This is the website of Erik L. Arneson, Freemason and author. My writings are primarily focused on Masonry as a transformative art, but also include book reviews, general Masonic information. You will also find the archives of my old Masonic weblog.
Does Your Lodge Need a Speaker?
I am available for speaking engagements for Masonic lodges and organizations! In fact, I really enjoy it. To learn more, check out my lectures and speaking page.
Select one of my most recent articles or see the full list here. With the current COVID-19 situation, make sure to check out my article on videos, lectures, and reading for Freemasons. I'll try to keep it updated.
- A Brief Look at Lee E. Wells — A short biography of Masonic scholar Lee E. Wells (1907—1982)
- Online Lectures During the COVID-19 Restrictions — Lectures, videos, and Masonic education for the Freemason stuck at home.
- A Reading List for New Freemasons — A reading list for the first three degrees
- Freemasonry's Scottish Roots — Links and bibliography for a lecture
- St. John the Evangelist — A short talk on St. John the Evangelist for his feast day
The Lewis & Clark Chapter of the Philalethes Society
The Masonic Conservators Database
I have just released a new online project, The Masonic Conservators, which is a database of all of the members of that group. It's intended to be used as a research tool. Browse through the database, and if you are interested in helping out, contact me and I'll get you set up to add notes and biographical detail to the members.
The Memory Lodge: Practicing the Art of Memory
An examination of the ars memoria and its application in a Masonic context. This article is actually published, so you'll have to pick up the first volume of Ahiman to read it.
Erik's Masonic Journey
This website, which may have actually been the first weblog dealing with Freemasonry, was written by me and ran from March 2000 until about March 2005. Go ahead and read it here, or select some of my favorite entries from the list below. Please be warned that there are a lot of broken links, missing images, and other such bits that tend to plague older websites.
The MasonJourney Yahoo Group, which used to be an announcement list for the old weblog, has now been revived as an announcement and discussion list for this website. If you are interested in getting a rare announcement when this website receives a significant update, I would encourage you to join. Either click on the link above, or use the form to the right.