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Masonic talk radio with the Rocky Mountain Mason.
34 Episodes
In 1901, M.W.Bro. Joseph Milsom, Grand Master of Masons in Colorado, was the keynote speaker at the St John The Baptist's Day Feast at the San Juan Masonic Association, hosted by Telluride Lodge No. 56. His oration, "On Masonry and its Relation to Religion" touches on various Masonic tenets that inform our institution, often misunderstood by the uninitiated, including the importance of secrecy. It demonstrates an amount of learning perhaps more commonplace to our Craft than the modern day, the benefits of a classical education during the fin-de-siècle American West.Support the show (
In this episode Ben discusses the etiology of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Ben wraps the episode with a reading of Chapter XIV of the Three Books of Occult Philosophy.Support the show (
In this episode Ben reads Chief Justice Marshall's opinion in Marbury v. Madison. This case founded the concept of Judicial Review integral to our Separation of Powers; a quote from Marshall is written in stone in the Supreme Court today: "It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is." Struggling to maintain legitimacy for the new Court (its first Chief Justice, John Jay, had already stated the Court lacked "energy, weight, and dignity"), Marshall, Past Grand Master of Virginia, cemented the ideal of Judicial Review almost by accident, maneuvering his opinion through a political minefield, to avoid an otherwise irreconcilable rift with the Executive. It is ironic that such expedience emerged so vital a tenet as the Separation of Powers.Marbury had come to the Court to compel the new Secretary of State, James Madison, to deliver his commission papers, for a Judgeship John Adams had granted him. After losing the election in 1800, Adams had appointed a slew of judges before Jefferson took office (the so-called "midnight judges"). Once in office, Jefferson appointed Madison Secretary of State and commanded him not to deliver any commissions to Adams' men. Marbury came to the Supreme Court for redress, not necessarily because of any legitimacy the fledgling Court was seen to possess , but because, before becoming its Chief Justice (appointed by Jefferson), John Marshall was Adams' Secretary of State to whom the duty of delivering the commission papers had properly devolved....Marshall's opinion is legendary - not only because of its emergence of Judicial Review, but, perhaps more importantly (though overlooked modernly) because he saved the Court in a political dodge.Support the show (
In this episode, recorded during the 2020 Presidential Election, Ben reads an excerpt from a book he was asked to write (but never finished) for the Grand Lodge of Colorado Education Committee regarding political theory and Masonry's role in formative modern society. In this excerpt Ben provides an overview of political theory (with citations from Plato, Aristotle, Locke, and Adam Smith among others) and details some interesting takeaways regarding the medium of exchange. Ben ends the episode with Chapter XIII of the Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Support the show (
In this episode Ben dispels ten modern myths about the Fraternity often held by Masons! Ben then relates a brief history of Charles Martel, the famous 8th Century Major Domus who features in the Old Charges. Ben then provides a short op ed called "Hermeti-skism" discussing the so-called "unific" attributes of the Hermetica and wraps up the episode with Chapter XII of De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim.Support the show (
In this episode Ben presents three shorts for your contemplation: That the Compasses also Inscribe Tolerance to Speak of Heavenly Perfections (and why presentations on theological and religious material - where viewpoint neutral and not proselytizing - should not be discouraged); A Page from the Magical Diary of Theophilus LVX (that the three attributes of Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence are ONE attribute); and Live By the Numbers (it is better not to make a vow than to make a vow an break it). We wrap the episode with Chapter XI of De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres by HCA.Support the show (
In this episode Ben shares a thought experiment wherein the universe is shown to be everlasting and everliving. That is, the modern conceit of a dark empty expanse after the last star has been extinguished is an unnecessary pessimism - it is possible for the universe to constantly remake itself: wherein the end state and the onset are, in fact, the same. Revealed twenty years ago, this thought experiment yet holds true. Modern science has not yet refuted it, and, in fact, appears to be strengthening the concept. Dr. Roger Penrose recently stated, to the Independent in the U.K., that Hawkin's Radiation appears to signify radiation from a previous universe. Dr. Penrose stated that, in his view, the end state of this universe will be the beginning state of a new universe. We agree! Although, we suggest it is not a "new" universe, but a re-beginning of One.  Ben first published this theory in 2008 or 2009 in the Telluride Almanac and again in the Rocky Mountain Mason, Issue 14.Support the show (
In this episode Ben shares a paper first given for the Colorado College SRICF detailing the syncretism of various traditions in Alexandria around the turn of the last millennium, exploring common themes between Hermetic and Greek writings with certain Christian Apocrypha, such as were found at Nag Hammadi in 1945. Support the show (
In this episode Ben interviews Seaghan Ennis, International Congress Secretary for the International Order of Demolay, and now Fellow Craft at Manitou Springs Lodge No. 68 in Colorado Springs. Ben ends the episode with Chapter VIII of De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres. Support the show (
In this episode, Ben provides a brief biography of Pope Francis, followed by a brief biography of St. Ignatius de Loyola, and wraps up with Chapter VII of Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres.Support the show (
In this episode Ben presents a brief history of the speculative use of the Mason's Mark in early, pre-Grand Lodge Masonry. Ben ends the episode with a reading and contemplation on Chapter VI of Occult Philosophia Libri Tres, on the Wondrous Nature of Water and Air.Support the show (
In this episode Ben provides an overview of two of the more in depth accounts of Solomon's meeting with Makeda, the Queen of Sheba: the Kebra Negast and the Quran. Ben ends by continuing the series with Chapter 5 of his reading of De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres.Support the show (
Join Ben as he details earliest Masonry in the state of Colorado, in Pike's Peak Country, before the founding of the Grand Lodge of Colorado and contemporaneous with the first townships incorporated in the region. Ben wraps up the episode with Chapter IV of De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres.Support the show (
In this episode, Ben discusses evidence of a prototypical Royal Arch in early Craft Masonry preceding the Third Degree. Drawing from the Graham Manuscript (c. 1726), Ben details material clearly associable to the Royal Arch that was concurrent with the raising of Noah by Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and therefore precatory to the Hiramic legend of the Third Degree. Also: Chapter III, De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres, by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim. Support the show (
In this episode Ben outlines some of the more major heresies of the early Christian church, provides a brief treatise on the four classical elements, provides a short biography of Agrippa, and reads the second Chapter of Book I, De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres.Support the show (
In this episode Ben discusses the rather surprising history of this most everyday beverage. What you learn might surprise you. Also, this episode includes the first chapter of the Three Books of Occult Philosophy, by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa.Support the show (
In this episode Ben interviews the host of "Whence Came You," the world's largest Masonic Podcast, none other than R. J. Johnson.Support the show (
A special account of a pilgrimage to the place of Jaques Demolay's martyrdom on the 700th anniversary of his death. Support the show (
Ben shares the Grand Oration he was honored to deliver at the Grand Sessions of the Grand Lodge of Colorado in January of 2019 on the History and Significance of the Cornerstone Ceremony. Drawing on historical source material, Ben shows the remnants of an ancient, magical tradition exist in the modern ceremony performed today. Support the show (
Ben relays an account of the last time the Jehovah's Witnesses attempted to proselytize him while living in Norwood, Colorado (a small rural town on Colorado's Western Slope), an interesting theological discussion concerning the "hypostatic union." Continuing the religious theme, Ben discusses the importance of the Masonic obligation and relays a Kabbalistic parable. Support the show (
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