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Freemasons Adopt Liber AL? Hello to All; an Introduction and a Quick Question

To: alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Freemasons Adopt Liber AL? (was) Re: Hello to All; an Introduction and a Quick Question
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 08:31:56 GMT

Joseph wrote:
> the other day i was walking around lake merrit in
> oakland california and happened to notice the
> doors of the large masonic lodge (often jokingly
> referred to as scrooge mc duck' money bin cause of
> its almost windowless cubical form) facing the
> lake, bronze or some dark metal they were the very
> image of the back of the crowley cards, the rose
> cross in bas relief, with out the colour but
> definitely a match to the back of the crowley
> deck, very impressive. they probably have nothing
> to do with crowley or his deck but i was very
> impressed with the 2 of them. im wondering if
> they allow tours, if the front doors are any
> indication it might be an interesting building,
> hopefully unlike the few pictures i have seen of
> masonic meeting halls that resemble the british
> house of commons/lords debating chambers. or other
> architecturally interesting examples of exteriors
> of lodges with very boring interiors.

That would be the Oaklnd Scottish Rite Temple -- a very beautiful
building indeed. I don't think they have formal tours, but the nice 
folks there will indeed arrange for someone to guide you on a look
around if you call ahead. They also rent halls there to non-Masons.
Check it out -- it's really a splendid piece of symbolical architecture.

Another entremely wonderful Masonic lodge in California that you might
think of visiting is the Mendocino lodge (in the town of Mendocino). It
has some faboulous sculpture on top (hand-carved from a single redwood
trunk) and the inside is a sweet Victorian dream in Carpenter's Gothic
style. You can call ahead for tours there too (i think they do them once
a month).  

cat (grew up in Berkeley) yronwode

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