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

Published in the June 2018 Oregon Masonic News, you can read the full version with expanded descriptions of books and even more books to choose from! If you are a Freemason looking for the next book to read about the craft, click here to pick something!

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.

The Masonic Conservators database

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

Primarily based on The Origins of Freemasonry by David Stevenson, this paper is the basis of a short lecture I've given to several different lodges. It was also featured in the "Masonic Education" section of Washington Lodge's website.

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.

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!

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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.

More coming soon!

  • Original articles
  • Masonic webmail, maybe?
  • A new Masonic blog, perhaps
  • And more? I'm open to suggestions!

Date: 2010-10-14 Thu

Author: Erik L. Arneson

Created: 2019-09-06 Fri 09:34