THE SQUARE AND THE CIRCLE
The Influences of Freemasonry on Wicca and Paganism
By Payam Nabarz
"And in this way truly are erected the Holy Twin Pillars Boaz and Joachim [kisses breasts]. In beauty and strength were they erected, to the wonder and glory of all men" ~ Wiccan Book of Shadows
On the face of it nothing could be further apart than Wicca, a Goddess/God-centric modern Pagan mystery school whose Rede is "An it harm none do what ye Will", and Freemasonry, a brotherhood/sisterhood and system of morality veiled in allegory, taught in a symbolic language, whose great principles are brotherly love, relief, and truth.
But the connections between them are closer than might at first appear. This book reviews the literature of the history of Wicca with especial reference to its links with Freemasonry, demonstrating their surprisingly close historical affiliations. In addition the links between Freemasonry, Druidry, Sufism, and other modern Pagan movements are also examined.
" For these truly are the five points of fellowship feet to feet, knee to knee, groin to groin, breast to breast, arms around back, lips to lips" ~Wiccan Book of Shadows
"I will defend the Five Points of Fellowship, in enactment as well as concept..." ~ Freemasonry's third-degree initiation.
In the heart of both Freemasonry and Wicca, there is the spiritual quest and journey, as in many other mystery schools. Freemasons begin as a rough ashlar stone and eventually transform to a perfect cube. Its study of the seven liberal arts and sciences educates their initiates, transforming their mind to become a living Temple to the Great Architect while the seven graces provide them with the moral compass to walk through daily life. Wicca's teaching is clearly stated in its Charge of the Goddess
"To thou who thinkest to seek Me, know that thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the Mystery. If that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire". The same message is also given to all Master Masons in their 3rd-degree ceremony: an injunction to reflect on "that most interesting of all human studies, the knowledge of yourself". In both, we can still hear down the centuries the echoes of Plato's teachings and the Delphic maxim at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: γνῶθι σεαυτόν: Know thyself.
'Merry Meet, Merry Part, Merry Meet Again' - ~the Wiccan farewell
"Happy have we met, happy have we been, happy may we part, and happy meet again" - ~words spoken at the end of the second-degree Masonic initiation
2016, 144 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam
The Square and The Circle by Payam Nabarz
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
What is Freemasonry?
What are Wicca and Paganism?
The Charge: Lift Up the Veil
The Esoteric Intersection
A Rough Guide to Pagan and Wiccan History
Freemasonry and Founders of Wicca
FREEMASONRY IN WICCA
The Working Tools
The Five Points of Fellowship
So Mote it Be
Merry Meet, Merry Part, Merry Meet Again
The Three Degrees
Initiation: The First Degree
Initiation: The Second Degree
Initiation: The Third Degree
Appendix I: Freemasonry and Druidry
Appendix II: Freemasonry and Traditional Witchcraft
Appendix III: The Royal Stars
Appendix IV: The Sufi and Theosophical Influences on Wicca and Paganism
Appendix V: The Feast
Persian-born Payam Nabarz is a Sufi and a Dervish. He is a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and a co-founder of its Nemeton of the Stars Grove. Magi Nabarz is a revivalist of the Temple of Mithras, a Hierophant in the Fellowship of Isis, a Past Master in the Craft (Freemasonry) and a Companion in the Royal Arch. He has also worked with the Golden Dawn system, Thelema, Nath Tantra, and Wicca. He was the founder of Spirit of Peace, a charitable organisation dedicated to personal inner peace and world peace via interfaith dialogue between different spiritual paths. His other interests include cycling and learning Yoga and Tai Chi.
He is author of The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That Shaped the Christian World (Inner Traditions, 2005), The Persian Mar Nameh: The Zoroastrian Book of the Snake Omens & Calendar (Twin Serpents, 2006), and Divine Comedy of Neophyte Corax and Goddess Morrigan (Web of Wyrd Press, 2008). He is also the editor of Mithras Reader: An academic and religious journal of Greek, Roman, and Persian Studies. Volume 1 (2006), Volume 2 (2008), and Volume 3 (2010); and Seething Cauldron: Essays on Zoroastrianism, Sufism, Freemasonry, Wicca, Druidry, and Thelema (Web of Wyrd Press, 2010).
He has three books published with Avalonia:
Anahita: Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata (Avalonia, 2013),
Stellar Magic: A Practical Guide to Rites of the Moon, Planets, Stars and Constellations (Avalonia, 2009) and
The Square and the Circle: the Influences of Freemasonry on Wicca and Paganism (Avalonia, 2016).