MEMPHIS-MISRAIM IN THE NETHERLANDS
“ESOTERIC FREEMASONRY FOR MEN AND WOMEN”
Within Freemasonry so-called ‘Egyptian Masonry’ holds a special place. The Egyptian Rites were born from a meeting between different initiatory schools, the oldest of the Mediterranean basin, and Freemasonry which offered these initiatory schools a structure adapted to the contemporary world. Egyptian Freemasonry is a school of initiation which aims to allow women and men to improve in order to be able to shine in the world around them, and especially, to try to answer the existential questions that thinking humanity has always asked, based on the study of our tradition. This requires a work on oneself, a discipline and the respect of certain rules – but which will never be in opposition to the principles of freedom of thought and your moral and religious duties.
We must understand the adjective “Egyptian” not as the literal origin of these Rites, but as a concept of traditional filiation and a continuation of Mediterranean and Hermetic Western Wisdom through initiatory chains of societies stretching back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The Order’s degrees of instruction are divided into three sets, which constitute:
- Symbolic Masonry, common to all Rites, structured in three Degrees, which are Degrees of Formation and discovery.
- Philosophical Masonry that brings it into a new dimension, which sees personal research being refined, free of all dogma.
- Hermetic or Esoteric Masonry, which leads us to study the different Traditions of Humanity and causes us to discover the four ultimate Degrees of our Rite, the Arcana Arcanorum.
Symbolic Masonry gives an explanation of symbolism and provides the foundations of philosophical research.
Philosophical Masonry teaches the philosophy of history, as well as ancient myths. Its purpose is to place us on the Way of the search for origins, causes and effects.
Hermetic or Esoteric Masonry deals with high philosophy and studies the spiritual mysteries of the different ages of humanity, it admits the most ancient philosophical and esoteric work.
SCHOOL OF INITIATION
Unique to the Egyptian Rites is the esoteric approach to Freemasonry. The initiation rituals and practices are meant to help the individual shine in the world and assist them in discovering their inward spiritual life.