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Masonic Classics
by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst


Walter Leslie Wilmshurst was a prominent British Freemason and esoteric philosopher. A masterful lecturer, he spoke and wrote frequently on the inner meaning of Masonic ritual and symbolism. An early pioneer of Masonic restoration, he outlines not only a style of personal contemplation of Freemasonry, but also ways in which lodges can become more attuned to the speculative tradition of the Craft.


Plumbstone is proud to present this beautifully produced, matched set of Bro∴ Wilmshurst’s enduring Masonic classics!


The Meaning of Masonry

Annotated by Shawn Eyer

W.L. Wilmshurst’s powerful vision of the rites and rituals of Freemasonry as a spiritual philosophy begins with this book, his most famous classic—The Meaning of Masonry.


Here, Masonry is presented as “a sacramental system,” represented not only by the ceremonies as experienced in the initiations, but also by an internal and mystical side, hidden behind the visible symbolism, “available only to the Mason who has learned to use his spiritual imagination and who can appreciate the reality that lies behind the veil.”


This new edition features a more readable modern typeface, and is enriched with exclusive annotations by Masonic scholar Shawn Eyer that make many of its points more accessible for both British and American students of Freemasonry.


“An easy-to-read and gratifying work which affirms Wilmshurst’s interpretation: that the progressive lessons of Craft Masonry are nothing less than the spiritual journey of the psyche toward full realization.”—Robert G. Davis, 33°, author of Understanding Manhood In America: Freemasonry’s Enduring Path to the Mature Masculine and The Mason’s Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual


Paperback, 192 pages
$19.97 US
£10.97 UK
ISBN 978-1-60302-000-8



The Masonic Initiation

Annotated by Shawn Eyer

In this powerful sequel to his most enduring classic, The Meaning of Masonry, W.L. Wilmshurst explores the profound depths of Masonic ritual as a contemplative art, and offers his vision of the future of the Order.


This new edition, revised and re-set in clear, modern type, has been enriched with extensive notes expanding on Wilmshurst’s points, elucidating his sources, and explaining the differences between American and British Freemasonry. Masonic researcher Tony Baker calls Wilmshurst’s work “a constant source of instruction and assistance to those who are seeking for that which was lost.” The Masonic Initiation is his most advanced expression, and one that will continue to delight students of Freemasonry.


“A new look at a timeless classic which has induced many generations of Masons to feel that, when they are in the sacred space of lodge, they are in the presence of a mystery that goes to the root of their own being.”—Robert G. Davis, 33°, author of Understanding Manhood In America: Freemasonry’s Enduring Path to the Mature Masculine and The Mason’s Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual


Paperback, 208 pages
$19.97 US
£10.97 UK
ISBN 978-1-60302-002-2



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Walter Leslie Wilmshurst was a prominent British Freemason and esoteric philosopher. A masterful lecturer, he spoke and wrote frequently on the inner meaning of Masonic ritual and symbolism. An early pioneer of Masonic restoration, he outlines not only a style of personal contemplation of Freemasonry, but also ways in which lodges can become more attuned to the speculative tradition of the Craft.





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