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History of the York Rite Lineage
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Even though the symbols of Masonry have remained virtually unchanged, some of the passwords and "additional teachings" have gone through numerous changes through the years (as Masons themselves admit) and this leads one to ask exactly who changed the stories and why (the discrepancies in the death of Hiram Abif alone are all the proof I need present to show this change). This is an important question as we are trying to restore an original Rite to Masonry and the original teaching would have been to impart Light to the Initiate on his journey and was designed to bring him to Maturity in his Relationship with the God of Masonry. Thus, any watering down would, in essence, be a unwanted detour, potentially. If we can ascertain who changed it and why, this will help us in our attempt to restore an original Rite.

 

What the reader should keep in mind is that the Masons would not arbitrarily make any alterations to any of their 'liturgies' and thus it would need to be a person who was, for all practical purposes, the equivalent of a Grand Master over that particular branch of Masonry and he would have to have an extreme amount of Motivational Reasoning in order to change the ritual so that, this, then makes any change we do find to actually be a clue as to who made the change and why which, then, helps us in our quest to restore an original ritual.

 

Now, the first major change was when Noah went public with the Secret Teachings of Masonry which, originally, was the First Creation Account in the Scriptures which is the Angel's Eyewitness account of Creation which he then used to apply a similar creation process to the initiate. He was the only one, originally, that was privy to this information which made it perfect for use in Initiation Ceremonies. Noah included this Divine Wisdom in the Sacred Canon which then took the 'secrecy' out of Masonry and made it common knowledge (Noah, Ham, Shem and Japeth being initiates).  With the destruction of the work at Babylon post flood, the York Rite Lineage then went out into all the earth as the only viable religion, subsequently 'ruling' the earth and thus, the Sacred Scriptures became known to all so that Moses ended up placing them in the Book of Genesis which then opened up the search for other 'secret' sacred Scriptures which then became part of the Ritual.

 

After Noah, Abraham himself made a minor addition and that was the Order of Melchizedek which he added to the Seventh Degree.  Assuredly he had been initiated into the Mysteries in Ur and, possibly, again in Egypt and thus, when he met with Melchizedek they assuredly would have compared notes and, knowing that both of those branches were well on their way to being corrupt, he was probably initiated into the York Rite Lineage which was the purest form of Masonry then and now.  I say this because I have only found one Chaldean Corruption introduced to the York Lineage (on the Sacred Name and that of the names of the ruffians - see below) and only one Symbol has been changed (ditto).  So, the chances are that the corruption began shortly after the Rite was finalized (circa 3500 BC) and Melchizedek restored the Hebrew Branch to its original purity.  Thus, Abraham was also the one who changed the names of the Egyptian Triad (another upcoming post) to that of Ham, Shem and Japeth and started the rumor that Melchizedek was Shem (which he was not cause this was actually the Angel - that's why the Rite was still pure).  The original order and nomenclatures of the various degrees were left unchanged by him as far as I can tell.  So, the Order of Melchizedek was not added by the Templars or anyone else after the fact but had to have been added by Abraham who was assuredly Anointed by Melchizedek as a High Priest in the Seventh Degree and Abraham would have wanted to pass that order on to his sons and thus was born the Order of Melchizedek.  It was called that before Y'shua, himself, was subsequently Anointed a High Priest and that is the only thing that explains that prophecy and its fulfillment.  It should be pointed out that people were made Priests in the Seventh Degree before this, but Abraham was the one who instituted the Order in the Seventh Degree where it became permanent. 

 

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Now, we can take a slight detour that doesn't really affect the York Rite Lineage but helps to explain some things and that is that Zara, after he realized he would never be King in Israel, decided to head out to the British Isles and establish his own Monarchy there (specifically in Ireland) and he took this Ritual with him with some additions of his own where he was the victim in place of Osiris and he initiated his body guard (i.e. House) into this Branch which became known as the Knights of the Red Branch of Zara and is the origins of Masonry among the Druids which they subsequently exported to the New World through the Millennia and to its Native Residents who still tell this story of the torture and death of Red Hand.  Zara, you will recall, stuck his hand out and had the red ribbon tied around it but Pharas was actually born first so that Zara's Heraldic Crest has always been the Right Hand with that ribbon or the Red Hand.



