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Freemasonry tries to debunk all links between itself and Luciferian doctrine using Leo Taxil's confession.
Without question it is a last century Masonic attempt to deal with the embarrassment that Masonry experienced when General Albert Pike's letter giving instructions to the 23 supreme councils of the world fell into public hands.
These are the details behind Albert Pike's letter to the hierarchy of world Freemasonry, and the letter itself..
Pike took fifty years to develop and gradually introduce his Luciferian Rite to a select few within the 33rd Degree Supreme Council at Charleston. He also converted the Masonic hierarchy in London, Berlin, and Rome. During the latter half of his work, however, French atheists began to attack spiritism and symbolism within French Lodges. By 1877 French Freemasonry overtly declared what it had covertly taught since 1840- that there is no god but humanity. English Freemasonry, which demands a belief in deity, immediately broke fellowship with the French Grand Orient. Pike, as sovereign Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry, wanted to heal the rift by presenting his Luciferian Doctrine at the July 14, 1889, Supreme Council convention in Paris, France. Unable to travel due to poor health, he instead explicated the doctrine in a letter to be read on the convention floor. Afterward the letter was published by A. C. De La Rive in LaFemme et t'Enfant dans la Franc-Maconnerie Universelle. The Freemason, a Masonic periodical in England, noted the reading of the letter in its January 19, 1935, issue. Count de Poncins quotes portions of the letter in Freemasonry and the Vatican. The most comprehensive quote, however, comes to us from Edith Miller in Occult Theocrasy. Following is Albert Pike's 1889 concept of how Lucifer should be presented to high degree Masons, while keeping the lower degree initiates and the general public ignorant:
That which we must say to the crowd is - We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition.
To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General [of the 33rd degree], we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees - The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine.
If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay, the God of the Christians, whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy, and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him?
Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two Gods: darkness being necessary to light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the statue, and the brake to the locomotive.
In analogical and universal dynamics one can only lean on that which will resist. Thus the universe is balanced by two forces which maintain its equilibrium, the force of attraction and that of repulsion. These two forces exist in physics, philosophy and religion. And the scientific reality of the divine dualism is demonstrated by the phenomena of polarity and by the universal law of sympathies and antipathies. That is why the intelligent disciples of Zoroaster, as well as, after them, the Gnostics, the Manicheans and the Templars have admitted, as the only logical metaphysical conception, the system of the divine principles fighting eternally, and one cannot believe the one inferior in power to the other.
Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophic religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.
Pages 39/40 'Scarlett and the Beast', vol 2, John Daniel
Twenty years later a man called Gabriel Jogand-Pags, better known as Leo Taxil suddenly announced at a public meeting in Paris that he had concocted a huge elaborate joke that had fooled everyone and that now, as a consequence of his confession, the above letter could be disregarded.
The record of the confession runs to more than 13,000 words.
It is recorded in full conversational style so it is clearly not a press release. For example..
Now today - more than a century later - this would be a serious undertaking for any journalist using the most sophisticated typing equipment. Go back in your mind to the means of writing available in 1897 and then try to imagine these 13,000+ words being recorded in their full moment by moment spontaneity. Just speak the short sample passage above out loud in the hasty angry tones that are implied and ask someone to write (or even type) the conversation. You'll soon see what any court of law would see. That the above is a carefully crafted piece of deception.
Even the way it is recorded for public consumption is as an amateur playwright would write. For example..
Only one group of people would benefit from such a carefully crafted deception. Freemasonry.
Despite all its obvious nonsense - such as Albert Pike meeting with the devil at 3pm every Friday at Masonic HQ - it had at the heart of it, the sole purpose, the single minded intent, of debunking Albert Pike's instructions to the 23 supreme councils of the world.
If the Pike letter in question was the ONLY reference by Pike or other Masonic leaders to Luciferian doctrine then the ploy may have succeeded.
The truth is that the letter authenticates itself when set against Pike's known beliefs and writings and the beliefs and writings of his high ranking colleagues.
Thirty-third degree Freemason Albert Pike (1809-1891), the man destined to develop the Luciferian Doctrine for the Masonic hierarchy, could not accept that Lucifer and Satan were the same personality. While teaching his beliefs to a select few in the Supreme Council Pike became the most powerful Mason in the world.
Although an obscure general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, he was hardly inconspicuous in Freemasonry. From 1859 until his death in 1891, Pike occupied simultaneously the positions of Grand Master of the Central Directory at Washington, D.C., Grand Commander of the Supreme Council at Charleston, S.C., and Sovereign Pontiff of Universal
Freemasonry. He was an honorary member of almost every Supreme Council in the Albert Pike world, personally receiving 130 Masonic degrees.
Pike also was one of the most physically and morally repulsive individuals in American history. Weighing well over three hundred pounds, his sexual proclivity was to sit naked astride a phallic throne in the woods, accompanied by a gang of prostitutes. To these orgies he would bring one or more wagonloads of food and liquor, most of which he would consume over a period of two days until he passed into a stupor.
