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Best Freemasonry Books You Should Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Freemasonry books.

1. Freemasons For Dummies (2013)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadFascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally bestselling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. With new and improved content, including updated examples and references throughout, this new edition of Freemasons For Dummies provides the most straightforward, non-intimidating guide to the subject on the market. If you're…
Author(s): Christopher Hodapp

2. The Lost Keys of Freemasonry (Also Includes: Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians / Masonic Orders of Fraternity) (2006)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadHere is Manly P. Hall’s classic work on history’s most secretive brotherhood- reset and collected with two additional celebrated Hall volumes on occult Masonry. Freemasonry is the subject of perennial fascination-recently the cover story of a national newsmagazine, the premise of the movie National Treasure, and the anticipated basis of a forthcoming novel by Dan Brown. The twentieth century’s great scholar of occult and esoteric ideas, Manly P. Hall was a Mason himself and nurtured a lifelong interest in the secret fraternal order, making it the focus of one of his earliest and best-loved books, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry. In…
Author(s): Manly P. Hall

3. Freemasonry: An Introduction (2011)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadEntertaining books and movies often depict Freemasonry as a shadowy, mysterious, and possibly sinister organization, and the TV and magazine specials on Freemasonry that inevitably follow often leave us with more questions than answers. Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, a practicing thirty-second-degree Mason, has created a simple, authoritative, and easy-to-understand introduction to the history, rites, and meaning of Freemasonry. It may be the single most reliable short guide to Masonry, written by a widely recognized psychologist and scholar of esoteric history. Koltko-Rivera’s trustworthy handbook explores all the basic issues…
Author(s): Kolko-Rivera Ph.D., Mark E.

4. Freemasonry: Spiritual Alchemy (The Spiritual Freemasonry series) (2019)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadIn 1716 four Lodges of Operative Masons met at the Apple Tree Tavern in London and decided to create a “Grand Lodge” to reorganize Freemasonry, which was slowly dying out. After the establishment of the Premier Grand Lodge the next year, 1717, one of the Lodges, the Rummer and Grapes, took a decidedly new direction that resulted in the creation of what would later become known as Speculative Freemasonry, the basis of modern Freemasonry. However, as there is very little documentation from this period, many questions are left unanswered:•Why three educated and busy men decided to rewrite the ritual of a stonemasons’…
Author(s): Earnshaw 33°, Christopher

5. Duncan’s Ritual of Freemasonry (1976)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadExplained and interpreted by copious notes and numerous engravings. Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor will be a cherished possession of any Mason who receives it. This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Because of this work’s cultural significance, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting a high quality, modern edition that is true to the original work.Retaining all the traditional charm of McKay’s Standard Edition, this volume includes both the Guide to the Three Symbolic Degrees of the Ancient York Rite and to the degree of Mark…
Author(s): Malcolm C. Duncan

6. An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry: Volume One (An Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry) (Volume 1) (2015)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadVolume one of two volumes. Albert Mackey’s “An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry” is one of the most significant and well-known of Masonic works. Its usefulness and aid to Masonic students worldwide has been the cornerstone of its popularity since it was first published in 1873. This photographic reproduction of the 1916 Edition was revised and expanded by William J. Hughan & Edward L. Hawkins and includes a 2015 Foreword by Michael R. Poll. This is a must-have work for all students of Freemasonry….
Author(s): Albert Mackey, William J. Hughan, et al.

7. The Book of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: Containing Instructions in All the Degrees From the Third to the Thirty-Third, and Last Degree of the Rite (Classic Reprint) (2017)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadExcerpt from The Book of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: Containing Instructions in All the Degrees From the Third to the Thirty-Third, and Last Degree of the RiteThe Collator, in presenting the result of his labors to the public, by no means would claim an approach to perfection; it will doubtless be conceded that in this country, so far as the various degrees have been fully worked, that while replete with beauty, moral and ia structive teachings, their rendering is still susceptible of elaboration and improvement.The effort of the Collator has been, in this work, to maintain all the original landmarks of the…
Author(s): Charles T. McClenachan

8. Freedom: Coming out from under the curses of Freemasonry (2014)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should Read‘Freedom’ is a workbook detailing the various degrees of the Scottish Rite in Freemasonry. It exposes and uncovers the dark secrets involved in the rituals and initiation of each degree. This workbook is for those who are serious about untangling themselves from the web of deception that is Freemasonry….
Author(s): Samantha Mahoney, Grant Mahoney

9. The Symbolism of Freemasonry: Illustrating and Explaining Its Science and Philosophy, its Legends, Myths and Symbols (2017)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadOf the various modes of communicating instruction to the uninformed, the Masonic student is particularly interested in two; namely, the instruction by legends and that by symbols. It is to these two, almost exclusively, that he is indebted for all that he knows, and for all that he can know, of the philosophic system which is taught in the institution. All its mysteries and its dogmas, which constitute its philosophy, are entrusted for communication to the neophyte, sometimes to one, sometimes to the other of these two methods of instruction, and sometimes to…
Author(s): Mackey M.D., Albert G.

10. Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry (2009)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadIts mysterious symbols and rituals had been used in secret for centuries before Freemasonry revealed itself in London in 1717. Once known, Freemasonry spread throughout the world and attracted kings, emperors, and statesmen to take its sacred oaths. It also attracted great revolutionaries such as George Washington and Sam Houston in America, Juarez in Mexico, Garibaldi in Italy, and Bolivar in South America. It was outlawed over the centuries by Hitler, Mussolini, and the Ayatollah Khomeini. But where had this powerful organization come from? What was it doing in…
Author(s): John J. Robinson

11. Esoteric Freemasonry: Rituals & Practices for a Deeper Understanding (2018)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadThe Sacred Realm of Freemasonry Awaits Esoteric Freemasonry takes you deep into the mystical side of this fascinating secret society and shows you how to carry out the most powerful practices. Learn how to enter your inner temple and accomplish the ancient mysteries. Discover the compelling links to Egyptian Freemasonry as you progress through the degrees of initiation. Using this guide’s profound rituals and its exploration of Masonic tradition, you’ll take the next step in your spiritual practice and improve all realms of life. As a leading Mason in Europe, Jean-Louis de Biasi was appointed Grand Officer after successfully…
Author(s): de Biasi, Jean-Louis

12. Alchemically Stoned – The Psychedelic Secret of Freemasonry (2017)

 Best Freemasonry Books You Should ReadP.D. Newman’s bold and daring theory provides a radical interpretation of Masonic symbolism. In the tradition of Wasson, Hofmann and Ruck, in “The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries” (1978), and Heinrich’s “Strange Fruit: Alchemy, Religion, and Magical Foods” (1995), Newman suggests that practical psychoactive pharmacology, rather than philosophy, lies concealed in the root of some of our allegories and mysteries. Admitting to being more than a mere theoretician, Newman draws from his own personal experiences, and a wide range of…
Author(s): P.D. Newman

Best Freemasonry Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some freemasonry books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Secrets of Freemasonry

Author(s): Elijah Muhammad
ID: 2400226, Publisher: Secretarius MEMPS, Year: August 18 2011, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

The Hiram Key Revisited - Freemasonry: A Plan for a New World-Order

Author(s): Christopher Knight,Alan Butler
ID: 2307240, Publisher: Watkins Publishing, Year: 8 July 2010, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

The Second Messiah: Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry

Author(s): Christopher Knight, Robert Lomas
ID: 2454749, Publisher: Cornerstone Digital, Year: 31 Mar 2012, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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