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.
Papers and Articles
A Reading List for Freemasons
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.
Review: "The Masonic Myth" by Jay Kinney
To read this book review, click here.
Symbolism in Masonic Rings
This is a brief overview of the symbols found in Masonic rings, which I thought might be important after coming across some really bad information on the web. Read it here!
St. John the Evangelist
This article was the basis of a short talk presented to Washington Lodge No. 46 for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, on December 27th, 2012. It was also featured in the "Masonic Education" section of the lodge's website.
Freemasonry's Scottish Roots
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.
- I run for Worshipful Master (my last entry)
- Decision to petition a lodge (my first entry)
- Neoplatonism and Freemasonry
- The Letter G
Did you find another good one? If so, suggest it to me, and I'll add it to the list here.
Note that as December of 2012, I am also contributing to a new Masonic blog, The Oblong Square. Please let me know what you think!
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.