Book Release: The Grand Communication

Book Release: The Grand Communication


Is Hiram Abiff, the central character in the Masonic ritual, possibly Bibilical cover for the legendary Hellenistic Hermes Trismegistus? And could it be that the Masonic ritual carries concealed Hermetic wisdom involving alchemy, astrology, and magik?

Picture a time of great upheaval, as the world stood on the brink of the Thirty Years War and the English Civil War. It was a time when our most brilliant thinkers desperately sought a unifying force that could bridge religious divides and political discord, bringing people back together.

What's truly fascinating is that during this tumultuous period, the theme of alchemy and its enigmatic symbols gained traction, championed by authors from various backgrounds. In the midst of the looming threat of the Inquisition and high tensions, it became essential to frame these hidden teachings within a biblical context.

This concealed wisdom was artfully woven into the initiation rituals of the waning Stone Masons guild, transforming it from a medieval labor union into a social club. Alchemists played a pivotal role in reshaping speculative Freemasonry, turning it into a dynamic force for social cohesion and unity as the Age of Exploration and Colonization began.

Early Masonic meetings didn't take place in grand halls but in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of taverns. Almost overnight, a network of brewhouses, alehouses, and pubs sprang up to host Masonic gatherings. Craft brewers, experimenting with new ingredients, achieved results that seemed nothing short of magical. This leads us to a captivating question: Could Masonic lodges have stumbled upon the elusive "Stone of the Wise"?

Join us in "The Grand Communication" for a fresh exploration of early Freemasonry's rituals and symbols. We'll delve into the profound interplay between biblical and alchemical themes, unearthing the mysteries of the past and leaving you hungry for more.

Meet the Author

Nathan Schick is a dedicated faculty member in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Since 2017, he's been an engaged member of Glendale Lodge #23, actively contributing to the Freemason community. Under the Grand Lodge of Arizona, he has earned distinctions as both a master ritualist and master lecturer. For over a decade, Nathan has also passionately pursued the art of homebrewing, experimenting with beer, cider, and wine, honing his craft along the way.

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