True , in most arenas...
Of course , Odd Fellows , Elks , Lions ,
Rotary Club , are all good on the resume...
Just some , more respected , by a larger demographic...
Yeah , I have had my hands on some old books from a lodge or two...
I like that , rather than just online reading...pick up some interesting
energy , from all those who have read them...
So , first three degrees of Blue Lodge ?
By the way...
Brotherhood = 224
Blue = 638 ( high value )
Lodge = 147
( Low value of) Blue = 78 = Initiation...;)
Yes...yet , just as in Portal Grade , in A * A * ,
or Golden Dawn...0 = 0 , you find out later ,
a lot of the basic structure is the same at the
highest levels , after you go through all this
other learning , just so many more levels to the
same symbology and ritual , and further meaning
and ability to work with same...
Alchemical Process...some simmer , some burn through it...;)
Yet...let us just put out the thought...
*If* an organization , has been around for a long time...
And there are those who know things , or indulge in
ritual practice , and may or may not have their political
and occult agendas...
Would they , especially if one studies their history in
the U.S. , and the huge backlash , after them being
accused of murder to protect secrets in the late 1800's ,
early 1900's , ( if one looks into this , there was a purge
of Masons , in politics and business , after the murder
accusations ) , would they show their hand , openly ?
Or , would they , if they had *any* secrets , rituals ,
or agendas , show an outer organization , that was
a social club , and *only* , if they felt , by observation ,
over *many* years , a member *just might* qualify
for deeper initiation , and acceptance into more
occult workings , invite them to do so ?
Now , many , including it sounds like you , Neophyte ,
all respect meant , don't want to wait for that , nor
see any reason to do so...understood...;)