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Studies in Freemasonry and the Compagnonnage (New)
by Guenon, Rene
Publisher: Sophia Perennis
Book ID: 9780900588884, 0900588888
Studies in Freemasonry and the Compagnonnage is both an attempt to rediscover the lost roots of Masonry and a fascinating look into the many controversies swirling around the subject of Masonry in serious intellectual circles during the first half of the twentieth century. Freemasonry may indeed be, as Guenon ultimately concluded, a largely degenerated and thus no longer strictly ‘operative’ offshoot of a true initiatory lineage; yet its symbolism, like that of the original Rosicrucians, remains profound, traditional, and therefore ultimately legitimate. And given that the ‘Spirit bloweth where it listeth’, it is always possible that symbolism of this order may awaken in a receptive soul intimations of the Truth and the Way, which can be of inestimable of value in ‘the path to the Path’, the quest for a living initiatory spirituality.
Guenon had a lifelong preoccupation with Freemasonry. In his search for an operative initiatic path in the Western world, he explored many groups -- occult, neo-Gnostic, Theosophical -- claiming to be initiatory, ultimately rejecting them all, with the single exception of the Craft. His relation to Freemasonry, however, was far from simple; mostly before World War I, for example, he contributed articles to both Masonic and anti-Masonic publications, though he continued to review books on Masonry and refer to Masonic lore in his own works until the end of his life. Recognizing that the symbolism and ritual employed by Masonry was for the most part both traditional and esoteric, he labored to discover, define, or create a Freemasonic initiation that would be compatible with Catholic Christianity, as it supposedly was when the Masonic guilds designed and built the great cathedrals of Europe. However, the thick overgrowth of pseudo-esoterism obscuring that ‘original’ Freemasonry, not to mention the various rationalist, anti-clerical, illuminist, and even revolutionary strands to be found within the Masonic tradition, ultimately forced him to abandon his project. Nonetheless, this record of Guenon’s struggle to come to terms with an initiatory lineage fallen on hard times is of real relevance to all now seeking a spiritual affiliation in the darkness prevailing in our time.
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