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A Mason’s heart shall be as light as a feather

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The Masonic Temple is full of symbols and messages that have become increasingly obscure and almost incomprehensible to the vast majority of those who attend rites held in duly furnished rooms and apparently ordinary buildings, that are considered by most just meeting rooms or miniature theatres, where a symbolic play is staged by artists who most of the times play without getting inside their part or even learning it by heart, although they have repeated and listened to it thousand times, as shown in the picture below, featuring Mozart (bottom right) attending a ritual meeting in a Masonic Temple, where none of the "actors" seem to care, since they are all engaged in pleasant conversations.

Generally, the play is staged by the eldest and more experienced members of the Craft. For the vast majority of participants, this is just a boring formality that must  be accomplished in the name of tradition but would rather be skipped. These meetings are considered ordinary get-togethers with friends, that end cheerfully  with a nice dinner and aim to strengthen and cement ties with those who have joined this Institution only for boasted - rather than for genuine - economic and political interests.

Very few people realize that they are entering a powerful and energizing spiritual centre that, once properly consecrated and functioning, turns into a true human cells acceleration centre,

to be accessed only by those who have proved themselves to be physically and spiritually ready to receive its incredibly powerful cosmic energy.

The use of venues with special magnetic fields is typical of a number of esoteric traditions but not of modern Freemasonry, that seems to have forgotten the true aim of “ritual meetings” held in rooms called ”Temples”.  For all intents and purposes, these latter can be considered places of worship like Churches and Mosques, built according Sacred Geometry rule of golden proportion, according to which these venues are turned into sound boxes, where each stone emanates magnetic waves and sounds that can only be heard by those who have deep insight and sensitivity.

The Cathedral of Cologne                                                               Al Aqsa Mosque

The Great Masonic Family has adopted the three tenets of the French and American revolutions,


I feel that the time has come to integrate and modify the way


have been synthesized. Initially, I considered replacing “Fraternity “ with “Sisterhood”, given the importance of the relationship with the female world - so different and contradictory in its social and cultural facets because of the negative judgement on women and of their subdued position within family and society.

Now I firmly believe that in this very moment in history and in our globalised world where  ideological and religious barriers are being dismantled one after the other, the three leading Principles that had ruled and governed the life of ancient Egyptians for thousand of years, namely


should  remain constant and

< be thrown up in the air like KITES >

I was really impressed when I read the
42 precepts governing life and relationships in Ancient Egypt. They were called precepts and not commandments because they did not imply any punishment during earthly life, but their violation led unavoidably to the exclusion from heaven and to the feeding of the body and soul to Ammit, the monster who devoured the heart of the deceased if he/she failed to pass the terrible trial of  "the Judgement of the Dead",  which occurred when the deceased’s "heart"  placed on one of the scales  was not so “light” as the "feather" on the other.

See chapter on Egyptian esoterism and on this ceremony in the SOS COLLEMAGGIO website

The forty-two precepts of the goddess Maat

Maat was one of the most important deities, the > Emblem of Justice and Truth < .
symbols were “the scale” and above all “the feather” that she wore on her head, as shown in all her portraits.

Maat symbolised the Cosmic Order as opposed to the sterile Chaos, and her priests drew up a number of precepts and rules for the improvement of society.

Later, the Jews adopted many of those rules, which were radicalised by Moses in the Ten Commandments. In Egypt, those rules had no punishing function but were considered guidelines to live well and to respect the others.

The 42 precepts, which were based on the same principles, placed great emphasis on the concept of > Respect < as pointed out in the last two precepts:

41)  Thou shalt respect these Principles
42)  Thou shalt respect the Law as long as it does not clash with these Principles

Meticulous and ongoing compliance with these principles and rules of behaviour was the precondition to pass unharmed the last and most difficult of trial of all, a trial that most people almost invariably failed. It was mandatory to keep not only one’s body, but above all one’s soul intact and pure throughout one’s whole life by following the 42 precepts of the goddess Maat, which were the fundamentals of the Egyptian religion.
They reflected the Universal Order, a public and private law that had to be followed during one’s lifetime, since the judgment of the dead was based on that >  Law < and no one knew in advance when death would knock on the door.

Unlike the Ten Commandments revealed to Moses, those 42 precepts and rules of behaviour were not binding but they had to be abided by, in order to pass the trial of the weighing of the heart in the underworld, where “the heart” of the deceased, placed on the Scales held by Maat, should be as  “light“ as “the feather“ of the Goddess of justice and truth.

Ka <> Ba <> Akh                                                            i 9  Corpi sottili

What exactly happened after death ?

There was the so-called "Judgment of the Dead", with the god Osiris as Judge
Chapter 125 of the "Book of the Dead" explained how judgment was passed: each person’s ka was forced to make a declaration of innocence, to prove that the he/she had committed none of the 42 sins listed in the "Book of the Dead”.

Thoth, the god of wisdom, was in charge of recording the result of the weighing of the heart ceremony: if the heart – as "recorder" of all good or bad deeds accomplished in one’s lifetime – balanced against the feather, the deceased was "justified", declared "righteous" and allowed to enter Aalu, the Reign of the Dead. If it was heavier, it would be fed to Ammit - "the devourer of the dead", a composite monster that sat beneath the scale of justice and embodied the most dangerous animals to ancient Egyptians: a crocodile, a lion and a hippopotamus.

Thus, the god Thoth’s role was not only that of record-keeper and punisher of sins in the underworld. He also had to monitor people’s behaviours during their lifetime.
In ancient Egypt, at the end of each day, everyone – regardless of his/her social status – used to stand in front of Thoth’s symbol to make a thorough analysis of his/her daily behaviour towards himself/herself, the others and nature to get ready, once in the Otherworld, to pass the terrible trail of the weighing of the heart, that might occur unexpectedly any time.

Celestine V