Esoterics and the York Rite of Freemasonry February 23, 2021, 7pm CST (GMT-5)
Submitted By Companion Randy Sanders
Trinity Council No. 40, Grand Council of Missouri
On Tuesday, February 23 at 7pm CST, York Council No. 40 of the Grand Council of Missouri will be hosting an educational presentation by Companion Randy Sanders on Esoterics and the York Rite of Freemasonry. The education is only for York Rite Masons. The registration link and further information on the presentation and the speaker are below.
Is York Rite Freemasonry Esoteric, or not? The short answer is Yes, no, maybe. Esotericism is any topic intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with specialized knowledge or interest.
This certainly applies to Freemasonry, but on a deeper level, and in a Masonic context, the word esoteric is usually taken to mean that our ceremonies and rituals allude to realities and/or truths not generally understood, or which may have a spiritual component to them.
Like an onion, each esoteric layer successively builds upon the other. We can all agree that Freemasonry is intended to be understood by few, and that it’s a kind of specialized knowledge. But the questions are: What kind of knowledge? Are they real secrets? In this presentation, Companion Randy Sanders will attempt to answer those questions.
About our Speaker – Companion Randy Sanders
Randy and his wife Elyana live in O’Fallon, MO just outside of St. Louis. Randy earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry, and his occupation is in telecom IT. He volunteers his time as a professional and personal mentor, NRA certified Chief Range Safety Officer, and enjoys competitive tactical pistol. He has 30 plus years of experience in teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu, Chi Kung, and healing arts.
Randy’s Masonic bio includes Lodge Education Officer for two Symbolic Lodges, Moderator for the Wentzville Masonic Book Club, Sovereign Master of the Edgar F. Coonrod Allied Masonic Degrees No. 493, Co-Librarian of the Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis, Clerk for the Academy of Reflection through the Valley of Guthrie, trained Facilitator for the Masonic Legacy Society.
Randy is also a contributor to the Midnight Freemason, Administrator for Refracted Light, and international presenter on various esoteric topics. Randy additionally enjoys facilitating and offering Masonic esoteric education, as he hosts an open weekly Masonic virtual Happy Hours on Friday evenings. Randy is an accomplished home chef, a certified barbecue judge, raises Great Pyrenees dogs, and enjoys travel and philosophy.