The Oracle Library Project has been established to provide reference to a collection of material on Freemasonry and related subjects. Each item has been rated according to its depth of coverage and is indicated as follows:
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Descriptions of items are taken from publishers unless otherwise stated.


BOOKS



 

Symbols of Freemasonry
Daniel Béresniak
A synthesis of one of mankind’s oldest existing secular brotherhoods. It is designed for the initiated and for newcomers interested in gaining a better understanding of this fascinating but often misrepresented society.


 

A Treasury of Masonic Thought
Edited by Carl Glick
First published over forty years ago, this complete collection of prose and poetry embodying the fundamental truths of Freemasonry is now reissued by popular demand. Designed for every man who belongs to a Masonic lodge, it gives in essence the universal teachings and philosophy of the Masonic Order. Throughout the ages the world's greatest writers have expressed universal fundamental truths. These truths Freemasonry has embodied in its teachings, philosophy, thought and ideals. In making his selections from the wealth of material available, Carl Glick has culled the wisdom of the ages and the echoes of that wisdom by twentieth-century writers to produce a volume that becomes a living tribute to Masons everywhere - and one to be enjoyed by families and friends alike. There is a tremendous range and variety of subject matter: quotations from the Bible, from the works of Milton, Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Kipling, Goethe, Tolstoy, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and numerous others. Arranged by topics, the groupings include Wisdom, Strength, Beauty, Fortitude, The Fatherhood of God, The Brotherhood of Man, and The Builders, to name but a few. An inspirational volume, A Treasury of Masonic Thought bears testimony to the spiritual growth inherent in all mankind. Every sincere and true Mason may aim to practise the eternal verities of this book in his everyday living.


 

The Freemason at Work
Harry Carr
This is one of the most successful Masonic publications in recent times due to the immense knowledge of the late Harry Carr and his entertaining writing style. If you enjoy your masonry then this book will bring a new delight to all that you see and hear in Lodge. When Harry Carr became secretary and editor of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge of Research, the answering of lodge questions became a major part of his duties. In a style that became a hall mark of all his masonic writing, he always answered a little more than the original question. In response to hundreds of requests from all over the world, the answers he gave to questions during his twelve years office as editor of Quatuor Coronati Transactions have been collected together in this book. Only the best and most interesting subjects are included and every question will be relevant to mostBbrethren in the course of their work in the Lodge - hence the title "The Freemason at Work". This book was substantially revised by Frederick Smyth, the eminent Masonic author and Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, in 1992; brining the text right up-to-date for much had change since the book was first published in 1976. A collection of more than 200 questions with comprehensive answers to all manner of masonic subjects.




 

Symbolism in Craft Freemasonry
Colin Dyer
Freemasonry, in its Lodges and Ceremonies, makes use of a great deal of symbolism. This publication examines various documents and explains the reasons for the use of particular symbols into Masonry. The author is acknowledged as an expert in this area of the Craft and the information contained in his book will enhance the knowledge of this fascinating subject.




 

The Arcana of Freemasonry: A History of Masonic Signs and Symbols
Albert Churchward
In The Arcana of Freemasonry, first published in 1915, symbol expert and renowned author Albert Churchward traces and reveals the history of this very secret order. Churchward weaves a tale of Masonry's origins in ancient Egypt and its continuance through history - all told via Masonic symbols and symbolism.

From Egyptian history and Mayan relief work through Greek mathematicians, philosophers, and metaphysicians, Churchward traces the development of the most basic symbols of Freemasonry. He also reveals the hidden symbolism found in the signs and tools of modern Freemasonry and helps readers find hidden meanings in all areas of life; from art and architecture to geometry and poetry. With current novels and movies leaning heavily on Masonic mysteries as plot devices, readers will be especially interested in the more arcane symbols and the stories they tell.


 

Freemasonry - A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol
W. Kirk MacNulty
What age-old meanings lie behind the strange, unchanging rituals and symbols of Freemasonry, and can we relate them to our contemporary lives? Freemasons have their own answers to these questions, but they are not available to the outsider, nor are they couched in language that is relevant today. This book explains Freemasonry's part in a long tradition of mysticism, going back to the Middle Ages if not beyond, and shows the Craft to be a complex framework for inner growth, a developmental psychology which presents the Mason with a viable discipline for the pursuit of self-knowledge.




 

The Way of the Craftsman
W. Kirk MacNulty
An analysis of the symbolic structure of Craft Freemasonry and a search fpr the spiritual essence of Freemasonry. Follows through from the First to the Third degree.


 

Freemasonry: A Study of a Phenomenon
Alexander Piatigorsky
This definitive study by Alexander Piatigorsky considers the institution from the points of view of both Masons and their critics. In the first section he gives an outline of Masonic history, from the foundation of the Grand Lodge in London's Covent Garden in 1717, through the extraordinary role of Masonry in Enlightenment Europe and the American Revolution, to the present day. In the second part, he describes Freemasonry's rituals and symbolism, within which all Masonic ideas find their place. It is here that Piatigorsky's wide knowledge of the world's religions comes into its own.