About this project
The Apprentice is a new book written by Greg Stewart (Masonic Traveler) that explores the deeper symbolism and meaning behind the First Degree of Freemasonry.
My name is Greg Stewart, I write and publish under the pen name Masonic Traveler. I have studied and written about the various aspects the Hermetic and Esoteric Arts for close to 20 years. This project, The Apprentice, has evolved out of a paper that was originally written in 2011 for a small Masonic study circle. Through great pains, it has taken shape into the finished composition it is today.
In its simplest terms, The Apprentice is an exploration of the esoteric symbolism at work in the First Degree of Freemasonry.
This campaign is to help me bring to publication a book about the First Degree of Freemasonry.
The topic of Freemasonry has been one I have spent a considerable amount of time contemplating and exploring and this book represents a great deal of the understanding I have found in the deeper meaning behind the degree.
The text is written and in the hands of a copy-editor for its final incarnation. Next steps include the design, set-up and production which is slated to begin as soon as this campaign ends.
Your support will go to securing ISBNs, copy-editing, production set-up costs, and after production marketing.
About the Book
Explored from the perspective of the little practiced Scottish Rite degrees, this work combines elaborate descriptions, interpretative exploration and links to parallel symbolic constructs to form a working understanding of the meaning behind this first step into the fraternity.
Within the text are original illustrations created to convey the symbolism as well as meditative poetry on its deeper meanings. Its sole purpose is to impart the process and the symbolic significance of BECOMING a Freemason.
Aspects of the book explore:
- Esoteric connections of Scottish Rite Masonry the Kabbalah
- Corollaries between Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma
- Connections with the Mithraic Mysteries
- Spiritual Initiation
- What it means in becoming a Freemason
From a portion of the preface of the book:
One note that I feel important to impart is that the work of early Scottish Rite Freemasonry conveyed and inspired future fraternal societies and the work of other esoteric and occultic thinkers. While it would be impossible to say whether there is a direct connection to the esoteric workings of these quasi mystical and magical groups, at the deepest levels of their ethos the ideas and words rendered by Pike in Morals and Dogma and codified in the Scottish Rite degrees resonates into their spirit. It strikes me that some authors and teachers sensed this when they themselves created their own quasi Masonic programs of initiation - programs such as the Golden Dawn and the Builders of the Adytum and even more remote outliers such as AMORC or the OTO. Each, while their own unique tradition share themes and notes of what the early Scottish Rite proposed. Like genetic brothers, they evolved from a source, one of which being Morals and Dogma.
While The Apprentice explores the symbolic aspects of the First Degree of Freemasonry, two additional works are poised immediately behind it for publication over the next year. The Fellowcraft is planned for publication at the time of the Spring Equinox; the Master at the turn of the autumnal equinox in 2015.
Following the third publication, all three texts will be bound together and published anew as the Lodge of Perfection.
These texts function as independent study texts for the new mason and those interested in specific degrees as one volume or together in their final iteration.
Following the Lodge of Perfection, further texts are written and planned through the additional Scottish Rite degrees (up through the 12th).
Your contributory support through this campaign is designed to help fund this first step in the series bring bringing The Apprentice to its fullest fruition.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is a post-collegiate fraternity dedicated to the spiritual development of the initiate into a broader sense of the self, how he relates to the Divine and his contributory role in the world. It conveys this message through a series of progressive degrees initiating the candidate into a deeper level of understanding and membership. Ultimately, the raised Master Mason is given the allegorical tools to further work on an develop their Masonic intuition.
What is Scottish Rite Freemasonry?
Scottish Rite Freemasonry is considered the advanced degrees of Freemasonry, beyond that of the third, or Master Mason, degree. Scottish Rite Freemasonry degrees are further education on the principels. Little known, however is that the Scottish Rite practice begins with its series of degrees that are, themselves, richly symbolic.
Risks and challenges
The only real and potential risk is time.
This has been a passion project of mine that has existed and evolved for several years. The time has come for it to leave the confines of the drawer it has lived in and make its way out into the world.
Risks include production delays (in printing), any delays in producing the layouts for printing, or any other unforeseen technical hiccups.
My goal is to have this text out in autumn of 2014, and I intend to meet that deadline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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