The Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia of History, Rites, Symbolism, by Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie

By Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie

The nineteenth-century author and Masonic student Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie (1833-86) studied occultism with Frederick Hockley, and met the well-known French occultist Éliphas Lévi in 1861. He was once additionally interested by the basis of the airtight Order of the Golden sunrise. This huge encyclopaedia, first released in 1877, is taken into account to be a vintage Masonic reference paintings. It comprises precise details at the symbols, rites, legends, phrases, humans and locations linked to Freemasonry. the various symbols are illustrated and lists of scores are given, together with a 'traditional' checklist of Grand Masters of britain that incorporates Sts Swithin and Dunstan, Alfred the nice, Sir Christopher Wren (twice) and Charles II. Mackenzie goals in his entries to be severe whilst appropriate: as he says within the Preface, freemasonry has 'received a keen tribute' in his ebook, yet he tricks at problems encountered in publishing fabric a few famously secretive society.

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Miss Elizabeth St Leger, about 1713, and was the youngest child and only daughter of the first Viscount Doneraile, and during the whole of her long life she was a pattern of benevolent virtue. Subsequently to her initiation she married Richard Aldworth, Esq. of Newmarket, county Cork. —Lover of Truth. Fifth degree of the Order of African Architects. —Emperor of Eussia, succeeded Paul I. in 1801, and renewed Paul's prohibitions against Freemasonry and other secret societies. In 1803, the counsellor of state, Boeber, had an audience of the emperor, and made him acquainted with the real objects of the Fraternity.

Used in the high degrees. —Mentioned in 1 Kings iv. 6, under the name of Ahishar, as being " over the household," an officer of great importance in the court of an Oriental sovereign. The spelling of the name has been varied for reasons of philology. He is one of the persons referred to in the degree of Select Master. —A Kabbalistic name of God; belonging to Kether, the first of the ten Sephiroth. —Candidates invested with the Most Excellent Master's degree are termed " received and acknowledged," from their more intimate acquaintance with the penetralia of Masonry.

Five is that of the Fellow Craft, as being emblematic of active life and the five senses. Seven is the age of the Master Mason, in allusion to the seven primitive planets of the solar system; a Petit Architect is 2 1 ; a Grand Architect, 28; a Knight of the East is 70 ; a Prince of Jerusalem is 5 x 15 = 75; a Secret Master, a Maltre Ecossais, and a Prince of Mercy, is 81; and a Scottish Knight, 500 years. It was for this last reason that the Count St Germain asserted that he was five hundred years of age.

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