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Moses, after the Exodus, also had a hand in abridging the teaching by removing most references to the gods of the Egyptians as he did to the Scriptures themselves. Amin was the exception because it means the same thing, exactly, in virtually every language and religion on the Planet.  He needed a story to replace the Osirian Story so, no doubt taking a clue from Abraham, he probably had Melchizedek cleaning up the rubble from the flood and finding an Antediluvian Vault as well as building a Temple and then he probably changed the name of of the victim (Osiris or Horus) into Hori which was a common name at the time which, then, Solomon subsequently changed to Hiram.  Moses, also, didn't change the order of the degrees or any of the symbols as far as I can tell but he did make the mistake of changing the name Adonai to the Sacred Name (see my posts on Blaspheme for the details) and established the Tenth Degree at that time, which was to get the Israelites used to the Sacred Name (thus the password in that degree being Gedaliyah which means Yah is Great) but this would not have been available to Zara's Branch which explains its omission in some of the Anglo Saxon Rituals.

 

By the time of Solomon, there was really no 'secret' in Masonry so he abridged the "additional teachings" by using the building of the Temple and augmented this abridgement with newer Scriptures from the Prophets (which the Templars also did). The most significant change he made was taking the word play over the Pillar of Boaz and moved it from the 4* to the 1* (the pillars of the earth were established on day four of creation - I have alot more on this I could mention but that would be an unnecessary detour at this time) which, then, made the original Password of the 1* redundant which is when it became 'lost'.  He also managed to, hopelessly, change the order of the degrees around which I am still trying to piece back together into their original order with clues from the Crata Repoa (which is also out of order, to say the least).

 

Further, Solomon didn't feel he would be able to remove the Sacred Name and, knowing it was blasphemous, he actually added the name of Tubal Cain to the Rite to try and 'humble' the Initiate (where the Master of the Lodge actually calls the Initiate Tubal Cain according to Richardson's Monitor) in order to counter act the affects of claiming to be God in the Seventh Degree - a classic case of two Wrongs not making a Right.  That Solomon was the one who made that addition is easily gleaned from the fact that he had inherited the Spear of Destiny (see book by same name) which David had gotten from Saul who had gotten it from Goliath when David killed him.  This would allow him to have some 'sacred' objects to show the initiate when he made it to the Seventh Degree.  He probably took the three symbols (triangle, square, circle) out of the (original) eighth degree of Select Master and added them to Moses' degree which, by then, was floundering as redundant since everyone was now very reverential of the Name.

 

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Now, as if that were not enough, Solomon also added the Eighth Degree (Royal Arch), probably in reaction to Abraham adding the Order of Melchizedek and he did so to protect the Royal Lineage - thus only the Crown Princes were, originally, initiated into this degree.  The Symbols of his degree prove this for the broken square is simply the Egyptian Hieroglyph for House (which only he and Moses would have known of those who were in a position to change the Rite) and the Broken Triangle is, basically, the symbol for pyramid or Temple which are, of course, the two greatest accomplishments of Solomon's rein - it took him seven years to build the Temple but thirteen years to build his house.  He also added the Star of David - some say that the Jews never used this until the 17th Century however, a Star of David was found at an archeological dig in Israel that dates back to the First Temple period and it was probably Solomon himself who created this Star as a reference to the royal twins Zara and Pharas.

