Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is theinternationally bestselling introduction to the Masons, the oldestand largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced,eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everythingfrom its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curioussymbols and their meanings.
With new and improved content, including updated examples andreferences throughout, this new edition of Freemasons ForDummies provides the most straightforward, non-intimidatingguide to the subject on the market.Updated expert coverage of the basic beliefs and philosophybehind FreemasonryRevised information on the history of the society, includingupdates concerning its founding, famous historical members, andpivotal eventsNew coverage devoted to the recent influx of youngermembershipThe latest and ongoing controversies and myths surroundingFreemasonryThe role of women in a Masonic organization, includingopportunities for women to participate in FreemasonryThe effects cultural and political changes and worldwide eventsare having on the organization
If you're intrigued by the mystery that surrounds the Masons,get ready to learn the facts about this ancient order inFreemasons For Dummies.
Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, thisfascinating guide, packed with the latest information, walks youthrough some of the most infamous conspiracy theories — suchas Area 51 and the assassination of JFK — and introduces youto such mysterious organizations as the Freemasons, the Ninjas, theMafia, and Rosicrucians. This behind-the-curtain guide helps youseparate fact from fiction and helps you the global impact of thesemysterious events and groups on our modern world. Discover howto:Test a conspiracy theorySpot a sinister secret societyAssess the Internet’s role in fueling conspiracytheoriesExplore world domination schemesEvaluate 9/11 conspiracy theoriesFigure out who “they” areGrasp the model on which conspiracy theories are builtFigure out whether what “everybody knows” istrueDistinguish on assassination brotherhood from anotherUnderstand why there’s no such thing as a “loneassassin”
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Brought to you by the author of Freemasons For Dummies,The Templar Code is more than an intriguing cipher or a mysterioussymbol – it is the Code by which the Knights Templar livedand died, the Code that bound them together in secrecy, and theCode that inspired them to nearly superhuman feats of courage andendurance. The Templar Code for Dummies reveals the meaningbehind the cryptic codes and secret rituals of the medievalbrotherhood of warrior monks known as the Knights Templar. Thisintriguing guide will cover such topics as who the Knights Templarwere, how they rose so high and fell so far, and most importantlywhy there is so much interest in them today. The Templar CodeFor Dummies will explore myths and theories of Christianhistory that appear in the Da Vinci Code such as the questfor the Holy Grail, the Catholic Church's relationship with womenthat are hotly debated now with special emphasis on the Templarconnection. It also explores the surprising part the Templars haveplayed in some of the most important historic events of these pastseven centuries, including the French Revolution, the birth ofgroups such as the Freemasons, and even the American Civil War.
Step back in time to the birth of a revolutionary new republic and discover how the utopian ideals of a visionary secret society laid the foundation for the most powerful nation on earth. Follow George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and other Founding Fathers as they transform the democratic principles of their Masonic lodges into a radical new nation.
Solomon's Builders unravels history from myth as it takes you on a Freemason's tour of Washington, D.C. It reveals the evidence of Masonic influence during the construction of America and its new capital, including clues hidden in plain sight:
-Masonic connections to national monuments
-Puzzling pentagrams and symbolism in city streets
-The mysterious temples of the "Widow's Sons"
Solomon's Builders relates the true stories of these visionary founders, and the fascinating meaning behind the cryptic codes, enigmatic symbols and intriguing architecture that is reputedly the basis for the sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown's novel The Lost Symbol.
Freemason influence on the founding of Washington, D.C., is evident throughout the city's buildings, statues and monuments--but it's written in coded symbols that few people understand. Dan Brown's new thriller sends symbologist detective Robert Langdon through the capital to unravel its Masonic secrets. Now in Deciphering The Lost Symbol, Freemason expert Christopher L. Hodapp compares each clue and plot twist in Brown's story to the true facts.
•Discover the meaning of "The Lost Word"
•Decode Masonic and alchemical symbolism
•Explore the innermost rooms of Masonic lodges and temples
•Visit the restricted area of the U.S. Capitol and other landmarks
•Uncover secret patterns in Washington, D.C.'s maps and monuments
•Crack the codes buried in The Lost Symbol's artwork and puzzles