Most conspiracy theories about Freemasonry tend to focus on its alleged connections to the Knights Templar and occult Christian secrets, but a century or more ago, it was Masonry’s alleged connection to ancient Egypt that offered grist for occult speculation. I came across an obscure but strange book called Freemasonry from the Great Pyramid of Ancient Times (1885) by Freemason Thomas Holland in which Holland outlines his belief that the Great Pyramid of Giza was actually a divine map to the mysteries of Freemasonry, crafted on orders from Yahweh by Israelites to show future generations the rituals and mysteries of the Craft. While this is silly on the face of it, derived from Charles Piazzi Smyth’s belief that the Pyramid contained a plan crafted by the God of Israel, and the frequent Masonic insistence that their Craft could be traced back to Egypt (and, specifically, the Great Pyramid), the expression of it is a bit bizarre.
In Victorian times, while Egypt was seen as a repository of ancient wisdom, this sat uneasily atop belief in the superiority of the Judeo-Christian tradition, to the point that people like Holland tried to reassign Egyptian wonders to Israel—a common enough claim in its day. But Holland went farther in trying to weave God’s plan into the history of both Israel and Freemasonry, which he saw therefore as the inheritor of the true divine legacy.
He explains his strange beliefs in a lecture given to his fellow Masons:
Most of you have heard explained the tracing-boards of the Lodge. The first tracing-board says our Lodge should be in length from east to west, and breadth from north to south; just so is the King's Chamber with its Ante-Chamber, from which, in stooping humility, we approach the King's Chamber or Grand Lodge, with every inch of its surface adorned with wisdom, strength, and beauty; and, furthermore, seven hold the Lodge, depicted by seven stars (Pleiades), which seven stars are the very centralization of construction, begun, carried out, and finished at the Pyramid in this Pleiades Year, astronomically so called, when Alpha Draconis was the visible polar star, looking up from the depths of the first Ascending Passage, which will not occur again, according to the slow orbit of the procession of the equinoxes, for 25,827 years; which number is built into fact by the diagonals of the base, and repeated by the perimeter of the 50th course of masonry; and it is by the science of astronomy that the figures and the dates are proved to be true or false. The Pyramid being thus before you, in this enlightened age, to criticise upon, so, Brethren, a starting-point in Freemasonry is gained. As far as comparison is concerned, the one might be symbolical of the other. As I said in my first lecture, a school, college, or lodge would be formed, and many symbolisms put in order, perhaps worked as we do at the present time, as the most impressive way to inculcate and work a lasting impression on the mind; and thus, in whole or in part, we traditionally keep pure and unsullied what has been entrusted to us to this our day.
Ah yes, the worst thing in the world would be to be mistaken for a Jew! It’s fascinating to see the attempt to throw together several strands of Victorian occult thought in service of the supposed specialness of the Freemasons, but also to see it all undermined by Anti-Semitism. He all but bent over backward to try to separate the Jews from Yahweh to claim the glory of the Bible for the Freemasons without the taint of Judaism.
You can’t scratch a fringe theory without finding hate lurking beneath the surface.
11/17/2017 02:08:44 pm
"He all but bent over backward to try to separate the Jews from Yahweh to claim the glory of the Bible for the Freemasons without the taint of Judaism."
11/18/2017 08:26:08 am
The emphasis on the Greek features of the New Testament that you get in more mainstream New Testament scholarship. Even when it acknowledges some Jewish inventiveness it basically says that the Jews didn't know what they had and it took Christians combining it with Greek thought to make it actually worth anything.
11/17/2017 03:17:52 pm
"wisdom, strength, and beauty" Chokhmah, Gevurah, Tiferet.
11/19/2017 08:05:59 am
Nigger please you aint a nigger but a white boy. Niggas aint this smart. they dumb. They strum banjos and eat watermelon
11/19/2017 03:51:03 pm
Well that's progress, you're spelling the word right 50% of the time.
11/19/2017 06:33:25 pm
Did he just try to insult you by calling you smart?
11/20/2017 03:28:02 am
Well he is right about one thing. I am not a negro or black.
11/20/2017 10:58:43 am
Or am I?
11/17/2017 07:48:02 pm
Jason, Piazzi-Smyth, IIRC, was also an influence on William Dudley Pelley, a sort of esoteric Christian/Theosophist/Neofascist writer and organizer who peaked in the 1930s. Pelley himself influenced many, many others both in the American mystical/occult and UFO scene and also political extremists sympathetic to the Nazis. Frank Joseph, with his NeoNazi history and pseudohistorical preoccupations, seems to me an echo of Pelley.
11/18/2017 10:42:10 am
Do you suppose Wolter stole his Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers from this source. Or did he make it all up independently?
4/6/2019 02:01:41 am
I thought I'd post here a new understanding of the Pyramid Complex in Cairo to see if we have any out there with the qualifications to look over my theory. I believe the Pyramid complex tells us that the Earth was tilted off its straight axis 12,000 years ago. Two comets striking almost the same line of longitude, separating South America from the Antarctica on the southern impact, which tilted the axis and the central american impact that almost separated North America from South America. The southern ocean comet than bounced and broke into 4 and separated the Australian Continent from Asia. The northern impact bouncing, breaking into two and creating the Mediterranean. It didn't exist 12,000 years ago, certainly not at the length it is now and the scale model of the Old Mediterranean is built into the forecourt at the Sacsayhumain walls in Peru. IMO and my findings , The Pyramid complex also ipredicts a comet impact in about 3000 years that empties the Earth oceans and leaves it as bare as Mars in about an hour. I have uploaded heaps of videos here if you would like to watch them. I'm happy to get some "constructive" replies. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtT-Dki56AQrtDGEWkAILRQ
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