Some have suggested that Freemasonry is a religion or a cult. This isn’t true based on close examination of the craft of Freemasonry. Freemasonry is an inference on ancient wisdom ( mostly astrotheology ) and not a religion or cult. It does have religious aspects and concepts, but the craft itself isn’t religious nor does it ask or demand any specific forms of worship.
The allegories of Freemasonry are mostly veiled inferences about the ancient astrotheology that was embedded within various religions of the ancient world. It cannot, therefore, be a literal belief in any theological aspects or concepts that it depicts outside of the moral or philosophical realm. That is why Freemasonry claims not to be a religion but why it also accepts all religions.
It would be quite ironic if it were a religion since that would mean it’s a religion that accepts all religions, which is contradictory.
The symbolism of an eagle can be seen from ancient Egypt, the Holy Roman Empire, to modern day America. What does it mean, though? Why have so many nations chosen an eagle as their national symbol or used it in the form of heraldry?
The explanation commonly given is that it symbolizes strength, courage, and immortality. That’s a reasonable explanation, but there’s more to it than that. To understand the deeper meaning, you have to trace the history of this form of symbolism back to ancient Egypt.
In 1882, the book Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy was anonymously published by author Robert Hewitt Brown. The content provided in Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy essentially unveiled the esoteric meaning of Freemasonry, fully explaining the ancient astrotheological allegories embedded within the shadowy depths of Masonic legend and symbolism. Of course, well-educated Freemasons have long understood this, but no one before this time had ever truly created a concise explanation of the Masonic allegories.
Many well-known books on Freemasonry are vague and drawn out. They may explain aspects of the historical narrative and background ( which are important ) but avoid outright explanations. This is not the case with Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy. This is why we hail Brown as the “The Mysterious Man Who Unveiled Freemasonry.”
The word occult comes from the Latin word occultus, meaning “clandestine” or “hidden”, and usually refers to esoteric knowledge. The earliest forms of occultism are deeply rooted in the astrolatry of ancient astronomers who were generally priests. That’s where the origin of astrology lies. These forms of early occultism were incredibly spiritual and philosophic, often subscribing to an unseen or ineffable concept of divinity expressed through solar symbolism and allegory. You could also describe it as a sense of “Gnosis” or faith that extends beyond pure reasoning.
These beliefs were sacred to the ancients and were, therefore, safeguarded and hidden from the unconcerned masses just as they are in traditional Freemasonry.
“Masonry, like all the religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it.” — Alert Pike – Morales & Dogma., p. 105