Welcome to the Masonic Encyclopedia.
The Masonic Encyclopedia exists to collect, communicate and preserve the world's store of Masonic, Esoteric and Occult information. It is our belief that this information is a great treasure of Humanity, one that is invaluable in our campaign against the ignorance and fallacy that opposes the human species. The Masonic Encyclopedia aims to protect this knowledge from the vicissitudes of time so that its great symbolic wisdom will live forever in the human mind.
The entries of this encyclopedia are primarily composed from the works of four luminaries of Masonic literature, although all occult works are considered as source material and cited where appropriate. The main authors of reference for this encyclopedia are the following:
Dr. Albert Gallatin Mackey
Dr. Albert G. Mackey was an eminent Masonic scholar of his day, second in renown and recognition only by Albert Pike. His two great works, An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences and The Symbolism of Freemasonry represent some of the most concise and illuminating thought on the subject of the Masonic Landmarks.
Arthur Edward Waite
Arthur Edward Waite, an American-born writer who spent the majority of his life in London, was a renowned occultist of the early twentieth century. A. E. Waite was a prominent member of many occult societies, most notably the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and a Freemason. Although he is best known for his eponymous Tarot deck, his A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry is an invaluable resource for the aspiring student of occultism and esoteric Freemasonry
Albert Pike is possibly the most well known figure of the Masonic tradition. A general during the American Civil War he concurrently served as the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. His landmark work, Morals and Dogma of the Scottish Rite has been the guide of every serious student of the higher degrees of the ancient Craft of Freemasonry.
Manly Palmer Hall
Manly P. Hall was one of the most prolific scholars of the occult who has ever existed penning dozens of books and pamphlets and delivering thousands of lectures over the course of his life. Hall compiled the exhaustive An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy: Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries of all Ages at the astonishing age of 27 and continued to expand upon this work for the rest of his life.