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Sorry for the delay; however, we had some technical difficulties with formatting the book. Nevertheless, I am happy to report that my book, Masonry and the Three Little Pigs, is now available on Amazon.com for worldwide distribution. And as was suggested by my friend and Masonic Brother Gary Mason, we set the price at $33.00; which is a nice spiritual number.

Masonry and the Three Little Pigs NOW AVAILABLE and ON SALE

I am happy to report that my book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs was released today; you will find a link to the book below.

Before I write any further, I would like to thank Moe Bedard from Gnosticwarrior for allowing me the opportunity to share the story behind my book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs. I have learned over the past several years that even though many esoterically inclined people are not Freemasons, they have the same spiritual goal as us; and we have a name for them, we call them, “Masons without the cloth.” Therefore, Moe Bedard is certainly a Mason without the cloth. Thank you Moe for your insights and continue support brother ~/G\~

For those people who would like further insights into my book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs through this interview, please follow this link. Otherwise, I have listed some of the details below.

The idea for this book started about seven years ago, when I first discovered Masonic allegory and its influence on our culture. You see, Masonic allegory is everywhere, which is explained in the book on page 15:

Therefore, Masonic allegorical lessonry can best be defined as symbolic Masonic themes incorporated into our daily lives, our surroundings and even our culture, often unbeknownst to the non-Mason, but only truly visible to the enlightened Mason.

These Masonic allegorical themes are in art, literature, books, architecture, movies, on television, on our money, in law and even in our different levels of government; literally, they are almost everywhere. This, of course, has led to a great many conspiracies, many of which are unworkable and are thus impossible. As the informed Mason quickly learns, the craft is nothing more than an ancient form of moral interpretive learning. It literally teaches a man how to think and act. The real benefit a man receives is in his Masonic education.

As such, after learning about Masonic allegory, I sought out further knowledge on how to interpret it and its value to us Masons, which of course led me to Albert Pike, the Master of Masonic allegory. I remember reading his book for the very first time; it was overwhelming. At first I was puzzled by its meanings, like when gazing upon a 10,000 peace puzzle for the first time. So I took over a year reading his book, and along the way I began to see its true importance. Yes, there is a great deal of esoteric knowledge within it, but I also discovered that in order to truly understand the esoteric, a Pike student needed to understand that it is intertwined within moral instruction. You see, at times they almost became indistinguishable. This point will be illustrated again and again within my book.

As I have said and have written about previously, many Masonic scholars appear to focus only on the esoteric or dogmatic meanings of the symbols within the craft, often however forgetting that they were meant to demonstrate moral behavior. Consider the title to Pike’s book Morals and Dogma; he did not put the word Dogma before Morals; no, he placed Morals first. But just as important, the two words “Morals” and “Dogma” were combined to demonstrate the significant point that both were important. Yes, let’s learn about the symbols, but if they don’t lead to moral enhancement, that knowledge is meaningless.

This, of course, struck me like a lightening bolt when I first discovered this link, which inspired me even further to write and complete my book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs. The book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs itself is a metaphor for Masonic behavior, as was maintained on page 10:

Every Mason is aware of the three ruffians, Jubela, Jubelo and Jubelum, and their attack on Hiram Abiff. Well, the story of these three ruffians is an allegorical reminder about a man’s inner most faults. Thus, the idea that there are evil Masons is nothing new to the craft; and they are clearly illustrated allegorically in the tale of the three ruffians.

This brings us back to The Story of the Three Little Pigs. Unbeknownst to most people, there is an important lesson hidden within the story. And that is to beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, which is a Biblical and Masonic principle, which can be equated to the story of the three ruffians. This story, however, must be broken down using Masonic allegory before a true understanding of its worth can be discovered.

