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Henning A. Kl÷vekorn

99░ OF FREEMASONRY
Turning the Solomon Key

Published by the Author, 2006.
Pp. X, 267.
Price: Australia $37.50 AUD p/p incl.
Price: World $45.00 AUD p/p incl.
ISBN 9781740084161

Available from :
http://www.klovekorn.com

About the Author
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A qualified historian, safety professional and environmentalist, Henning Klovekorn is a national quality, safety and environment manager for a manufacturing business in the wine industry.
He has held membership within a diverse range of Masonic jurisdictions and obediences. Amongst his Masonic qualifications, he has also reached the Royal Purple degree of the IOOF. Henning Klovekorn has visited Masonic Lodges and ancient relics throughout the world to gain an exceptional understanding of International Masonic symbolism and traditions. Henning Klovekorn was inspired to write a book on Freemasonry which differed to existing publications. The 99 degrees of Freemasonry provides a studiously researched analysis of the ancient fraternity, providing new insights into the origin of the Craft and the progressive Masonic movements of the world .


Preface
by the Author

The world's largest, most influential and enduring fraternal society is that of the Freemasons. Spaning many centuries, their initiatory rites, traditions and principles have made a significant impact both on the individuals who have frequented its temples and to society at large.

This book aims to provide a historical and analytical account of this secretive and influential fraternity, without presenting radical or fabricated conspiracy theories, with which the market has been flooded over past years. In the shadow of the inspirational Da Vinci Code, and its sequel The Solomon Key, this publication is fitting for the time, as it answers many questions raised by such works.

Masonic organisations have existed in varying forms since the earliest periods of human civilisation. The Masonic Orders of Egypt, the Roman Colleges of Builders, the Military Knights Templar, to the philanthropic Masonic lodges of today; the effects of Masonic philosophy have altered and stimulated the progress of society, wherever its principles could reach. Freemasonry also affected many ancillary movements, both rivals and related orders such as the Order of Illumminati, the Orange Institution, the Druids and the Thule Society.

This work serves to introduce the reader to the history, organisation, rites and symbolism of Freemasonry. Many will find themselves pondering on the true essence of Masonry and why, in effect, they themselves should consider joining the fraternity or supporting its principles.

Freemasonry is a champion of universal humanity. It teaches and inculcates common human values such as courage, compassion, honesty, honour, humility, integrity, sacrifice and loyalty. It is the enemy of spiritual tyranny, theological slavery and intolerance. It is the great shining light of truth, in the vast sea of ignorance.

Ultimately, Freemasonry is an order of peace, morality, philosophy and enlightenment. It has no religious dogma, no absolutism, offers no particular salvation or redemption, but unites people of all races, creeds, religions and cultures for the common good. It is not a competitor of religion. It is not a political party. It is not a religion itself, nor does it project its will and dogma onto others, but ensures that entry into its portals is neither coerced nor petitioned, but by free will.

It appeals in its membership the inculcation of moral leadership, not via the threat of physical or spiritual punishment, but on the basis of human good and intrinsic values. There are no idols, only heroes, no superstitions, but principles based on common morality and universal science. The craft is a fraternity of builders, builders of a greater humanity, in the temple of universal brotherhood, with tolerance as the ultimate common thread and the great virtues as its driving force.


This work is not another book on Masonic History & Symbolism but a comprehensive pocket Encyclopedia of Freemasonry.

The book is divided into 29 chapters and covers all the aspects of our Fraternal Order; from the "immemorial" times through contemporary Freemasonry.

99░ of Freemasonry provides an inspirational and thought-provoking analysis of the philosophies, allegories and symbolism of Freemasonry:
- Ancient Masonic lineages such as the Egyptian phyles, Roman Collegia, German Steinmetzen and Knight Templars.
- Presentation of secretive Orders, such as the Rite of the Strict Observance, the Egyptian Rite of Memphis and the Bavarian Illuminati.
- New progressive Masonic obediences, such as the Grand Orient of France, the Co-Masons and such Masonic covenants as the Stra▀burg Appeal.
- Analysis of Rosslyn Chapel, Templar Wood and other Masonic structures and works of art.

The book is of great interest as Bro.Kl÷vekorn has written about subjects not often discussed in Masonic literature, such as the Rite of Memphis, the Bavarian Illuminati, the Grand Orient of France and other liberal obediences, the use of Volumes of Sacred Law, the jurisdictional debate and last but not least, the rival Orders of Freemasonry.

This book is well written, ready to read and a starting point for further investigations and discussions.

Bruno Virgilio Gazzo
editor, PS Review of FM