few years ago, which may not be far from my brother Mason's goal:
IN my mind's eye a Temple, like a cloud
Slowly surmounting some invidious hill,
Rose out of darkness: the bright Work stood still:
And might of its own beauty have been proud,
But it was fashioned and to God was vowed
By Virtues that diffused, in every part,
Spirit divine through forms of human art:
Faith had her arch--her arch, when winds blow loud,
Into the consciousness of safety thrilled;
And Love her towers of dread foundation laid
Under the grave of things; Hope had her spire
Star-high, and pointing still to something higher
Trembling I gazed, but heard a voice--it said,
"Hell-gates are powerless Phantoms when 'we' build."
P.S.: This post of mine was reworded a few times due to English lang. issues... in hope that this exposition gets through in a constructive way. Thank you.
sbs59: Can someone help me with this question. I was a Master Mason for 4 years until last year. My father died and i left the Masons as i was depressed about his death. Can i now re join a lodge?
May 21, 2019 10:07:41 GMT
The Ancient: sbs59: Were you suspended for non payment of dues? if so, square up and petition the lodge for a restatement vote. If your dues are current, your still a member. In this case, it is all about the Benjamins.
May 27, 2019 0:49:07 GMT