After a great deal of allegorical research, the Three Little Pigs tale revealed the wolf to actually be a Mason, like the little three pigs. The wolf being a corrupted Mason, who tried to destroy the character of the three pigs by influencing them to become more like the world, by not following the tenets of the craft. The first two pigs were only first and second degree Masons, who did not receive all the light that can be conferred upon a Master Mason, which the third pig had received. In short, the battle between the third pig, who was a Master Mason, and the wolf, the corrupted Master Mason of veneration and status, is a Masonic topic seldom discussed within the craft, which is the evil Mason.

Moreover, while researching the origins of the Story of the Three Little Pigs, I made a very unique discovery of Masonic significance. Most Freemasons are aware of the Regius Poem or sometimes known as the Halliwell Manuscripts, which many people believe dates back to 926 AD; and is considered the oldest known Masonic document in existence today. Well, here is the little hidden Masonic secret, the man who discovered and published that Regius Poem in his 1840 book The Early History of Freemasonry in England was also the same man who compiled the book Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Tales in 1843, which held the original Story of the Three Little Pigs. And his name is none other than James Orchard Halliwell, an author, Shakespearean scholar and Freemason. A topic I had written about previously on my blog.

So you now have some more basic background to the book. The compiler of the Regius Poem is the same man who compiled the original Story of the Three Little Pigs, which has been speculated to be a Masonic children’s story for generations. I think we now have clear anecdotal evidence that the Story of the Three Little Pigs is a Masonic children’s story; think about it, do you know of any Shakespearean scholar who would write both a Masonic history book and a children’s book within three years of each other, and was a Freemason himself, who would do such a thing. I can only think a Freemason would go to such lengths.

I would also like to address the issue of interpreting allegory. Pike was very clear about interpreting allegory when he wrote, “each interpreting them for himself, and being offended at the interpretation of no other” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 276). Therefore, don’t be offended by or attack my interpretation; rather seek out your own knowledge based on the ancient teachings of the Craft, as I wrote on page 24,

I hope you find my allegorical analysis of the Three Little Pigs interesting and inspiring enough to conduct your own research and come to your own conclusions about not only Masonry, but also how it has impacted our culture. As quoted earlier, Pike was absolutely clear about allegorical interpretation when he said, “Masonry… conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled” (Morals and Dogma, p.104-105). The question is, however, will you continue to be hoodwinked, or will now be willing to seek the truth, or light, within the craft and find answers for yourself?

And finally, here are two links to follow if you are interested in purchasing my book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2015, 448 pages) early release first edition.

Option 1 is not available at this time: Masonry and the Three Little Pigs. By following this link you can purchase from Createspace, which is an Amazon.com company for independent publishers. This being the quickest and simplest way to buy the book at this time. There’s about a 10-14 day delivery time for all domestic and international customers. The purchase price is $29.99.

Option 2: Order Form: By following this link you can purchase from Gary Mason PM. This is the old school way of buying a book. You download an order form, fill it out and mail it with your check or money order to the enclosed address. In return, you will receive a personalized, signed and embossed copy of the book. The order form has a space on it, so you can write your own personalized note, which will be written in the book by your author; otherwise, if left blank, I will write my own thoughts and sign it. Those who have seen the embossment on the book said it looks incredibly nice and professional. The purchase price is $29.99.

May God bless you all; and thanks for your continued support!

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

GREAT News! Gnosticwarrior Interview November 2, 2015.

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I have GREAT news! It looks like on November 2nd Moe Bedard from gnosticwarrior.com will again interview me on his podcast show. This time we will discuss my upcoming book release of Masonry and the Three Little Pigs, which will coincide with his show’s airing. It should be very interesting. OK, here is an opportunity to ask your questions. Please simply put them down below in the comment section or send me a private message; both Moe and I will do our best to answer them. Once again, thanks again for everyone’s continued support. God bless! ~/G\~

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

Book Sold Out At California Grand Lodge.

