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