The Arcane Schools

The Arcane Schools

by John Yarker


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In this extensive work, John Yarker attempts to trace the history of Masonry and Masonic rites through history, proving its legitimacy through seniority and the power of tradition. Yarker establishes the roots of Masonry in a race he calls the Aryans, a catchall phrase to describe an unknown race of conquerors who developed the early human arts, such as stoneworking, metalworking, and agriculture. Yarker then explains how that civilization gave rise to societies of special knowledge, such at the mathematical and philosophical schools in ancient Greece. From these, he can trace symbolism to modern Freemasonry.

Fascinating in its breadth, The Arcane Schools draws on seemingly every society and era to pull the history of humanity into a single narrative. Those interested the arcane and occult, as well as those with a newly sparked interest in symbology, will find Yarker's book a fascinating and informative read.

English author JOHN YARKER (1833-1913) was a Freemason who established the Sovereign Sanctuary of The Ancient and Primitive Rite of Masonry for England and Ireland in 1872. He was an occultist who wrote many books including The Magian Mysteries and Freemasonry in Modern Times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781926842172
Publisher: Theophania Publishing
Publication date: 09/17/2010
Pages: 474
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

John Yarker (17 April 1833 - 20 March 1913) was an English Freemason, author, and occultist. He was born in Swindale, Shap, Westmorland in the north of England. He moved with his parents to Lancashire and on to Manchester in 1849. he was descended form Reinhold Yarker de Laybourne who flourished in the mid seventeenth century.
He was made a freemason at the age of 21 in the Lodge of Integrity, No. 189, Manchester, on the 25 October, 1854, becoming a Master Mason at the beginning of 1855. Seven years later, in 1862, he demitted (resigned) from Freemasonry.
In 1872 Yarker established the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Masonry for England and Ireland under the authority of a Patent issued by the American Grand Master of that organization, Harry Seymour. According to Gnostic Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller, Yarker also got involved with the Ordo Templi Orientis and is attributed as the link between this organization and regular Freemasonry. According to Hoeller, Yarker was bestowed with the authority to confer degrees of the Scottish Rite as well as the Rite of Memphis-Misraim.

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