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I have great news to report. According to Gary Mason PM, he sold all thirty copies of my book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2015) special early release edition at the California Grand Lodge Annual Communications. I am thankful to Brother Mason for taking the time out of his busy schedule to sit at a booth and sell these books over a three day time period. I am told that the book was favorably received by most Masons; although, one Mason in particular thought I should be brought up on Masonic charges for authoring the book. Of course, this particular Brother did not buy a copy, but still voiced his negative opinion based on nothing but reading the back cover. If someone wants to bring me up on Masonic charges, they better be prepared to posthumously bring Albert Pike up on charges as well. You see, I used Pike’s own words to make my point within the allegorical story of the Three Little Pigs.  I knew this would happen. After it is published, we will start to see the sparks fly.

For those Masons who did buy a copy of these thirty special edition books, be advised there is a secret within the book, which will not be revealed by either Brother Mason or myself until a much later period of time; if ever. Also, this particular copy of the book was given to the California Grand Lodge Library for future Masons to research if they so desire.

An early release of the book is still scheduled for next month ~/G\~

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

Albert Pike And The Pig.

Albert Pike is famous for using allegory and metaphors to illustrate a particular point, like his use of the word pig. In fact, he referenced the word pig numerous times in his book, Morals and Dogma (1871). Now keep in mind, there are many other names for a pig; there is also swine, hog and boar, all of which were used in his book.

Needless to say, I was amazed upon discovering Pike’s usage of the animal to make his point; something I utilized while writing my book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2015, Early Release 1st Edition). Here is a quote from Chapter 1 of my book, which demonstrates my point:

The word pig (pigs, boar, hog and swine) symbolizes mankind’s natural self, and the conflict every man must go through in order to fully attain and maintain full enlightenment. There is no direct mention of the word pig by either Pike or Mackey, two of the primary sources used in the research of this book. Yet, a general thesaurus search found three related words that could be substituted; they are swine, hog and boar. It should also be mentioned, before an emblematic breakdown of the word pig is made, that a boar refers to a male and a sow refers to a female.

Mackey made several references to a wild boar; particularly, “Adonis gave his own portion to Venus, and lived happily with her till, having offended Diana, he was killed by a wild boar” (14). This citation established a fact already generally known, which is a boar, or a wild pig, can be a fierce animal to contend with. This view is, of course, much different than the commonly favored view looked upon today; like in the family and child friendly Disney version of the Three Little Pigs.

As well, a closer look into the relationship between Adonis and Venus revealed Adonis to be young and arrogant, which led to his downfall. You see, he did not take the advice of Venus, and was subsequently killed by the wild boar:

One day, Venus warns Adonis to beware of wild beasts, for ‘Neither youth nor beauty, nor the things which have moved Venus, move lions and bristling boars and the eyes and minds of wild beasts.’ But the boy’s ‘manly courage would not brook advice.’ He goes hunting, is gored by a wild boar, and killed (15).

Pike was much more helpful in this regard:

The Divine in human nature disappears, and interest, greed, and selfishness takes it place. That is a sad and true allegory which represents the companions of Ulysses changed by the enchantments of Circe into swine (16).

Circe was the daughter of the sun, and was best known for her ability to turn men into animals with her magical wand. In fact, Odysseus’ men were turned into pigs:

When Odysseus and his men landed in Aeaea, his crew later met with Circe and were turned into pigs. Circe’s spells however had no effect on Odysseus who earlier was given an herb by Hermes to resist her power. Circe realizing she was powerless over him lifted the spell from the crew and welcomed them in her home. After about a year when Odysseus leaves she warns them of the sirens they will encounter on their journey (17).

Furthermore, Ulysses, Roman name for Odysseus, was the King of Ithaca and was a principle leader during the Trojan War. He, of course, was the man responsible for the idea of building the Trojan horse, which eventually led to the defeat of Troy (18).

Therefore, Odysseus, or Ulysses if you will, was familiar with the ideals of subterfuge, or secrecy, as a necessary component of warfare, which he used so wisely in the Trojan War. However, while traveling home from the conflict, his men had a spell cast upon them by Circe, who turned them into pigs. Yet, Odysseus had the fortitude to take an herb given to him by Hermes.

