Rocky Mountain Mason

Rocky Mountain Mason

Masonic talk radio with the Rocky Mountain Mason.

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May 12, 2021 42 min

After maybe nine months after being asked, Ben was finally able to attend a session of the Masonic Legacy Society. In this episode, Ben shares his experience during one of the sessions and posits why the format the Society has adopted is so effective - for prompting reflection, for articulating and sharing discovery, and for bringing light to your Brethren in masonry. We become the change we wish to see in the Fraternity. This form...

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After a two week hiatus following the death of his Dad, the RMM returns, but popular demand, with an update on the Grand Sessions of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina. Masonic procedure may seem like pomp and circumstance 99% of the time. But when needed, the rules of assembly Masons adopt prove their worth. 

Then, is there efficacy in Masonic ritual outside the intent of the Brethren working the degrees? Yes! Listen to find out why...

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On April 15 I received an anonymous email from a person claiming to be a Past Grand Officer of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina. He claimed to have incontrovertible evidence that Mike Smith violated the Grand Master's Edict, that he held a Zoom meeting that was more than a simple "wellness check" and constituted a business meeting for the Scottish Rite. The evidence? A copy of an email from Mike Smith and screenshots o...

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The Grand Lodge of South Carolina meets this Thursday, April 22, at 10 a.m. in Charleston, SC. Ahead of what is sure to be a contentious session, we interview W.Bro. Billy Wall, the Secretary of Union-Kilwinning No. 4. In December 2020 the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master showed up at Union-Kilwinning to arrest their Charter. Billy, his son, and some of the Officers have been charged with unmasonic conduct for holding a meeting...

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In this episode, Ben explores the controversial but well documented correlation between certain antidepressant drugs and homicidal mania. 

Nearly every mass shooter seems to have a history with this class of drugs, including Eric Harris (Columbine), who was on Luvox, and James Holmes (Aurora movie theater), who was prescribed a high dose of Zoloft. 

Could these drugs lead to a type of emotional disassociation, where the reward-reflex...

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We reluctantly bring you this breaking news from the GLSC where charges of unmasonic conduct have been filed against the Grand Master and his officers for, essentially, dereliction of duty for failing to hold an annual Grand Lodge as soon as reasonably practicable (or by alternative means necessary under the present COVID situation) and for, by the sounds of things, abuses of power.

The Grand Lodge is the members in lodge assembled...

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March 31, 2021 39 min

In this 52nd episode of the RMM podcast, Ben shares Patron's Only content - an interview with Illustrious Brother Rex Hutchens 33º Grand Cross.

Illustrious Brother Rex is the author of Bridge to Light the companion text given to every Scottish Rite Mason attaining the 32º. Rex  also assisted Arturo DeHoyos in annotating Morals & Dogma and has made many contributions to Freemasonry too numerous to recount in so meager a form...

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Dr. Gallagher is a board-certified psychiatrist and professor at Columbia University. He has been a practicing psychiatrist for over 25 years. He is the longest-standing American on the International Association of Exorcists, where he served as scientific advisor (and the only layman) for its governing council. He has personally witnessed over 150 cases involving phenomena for which there is no plausible alternative diagnosis than ...

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Are there predicate beliefs required for masonic standing? Do certain philosophies contradict masonic philosophy? In this episode Ben examines the question of whether certain belief systems contravene masonic conduct per se.

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The other day, on the Winding Stairs Facebook group, Tim Hogan accused me of slandering him when I posted a screenshot of his facebook endorsements of Heather Twede, a.k.a. "Mary Magdalene." In proving up the veracity of my claims I posted evidence that Tim Hogan's claim to be Grand Master of the most ancient Templar lineage in the world is just fabrication. In fact, the "real" OSTI (that is, Raymond Bernard'...

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Should Masons view the Constitution of the United States as a Masonic document? Even though the Constitution is not Masonic per se, Ben argues, YES. 

Ben wraps the episode with Chapter XXIX of De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres, what things are under the sphere or Mercury....

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Prince August Frederick (1773-1834) was not your typical Royal. He married without permission (three times), held contrary views to his class (including strongly supporting the abolition of slavery, the emancipation of Catholics, and the repeal of civil laws restricting the freedom of Jews). When he died, he will his body by buried in common ground - a testament, perhaps, that we are all rendered equal in death. He had amassed libr...

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The negative confession to Maat; a short bit on Masonic Jurisprudence from the Summer 2019 Research Lodge of Colorado Lucerna; a rebuttal to the naysayers on Reddit in support of Wilmshurst University; and TBOP Chapter XXVII, on those things under the dominion of Mars.

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The light of Masonic charity covers the world. Ben relates an example of it touching a small town in rural Colorado in saving a young boy born with brittle bones. Ben caps the episode with a reading of Chapter XXVI of the Three Books of Occult Philosophy, On What Things Are Under the Power of Jupiter, and Are Called Jovial.... Which, as it happens, includes the Cornerstone Ceremony, as practiced in modern Masonic rites.

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The Grand Lodge of S Carolina has been prone to authoritarian inflections in the past. It's done it again. In a travesty of overreach and marked abuse of office, the Grand Master of the M.W. Grand Lodge of S. Carolina has usurped all reasonable Masonic Jurisprudence, convened a unique trail forum rife with conflicts of interest, scuttled due process, simply to expel a rival. 

What was the egregious offense? Holding an untiled ZO...

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To vouch for someone is to stand in for them and be judged in their place. The legend of Damon and Pythius, the Pythagorean brethren whose loyalty stunned the tyrant of Syracuse, Dionysius I, is a suitable metaphor for the honor that should bind Masons - that stronger tie. The most important appointment in the Lodge is not the Master's chair. It's the Investigating Committee!

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An episode commemorating Robert Burns, the poet laureate of Freemasonry (may heaven bless him!). And the Rocky Mountain Mason's notorious toast "to the immortal memory of Robert Burns...", for which attempted Scottish accent the Rocky Mountain Mason must humbly beg forgiveness (but only if you're Scottish). 

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Join the Rocky Mountain Mason for some ideas to make your Lodge meetings more worthwhile. If Lodge meetings are boring, don't expect someone to entertain you - come to Lodge with something to say! Lodge meetings excel with preparation - and most work is done before the meeting. In such a way, the Lodge becomes vibrant and Brothers augment each other in redoubled light. 

Patrons, stay tuned for video post of the Debate at the 201...

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In this episode Ben discusses the power of that oft overlooked function of the Lodge, the deliberative assembly. Enforcing the majority will while safeguarding the right of the minority opinion to be heard in a self-governing assembly is a profound manner of organizing human endeavor. It also is sacred - in Ancient Rome the deliberation of the Senate was a religious activity, despite its preoccupation with mundane affairs. Ben wrap...

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Why do we require proficiency for the degrees? Could there be a purpose beyond the simple test of perseverance it takes to get it done? Ben wraps the episode with chapter XXI, Three Books of Occult Philosophy: "Of the virtues of things which are in them only in their lifetime, and such as remain in them even after their death."

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