Mysteries and Secrets of Freemasonry: Part III
The Templar Connection
What is the connection between the Order of Knights Templar and Freemasonry? Is it a sound link you aren’t?
Before the specific Order from the Freemasons became prevalent, another prestigious group came to be, supposedly their predecessor. A group of warrior monks was formed in the early 12th Century, then known as the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon. Eventually we were holding sanctioned through the Catholic Church, but were officially founded in 1118 AD, with Hughes de Payen becasue it is first Grand Master. They marched to Jerusalem, primarily to fight inside holy wars up against the Muslims. Essentially this number of Knights Templar Lapel Pin became that which you commonly know as the Knights Templar, whereby a typical tradition claims were the forerunners in the Freemasons. Soon they gained extreme wealth and took over as the largest banking institution across Europe and the Holy Land. Unfortunately, its great wealth bring about its fateful demise.
While the Knights Templar spent decades in Jerusalem, they connected with mystic Sufis who almost certainly inspired the warrior monks toward a deeper spiritual path. “It is at Sufism we obtain the earliest record from the transmission of spiritual knowledge from master to initiate.” (The Enigma of the Freemasons by Tim Wallace-Murphy). Considering the Masonic school uses this same kind of initiatory tradition, this is another clue to the development with the Knights Templar and in the end Freemasonry.
Supposedly the mysterious Rex Deus families were also behind the forming of the Knights Templar as well as Freemasonry in later centuries, so now we view a hazy link between the Templars and Freemasonry. The idea that both actually converge eventually, although Templars were suppressed and disappeared 3 hundred years before Freemasonry arose, is viewed as erroneous. However, the thought that this Templars’ influenced those who eventually became Freemasons can appear far more possible.
There was a link between the Knights Templar as well as the Craftmason guilds across Europe. In fact, these specific guilds offer an interesting history as well, if it is even to be believed. “Robert Graves… claimed that Freemasonry first started being a Sufi society that reached England within the guise of an craft guild throughout the reign of King Athelstan (ruled 924-939), and was then introduced into Scotland. He describes the Sufic origins of the Craftmasons’ guilds and the part played by Templar teaching and tradition inside the transformation of such guilds into Freemasonry. Graves traced Sufi origins back on the second millennium BCE and recounted that their hidden wisdom was passed on the generations by way of a means of initiation, from master to pupil. He asserts that this role in the Sufi masters in building of Solomon’s Temple is often a heavily weighed that is certainly commemorated in Freemasonic ritual.” (The Enigma of the Freemasons by Tim Wallace-Murphy) Here we percieve just one more piece with the puzzle to the speculative origins of Freemasonry. Although the influence with the Sufi tradition upon the Templars and also Craftmason guilds that became Freemasons is extremely plausible, the idea of a direct link seems less likely. Therefore, its bold state they have its ancient origin in the building of Solomon’s Temple is especially questionable.
Likewise, many of the Craftmason guilds in Europe were secretly initiatory warders, allegedly stemming to these early Sufi builders. One guild particularly, the Children of Solomon, was intrinsically linked towards the Knights Templar. Exactly how isn’t clear. Whether one sprung out from the other, or if these folks were two separate entities that formed a fraternal bond just isn’t known. However, this special link adds towards the approaching progression of Freemasonry. Such craft guilds were innovators of great Gothic architecture, for these were accountable for building the cathedrals and churches to the growing Roman Catholic Church. In fact, many of those great architectural endeavors were specifically constructed with the Children of Solomon and funded from the Knights Templar.
Also, these clever Craftmason guilds marked their esoteric signatures into these religious buildings, using symbolism of sacred geometry, one of these being the Celtic Cross in just a circle, the actual mark from the Children of Solomon. Such craftsmen imprinted their secret language such great structures, being the esoteric language from the initiates, intentionally leaving their mark wherever they went, wherever they built great structures. Many of these signs and symbols are currently symbols from the Freemasons.
So, the plot thickens.
(The Enigma of the Freemasons by Tim Wallace-Murphy
Mysteries and Secrets of Freemasonry: Part III