The story of Odysseus’ encounter with Circe simply confirmed that the pig represents mankind’s weaknesses, ignorance and his impure state of existence, and that only with the help of Divinity or a godly organization, not a simple or common one, can man learn the needed tools for protecting himself from the evils of the world.

Yet, Pike had much more to say regarding the topic of the swine, he wrote:

All the Mystery should be kept concealed, guarded by faithful silence, lest it should be inconsiderately divulged to the ears of the Profane… It is not given to all to contemplate the depths of our Mysteries… that they may not be seen by those who ought not to behold them; nor received by those who cannot preserve them.” And in another work: ‘He sins against God, who divulges to the unworthy the Mysteries confided to him. The danger is not merely in violating truth, but in telling truth, if he allow himself to give hints of them to those from whom they ought to be concealed… Beware of casting pearls before swine (19)!

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Be modest also in your intercourse with your fellows, and slow to entertain evil thoughts of them, and reluctant to ascribe to them evil intentions… The evil is wide-spread and universal. No man, no woman, no household, is sacred or safe from this new Inquisition. No act is so pure or so praiseworthy, that the unscrupulous vender of lies who lives by pandering to a corrupt and morbid public appetite will not proclaim it as a crime (20).

To add to this point further, in Masonic terms, the swine is also part of a man’s purification, as was maintained in Robert Macoy and George Oliver’s Illustrated History and Cyclopedia of Freemasonry (1908), “The ram was dedicated to Jupiter, the swine to Ceres and the bull to mars. This solemn act is called lustrum condere. In Masonry it means a purification” (21).

Therefore, the pig, swine, hog or boar, represents mankind’s natural condition; perhaps laziness or greed, each man being different. This is a condition each man must be purified of if he wants to attain full enlightenment; yet a condition that remains always present.

As alluded to early, Pike mentioned the related words, swine~five times, the word hog~once and the word boar~eight times in Morals and Dogma; for a grand total of fourteen times.

And here is yet another quote from my book, which again uses a Pike quote about the swine:

https://i1.wp.com/www.touregypt.net/images/touregypt/pig1.jpgPike, as well, made reference to the Masonic principle of labor as it relates to the swine, which is also symbolized via the three pigs. But first, consider how the three pigs built their houses. The first pig built his house quickly and easily out of straw. The second pig built his almost as easily out of sticks, but the third pig took his time and labored greatly to build his house out of brick. The third pig, of course, represented the Master Mason who had completed all three degrees, whereas the first pig had only advanced to the first degree, and the second pig had only advanced to the second degree, which limited their Masonic knowledge and wisdom appreciably. To substantiate the basis for the Masonic principle on labor, or work, consider what Pike wrote:

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Therefore, we can presume the wise mother (old sow) sent her natural (pig) and uncorrupted (three) young men into the world to labor (fortune); yet, they did not truly understand what awaited them (little). With little worldly knowledge, they joined Masonry, where they met and received guidance from another Mason (four), and were presented with Masonic principles to guide them.

Needless to say, there are many other relateable quotes from Pike’s book Morals and Dogma (1871) that were used within the book, Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2015), which further illustrates this profound point about the pig and its relationship to Freemasonry.

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

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Meet The Artist

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Yes, I personally know this beautiful young aspiring artist, her name is Casey Kraychir; she is my daughter. Some time ago I asked Casey to do a painting for me; perhaps something I could use as a book display or even a book cover. After some discussion and reflection, she came up with the above painting. A painting I proudly display in my office. In any event, the feedback regarding her artwork has been absolutely amazing, which is most certainly because of her vision and artistic talent.

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Book Available At The 166th Annual Communications For The Grand Lodge of California.

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It has all been arranged, Brother Gary Mason will be displaying my new book, Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2015, Early Release 1st Edition), at the 166th Annual Communications for the Grand Lodge of California, which will be held between Friday, October 9, 2015 and Sunday, October 11, 2015, in San Francisco at the California Masonic Memorial Temple.

