The long awaited new book The Lost Rites and Rituals of Freemasonry is finally available, published by Lewis Masonic. It was a pleasure to research, and examines many of the lost rites of the eighteenth century and how they inspired the occult revival of the later nineteenth century, especially the more magical rites that were presented with the Rite de Elus Coens and the Order of the Gold and Rosy Cross.
The book has two parts and in essence is two books in one, with the latter part covering the changes of Masonic ritual in England that occurred during the union of 1813. It discusses how changes were made and uses the Craft Lectures from the pre-union ‘Lancashire Rituals’ copied by John Yarker as an example, looking at how many elements are now lost to the modern ritual.
The limited first edition is available in hardback, and has over 40 colour illustrations, six chapters, over 50,000 words with end notes, index and full bibliography. The cover symbol was something I designed with the help of graphic artist Andrew Halton and encapsulated a variety of symbols of the lost rites. The book can be purchased directly from the Lewis Masonic online shop here.
The book is selling very well and I would like to thank everyone who pre-ordered the book and those that gave me support during the research and writing.
‘The book is long overdue….‘ Arturo de Hoyos, 33 degree SJ, Masonic author and member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge.