The struggle for the constant improvement of mankind has always been one of our constant challenges. In times of extreme change, such as uprisings, revolutions or any other action of the sort, man always turns inwards towards his moral compass for guidance. The prepared man, however, the smooth Ashlar, becomes a cornerstone for his society, where those who are less knowledgeable turn towards him for guidance and leadership.
The origins of Freemasonry are contested to this day. However one fact, which cannot be argued, is the presence and impact of Egypt at the core of Freemasonry. The signs and symbols of ancient and modern Freemasonry are rooted in Kemet (Egypt) and the evidence is overwhelmingly obvious that Freemasonry borrowed its allegorical myths and ideological metaphors from more ancient societies that were well advanced in the philosophical mysteries. (Reference: Manly P. Hall; “The Secret Teachings of All Ages”).
We can write volumes upon volumes of the history and the Ancient Mysteries found in Egypt relating to Freemasonry, but that is not the intent of this document. Perhaps to best explain it, we go back to 1783 when Captain George Smith, inspector of the Royal Artillery Academy at Woolwich, in England, and Provincial Grand Master of Masonry for the county of Kent, stated in an essay: “Egypt, from whence we derive many of our mysteries, has always borne a distinguished rank in history, and was once celebrated above all others for its antiquities, learning, opulence, and fertility. In their system, their principal hero-gods, Osiris and Isis, theologically represented the Supreme Being and universal Nature; and physically the two great celestial luminaries, the Sun and the Moon, by whose influence all nature was actuated.”
“The Egyptians,” continues Smith, “in the earliest ages constituted a great number of Lodges, but with assiduous care kept their secrets of Masonry from all strangers. These secrets have been imperfectly handed down to us by oral tradition only, and ought to be kept undiscovered to the laborers, craftsmen, and apprentices, till by good behavior and long study they become better acquainted in geometry and the liberal arts, and thereby qualified for Masters and Wardens”
SGLE will initially commence with 4 lodges:
- The Lodge of Imhotep No. 1
- Ma’at Lodge No. 2
- The Lodge of Osiris No. 3
- Sacra Sapientia No. 4 (Lodge of Research)
These lodges will work with two rituals, being Emulation and Scottish.
It is with a shared principle as Smith’s that we endeavor to bring back this light to Egypt in 2013.