If you plan on attending, buy your copy early. I say this because we printed only thirty copies for this event, which will be numbered and signed by your author. Gary Mason will also be taking orders for signed copies if we run out.

Halliwell, Regius Poem, Story of the Three Little Pigs & Masonry.

Here is an article I wrote back on Friday February 20, 2015, which can be found on my other blog, Gnosismasonry. It is relevant to this blog and my upcoming book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2015, Early Release 1st Edition).

The Regius Poem, or Halliwell Manuscript, is commonly referred to and generally accepted as the oldest Masonic document in existence today. It was the basis for James Orchard Halliwell’s 1840 book, The Early History of Freemasonry in England. The Regius Poem dates back to 926 AD in York, England.

Interestingly, many pundits claim Halliwell was not a Mason, a point I take issue with.  I comfortably state this because I have read his book, The Early History of Freemasonry in England, and have analyzed his own written words, which clearly demonstrates he had knowledge of the Ancient Mysteries. He also actually claimed he was a member of the fraternity, when he wrote, “numbering himself a member of your fraternity.” Case in point, Halliwell wrote on page 5,

“So commences one of the ancient constitutions of Masonry; and can we be censured for opening our task in the same spirit? An institution which has incontrovertibly in its present form maintained a fair reputation for three centuries, is not likely to suggest any reflection worthy condemnation. Listen, then, ye mysterious sons of Adam, to the outpourings of one who has not the felicity of numbering himself a member of your fraternity, and who has never yet had a glance beyond the confines of your mighty arcana – ‘more wonderful Than that which by creation first brought forth Light out of darkness!’”

So what was Halliwell trying to convey in the above quote? Was he telling us he was not a member of the Craft? No, I believe he was actually confirming his knowledge of the Ancient Mysteries, and his dissatisfaction with not knowing more about it. I highlighted several words and underlined several idioms in the above quote to help make my point. This is a skill I learned while writing my upcoming book, Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2016), which will be published next year.

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Here is my allegorical breakdown from the above Halliwell quote:

1. The word we denotes his association with the Ancient Mysteries; “can we be censured… our… same spirit;” who would censure him in the same spirit, but the Craft and its membership.
2. The word our (same spirit) confirms and aligns with the word we.
3. The idiom, mysterious sons of Adam, denotes the Ancient Mysteries. The “sons of Adam” is a commonly applied Masonic term used by various Masonic Orders.
4. The word not is commonly defined as, “used as a function word to make negative a group of words or word.” As such, the word not is associated with the next word, which is felicity.
5. The word felicity is commonly defined as, “a state of happiness or the quality of joy;” Example of usage: “Sitting on the roof with a telescope and iced tea on a clear, starry night is one way to find perfect felicitya happy place.” Therefore, Halliwell stated he was not in a happy place with something.
6. The idiom, numbering himself a member of your fraternity, denotes Halliwell said he counted himself a member of the fraternity.
7. The idiom, never yet had a glance beyond, denotes Helliwell had not looked beyond the Craft, rather he only looked within it, for only a member and student of the Craft could look within.
8. The word yet is commonly defined as, “thus far.”
9. The idiom, confines of your mighty arcana, denotes a powerful secret. The word arcana is commonly defined as “a supposed great secret of nature that the alchemists sought to discover.” The use of the word arcana (alchemistic term) by Halliwell is an obvious link to the Ancient Mysteries, and confirms and aligns the previously stated allegorically links that he was a Mason.
10. Also, he used the word your in the above quote, which is commonly defined, “relating to or belonging to you; made or done by you.” The usage of the word your does not mean he was not a member of the Craft, especially when taken with the whole idiom, “confines of your mighty arcana,” which means the confines of Masonry’s (your) mighty secrets of nature (arcana). In short, the secrets of nature belonged to Masonry (your), not to any person, not even a Mason or Halliwell himself. Or in the idiom, “numbering himself a member of your fraternity,” which denotes a Masonic (your) fraternity; again, this confirms his membership in the fraternity.
11. And finally, if it were not for the sub-sentence, “to the outpourings of one who has not the felicity of,” there would be no confusion as to Halliwell’s membership in the Craft. Yet before you jump to any conclusion, lets define the word “outpourings,” which can be defined as “a passionate or exaggerated outburst; effusion,” and the word “effusion” is defined as “an unrestrained outpouring in speech or words.” Thus, Halliwell was telling us he had a outpouring of words about not being in a happy place with regard to the Craft. Simply stated, just because he was not happy about something within the Craft, or even his Masonic book, does not mean he was not a member of the fraternity.

