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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good foundational study text on Masonic Symbolism!
This wonderful book on Masonic symbolism is full of drawings and pictures of Masonic symbols which compliment the written text. The Author is convinced Freemasonry is essentially a spiritual quest and practice. So care should be taken to realize that our good Brother, Robert Lomas, speaks only for himself regarding his opinion of what Masonry means and that it is not in...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Symbolism on Steroids
Reviewed by William A. Parks, Jr.

"Now a fully accepted brother, albeit a mere 'entered apprentice,' I left the temple feeling that something special had happened; but I did not have a clue as to what any of it might mean....The mysteries of the Craft certainly had not been revealed. Perhaps, I thought, all will become clear at the next ceremony. It did not."...
Published on November 14, 2011 by William A. Parks


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good foundational study text on Masonic Symbolism!, September 12, 2011
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This wonderful book on Masonic symbolism is full of drawings and pictures of Masonic symbols which compliment the written text. The Author is convinced Freemasonry is essentially a spiritual quest and practice. So care should be taken to realize that our good Brother, Robert Lomas, speaks only for himself regarding his opinion of what Masonry means and that it is not in the power of any one individual Freemason no matter how many, so called, High Degrees he may have, to speak for the whole Masonic fraternity or individual Master Masons regarding what Masonry means. Each individual Master Mason must ultimately work out the meaning of Freemasonry for himself. Good Brothers such as Robert Lomas provide guidance and mentorship for their Masonic Brethren. Now, with this truth in mind we can readily enjoy the contents of this book and the opinions of it's author.

Some of the contents include: "The hidden influence of Ancient Symbols", "Why symbols are more powerful than words", "The power of symbols on the human brain", "Masonic symbols that changed the U.S. constitution", and "How symbols created Freemasonry." Toward the end of the book is a description of all the most ritually important symbols found within the "Blue Lodges" of American and British Freemasonry followed by the author's own personal commentaries.

For example, speaking personally about "The Compasses", Bro. Lomas writes; "The compasses, which rest on the volume of the sacred law, represent the divine principle issued by the Great Architect, which is to be manifested in both the cosmos and in the individual, allowing both to function and be understood in accordance with the laws that govern the universe. The compasses symbolize the range of a discerning mind and it's ability to measure a Mason's spirit. Along with the square of bodily form, which is used to try and prove the soul, the compasses delineate the shape of a living stone fit to be used in the cosmic temple."

This book presents a unique take on Masonic symbolism from a Masonic Brother's perspective and has my full recommendation. Enuff said.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The secret Power of Masonic symbols, April 23, 2013
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Robert Lomas is dyslexic and has learned mostly through symbols. His research is impeccable, and he has a great mind that is inquisitive. He researches every aspect of learning symbols. It makes you stop and realize how many symbolic signs we use today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far more depth than I expected, April 20, 2013
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This is an excellent study of symbology in general as well as an in-depth study of the symbols of Freemasonry. It exceeded my expectations. I wish I had had it when I was teaching Religion and Philosophy courses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, March 21, 2013
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Compact and easy to use! This application is definitely worth your time to download and use to your heart's content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Power of Masonic Symbols: The Influence of Ancient Symbols..., February 11, 2013
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The Secret Power of Masonic Symbols: The Influence of Ancient Symbols... is a very informative and insightful book on many of the symbols of Masonry :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, July 27, 2013
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A well written book helping
Young Masons understand our symbols with more detail such that we could absorb more light.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Masonic symbols in depth from the Amazon library, April 28, 2013
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Lomas' book if read carefully by the Masonic reader can clarify the meaning of the symbols of Masonry. His review of the use of symbols from the earliest known time to the present allows the curious mind a chance to debate in his own mind his better understanding of the lodge room symbols.
The relevance of the symbols in Part Two with the personal views by the author can and should create a better & clearer understanding not usually found listening to a lodge room lecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry, October 5, 2013
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A very interestering read, deep history ties and so many branches to this tree. This will not keep you going till the last page but you will be looking for some of the foot notes to read as well. It is like pulling on thread, but isn't that what education is all about?
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Symbolism on Steroids, November 14, 2011
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Reviewed by William A. Parks, Jr.

