Wednesday, June 23, 2021

2nd Anniversary of the Letter of Porto

 JUNE 23, 2021

Second Anniversary of the "Letter of Porto" and of the 2nd International Academic Congress of the Modern Rite / French Rite

Today is the Second Anniversary of the preparation and signing of the "Letter of Porto" emanating from the 2nd International Academic Congress of Modern Rite - French Rite held on June 21, 22 and 23, 2019 with the logistical collaboration of the Sovereign Grand Chapter of Cavaleiros Rosa-Cruz of Portugal and of the UMURM (International Masonic Union of the Modern Rite) being open to all Masonic Powers.

This event was warmly welcomed by the Host and Co-Director of the Congress, the Very Illustrious Brother Belmiro de Sousa, Very Wise and Perfect Grand Venerable of the Sovereign Grand Chapter of Cavaleiros Rosa-Cruz of Portugal. Said act counted as Director of the Congress with Brother Joaquim Villalta (President of the International Academy of the Vª Order) and as Academic Director with Brother Víctor Guerra (President of the Circle of Studies of the Modern and French Rite “Roëttiers de Montaleau”), who were in charge of declaring it open, held at the Losófona University of Porto.

The congress had some extraordinary quality presentations covering such diverse fields, but at the same time intertwined, such as the historical, the symbolic, the sociological and obviously the reflective one on the evolution and prospective of the Modern Rite - French Rite whose values ​​remain in full force 21st century and that must be at the height of a free society tending to an ethical, moral, egalitarian and respectful improvement with the future of all humanity. Likewise, we had the pleasure of enjoying artistic musical interpretations, which interludes of pure gold, in charge of first-rate lyrical voices, reflected a careful organization in detail.

The presence of Illustrious Brothers and Sisters such as Jean-Pierre Duhal, Luigi Sorrento, Antonio Fonseca, Fabrizio Frigerio, Claudie Sorrento, Eric Decanis, Belmiro de Sousa, Rui Alburqueque, Olga Vallejo and Víctor Guerra, among other of the most relevant referential personalities of the French Rite / Modern Rite worldwide made their exhibitions and interventions of the highest level highly valued by some attendees who prevailed the reigning Masonic quality.

The Letter of Porto 2019 signed as the culmination of this Congress of Modern Rite - French Rite by members of the Vth Order from different countries and Masonic Powers, to which other Very Illustrious Brothers adhered whose physical presence was not possible for various reasons beyond their control. will, brings together the essence and the procedural framework that is still in full force. We remember with great gratitude the welcome of the hosts, the historical Sovereign Grand Chapter of Cavaleiros Rosa-Cruz of Portugal, of 1804, who appointed some of us Honorary Members of their Masonic Power, which flooded us with a feeling of infinite joy and healthy pride, aware that the Modern Rite - French Rite is very much alive and present in various continents, committed to working as a Union Center and a model of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, since it is the Universal heritage and property of all the Masonic faithful to the highest values ​​of the Order, above acronyms, cases or crude messianic attitudes that claim to be the sole guarantors.

This rich Masonic experience and experience of ethical-moral and intellectual growth, despite the pandemic that has hit the planet, generated an unstoppable push of constructive synergies, which has led us to successfully probe different methods of progress and interaction, and that It has given fruitful results on the Masonological level, and relational at all levels. With absolute certainty, we will soon begin to design and coordinate all the procedures leading up to our next meeting since the values ​​of the aforementioned "Charter of Porto" remain intact and its content is a radiant beacon and an example to be followed by its universal values ​​that all of us seek to emulate.

Joaquim Villalta, Vª Orden, Gr. ·. 9.
Director of the International Academy of the Vth Order - UMURM
Joaquim Villalta at 7:46 p. m.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Angels in Vermilion

Our intrepid entheomason has been hard at work. The results are at hand.  A new book by P. D. Newman, Freemason and author of what is arguably the most radical (not to mention interesting) book on Freemasonry ever  is availabee to grace your bookshelf.

Once considered the "Holy Grail" of hallucinogens, over the last quarter century, DMT has entered the public mind like never before. No longer a taboo topic to be discussed in the hushed tones among an esoteric elite, P.D. Newman's Angels In Vermilion traces the secret lineage of transmission, beginning with Elizabethan alchemists, Dr. John Dee and Sir Edward Kelley, winding through the Royal Society and Masonic fraternity, and leading all the way up to the nineteenth-century occult revival - and beyond. Fathoming Hell and soaring angelic, Newman leaves no stone unturned in his quest to uncover the hidden, hallucinatory history of the "Spirit Molecule," DMT.

As the publisher's site notes, "In Angels in Vermilion, Newman uncovers the story of the fabled red power known as the philosophers’ stone, while revealing a history of sorcerers, Freemason’s, con-men and alchemists. He makes a compelling argument for where the hallucinogenic powder might have come from as well as why it was such a jealously guarded secret."

More to follow!

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Monday, January 25, 2021

A New Cerneau

Joaquim Villalta Mata

Apuntes sobre Joseph Cerneau y su Supremo Consejo del Rito Escocés Antiguo y Aceptado: El otro legado de Étienne Morin

A fascinating new book on a major figure in Masonic history has just been released. Joseph Cerneau has long deserved a fair deal. He has, for millions in the United States, been unjustly positioned as a villain as a result of power struggles which took place after he no longer was a part of North American Masonry.

Yet, for most of Latin America, he remains a major figure and highly regarded. Through this work, Joaquim Villalta brings us closer to the image of this determining and prominent Freemason of the 19th century, restoring his image to the place it deserves within Masonic History, initially in the Rite of Perfection and in its legitimate evolution as the other line of what would come to called the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, derived from the Morin - Francken - Hays affiliation. It should be noted the closeness and permanent collaboration of Cerneau with the Grand Consistories of Rites of the Grand Orient of France, whose Supreme Council was chaired by his friend Germain Hacquet since its foundation.

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