Therefore, Halliwell was telling the reader that he was a member of the Craft (we, our), and he was trying to convey a message to his Brothers when he stated the Masonic term, “sons of Adam” (mysterious sons of Adam), a term only an educated and high ranking Mason would know. Furthermore, he mentioned he was not completely satisfied, or not in a happy place (not, felicity), with his progression and or participation in the Craft  (numbering himself a member of your fraternity), and attained level of spiritual knowledge or Gnosis (confines of your mighty arcana) thus far (yet). As such, Halliwell did not look beyond the confines of the Craft, which meant he was a student within the Craft (your). In short, he was telling us that his book, The Early History of Freemasonry in England, was proof of his efforts at attaining further Enlightenment, even though he felt it held certain limitations.
 

I honestly believe several pundits have used the above quote to say Halliwell was not a member of the Craft. And to be fair, if one looks at the above quote without allegorically researching and defining several key Masonic words, I can see how most people would come to the same conclusion.

Yet, there is more, much much more. You see, Halliwell was known as an English Shakespearean scholar, which means he wrote in an obtuse manner, reminiscent of 16th century English playwright’s and poets. This makes interpreting his writings all the more difficult for most people.

Here are but a few other points, from his book, that I would like to point out:

1. “Jabal was the inventor of Geometry, and the first to build houses of stone and timber” (p. 6). Jabal was the half-brother of Tubal-cain, which as most Masons know are important words used within the Craft; and Geometry is another obvious link. This is further proof that Halliwell was a student of the Ancient Mysteries.
2. “Hermes, the son of Shem, was the fortunate discoverer of one of them” (p. 7). Hermes, as most informed students of the Craft already know, is Hiram Abiff, the central figure in Blue Lodge Masonry.

This exercise could go on and on, but I think I have made my point ~ that is, Halliwell was a student of the Ancient Mysteries; just read his book, his own writings prove he was a Mason.

Now I have saved the best for last. Halliwell was also the author of the book, Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Tales (1843), which contained the original Story of the Three Little Pigs, a well known Masonic children’s story. I wrote about the Three Little Pigs in my book, Tales from Masonic Storyteller (2014) in Chapter 1; and it’s the basis of my upcoming book, Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2016).

Therefore, I hope I have proven my point that James Orchard Halliwell was a member of the Craft, and had intimate knowledge of the Ancient Mysteries, thereby making him a Mason of an unknown Order. Why else would he publish the Regius Poem and the Story of the Three Little Pigs, both of which are Masonic. Only a Mason would go to such lengths.

And finally, as the old adage goes, “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

Allegory, Three Little Pigs and Masonry.

Here is an article I wrote back on Saturday March 14, 2015, which can be found on my other blog, Gnosismasonry. It is relevant to this blog and my upcoming book Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2015, Early Release 1st Edition).

Recently I decided to allegorically breakdown the following illustration (drawing). It was drawn by L. Leslie Brooks, who illustrated the 1904 book, The Story of the Three Little Pigs. This is the only picture that I included in my upcoming book, Masonry and the Three Little Pigs (2016). The allegorical breakdown below will not be included in the book itself; it can only be found here on this blog.

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Please remember, this is only an exercise for an advanced Mason. Not everyone will agree with my assessment, but that’s OK, it was done for my own benefit; and I am not alone in this belief“Masonry is a personal journey that leads us through the journey of knowing ourselves…”  In short, it was done to further confirm my theory that The Story of the Three Little Pigs was based on Masonic principles, and written by an unknown Mason to teach and remind informed Masons, through allegory, about the oaths they took upon becoming a Mason.