"Now a fully accepted brother, albeit a mere 'entered apprentice,' I left the temple feeling that something special had happened; but I did not have a clue as to what any of it might mean....The mysteries of the Craft certainly had not been revealed. Perhaps, I thought, all will become clear at the next ceremony. It did not." Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas, The Hiram Key (1996)

More than a dozen books about Freemasonry later, Brother Robert Lomas delivers "The Secret Power of Masonic Symbols, etc., etc., etc., arguably the most promising and grandiose title ever bestowed upon a book about the Craft.
"A promise made is a debt unpaid," as Robert Service told us, and Brother Lomas still owes us.
At 271 pages, including his 127 page "Encyclopedia," Lomas's latest work contains little history and fails to qualify as encyclopedic.
If records were kept on the vertical height of leaps of logic, Brother Lomas would hold such records in perpetuity.
In short, Lomas portrays "The Secret Power of Masonic Symbols" as some sort of contagion spread to the profane by mere association with members of the Craft.
To fairly present Brother Lomas's theses in a balanced summary, it becomes necessary to quote him directly and at some length.
Lomas still insists that Masonic ritual delivers little more than bewilderment.
As he states, "the symbols are never explained in a straightforward manner....[The candidate] is immersed in the significance of the symbol and feels its meaning in a way no rational explanation can hope to emulate."
Nevertheless, "symbols are nothing less than the words of a cosmic language that lays bare the secrets of the universe."
The great symbol that allowed Freemasons "to read and understand the plans of the Great Architect of the Universe" is the sign for equality, that is "=," first used in 1557. The significance of that sign, Lomas asserts, was first recognized by the British mathematician John Wallis, a Freemason and member of the Royal Society, which was founded in 1662.
"Before Wallis, no one had realized the great power inherent in the symbol of equality and the Masonic philosophy of balance and harmony that it symbolized."
How did Wallis accomplish this miraculous insight? "A symbol that was used by Masons to stand for equality and balance was rotated through 'an angle of ninety degrees or the fourth part of a circle' to reveal a whole new meaning. Today, it can be found on every computer keyboard: the equals sign (=)."
Before Lomas reveals the precise symbol that became "=," he presents a history of mathematics that suggests that the Masonic rotation of that symbol to form the equals sign made all modern algebra, trigonometry and calculus possible.
Says Lomas: "Even [Sir Isaac] Newton's discovery of the hidden secrets of the symbol of equality gave a totally new view of how the universe is controlled and ordered....Newton's understanding came from his study of Masonic symbolism."
That symbolism further enabled modern research, resulting in "two symbolic discoveries: two different types of atom bomb." And by the way, President Franklin Roosevelt, instigator of the Manhattan Project, was "himself a Freemason."
The identity of this all-powerful symbol emerges more clearly when Lomas turns to history and politics: "Without the inspirational Masonic symbol of the two pillars, no truly democratic government would have emerged or succeeded."
Lomas finds proof of this in the dollar bill. "Each pair of 1s [that is, the numeral one] represents a pair of pillars." According to Lomas, the original dollar sign contained two pillars as well, even though the first dollar sign was made by superimposing the letters "U" and "S" upon each other. Eventually the "U" lost its bottom [too easy] and the two vertical lines merged into one.
Here's the secret, omnipotent symbol, according to Lomas: the two pillars, the secret, powerful symbol that Wallis knocked on its, er, their, side(s), are Jachin and Boaz, symbolizing strength and beauty, temporal and religious power, church and state, balance and equilibrium, etc.
Accordingly, "Perhaps the most recent use of a currency symbol incorporating the parallel lines of the two-pillar symbol can be seen in the Euro symbol ()."
Having located the two pillars on two of the most powerful currencies in the world, Lomas next relocates the Second Continental Congress of 1776 from Philadelphia to Williamsburg where, in the Declaration of Independence, " the fifty-six signers," of whom there "were eighteen Freemasons," espoused certain "self-evident truths" which "had been taught by Freemasonry for the previous 300 years."
Lomas delves more deeply. James Madison, although a non-Mason, attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787 at which the Freemason George Washington presided in the presence of Freemason Benjamin Franklin.
Some may be surprised by Lomas's statement that a "key thinker about Masonic symbolism who influenced Madison was George Washington." Contagious, that Freemasonry.
"Madison's inspiration for the system of checks and balances is often reported to have come from Charles Montesquieu...and John Jay," whose Craft membership Lomas relies upon to extend his theory.
Indeed, "Madison's own writing makes it clear that he had thought through the ideas that had been put forward by Masonic philosophers such as Montesquieu. Montesquieu's ideas were based upon the Masonic symbol of center, which is two pillars standing on either side of a circle."
But wait, the Convention adopted a three branched government and so far we have only two pillars and have just added a circle. What shall we do?
Well, that's no problem, just add a column because we also have the symbolic Masonic pillars of Strength (the Presidency), Wisdom (the Congress [again, too easy]), and Beauty (the Judiciary).
The mind reels in astonishment at Madison's invention of such a fundamentally and obviously Masonic Constitution without ever witnessing the Inner Temple Lecture. Such is The Secret Power of Masonic Symbols.
As if all of that were insufficient to demonstrate "The Influence of Ancient Symbols on Pivotal Moments in History," Lomas's next logical leap is over the moon, literally, virtually, and historically.
Again, Masonic symbolism inspires yet another non-Mason to act. This time it's President John F. Kennedy's determination to land men on the moon.
Kennedy's infusion of "The Secret Power of Masonic Symbolism," according to Lomas, came from his Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson, who "remained an Apprentice, but all Masonic Apprentices are taught about the symbolic importance of the moon."
Lomas's view of NASA's official insignia of Apollo 11, the project that actually landed men on the moon, brings his argument full circle: "The two ones that make up the figure 11 echo the symbol of the two pillars that were so successful in supporting the fledgling United States on the dollar bill. [It] shows an eagle landing on the moon and bearing in its talons a sprig of acacia, which is the Masonic symbol of eternal life."

