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In "The Symbolism of Freemasonry" by Albert G. Mackey, readers are invited on a captivating journey through the rich symbolism and meaning behind Freemasonry. This book serves as an essential guide for those seeking to comprehend the symbolic language used by Freemasons throughout their rituals and practices.

Mackey's writing style is clear and concise, allowing readers to easily grasp complex concepts and ideas. He sets out to demystify the symbolic language and decode the hidden meanings embedded within Freemasonry's rituals and symbols. Through his meticulous research and extensive knowledge, Mackey brings forth a comprehensive and enlightening exploration of Freemasonry's symbolic world.

One highlight of this book is Mackey's dedication to presenting historical evidence and tracing the origins of various symbols. He delves into the roots of symbols, exploring their presence in different cultures and religions. By doing so, he reveals the profound connections between Freemasonry and the ancient wisdom traditions that predate it, unveiling a captivating tapestry of shared beliefs and symbols.

Furthermore, Mackey's deep reverence for Freemasonry shines through his work. He aptly communicates his respect for the institution, while simultaneously acknowledging its enigmatic nature. This balanced perspective allows readers to appreciate the symbolism of Freemasonry while understanding the limitations of academic research when confronted with a system enveloped in secrecy.

"The Symbolism of Freemasonry" stands as a testament to Mackey's expertise and passion for the subject matter. The text is meticulously organized, making it accessible for both curious readers and dedicated scholars. Mackey's explanations are comprehensive yet engaging, creating an immersive reading experience that leaves readers with a profound understanding of the underlying symbolism within Freemasonry.

While the book may not delve extensively into the practical aspects of Freemasonry, it serves as an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand the deeper meaning behind the rituals and symbols of this ancient fraternity. It is an ideal starting point for Freemasons looking to deepen their understanding of their craft and offers a key to unlocking the symbolic language for non-members intrigued by its mysteries.

In conclusion, "The Symbolism of Freemasonry" by Albert G. Mackey is a masterful work that illuminates the fascinating world of Freemasonry's symbolism. Mackey's expertise and passion shine through, captivating readers and guiding them through the intricate language of symbols and their profound meanings. This book is destined to become a timeless resource, serving as a cornerstone for those seeking to unravel the secrets and symbolism of Freemasonry.

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[Transcriber's Notes:

Footnotes have been renumbered and moved to the end of the work.

This book contains words and phrases in both Greek and Hebrew. Greek characters have been transliterated using Beta code. Most of the Hebrew words and characters are transliterated in the text by the author; those that were not transliterated by the author have been transliterate in the ASCII version.]

The Symbolism of Freemasonry:

Illustrating and Explaining Its Science and Philosophy, its Legends, Myths and Symbols.


Albert G. Mackey, M.D.,

" Ea enim quae scribuntur tria habere decent, utilitatem praesentem, certum finem, inexpugnabile fundamentum. "



Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by ALBERT G. MACKEY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of South Carolina.

To General John C. Fremont.

My Dear Sir:

While any American might be proud of associating his name with that of one who has done so much to increase the renown of his country, and to enlarge the sum of human knowledge, this book is dedicated to you as a slight testimonial of regard for your personal character, and in grateful recollection of acts of friendship.

Yours very truly,

A. G. Mackey.


Of the various modes of communicating instruction to the uninformed, the masonic student is particularly interested in two; namely, the instruction by legends and that by symbols... Continue reading book >>

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