Freemasonry's perspective on Egypt God's perspective on Egypt


'The usage and customs among Freemasons have ever borne a near affinity to those of the Ancient Egyptians. Their philosophers, unwilling to expose their mysteries to vulgar eyes, couched systems of learning and polity under signs and hieroglyphical figures, which were communicated to their chief priests or magi alone, who were bound by solemn oath to conceal them. The system of Pythagoras was founded on a similar principle, as well as many others of more recent date'  (Extract from 'Explanation of the first degree tracing board' given in the 'Emulation Ritual')

Freemasonry's perspective on Egypt

Freemasonry loves Egypt. 

Masonic ritual and mythology is awash with references to the Egyptian gods such as osiris, isis and anubis.  Indeed Masonic author Robert Freke Gould writes in his book History of Freemasonry 1:13..

"Masonry is regarded as the direct descendant, or as a survival of the mysteries...of Isis and Osiris in Egypt"

Many lodge rooms have Egyptian features and the most blatant of all Masonic symbols is the Egyptian obelisk

Ex-33rd degree Mason Jim Shaw describes the “The Temple of the Supreme Council of the Thirty third and last degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite” as follows..

Flanking the entrance are two Sphinx like granite lions with women’s heads, the neck of one entwined by a cobra and decorated with the “ankh” (the Egyptian symbol of life and deity)

Adorning the neck and breast of the other is the image of a woman, symbolic of fertility and procreation. In the pavement, just in front of the tall bronze doors, are two Egyptian swords with curved, serpentine blades and, between the two swords, brass letters set into the stone saying “The Temple of the Supreme Council of the Thirty third and last degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite”

High above the entrance, partially concealed by stone columns, is an elaborate image of the Egyptian Sun God, backed with radiating sun and flanked by six large golden snakes.

The Lion's paw grip used by the worshipful master in the third degree ritual to raise the candidate from the dead. 


The picture shows how the grip of the Lion's Paw was given in the Pyramid Mysteries. The priest wore over his head the mask of a lion. By this grip the spirit in man, long buried in the sepulchre of substance, is raised to life, and the candidate goes forth as a builder entitled to the wages of an initiate.

From the inside cover of 'The Lost Keys of Freemasonry' by Manly P. Hall 33rd degree

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God's perspective on Egypt

Egypt means mud, and in Egypt man has been all that man can be. 

There were treasures in Egypt. There was science. There was glitter and pomp. There was power. There were chariots and horses in which men trusted for their security. There men erected edifices which, though crumbling away, still stagger us by their sheer scale. 

But the leeks, the garlic, the cucumbers, the melons and onions on which men fed themselves grew upon the ground and could only be gathered by stooping.

Jesus spent some time there in His infancy so that, like us, He could 'come out of Egypt'  Once out He did not revisit Egypt, nor did He even mention it again.

His concern was and still is, to bring us - in the spiritual realm - to where Moses first brought God's children in the physical realm, to the 'promised land' where it is written, every man's inheritance was to sit under his own fig tree and vine.

The fruits of these plants are gathered, not by stooping, but by reaching forth the hand and looking upwards.

If God's heart is to bring us out of Egypt then rest assured it is not God's Spirit that brings men back into the spiritual realms of ancient Egypt.

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