Email with your request wrote:
Ideas about Masonry
"1. Private Masonic business not public record (usually admin stuff)"
And this is what most of Freemasonry is.
"2. Ritualistic manuscripts, all the degrees have been redone, except
the blue lodge (scottish rite anyways)"
I've seen some variations.
"3. Modes of use and recognitions. (all published by still not
something we give out to non-initiates)"
Or even recognize due to their clandestine nature.
4. SYmbols-we dont claim we originated.
Could toy provide an example of this please. Thanks.
"5. Advanced degrees: York Rite, Scottish Rite, but many others exist
depending on where you are in your masonic interest and career."
These are called Concordant bodies above the EA, FC, MM degrees.
"6. Freemasonry tolerates Thelema as it does any religion; although
religion or Thelema are not necessarily related to Freemasonry."
I dissagree here, a Satanist can not be a Freemason.
"7. Freemasonry is universal in its application to life."
"8. Freemasonry could be applied to the OTO, however the OTO has not
legitimate masonic heritage. Sorry Jones....but I dont think so."
I tend to agree, but the NG has been down this road many times before..
"Although it could be argued that if Crowley truely discovered
freemasonry secrets and developed them into the OTO, it would of
advantage for thelemites to discover if masonry was pertinent or
helpful to their personal initiation."
There are many similarities between an OTO degree in structure and a Masonic
Craft degree. The names have been changed to protect the innocent ;-)
Personally I feel that Freemasonry should have a degree below EA like the
OTO Minerval degree. We have lot's of members in our lodge that don't go
beyond EA. They pay their dues and rarely show up at meetings.The Craft
degrees should have an introductory degree below EA. At this introductory
degree, these associate members take on no responsibility. They can not
ballot, nor take chairs etc.We burn out a lot of EA's. I think the OTO has
done a better job of craft degree structure, then masonry.