Furthermore, Albert Pike mentioned the topic of interpreting allegory in Morals and Dogma (1872) when he wrote,

“He who would become an accomplished Mason must not be content merely to hear, or even to understand, the lectures; he must, aided by them, and they having, as it were, marked out the way for him, study, interpret, and develop these symbols for himself” (p. 22-23).

He also wrote,

“EACH of us makes such applications to his own faith and creed, of the symbols and ceremonies of this Degree, as seems to him proper. With these special interpretations we have here nothing to do. Like the legend of the Master Khūrūm [Hiram], in which some see figured the condemnation and sufferings of Christ; others those of the unfortunate Grand Master of the Templars; others those of the first Charles, King of England; and others still the annual descent of the Sun at the winter Solstice to the regions of darkness, the basis of many an ancient legend; so the ceremonies of this Degree receive different explanations; each interpreting them for himself, and being offended at the interpretation of no other (p. 276).

Therefore, Masons are actually encouraged to interpret the signs, tokens and symbols within Masonry and our culture. This is how Masons have communicated throughout the ages. So don’t be “offended” by my interpretation if your disagree, but rather seek out your own understanding based on your Masonic knowledge and views.

Here are the results on my allegorical exercise.

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1. First and foremost is the keystone, which is clearly visible under the fireplace mantel; a keystone is a Masonic symbol of the York Rite Order, as well as other Masonic Orders.

2. The next symbol is the fire under the pot; fire is a symbol for God and his judgment. In this case, the fire of God is burning/cooking the wolf, like a man’s soul will be judged by God, another Masonic belief.

3. The third pig sitting in a chair is a symbol of his authority, like a Worshipful Master has authority over his Lodge, or a Master’s chair is a symbol of a King’s throne.

4. The third pig has his foot (leg crossed over the leg) on top of what looks like a Rough Ashlar. This is perhaps representative of his efforts to smooth the stone into a Perfect Ashlar, a lesson every Mason is taught.

5. There are also two small shaped pyramids above the two memorial pictures of the first and second pigs. Interestingly, the Great Pyramid at Giza sits between the two smaller pyramids, and the sphinx is guarded by two pyramids, similar to the two pyramids that sit between, or guards, the apple tree above the mantel, which signifies their submission to the influence of the apple tree.

6. The apple tree above the mantel is emblematic of the first man, Adam, from the biblical story of Adam and Eve. In fact contemporary English Masonry can date its formation to Apple-Tree Tavern in 1716 (Ancient English Masonry was formed in 926 AD), no coincidence here. The apple tree has a clear Masonic link.

7. Holding the pot in place are two chains; the chain is emblematic of the “golden chain let down into the well of truth” or “invisible chain that binds the ranks of mankind together” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1874, p. 31). Simply stated, the chain denotes the chain of union between Brothers. Therefore, we can postulate the two chains are holding the smoldering pot (fire), which contains the wolf who failed as a Mason.

8. Near the bottom of the fireplace, left side, is a sharp instrument, which is used in the degrees of Masonry, or “upon the point of a sharp instrument.” A sharp instrument is used to remind the Mason of his oath and the lessons from each degree. Therefore, its non-use and placement near the bottom indicates the wolf failed to uphold his Masonic oath.

9. Above the mantel are two photos of the first and second pigs, which are memorials of failed Brothers. Reflection is an attribute of an Enlightened Mason, a lesson taught early by way of the Reflection Chamber. Therefore, these two pictures denote the third pig spent a great deal of time reflecting upon his failed Brothers, and how he should act in the future.

10. Furthermore, at the bottom of the illustration is the skin/carpet of the defeated wolf; this too is a reflection memorial (Reflection Chamber) of the third pig’s battle against the wolf.

