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The Stairway of Freemasonry

Julian Rees

Stairway of freemasonry

For any enquiring mind, whether Freemason or not, this little book sets out to help answer questions not so much: "What does it mean?" but rather: "What can it mean?", since the journey is concerned not with learning other people's answers, but in working out answers for yourself.

This is a book about what it means to walk the path of a Freemason; to be inspired by its cermonies, to live your life by its precepts and to cultivate virtue within yourself. If you are not a Freemason, you may want answers to questions such as the following:

  • Why can I not become a Freemason by reading about it in a book?
  • What would initiation do for me?
  • What is the point of secrets in Freemasonry?
  • Why are the square and compasses in Freemasonry such a universal symbol?
  • What are Masonic symbols for? Do they mean anything?
  • Can Freemasonry be as meaningful for me as my religion?
  • By being a Freemason, can I be closer to God?
  • If you are already a Freemason, you may want answers to other, but similar questions:
  • Why are we called Free Masons?
  • If secrets in Freemasonry are not to hide something, what are they for?
  • What does the ritual mean when it talks of avoiding fear and rashness?
  • How can symbols best be used?
  • Can working tools really be used to make me a better person? If so, how?
  • Why is it said that lodges stand on holy ground?
  • How am I to understand light in a symbolic sense?

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