Undeniably, during the eighteenth century “several” Masonic bodies in Europe introduced the principles of enlightenment into their rituals, this distorting their esoteric and initiatic origins. In these Obediences the ritual has gradually been deprived of its true symbolic significance and replaced by commentaries and exegeses characterised by a desolating banality and a dull moralism reminiscent of the “century of Enlightenment“. This “progressivist” degeneration of the principles of Freemasonry has consequently led to a misconceived interpretation of the concept of Fellowship, increasingly construed as an independent “individual subject” invested with a real power within the context of sociopolitical confiness, or levelling out into a form of essentially moral and material soliddarism.
Fabio Venzi in Studies In Traditional Freemasonry p. 170
Of all the theories that have harmed and proved particularly damaging to a correct understanding of Freemasonry, one of the most commonly acknowledged maintains that the origins of Freemasonry derive from the Enlightenment movement.
Fabio Venzi in Studies On Traditional Freemasonry p. 170
Is there any degree of continuity between the Medieval “Operative” Masons and the modern “Speculative” Freemasons? Personally I am do not hold with the idea of a temporal continuity, although it is however undeniable that the “operative” Freemasonry to some extent inspired the choice of Masonic symbols. Indeed, Tradition of which Freemasonry is a “form”, was established following the inspiration of numerous other lesser traditions, as the intuition of a being needs to be provoked or assisted through human actions in so far that the crafts may be consecrated: thus, each utensil, each gesture of the craftsmen may be seen as the symbol of a step towards the intuition of a perfect being.
Fabio Venzi in Studies On Traditional Freemasonry p. 153/4
I have mentioned previously how Freemasonry subsequently transformed from an “Initiatic Society”, degeneration into a fraternal association of mutual assistance that would have found the height of expression in the Obediences strongly bound to the ideals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.
Fabio Venzi in Studies In Traditional Freemasonry p. 95
There is no doubt that in Masonic rituals the esoteric component first became dominant, using symbols and allegories (the tools of the craft first and foremost) only at the start of the eighteenth century. It may thus be concluded that although Freemasonry was mainly developed initially as a system of morals it undeniably evolved into a true “initiatic Order”, and the retrospective introduction of the Legend of Hiram is proof of this.
Fabio Venzi in Studies on Traditional Freemasonry p. 92
I do not listen to X Wave Radio as much as I used to (I liked their music better before than I do now), but I have noticed great tracks of a project named Kein Zweiter. The music sounds old so I tried Soulseek without succes. It proves that the music is actually recent, Kein Zweiter has two releases which can be purchased at Bandcamp! Continue reading
It does not happen to me often that Spotify recommends me something that I like but did not know. But then there was Zeigenboch Kopf. A project of one of the members of the no wave band The Oh Sees and a style that I would call “industrial disco”, think of Thorofon. There are four releases (not all on Spotify) with mostly a nice and dirty mix between industrial and dance. The only thing I like less about the project are the constant corny homosexual sexual references. That is funny for a couple of tracks, but less so for a couple of albums. Then again, according to Last.fm “the band was a humorous side project”, so I guess that is it.
I will therefor attempt to explain why the theory purporting that the principles of Freemasonry express the philosophy of the Enlightenment movement is devoid of any truth
Faby Venzi in Studies On Traditional Freemasonry p. 29
The thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment, based on the premise that truth can only be secured from experience, maintained that Tradition, the voice of the past, the authority exerted by the ancient thinkers, could only cause harm as it constituted a prejudice hindering a clear unimpeded vision. Furthermore, as a consequence of their anti-historic attitude, the enlightened concluded that prior to the eighteenth century there had only been errors, barbarism, obscurantism. But on the contrary, Freemasonry is the most recent form of Tradition, and similar to all traditional forms gathers and conveys in an uninterrupted chain all aspects present from the beginning, unchanged by the ravages of time, beyond the realm of history and time. In the context of Tradition the transmitting of primary principles occurs in a vertical fashion, from super humans to humans, implying perfection from its very outset. The means best suited to instelling knowledge of the truth of a higher order associated with this Tradition is represented by symbolism, a tool that has been rejected or ignored by the modern world, which views truths as belonging to the order of pure intellectuality
Fabio Venzi in Studies In Traditional Freemasonry p. 31/2
Yet others have defined the Masonic school of thought as “deist”, which is even more ridiculous. It is an established fact that in the deist doctrine thre is no place for a relationship between God and man; God exists but is in no way involved in the historic events of man. Then how can the contant references to “assistance” of The Great Architect Of The Universe in our rituals be explained?
Fabio Venzi in Studies On Traditional Freemasonry p. 33