 

One more additional change he probably made was to make one of the Four Select Men into a villain of sorts who ends up getting executed and this was a record of Jeroboam's rebellion against Solomon and an attempt by Solomon to win back the Israelites when they did (subsequently) rebel - also why he added another degree for Ten Degrees total.  The addition, by Solomon, of the current eighth degree, however, played right into the hands of Jeroboam because this rounded up the amount of degrees to exactly Ten or one for each one of the Ten Tribes.  After he got done destroying the religion of the northern tribes (which Y'hava symbolized as him casting Y'hava behind him which is a direct reference to one of the Signs in Masonry - casting the Keystone behind one's back) he then took the Shield of David (Seal of Solomon) and turned it into a Five Pointed Star instead of the Six Pointed Star to try and insure that none of the Israelites returned to the Monarchy in the south.  This is the branch of Masonry that the Israelites took with them when they were dispersed by the Assyrians which ended up in the British Isles to be added to Zara's Branch and which explains the seeming inconsistencies in Anglo Saxon Masonry - like the fact that the British Monarchy still uses the Six Pointed Star in their Masonic Heraldy but it never made it into Royal Ireland or Royal Scotland.

 

The reason for this is that during the Babylonian Captivity, while Jehoiachin was in the slammer in Babylon, he changed the Sacred Name to make it more palatable to Chaldean Masons and he also changed the names of the ruffians for the same reason, which ended with him being let out of the slammer and this Rite subsequently went out into the Babylonian Exilarchy (see Zuckerman's Book on this - something about a Jewish Royal Throne in Normandy which is generally accepted as being correct) one of which settled in Syria (and gave this lineage to the Druze there - Hieronimus in his work Founding Fathers : Secret Societies)  and the other settled in Normandy in time for the invasion of England which brought the Star of David to the British Isles.  He also is probably the one who first dropped the Degree founded by Moses to end up with exactly Nine Degrees and he probably added the Nine Arches to the Select Master's Degree along with the Nine Stars.  This Branch then returns to Israel via Zerrubbabel.



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The next major change came when the Muslims took over the Holy Land. Wanting to extend the Right Hand of Fellowship to the Jewish Masons, they held a Grandmaster Council together to come up with a single Rite that they both could use. This is when they realized there was a missing word so they came up with MaChaBo as a Substitute Word for the Lost Word (Arabic being very close to Hebrew) and thus spawned the Quest for the Lost Word of Masonry. The Word they chose - meaning shelter and or saftey and, by implication, a Lodge - would allow a Jewish Mason to immediately find Shelter anywhere in the entire Islamic World that he journied and, vice versa, when an Islamic Mason journied through Israel he also could find shelter if needed.  The French Templars couldn't pronounce that word without inadvertently adding the 'n' on the end and when they moved up to Scotland, the Scots, via Robert the Bruce, then put their two cents in about "Marrow in the Bone" (Richardson's Monitor).  At this time they also built the Dome on the Rock and the guy who built it was named Solomon (People of the Secret, Octagon Press, 1982) and probably had someone named Hiram working for him which explains the contradictions in the events surrounding the death of Hiram - i.e. when the Muslims talk about Solomon's Temple its not the one built by King Solomon.

 

The final change (for the most part) came when the Christians took over the Holy Land and they went through a similar process.  They wanted to add the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (to describe Y'BA'AL AMIN) which the Jewish Masons did not have an objection to because it didn't mention who that Lion was and the Muslim Masons also did not have a problem with this because they also believe that Y'shua will be the judge in the end days. Their pronunciation of the Hebrew/Arabic Substitute Word ended with the 'C' becoming silent and the 'H' pronounced and the 'N' being added at the end resulting in Mahabon as it is today. But, until then, and at the time of their persecution, this substitute word would have procured them shelter in the Islamic World as well as in France and Spain when their persecution began as pointed out by Robinson (Born in Blood).

 

Now, after I had arrived at (some of) the conclusions above, it was subsequently verified by Robert Heironimus (Founding Fathers - Secret Societies, pg 33) who said that the Druze used a Rite that is virtually identical to the (Templar) York Rite and which was a synthesis between Judaism, Christianity and Islam which, then, goes a long way in establishing the authenticity of the information I have presented here which I was able to piece together from the internal evidence using Duncan's Ritual.



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