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A few queries on the SRIA

Postby Velo77 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:02 pm

Hi Brethren,

I'm thoroughly enjoying my Masonic journey thus far, but since being raised I feel the overwhelming need to find out more about the more esoteric or philosophical side of the Craft (and beyond).

Other than studying on my own, would I be right in thinking that the SRIA might be an option to explore these areas?

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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby Stevecoath » Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:52 pm

The SRIA is definitely my favorite order.
You do however need to be a Trinitarian Christian in order to join.
Also, although it is not compulsory, members are encouraged to research and present papers which does put off some prospective members.

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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby Velo77 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:01 pm

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the reply. The research definitely appeals, presenting papers maybe less so, but I'm sure I'd have a go!

I'm in SE London.

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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby Trouillogan » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:58 pm

Velo77 wrote:Hi Brethren,

I'm thoroughly enjoying my Masonic journey thus far, but since being raised I feel the overwhelming need to find out more about the more esoteric or philosophical side of the Craft (and beyond).

Other than studying on my own, would I be right in thinking that the SRIA might be an option to explore these areas?

S&F

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The SRIA is not a Masonic Order and has no connection with the Craft, except that its membership comes from Craft Masons. Papers can be on practically any subject but normally not on Craft Freemasonry.

If you wish to study the esoteric side of Craft Freemasonry, then Lodges such as The Lodge of Living Stones No. 4957 would seem likely to suit. That Lodge is in Leeds but there are similar ones in other areas. If, as you imply, you have only recently been raised, it might be a bit early for you but the books by W L Wilmshurst, A E Waite and J S M Ward would be almost compulsory reading. They are often regarded as hard going but rewarding to those who wish to journey along that path. Not everyone's choice and many consider them to be cranks! Flick though some of their books first, to see if it's what you want.
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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby Velo77 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:20 am

Many thanks for the information Trouillogan. I've read a little Wilmshurst and the Ward 'handbooks', but I've not read any Waite yet, so I'll make that my next port of call.

I wasn't aware of The Lodge of Living Stones, or even that lodges of that type existed, but that certainly looks very interesting. If only they were a little closer! I see they had a link to 'The Dormer Society' which looks interesting too.
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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby middlepillar » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:58 am

There are many theories on how our Craft came into existence, one of them being through A Rosicrucian connection. Although The SRIA is not a Masonic order (it is a Rosicrucian Society of Freemasons) you do have to be a Freemason to join.

What the SRIA will give a member is the opportunity to research, discuss and participate in all types of Masonic Research or indeed lots of other 'esoteric' research. It should be seen as a tool for further advancement if you like.

Like Steve, I personally have it down as one of my very favourite Orders 'beyond' The Craft

If you are in SE London then you have at least 2 Colleges very close to you, one situated in Croydon (Thomas Linacre College) and one in Sutton (Norman Stamford College) you are also close enough to be able to join Metropolitan College which is The @Mother' College that meets in London.

If you would like any details please PM me and I will be happy to assist

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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby Velo77 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:30 am

'What the SRIA will give a member is the opportunity to research, discuss and participate in all types of Masonic Research or indeed lots of other 'esoteric' research. It should be seen as a tool for further advancement if you like.'

Thank you Middlepillar, that's exactly what I'm looking for.
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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby Ashlarartist » Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:43 pm

Velo77 wrote:'What the SRIA will give a member is the opportunity to research, discuss and participate in all types of Masonic Research or indeed lots of other 'esoteric' research. It should be seen as a tool for further advancement if you like.'

Thank you Middlepillar, that's exactly what I'm looking for.

Thank you very much for asking that question. I have the same interest.

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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby Ashlarartist » Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:45 pm

Trouillogan wrote:
Velo77 wrote:Hi Brethren,

I'm thoroughly enjoying my Masonic journey thus far, but since being raised I feel the overwhelming need to find out more about the more esoteric or philosophical side of the Craft (and beyond).

Other than studying on my own, would I be right in thinking that the SRIA might be an option to explore these areas?

S&F

Nick

The SRIA is not a Masonic Order and has no connection with the Craft, except that its membership comes from Craft Masons. Papers can be on practically any subject but normally not on Craft Freemasonry.

If you wish to study the esoteric side of Craft Freemasonry, then Lodges such as The Lodge of Living Stones No. 4957 would seem likely to suit. That Lodge is in Leeds but there are similar ones in other areas. If, as you imply, you have only recently been raised, it might be a bit early for you but the books by W L Wilmshurst, A E Waite and J S M Ward would be almost compulsory reading. They are often regarded as hard going but rewarding to those who wish to journey along that path. Not everyone's choice and many consider them to be cranks! Flick though some of their books first, to see if it's what you want.

Thank you for the advise. I have been researching and writing for a small amount of time, and am hugely interested in this area.

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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby eckywan2 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:15 pm

Dear Ashlar artist
A great place to start would be the Scottish magazine called the ASLAR! with many interesting article , although mostly of craft lodges rather than esoteric
recently there has been much interest there on Bro Robert Burns and the old arguments regarding his honourary membership OF L Canongate Kilwinning here in Edinburgh
and being made its Poet Laureate. I deliberately separated your nom de net to shaow the name of the magazine Ashlar and artist as the latest info is cpmparing a recently found picture of his being " assumed" a member of Can Kil no 2, ( IE Hon Member) wearing an apron with his ,mother lodges colours ( IE light blue trim) and the better known Poet Laureate picture , where he wears apron with Can KIl trim (IE maroon or dark red) showing different people present .
It is suggested ( firmly) by the authors Bro Pat Givam PM of Can KIl no 2. and Stuart Robertson of PM SRA 76 and a well known Burns expert !

All not really esoteric but of great interest !

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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby mindmagic » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:30 am

A London Craft lodge specialising in esoteric discussion is Meridian No. 4106, which meets on at GQS on Saturday mornings. You'll find contact details on Porchway. Their next meeting is on 5 March.
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Re: A few queries on the SRIA

Postby Velo77 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:02 am

mindmagic wrote:A London Craft lodge specialising in esoteric discussion is Meridian No. 4106, which meets on at GQS on Saturday mornings. You'll find contact details on Porchway. Their next meeting is on 5 March.


Excellent. I'll look them up! Thank you.
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