Tuesday, 9 August 2011
From Elias Ashmole to Arthur Edward Waite: The Search for Hidden Knowledge
The photo reveals the memorial window at St. Mary's church in Norfolk for Henry Rider-Haggard - showing various symbols from his works and beliefs. Rider Haggard was a Freemason who, like Arthur Conan Doyle and Arthur Edward Waite had an interest in the occult. His works included 'King Solomon's Mines' which displayed Masonic themes, notably the search for lost knowledge in relation to King Solomon who features heavily in the Masonic ritual. Another work by Rider Haggard called 'She' displays themes of death and rebirth - similar themes found within Freemasonry. My second book The Transformation of Freemasonry discusses Rider Haggard and other occult Freemasons, exploring how they searched for hidden knowledge and found inspiration within Freemasonry. The book can be purchased from www.arimapublishing.co.uk or from Amazon.