The Freemasons Grand Lodge on 16th Street in Washington, D.C., has offered because the national headquarters from the Supreme Council since 1915. Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images
Best-selling author Serta Brown's latest novel, The Lost Symbol, draws heavily around the lore and mystique from the Freemasons. A trip to among the locations within the novel, a leading Masonic building in Washington, D.C., can serve as introducing a brief history from the once feared as well as reviled secret society.
Home of the Temple, the headquarters from the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry within the Southern Jurisdiction from the U . s . States, is definitely an impressive and dignified edifice on Washington's 16th Street. The look was inspired through the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, in Poultry. A few sphinxes on huge pedestals flank the steps.
In the heart of the temple room is really a large altar. Brent Morris, a math wizzard by trade and editor from the Scottish Rite Journal, informs Robert Siegel that whenever a Masonic meeting is open, a amount of sacred law is open representing God's thought to guy.
"Whenever a guy turns into a member, " Morris states, "he's requested to put his hands upon it he views binding on his conscience." The temple has copies from the Bible, the Bhagavad-Gita, that old Testament, the Zend-Avesta, the Sutras and also the Quran.
A bronze statue of George Washington — who, together with twelve other U.S. presidents, was part of the Freemasons — stands within the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Veterans administration. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
A bronze statue of George Washington — who, together with twelve other U.S. presidents, was part of the Freemasons — stands within the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Veterans administration.Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
"This, we figured, covers 99.9 % [of people], " Morris states. "And when it does not, we'll get whatever's needed."
Spiritual, Although Not A Faith
The rituals within the temple are in some level spiritual, despite the fact that they are based on religion, Freemasonry isn't a religion. Morris describes that whenever the audience was organized from the stonemasons' guild in 1717, its people adopted the unconventional proposition that males of various faiths can agree with God's existence.
"They are able to agree that God obliges these to do good locally, " Morris states. "And they can stop speaking about religion." You will find an believed 1.4 million Masons within the U.S. today.