Ancient stories, hidden sacred traditions and arcane mythology are often found which suggest that certain buildings, when constructed within specific parameters, have a profound impact upon the fertility of the land that surrounds them.
Seemingly both agricultural output and the general well-being of the local populace are directly influenced by the form, style, dimensions and orientation of its primary building.
In his book The Secret of the Temple John Michael Greer traces these ideas back through history and unravels a line of research that suggests that this body of sacred architectural lore once existed, and may well still do, and that it was universally employed by many different secret societies.
Greer opens his book with a commentary on the Lost Wod of Freemasonry. In doing so he delves back into the early history of Masonry and to the roots of its founding principles such as those which pertain to the Legend of Hiram Abiff.
Abiff was the master builder of the Temple of Solomon and he lost his life after refusing to reveal its secrets to a band of cutthroats. Here Greer explores the legend in some depth and considers its relevance to the master builders of the Middle East and then later on to the stonemasons working in the time of Medieval Europe.
The author also shows that a cross-over exists between architectural and spiritual constructs and that this was instrumental in determining the location of important places of worship
Merged into these evolving myths Greer also introduces related esoteric influences and ideas such as those of connected to the Holy Grail
In Part Two of his book Greer explores the specific technology that is associated with temple design and identifies the apparent correlation between crop-growth, health and temple design. Here he includes a consideration of the effects of electrostatic energy and low-frequency infrared radiation upon seed growth.
Other than the physical shape and size of buildings other elements to temple design are considered to be significant by the author. These include the application of sacred geometry, its location and orientation within the landscape, as well as their type of construction material.
In the third and final part of his book Greer explores the various strains of temple design as carried forward and out around the world by the Knights of the Temple. He believes that one of tho most notable examples of this lost knowledge was carried north by tyhe Knights Templar and can be seen quite clearly today at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland.
Finally, Greer closes his book contesting that the Masonic Lost Word is actually “a symbolic key that explained the secret technology at the heart of the temple tradition. “
Our Review of The Secret of the Temple by John Michael Greer
In The Secret of the Temple Greer cuts right through to the heart of the Masonic Tradition. That he has qualms about the modern variance of the Craft is evident in reading his book but he is no less enthusiastic to trace back its traditions and to help re-establish its core principles. In doing so Greer has opened up an aspect to Masonic teaching that sadly is rarely aired in this modern age.
The result is a deeply insightful appraisal of sacred temple design that could, in theory, have quite easily been three times its length given the vast scope of the subject.
Such is the degree to which this subject interested me that I rather wished the book had been lengthier – or at least that its author had delved a little deeper into the subject’s various offshoots.
Nevertheless this is a fascinating publication and the complex ideas are extremely well-presented by Greer who does an equally effective job in avoiding the pitfalls of writing with that general air of pomposity for which many of his fellow masons are noted.
The Secret of the Temple is a read which I feel all Masons would derive some enjoyment from and which will open up areas of Masonic philosophy not previously considered. For the rest of us we can only stand on the byline and wonder what significant esoteric principles the Masonic and temple traditions holds firmly, but unwittingly, in their tight grasp.