The outside world has long been obsessed with uncovering the truth behind Freemason traditions and other Masonic secrets, but the organization remains largely shrouded in mystery. Occasionally, articles come out with titles like “How to Identify a Freemason!” or “Freemason Secrets Revealed!” but they rarely, if ever, reveal anything of actual interest. Truthfully, all of these secret Masonic rituals aren’t nearly as creepy and satanic as the news media would have the public believe, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t super weird and interesting.
What is Freemasonry? It’s a loose organization of various fraternal groups that trace their origins back to stonemasonry guilds from the Middle Ages. Since then, Freemasons have diversified their interests, and are now essentially community organizations that focus on fraternity, charity, and good will towards mankind, like a more secretive version of a Rotary Club. Or at least, that’s what they’d like you to believe. Dedicated conspiracy theorists continue to disagree.
Getting In Involves “Death” And Resurrection, But That’s Just The First Step
One of the main reasons why Freemasonry is so associated with satanic ritual and other dark beliefs is the admittedly macabre initiation ritual that one must go through in order to be inducted. Although the exact ritual differs from chapter-to-chapter, the commonality is usually a mock death in which the individual is blindfolded with a rope around their neck, and then has a knife brandished at their bare chest.
After this symbolic death, the individual is “resurrected” as a Freemason. Most members describe it as a theatrical performance. However, this is only the beginning. Freemasons must advance the ranks of Freemasonry by earning “degrees,” of which there are an astonishing 33!
Once You Advance Enough, You Get To Learn God’s Secret Name!
Eventually, a Freemason can receive enough degrees to become a Master Mason, after which they’re invited to join the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch. Reportedly, this is when members become privy to the ultimate secret of the Freemasons—the true name of the Great Architect of the Universe. In other words, God’s real name.
Of course, this supposed secret has long since leaked, and God’s real name is Jahbulon. So, if anyone wanted to join the Freemasons just to find out God’s real name, it’s Jahbulon, and you can save yourself the time and effort.
The Basic Rules Of Conduct Go Back To The Justinian Code
There are a lot of rules on the books in the Freemason code, but the rules have a relatively simple basis. They are actually based in Justinian Code, a codification of Roman law that was ordered by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. The Justinian Code was a lengthy one, but the Masons attempt to follow the gist of it—“live honestly, injure nobody, and render to every one his just due.”
It’s a rough combination of the Golden Rule and the Hippocratic Oath, in other words, but the Masons made sure to get more specific.
Various Offenses Include Slander, Sharing Masonic Secrets, And Excess Of Any Kind
An individual can find themselves in violation of Masonic Law for any number of reasons, from the serious to the incredibly petty. As a non-political body, Freemasonry specifically outlawed any actions against the state, so that ruled out most real crimes. Beyond that, anti-Masonic conduct included things like quarreling at a meeting, or bringing outside disputes into the lodge.
Members could be reprimanded for slander or backstabbing one another, and excess of “any kind” was forbidden, so that included sex, drugs, and alcohol. Masonic meetings were to be strictly on-topic. By far the biggest no-no was sharing the secrets of Freemasonry, and that offense carried with it the harshest penalties.