Secrets of the Quest

I write this blog under some self-imposed restrictions. They serve to preserve personal integrity, protect the sanctity of my obligations and not involve other people, who may prefer to stay out of the virtual lime-light. But by their very nature, they also limit some of the stories that I would have liked to tell. That’s the balance, the name of the game. When I decided to keep Grail Quest alive, one of the cons were definitely that it is hard to get to the heart of my thinking, because there are so many things I cannot delve into. On the other hand, I realise that I have this need to express myself, and putting things into writing (that is read by others) serves to clarify things for myself and clear my mind, cathartically, perhaps.

My masonic story (and opinions) is one area that has been the most severely restricted. Swedish Rite has largely remained a mystery outside of its area of practise, and as I have said time and again, I am not about be the one who sells out the secrets just to make myself interesting. Everything that I post here is therefore available from elsewhere (as the links prove), or is something that has been explained by the official spokespersons for the Order. I’ll keep looking for snippets that may be of interest, but don’t expect an exposé.

Another difficult area is how my spiritual and philosophical worldview evolves, and that’s the really at the heart of this blog. At the same time, this is where I also want to show some restraint; the Internet is cool, and I like its collaborative nature, but this is personal, there are real Secrets here – things that are for the individual Seeker to find, and things that are Secret in the sense that they cannot be transmitted.

So, at the of the day, I’ll continue this dance, trying to find a rythm, careful not to step on any toes, while still trying to express myself.

Btw., I know that the last couple of entries have been a little bit introspective and self-centred; over the following weeks I’ll get back to business.

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Picture: ‘The Achievement of the Grail’ (1891-’94) tapestry by Edward Burne-Jones (from Wikepedia)

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Spring revival

When I started this blog, I originally envisioned it as a chronicling of my trip to San Francisco, Dublin and Boston, plus as a place to park articles describing the journey leading to my becoming a mason, and that was it. But it has refused to die, and there have been irregular postings on tarot, Swedish Rite and a few other subjects. So, following a period of regression and afterthought, I have decided to keep the blog running, but broadening the subject slightly. Or rather, it will be pretty much the same, but I’ll be deliberately straying from the topic as originally given.

So, I’ll start posting again, and we’ll see where it all leads.

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Photo: private. Good Friday in Boston, MA, 2008.

Gathering information

Freemason Information has been online for a few years now, but it has now expanded to include a number of prolific and thoughtful bloggers, such as Aude Vide Tace, Beehive, Masonic Traveler and more. It offers information of generel Masonic interest, reviews, the Masonic Central podcast and more. Plus it features a very nice design, which is refreshing when everything else is Blogger og *h-hm* WordPress.

I will also take this opportunity to plug King Solomon’s Blog, which lists a huge number of Masonic blogs in a variety of languages. This site has helped me keep up-to-date on the Masonic blogosphere, and I can only recommend it if you’re a Masonic blogger: get in there.

Nice to see a lot of activity from the community of Masonic bloggers made readily available, now that I have been keeping a low profile for a while myself (but I am looking to return to active duty in the near future).

Craft in Sweden

Denmark already has several organisations – some regular and others not so much – working Craft (Blue) freemasonry, and now it seems that the groundwork is being made in Sweden to offer an alternative to the Christian-only Swedish Order of Freemasons. (There is already one co-masonic lodge under Le Droit Humain (website in Swedish) in Stockholm, with plans to open another one in Gothenburg.)

From the website of ‘Humanitära Sällskapet Den Räta Vinkeln’:

The Humanitära Sällskapet Den Räta Vinkeln (English; the Humanitarian Society The Right Angle) is a society on Masonic foundation with the goal to re-establish in Sweden Craft lodges, Mark lodges, Chapters et cetera  that works according to traditional Masonic customs, which are neutral on Religious matters. This will be realised mainly by reviving the now resting lodges of Svenska Frimurare Lägret (English; the Swedish Masonic Camp).

This will make the new society irregular in the eyes of the Order, which is the internationally recognised Grand Lodge of Sweden, but the grand lodge has been informed of this move. It is yet unclear whether they have a charter or if international relations will be established.

More, as it is revealed.

Norway news

700Just a quick heads-up that the website of The Norwegian Order of Freemasons has been overhauled. I like the look of it so far, although there is currently so many new subpages that it’s a little hard to take in. And here are the English pages – a bit generic I think; there could have been a few more words about the Swedish Rite.

The NOF is biggest of the Scandinavian grand lodges, with 19,500 members (4.7 mill. people total).

Teh Holimax FTW!!!

ExileSurfing, as one does, I came across Exile, a video game from 1991. Check out this awesome synopsis from Wikipedia:

The plot of the game was very unusual, detailing the further adventures of Sadler, now living in the time of the Christian crusades (roughly 1120 A.D), to attempt to unite the world under one god and achieve world peace. He meets many historical figures along the way, such as Hugues de Payens (who plays a major role) and Pythagoras. Along the way, he performs a Masonic ritual in an attempt to revive Noah, and slaughters many Hindu and Buddhist deities. Eventually he has a final battle against Hiram Abiff.

What?!

Check out also these unique terms:

Holimax (speculated to be the Holy Grail) – An artifact said to unite all people under one god. Yuug’s search for it begins Sadler’s journey. Later in the game, it appears that every culture has a “Holimax” of their own.
Triangular Lake – man-made lake by Pythagoras which seems to hold the secret to time travel and fabricated dimensional distortions.

But lest you think that young Sadler is a mason or a crusader, read on:

Sadler and his Syrian companions are most likely followers of Aga Khan. This is pointed to repeatedly throughout the series: Sadler kills a Muslim Caliph because of the Caliph’s persecution and oppression of Sadler’s people. When Aga Khan was formed in the 11th century, its followers were persecuted for their belief system. Not only is Sadler an assassin, taking up residence in a hidden community of assassins, he also believes that nothing is true and everything is permissible, similarly to Hassan I Sabbah, Aga Khan’s founder. This could also explain Sadler’s use of drugs.

Seriously, this sounds like the Best Game Evah.

Picture is a cut scene from the game: Sadler facing off against Huges de Payens. Obviously.