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Mysteries and Secrets of Freemasonry: Part IV
The Tragic Fall with the Knights Templar
Why did the grand Order from the Knights Templar finally collapse? Who conspired against them? Did Freemasonry actually develop in the Templars? And why do the Freemasons maintain these elaborate origin stories which can be traced back many thousands of years? Are they depending on facts, theories, or erroneous fabrications?
In the beginning with the 14th century, King Philippe IV of France inspired the downfall in the Templars. It had nothing to do with its esoteric teachings, which may be deemed to radical through the Church, since the Order kept them concealed. However, the King desperately needed money and made a decision to have it from your Templars who were extremely wealthy, so by making use of Pope Clement V along with the Holy Office of the Inquisition, the members from the Order were accused of various heinous crimes, which were totally fabricated. Therefore, the Order of the Knights Templar was soon successfully suppressed by Papal law.
“A study from the evidence reveals your entire innocence from the Templar and the diabolical ingenuity with the familiars with the Holy Office, who kept them separated without adequate defense or proper consultation, and circulated most notable lying rumors how the Grand Master had confessed on the Pope that there were evils in the Order. The brethren were cajoled, bribed and tortured into confessing crimes they had never committed, plus they were given probably the most fiendish cruelty.” (Ancient Mystic Rites by C. W. Leadbeater) Clearly a grave injustice was accomplished through the joint effort in the Catholic Church, particularly the Pope, and King Philippe IV, motivated by selfish reasons.
There will be the theory that, although a lot of of these were imprisoned or executed, any remaining Templars scattered and disappeared, or fled to varied regions throughout Europe or elsewhere. However, many of these hid inside guilds of Craftmasons across Europe, whereby their secret teachings influenced them, and in using this method Freemasonry was soon developed. This likewise complements the concept of Freemasonic rise in Scotland too, because it is recorded that lots of Templars fled here and thrived. In fact, one Templar family, the St. Clairs, who flourished in Scotland, built the famous Roslyn Chapel, where their sacred symbolism was engraved in to the structure with this famous building. Incidentally, the St. Clairs were also members with the mysterious Rex Deus families, secret instigators of secret societies, such as the Knights Templar along with the Freemasons, roughly legend has it.
However, you will find those that say Freemasonry didn’t come directly in the Knights Templar, but that Templar symbolism and philosophy merely inspired and influenced modern Freemasonry. More likely, Freemasonry sprung in the particular Craftmason guilds across Europe who held esoteric teachings, but from where they acquired such teachings remains to be debatable. As stated earlier, the only real link relating to the beginnings from the Freemasons and also the Templars is supposedly the Rex Deus families were behind the founding of both organizations, but pretty much three centuries apart.
It is generally accepted that throughout Europe and Great Britain the medieval guilds of operative Craftmasons were eventually and gradually transformed into speculative “free masons.” The operative masons were the particular architectural builders, whereas the “free masons” held the symbolism and rituals and initiations of the evolving esoteric guilds. However, there will be the conflicting theory that modern Freemasonry would not develop out with the medieval craft guilds of masons, why these were separate factions altogether, that essentially Freemasonry, or “free masons,” using their esoteric teachings and rituals thrived in earlier times ahead of the guilds of stonemasons were formed. Nevertheless, it’s not a well known view. The old origin legends want to maintain that for 1000’s of years esoteric Craftmason guilds existed, specially when they built the Temple of Solomon, and in the end became might know about now termed as the Freemasons, as much theorists claim.
Although these origin stories squeeze forming in the first Freemasons making use of their alleged building of while using Temple of Solomon, some stories go back for the builders of the Tower of Babel. Some theorists claim Freemasonry started with all the Druids, partly because some vague legends claim they built Stonehenge, so they were allegedly stonemasons of the sort. By some accounts, the Essenes also became founders in the Craft. Others claim this school sprung from the Sufi tradition. Other origin stories claims that building guilds of the Roman Empire, as well as earlier, were the predecessors of medieval stonemason guilds that eventually evolved into Freemasonry.
Why do the proponents and people in Freemasonry maintain these origin tales of these ancient roots? Why would they fabricate such stories of their past, particularly if celebrate them appear dishonest?
In his book The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies, John Michael Greer explains, “Secret societies, like a great many other organizations, make use of making themselves look larger and more important than they actually are, and claims of an glorious history are one proven method this. The output of origin stories combines with the equally common practice of retrospective recruitment to deliver secret societies with a borrowed history more glamorous than their actual origins.” Therefore, it seems very appealing for this kind of august Fraternity to appear millenia old – much more fact it truly isn’t.
On one other hand, some researchers of Freemasonry seem to think that Freemasons are rather hazy regarding their particular origin and chronological development, so they required to fill in the gaps with possible scenarios that made sense in their mind, thus they created their origin stories readily available, or else only from whole cloth. Quite possibly, some ones believe their particular stories, simply because they manage to be plausible theories and earn acceptable connections throughout history. So commemorate sense that they should circulate such stories on the public, who just might be gullible enough to imagine them too, or even join this grand fraternal club.
However, historians, researchers, conspiracy theorists, and Freemasons still argue regarding which of the many origin stories may be the true one; however, others declare that perhaps they all are true simultaneously, that they can are common pieces with the whole puzzle, Knight like the string that connects every one of the pearls of your necklace. If that doesn’t add for the confusion, it’s possible to simply assert that none of which are true, otherwise the whole thing.
But since various storytellers, particularly Freemasons themselves, went ahead and wove separate histories together and connected each one of these dots that have been strewn across several many thousands of years, they contrived the full mess in order to make some form of sense. If you can trust it — or otherwise.
Quite often theorists claim the continuous passing it on in the specialized kind of esoteric symbolism and teachings throughout time justifies that each one of these secret societies and guilds and the like are all connected to Freemasonry, but it is a week supposition. In his book, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, Manly P. Hall emphasizes much from the ancient esoteric tradition may possibly not have been well maintained by the operative masons between the times from the Pagan Mysteries as well as the rise of the 17th Century Freemasonry, nor could it have been directly transmitted from these middle ages times to modern Freemasonry as much will profess. Hall says, “There should be over shows at first glance, but unless the Masonic historian is aware in the essential substance with the adept tradition, he’ll discover the facts extremely elusive. The deficiencies of history have resulted within the popular belief that Freemasonry is really a modern Society, associated with antiquity only with the fortuitous adoption of certain ancient signs and symbols.”
This is the reason why these imaginative storytellers need to fill within the gaps, so that the actual elusive connections will be coherent and intact — a lot more fact, they most likely are not. Such mystery schools as Freemasonry want to possess a cohesive, chronological history without gaps, even if this indicates to span back over the distant depths of energy itself. However, every person who researchers or merely reads such material must decide on their own the things they believe the reality in the matter is.
Ancient Mystic Rites by C. W. Leadbeater
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry by Manly P. Hall
The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies by John Michael Greer