11. Near the bottom of the illustration is a stool with three legs, or pillars, which denotes Wisdom, Strength and Beauty; or “For there should be Wisdom to contrive, Strength to support and Beauty to adorn all great and important undertakings.” Therefore, we can surmise the stool is emblematic of the Masonic lessons of Wisdom, Strength and Beauty, which the third pig accomplished successfully.

12. On the other side of the illustration is a table with four legs, or four pillars; the four pillars represent the four cardinal virtues of Masonry, Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice,

Temperance is that due restraint upon our affections and passions which renders the body tame and governable, and frees the mind from the allurements of vice… Fortitude is that noble and steady purpose of mind, whereby we are enabled to undergo any pain, peril, or danger, when prudentially deemed expedient… Prudence teaches us to regulate our lives and actions agreeably to the dictate of reason, and is that habit by which we wisely judge, and prudentially determine, on all things relative to our present, as well as our future happiness… Justice is that standard, or boundary of right, which enables us to render to every man his just due, without distinction.”

Therefore, the table with four legs, or pillars, is emblematic of the third pig’s adherence to these four virtues, which is further supported by the book on the table.

13. The book on the table is emblematic of Masonic knowledge. Masonry uses countless books to instill knowledge, from the Holy Bible, to The Book of Constitutions, to Morals and Dogma, as well as countless other books. Therefore, the book on the table represents the third pig’s attained Masonic knowledge.

14. At the bottom of the illustration is the defeated Wolf, which is displayed as a carpet, but it also looks like a Masonic Canvas with handles that is used in the Third Degree. This denotes a reminder of the wolf’s inability to fulfill his Masonic vows from the third degree.

15. On the lower left hand side of the illustration is a four pointed star, which is sometimes called a Natal Star.  A four pointed star is emblematic of the sun, or the sun star (Shamash, the Mesopotamian solar god). As every Mason already knows, the sun sites in the east, and the “Worshipful Master rules and governs his lodge as truly as the sun and noon rule the day and night.” Therefore, this would lead this interpretation to the obvious conclusion that the third pig was a Worshipful Master at some point.

16. Within the sun star is a crown, which has traditionally been a symbol of authority and sovereignty. However, the crown is also a head covering, which is a symbol for victory, like one would see with the use of a wreath or a garland. Therefore, we can postulate the crown is emblematic of the third pig’s victory over the wolf.

17. Below the crown is what looks like an acacia plant, which denotes both innocence and immortality of the soul. Therefore, we can postulate that the third pig had proven his innocence, and continued in his quest to purify his soul in an effort to gain immortality, a Masonic principle.

18. In the center of the fireplace is a pot, or a potful; in Masonic allegory the pot is emblematic of the Pot of Manna from the Ark of the Covenant; and Manna is considered a symbol of life, not the transitory life here on earth, but the enduring one of a future world. Therefore, the fact that the wolf was being cooked within the pot represents his failure to attain a future life, or his failure as a Mason.

I know I have left out other topics and related allegorical points that could have been included; however, as this is only a simple blog posting, I thought it best to keep my overall views direct and on point. Nevertheless, I think I proved and qualified my point with the above format, despite its weaknesses. If nothing else, the allegorical analysis surely made the reader reflect upon the illustration, rather than to just simple gaze upon a picture or drawing like most people do.

I hope you enjoyed reading my allegorical breakdown of the 1904 illustration from The Story of the Three Little Pigs book. Maybe you learned something new, or better yet, perhaps you simply reinforced your previously learned knowledge and understanding.

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

Welcome To My New Blog.

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Hello,

My name is Hank Kraychir, and this is my new blog site; it’s called Masonry and the Three Little Pigs, which was named after my new book, Masonry and the Three Little Pigs.

An early 1st edition of the book will be released in November, and will be available for purchase until the end of December. This is a collectors edition, which includes a special chapter at the end of the book. A 2nd edition full release will be in early 2016, but will not have the special chapter, and will see a slight price increase. So take advantage of the holiday season and get your special 1st edition, limited time only, before 2016.

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Hank Kraychir