FROM COMMANDERY No. 2
Last Article Submitted - May 2021:
The month of May in Sacramento is so beautiful. The flowers blooming, birds nesting, and people getting back to the hustle and bustle of things. We here in Sacramento Commandery No.2 are no different. Preparing our asylums for the upcoming conclaves, the various ritualistic works that must be re-visited before we begin to bring in new members.
And while the Grand Commander has set certain precautions in place, we too must take caution and ensure we are safe and ready to give the candidates the best experience possible. So, let’s crack open the ritual and help our Commandery where we can.
This is where we as Knights Templar should shine. Helping our fellow Knights and sharing our positive experiences to the craft that we love so much.
This month - because of our need to attend the Grand Sessions - I have decided to table our study session until next month. This will ease some of the transition from one virtual meeting to another. So please, stay tuned for our Masonic Education for the month of June. I am sure it will be very engaging and cause some discussion on the various topics related to the Companion Adept of the Temple Program.
If you have never attended a Grand Session before, these meetings are always interesting. We get to see other Knights from the surrounding areas, share ideas, and maybe purchase a little masonic memento for keepsake or for a gift for a worthy brother.
By attending, we remain visible to our Grand Commandery and participate in voting on the various legislations that affect our organization. Getting involved is how we mold the future of this Commandery.
I hope to see many of you on the call. We are there to help our fellow weary pilgrims traveling from afar. To join with those who have come this far. And join in with our fellow knights at this Holy Sepulchre.
Luis J. Montero
FROM COUNCIL No. 1
Last Article Submitted - June 2021:
June is here, and as spring is a new beginning so are we upon a new beginning as to how we come together as a Council.
The Governor is on track to remove many of the restrictions we have faced in how we are able to be among one another as Companions.
The Grand Master of Masons of California has issued updated guidance in regards to what conditions must be satisfied for in-person meetings.
We will remain bound by state, county, and state guidelines but we are on track to meet in person for our next Council meeting.
Officers, please refresh yourself on the work and I look forward to seeing you all.
Be Happy, Healthy, and Well until we meet again.
FROM CHAPTER No. 3
As most of the covid-related restrictions were lifted by the Department of Public Health on June 15th, several York Rite Bodies and Blue Lodges have returned to in-person activities in California.
As for our Chapter, due to a certain number of Officers and members being unavailable to an in-person gathering this month, I have decided to host an online meeting on July 10th.
Another concern is the perpetuation of heatwaves in Sacramento and the unease about having members return to overheated vehicles after the meetings. As you know, the lot next door offers no covered parking spaces.
For those reasons, in special consideration of the well-being of our members, and also because Grand Chapter has authorized us to host online meetings until further notice, we will host our Virtual Tiled Stated Convocation on Zoom at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 10th.
Please mark your calendar.
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As for the month of August, there is a great probability we will be hosting in-person meetings.
I have been discussing with the Illustrious Master of Council of Cryptic Masons, EC Joseph Wallach, and, as part of our plans for reopening, we have been contemplating a combined practice session for the Officers of our Chapter and Council on Monday, August 9th, in preparation for the in-person Special Convocation and Stated Assembly currently scheduled for Saturday, August 14th.
We will play it by ear and will keep you posted.
Regardless, our Officers will again be studying our beautiful Ritual and looking forward to presenting it to you when we meet again at the Masonic Temple on J Street.
Until then, please stay healthy and safe. We shall meet in person again soon.
Chapter No. 3 of Royal Arch Masons
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From the Secretary/Recorder Desk
Have you paid your 2021 dues?
If your dues cards do NOT read "member in good standing ... through December 31, 2021", then you have fallen behind and now would be a good time to catch up.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Joseph K. Dongo, KYCH
Secretary / Recorder
Book of the Month
When Science and Religion Were One
by Tobias Churton
Explores the unified science-religion of early humanity and the impact of Hermetic philosophy on religion and spirituality
• Investigates the Jewish and Egyptian origins of Josephus’s famous story that Seth’s descendants inscribed knowledge on two pillars to save it from global catastrophe
• Reveals how this original knowledge has influenced civilization through Hermetic, Gnostic, Kabbalistic, Masonic, Hindu, and Islamic mystical knowledge
• Examines how “Enoch’s Pillars” relate to the origins of Hermeticism, Freemasonry, Newtonian science, William Blake, and Theosophy
Esoteric tradition has long maintained that at the dawn of human civilization there existed a unified science-religion, a spiritual grasp of the universe and our place in it. The biblical Enoch--also known as Hermes Trismegistus, Thoth, or Idris--was seen as the guardian of this sacred knowledge, which was inscribed on pillars known as Enoch’s or Seth’s pillars.
Examining the idea of the lost pillars of pure knowledge, the sacred science behind Hermetic philosophy, Tobias Churton investigates the controversial Jewish and Egyptian origins of Josephus’s famous story that Seth’s descendants inscribed knowledge on two pillars to save it from global catastrophe. He traces the fragments of this sacred knowledge as it descended through the ages into initiated circles, influencing civilization through Hermetic, Gnostic, Kabbalistic, Masonic, Hindu, and Islamic mystical knowledge.
He follows the path of the pillars’ fragments through Egyptian alchemy and the Gnostic Sethites, the Kabbalah, and medieval mystic Ramon Llull. He explores the arrival of the Hermetic manuscripts in Renaissance Florence, the philosophy of Copernicus, Pico della Mirandola, Giordano Bruno, and the origins of Freemasonry, including the “revival” of Enoch in Masonry’s Scottish Rite.
He reveals the centrality of primal knowledge to Isaac Newton, William Stukeley, John Dee, and William Blake, resurfacing as the tradition of Martinism, Theosophy, and Thelema. Churton also unravels what Josephus meant when he asserted one Sethite pillar still stood in the “Seiriadic” land: land of Sirius worshippers.
Showing how the lost pillars stand as a twenty-first-century symbol for reattaining our heritage, Churton ultimately reveals how the esoteric strands of all religions unite in a gnosis that could offer a basis for reuniting religion and science.
About the Author
Tobias Churton (born 1960) is a British scholar of Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, and other esoteric movements. He is a lecturer at Exeter University, and author of Gnostic Philosophy, The Magus of Freemasonry, and Freemasonry, and numerous other works on esotericism.
Churton has made several television programs, including Gnostics, a 4-part drama-documentary series made for Channel 4 (UK) by Border TV (together with an accompanying book) which was broadcast in 1987 and repeated in 1990. Churton's studies include a critique of heresiologists' perceptions on the role of women in these "unorthodox" Christian movements.
He has also written about John T. Desaguliers, Rosicrucianism.
Churton's biography of Aleister Crowley was released in 2011. Subsequently, he has published four more biographical volumes on Crowley - The Beast in Berlin, Aleister Crowley in America, Aleister Crowley in India, and Aleister Crowley in England: The Return of the Great Beast. The latter biography is due for official release on 7 December 2021
ISBN-10 : 1644110431
ISBN-13 : 978-1644110430
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