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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Apprentice - Out Now

This is a cross post from what was originally published on Freemason Information.

At last, the little project is complete. After months (and years) of conceiving, studying, plotting, writing and then assembling my little endeavor into the Great Work has come into the world.

I humbly submit to you my work:

The Apprentice, The World and the Universe as One
A Treatise on the First Degree of Freemasonry.

The Apprentice by Gregory Stewart
ISBN-13: 978-0986204104

This follow up book to my 2010 project Masonic Traveler - Essays and Commentary is a different approach to understanding the importance and meaning behind the First Degree of Freemasonry.

Taking the approach from the Scottish (French) Rite degrees, this work explores the nuance of symbolic initiation lost in the contemporary system at work in much of the main-stream practice. By using the Scottish Rite First Degree, the meaning and process of the masonic initiation takes on new dimensions why compared to Albert Pike's First Degree treatise in Morals and Dogma. It is that dimension that this work seeks to explore celebrating the art and history behind the initiation process.

The idea behind this work is that the degree, whether intentional or as a byproduct of revision and deconstruction, is a metaphorical entry point onto the Tree of Life from the mystical tradition of the Kabbalah. That, the first degree, when examined next to the works of other esoteric writers, becomes the foundation degree of initiation as it blossoms into a rich allegorical journey from chaos into order.

While not a tell-all expose into Freemasonry, the work, at a deeper level, is an attempt to understand what it means to BECOME a Freemason.

In this work are:
  • Two never before seen original poems by the author
  • Original Art envisioning the meaning of the initiation
  • Three explorations of the work
  • Notes to support the thesis
An interesting note, all aspects of the book from its creators hand. Not a pain stream or commercially published work, its creation is with an artisanal work as the product of a loving devotion to the medium and subject matter. Also interesting about the book is that this work is the first of three to round out three ineffable degrees of the fraternity taking us ever higher into the allegorical tree of life.

And, with this announcement I want to publicly thank those who invested in the work through Kickstarter. So, a big round of thinks to:

Gord Echlin, Davide Riboli, Joseph James, Jorge Dagang, Jeffrey S. Kupperman, Carlos A. Rodriguez, Saint Cloud Lodge #221; Ann Arbor-Fraternity Lodge No. 262, F. & A.M., Michigan; John R. Merrick, Daniel Barston, Kelly Feldcamp, Randy Reese, Seth Allen, Nicholas Vettese, Jeff Ewing, John D. Spreckels Lodge #657; June E. Lennon, Freemason; Bro. Alex Towey, Johnny Arias, Gar Pickering, Chris Cochrane, Melissa Howe-Pomeranz, Gary Iverson, Luis A. Feliciano, Stewart A. Anderson, Andrew SmithKirk Bielskis, mmg86, Prenna Sergent, Matt Frye, Corey HiltonJason Hawkinson-Prater, Thomas Butler, J. A. Foster, Christopher Davis, Dominic J. Tufo, F.&A.M., California; David W. Douglas, Ireland, Shanan Hough, Shawn Michael and Philip Michael Hugh Lawson.

I couldn't of made this happen without your support. 

Hardcover Published by FMI Publishing
ISBN-10: 0986204102
ISBN-13: 978-0986204104
Available on:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
and through a special offer here.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Apprentice in need of your support

Dear friends and brothers, this is a little project I am trying to get up off the ground.

I'm hoping it might be something you find interesting or worthy of your support.

The Apprentice - A treatise on the deeper symbolism of the first degree of Freemasonry, is a new book written by Greg Stewart (Masonic Traveler) that explores the deeper symbolism and meaning behind the First Degree of Freemasonry.


Friday, March 07, 2014

Hermetic Circle

A deadline is necessary, some kind of artificial starting point for when to begin an undertaking such as this. What that deadline will entail, or accomplish will be formulated now.

After several suggestions and communications, it seems to me that it is possible for an organization such as this to exist, and by the nature of its existence, communicate the ethos it holds as true.

So, in preparation, I propose the etching of this circle to begin on May Day, in commemoration of that ancient festival of renewal and blossoming prosperity.

On that day, May, 1, 2014, I propose the opening of a private group, accessible to those who seek admission into the Hermetic Circle.

