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Mysteries and Secrets of Freemasonry: Part III
The Templar Connection
What could be the link between the Order of Knights Templar and Freemasonry? Is it a valid link or otherwise not?
Before the particular Order in the Freemasons became prevalent, another prestigious group came to be, supposedly their predecessor. A number of warrior monks was formed in the early 12th Century, then referred to as Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon. Eventually these were sanctioned by the Catholic Church, but were officially founded in 1118 AD, with Hughes de Payen since its first Grand Master. They marched to Jerusalem, primarily to address inside holy wars up against the Muslims. Essentially this gang of knights became what we should commonly referred to as the Knights Templar, whereby perhaps the most common tradition claims were the forerunners with the Freemasons. Soon they gained extreme wealth and took over as the largest banking institution across Europe as well as the Holy Land. Unfortunately, its great wealth cause its fateful demise.
While the Knights Templar spent a long time in Jerusalem, they related to mystic Sufis who more than likely inspired the warrior monks toward a deeper spiritual path. “It is Sufism that individuals obtain the earliest record with 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 form of initiatory tradition, this is one more clue on the development with the Knights Templar and ultimately Freemasonry.
Supposedly the mysterious Rex Deus families were also behind the forming from the Knights Templar in addition to Freemasonry in later centuries, out of your tender we view a hazy link between the Templars and Freemasonry. The idea that the two actually converge eventually, although Templars were suppressed and disappeared 300 years before Freemasonry arose, can be regarded as erroneous. However, the idea that this Templars’ influenced those that eventually became Freemasons is far more possible.
There would have been a link between the Knights Templar as well as the Craftmason guilds across Europe. In fact, these particular guilds come with an interesting history also, whether it is even to be believed. “Robert Graves… claimed that Freemasonry first began as a Sufi society that reached England inside 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 from the Craftmasons’ guilds and the part played by Templar teaching and tradition inside the transformation of those guilds into Freemasonry. Graves traced Sufi origins back to the second millennium BCE and recounted that their hidden wisdom was passed down the generations by way of a means of initiation, from master to pupil. He asserts how the role of the Sufi masters in building of Solomon’s Temple is a a key point which is commemorated in Freemasonic ritual.” (The Enigma from the Freemasons by Tim Wallace-Murphy) Here we see yet another piece in the puzzle for the speculative origins of Freemasonry. Although the influence from the Sufi tradition upon the Templars and in many cases Craftmason guilds that became Freemasons is extremely plausible, the idea of an direct link seems not as likely. Therefore, its bold claim to have its ancient origin within the building of Solomon’s Temple is especially questionable.
Likewise, many in the Craftmason guilds in Europe were secretly initiatory warders, allegedly stemming to these early Sufi builders. One guild specifically, the Children of Solomon, was intrinsically linked on the Knights Templar. Exactly how is just not clear. Whether one sprung out in the other, or if these were two separate entities that formed a fraternal bond just isn’t known. However, this special link adds on the approaching growth and development of Freemasonry. Such craft guilds were innovators of great Gothic architecture, for they were responsible for building the cathedrals and churches for the growing Roman Catholic Church. In fact, many of these great architectural endeavors were specifically constructed by the Children of Solomon and funded with the Knights Templar.
Also, these clever Craftmason guilds marked their esoteric signatures into these religious buildings, using symbolism of sacred geometry, an example being the Celtic Cross inside a circle, the specific mark of 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 such signs and symbols are still symbols with the Freemasons.
So, the plot thickens.
Reference:
(The Enigma in the Freemasons by Tim Wallace-Murphy