In his adopted state of Arkansas, Pike was well known as a practitioner of Satanism. Portraits in his later years show him wearing a symbol of the Baphomet around his neck. Pike, however, did not believe the Baphomet was Satan. In Morals and Dogma he explains that this symbol was misunderstood by those who were not adepts"; that it was "invented ages before, to conceal what it was [too] dangerous to avow."
Pike, a gifted polyglot who mastered sixteen ancient languages, discovered that the Baphomet was originally a symbol of Lucifer, the hermaphrodite god of pagans. He found in paganism no adversary known as Satan. Satan was mentioned only in, the Bible, and according to Pike, was a fabrication of Christians. "Thus," writes Pike, "the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philos9phic religion is the belief in Lucifer...."
In 1843, while Pike was developing his Luciferian doctrine for Freemasonry, two other Masons were attempting to penetrate the inner shrines of the Fraternity with the doctrine of Satanism. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), the famous American poet, and Moses Holbrook (d. 1844), the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council at Charleston, S.C., had both studied thoroughly the occult sciences. Although they enjoyed discussing with Pike the mysteries of the Cabala, these two Satanists were unable to convert General Pike to the cabalistic view of Satan, which teaches two basic doctrines: (1) the Adversary was once Lucifer; and (2) Satan is a power to be used for either good or evil.
Pike describes the cabalistic view of Satan in his book Morals and Dogma, published in 1871 for the Southern Jurisdiction of Scottish Rite Freemasonry:
The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh [sic] reversed; for Satan is not a black god, but the negation of God. The Devil is the personification of Atheism or Idolatry.
For the Initiates, this is not a Person, but a Force, created for good, but which may serve for evil. It is the instrument of Liberty or Free Will. They represent this Force, which presides over the physical generation, under the mythologic and horned form of the God Pan; thence came the he-goat of the Sabbat, brother of the Ancient Serpent, and the Light-bearer or Phosphor, of which the poets have made the false Lucifer of the Legend.
Pike accuses poets of falsifying the nature and role of Lucifer by making him Satan. For example, Longfellow believed Satan was the Fallen Angel
In contrast, Pike's writings teach that Lucifer never fell, that he is the light of the world, equal in power to Almighty God, yet less transcendent at the present time. To stress his point, in Morals and Dogma Pike ridicules the book of Revelation for denying Lucifer equality with God: "The Apocalypse is.. .the Apotheosis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone, and despises all the pomps and works of Lucifer....
Pike's scorn is directed toward those who have faith only in the God of the Apocalypse without giving Lucifer due respect. He continues his eulogy to Lucifer in the next sentence: "Strange and mysterious name to give to the spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish souls? Doubt it not! "
Pike believed the pagan doctrine that Lucifer was the beneficent god who taught men science. Warren Weston, in Father of Lies (1930s), confirms that the ancients knew Lucifer as
Prometheus, the friend of men, who gave them fire, taught them all the crafts, showed them the rich ore and precious stones buried in the earth.... It is for these countless benefactions conferred on humanity that the jealous spirits who claim to be true gods have combined against him and wronged him. He is the brightest angel unjustly cast out of heaven, Lucifer, son of the morning.
Pike was also sarcastic in his denunciation of the early apostles and church fathers, whom he claimed continued the suppression of science. As you read Pike's denunciation, you will sense that the "science" to which he refers is new age doctrine, or, as illustrated in II Chronicles 33:6 - witchcraft:
The dunces who led primitive Christianity astray, by substituting faith for science, reverie for experience, the fantastic for the reality; and the inquisitors who for so many ages waged against Magism [sic] a war of extermination, have succeeded in shrouding in darkness the ancient discoveries of the human mind; so that we now grope in the dark to find again the key of the phenomena of nature.
Pages 37 - 39 'Scarlett and the Beast', vol 2, John Daniel
|Albert Pike wore a large symbol of baphomet around his neck Indeed it appears on much 33rd degree notepaper in slightly modified form. (See below)||
|Compare top satanist Aleister Crowley's bahphomet X symbol on left with the symbol on much of 33rd degree notepaper on right.|
Thirty third degree Mason Manley P. Hall amplifies the luciferian doctrine on page 48 of his book 'The Lost keys of Freemasonry' when he says
When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onwards and upwards he must prove his ability to properly apply (this) energy.
Domenico Margiotta 33rd degree Mason has written
"Palladism is necessarily a luciferian rite. Its religion is Manichaean neo-gnostism, teaching that the divinity is dual and that lucifer is equal of Adonay, with lucifer the God of Light and Goodness struggling for humanity against Adonay the God of darkness and Evil.. Albert Pike had only specified and unveiled the dogmas of the high grades of all other masonries, for in no matter what rite, The Great architect of the Universe is not the God worshipped by Christians"
Extract from 'Masonry - beyond the light' Wm.Schnoebelen former 32nd degree Mason
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