The link to seek that admission will appear herein.

So, for those with eyes to read - If you are interested in joining a group that accepts all faiths as one greater universal concept of the divine take notice.  You are not alone are welcome to commune with those of like mind.

If you have received this notice in your email and wish be included in the May Day pronouncement as a founding member, please respond with your name to HermeticCircle@gmail.com.  In keeping with magical tradition, and to afford some anonymity, I propose you also choose and send a Hermetic name by which you may be known within the circle.

Fiat LvX

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Synchronicity

I've had a strange phenomenon going on for the last year and a half.

It's probably gone on much longer, but I can say for sure that I've noticed it more in the last 18 months than I had before.  My noticing it might just be from a conscious effort to catch it or in fact the greater realization of it happening.

What I've been experiencing is an increased amount of synchronization with time.  And, by this, I mean more often than not my subconscious and conscious mind are coming together at the cross roads of time as the digital clock closest me registers the same number for the time.

5:55, 2:22, 3:33...  I could go on and on.  Don't think for an instance that I haven't considered the how or why of it.  Am I watching the clock to much?  Could be...while waiting for some cosmic sign or message.

But, I can find the argument for that in that even in the late hours of the night when my sound sleep is roused, low and behold the point I open my eyes is that same synchronous time.

Some mornings it's 3:33 and some it's 4:44.  What's even more unnerving is the snoozed alarm that goes off at 20 past five, awakes me again at 5:55.

My rational mind wants to say it's just coincidence, my mind following a pattern that is being trained to into recognition of the similar clock face - it's looking for patterns in numbers.

My irrational mind, that unconscious force of the invisible aeather, says that it's a message.  A warning of approaching rocks or a ribbon of acknowledgement for being in the right balance of space and time for what I'm doing.  Like a barometer measuring the right place and the right time of my spiritual existence.  All is right in the spiritual house and here is your proof, or beware the psychic shoals of not being in your cosmic perpendicular.

At times it's unnerving...at others it's a great comfort.  I've come to see it in the way a psychic reads his tarot...  It tells me what I need to hear or see when I need to hear or see it.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Form over Function



I was surprised (and inspired) at the responses I received on the idea of the creation of a Hermetic Circle.

One would think that, based upon the comments (or lack thereof), that there was no response. Yet, still I received more than a few private notes expressing a need and an interest in this type of society.

But what form should this Hermetic Circle take? What should it do? Should it just be a society of association?  A union of like-minded people knowing that there are like-minded people out there in the world?

So, rather than paint such an idea in the hues I think best, I believe its function should inform its form.  What exactly would a Hermetic Circle do or be?

As Wright said, what is the spiritual union between function and form in the Hermetic Circle?

Should it resemble a study circle, with recommended books to read and observations on its elements? Or, should it take on aspects of its fraternal siblings and suppose itself to be a contemporary society of secret wisdom?

Should it meet, or can it be content in knowing that it exists without the insecure need to gather in covens, cabals or lodges to plot or plan the next book selection?

As the basis of a trans-polytheistic society, should it espouse this belief, and interact with humankind with that ideal in mind?  Or, can it simply radiate this tenant as a part of its existence?  Can a Hermetic Circle communicate its ideas through the very fiber of its existence?

Would it be fair to say that the Hermetic Circle sees all faith as universal, making universal faith the true path?

How does this express itself in the broader universe over mountains and seas?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fallow Fields

It's time to re-open the earth.  This muddy field has lain barren and empty for so long, while the tiller has used his plow to turn other distant fields.  In case you're still listening to this distant outpost of the esoteric, I need to get some things off my chest and re-sow the field.

One of the things I've been keen on is an idea I've been nurturing, one of several. In my mind’s eye, I've had a notion to organize a Hermetic Brotherhood, a society, a correspondence and study circle. 


This Hermetic Circle would be an open society - open to all for the preservation and communication of the wisdom of the Emerald Tablet, Hermetica, the Kybalion, and the other Great Works of this philosophical canon.


My vision is of a trans-polytheistic order that sees all faiths as one faith, where each is as valuable as any other., worthy of veneration and respect.


What do you think?  Is there a need in this age for such a fellowship?