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Julian Rees

a Handbook for Freemasons

Published by Lewis Masonic, 2006.
Pp. 125.
Price, £14.99
ISBN 0-85318-253-1

Available from the publisher:
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The Author
Julian Rees was initiated into Freemasonry in the Kirby Lodge, No. 2818, in London in 1968 at the age of 32, becoming Master in 1976. In 1977 he became Master of the Pilgrim Lodge, No. 238, the only lodge in England working in the German language. He is a member of the Emulation Lodge of Improvement, and has served on their Precepting Committee. He is a founder member of The Cornerstone Society of which he was Secretary. He is Deputy Editor of the international English-language quarterly magazine Freemasonry Today, and has been decorated by the Institut Maçonnique de France with the masonic Ordre de Lafayette.

Every year numerous books are published which treat the symbolism of the three Masonic Degrees. The reader buys them not disguising the fact that he hopes to find out more information about the symbolism of the Craft. He is often deluded because he finds explanations that are simply abstruse or fantastic.

On the contrary, Julian Rees’ book has the fundamental merit of thoroughly maintaining what the title promises: making light.

Metaphorically speaking, the reader is led step by step over the three initiation journeys already experienced.
Every essential moment of the initiation, the passing and finally the raising to Master Mason is accurately dealt with and explained in the book.

Naturally the unveiling of the Masonic symbolism is made in accordance to the esoteric teaching. Therefore a correct but general explanation is given which lets every Brother begin to cover his own personal initiation journey.

In the Bible there is written: “knock and it will be opened, ask and it will be given” but once the door is opened and the explanation of the Masonic symbolism is given, then it is you who has to go towards self-knowledge until symbolically achieve a state of oneness with Divinity. This is the personal obligation that Freemasonry asks.

This book opens “the door”, nay “the doors” and overall provides a timely reminder to all Brethren that Freemasonry is not only a charity or a club but an initiation society with esoteric teachings imparted through symbols and legends.

This book also has another merit: it increases its value in time.
It is not a question of “money”, what I wish to say is very simple and it is also an invitation to the reader: try reading and re-reading the book. Then put it back on the shelf.

After a few months, read the book once again and you will then be happily surprised to discover other "secret" meanings that you had not previously found.

Obviously the text has not changed, it is you who have changed because, thanks also to Julian Rees’ book, your initiation journey has reached another level.

Bruno Virgilio Gazzo
editor, PS Review of FM