Well, not exactly. The patch of Apollo 11 was designed by Michael Collins, the module commander. He chose an eagle as the symbol, put an olive branch in its beak, and drew a lunar background with the Earth in the distance.
NASA officials said the talons of the eagle looked too "warlike" and after some discussion, the olive branch was moved to the claws. The crew decided the Roman numeral XI would not be understood in some nations and went with Apollo 11. Collins, Michael (2001). Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys. Cooper Square Press. pp. 332-333.
So much for two columns and a sprig of acacia. The Eagle has landed. At least it's in a circle, which Lomas fails to mention.
The balance of The Secret Power, pp 134-261, is Lomas's "Encyclopedia of All the Key Masonic Symbols." Even Faith, Hope and Charity are called "symbols" rather than their representatives, the cross, anchor, and heart, further evidence that even so prolific an author as Lomas can mistake the symbol for the thing symbolized.
The study of Allen Roberts, Kirk McNulty and Stephen Dafoe will reward the student of Masonic symbolism far more rationally, fittingly, logically, accurately and Masonically than Secret Power.
Finally, at the end, Lomas claims that "some Freemasons believe Lomas is the inspiration for the protagonist, Dr. Robert Langdon," in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.
Not a few Brethren may suspect that Umberto Eco, the internationally acclaimed semiotician ("symbologist" to Dan Brown), holds a superior claim to that distinction.
In summary, The Secret Power of Masonic Symbols masterfully and with the flimsiest of foundation, source or basis, indulges symbolism on steroids.
Lomas's argument claims that symbols evoke powerful emotions; that the emotive power of symbols inspires and directs "pivotal moments in history;" and that, but for the power of uniquely Masonic symbols, creation of the Royal Society, invention of the = sign, erection of Rosslyn Chapel, inclusion of "self-evident truths" in the Declaration of Independence, the presence of three branches of government in the U.S. Constitution, development of the atomic bomb, and the American moon landing would not have occurred.
All that from two, or maybe three, columns. And a circle.
A counterpoint suggests itself for what Lomas terms the "emotive power" of Masonic symbols.
In each of the Blue Lodge Degrees, the candidate enters the Lodge blindfolded, attends Lodge prayer, circumambulates the Lodge room, and is caused to kneel and assume solemn obligations sealed by his wish for severe penalties for the violation thereof, following which he receives light.
In that state he is presented with his working tools with both their operative and symbolic meanings. Ultimately he participates in a drama in which he stars, again blindfolded, as the victim of a vile murderous conspiracy.
Then he is resurrected.
Those rituals pack real emotional wallop which binds the candidate to the oldest, strongest and most successful fraternity in history.
Meanwhile, Brother Robert Lomas, as evidenced by The Secret Power of Masonic Symbols, remains befuddled, bewildered and clueless when it comes to the genuine, binding, enriching, and beautiful meaning of Craft symbolism.
The saddest result of his hoodwinked state is the voluminously silly image Lomas imposes on Freemasonry.
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