In 1791, a new city was envisioned to hold the government of a fledgling country. It was decided this city was to be fully planned in it's street layout and the primary buildings, so as to instill a sense of ordered calm into this newborn country's achievements. A city of grand scale, holding the temples to the Great Experiment, the capital of the United States of America. A French born engineer, Pierre Charles L'Enfante, was chosen by President George Washington to layout the design.
It was a beautiful city; a city with clean lines, and space for expansion. A city with green spaces and places for the emplacement of monuments to this infant's future heroes. However, due to difficulties in personalities, Mr. L'Enfante was relieved of his duties and the final plan was completed by Andrew Ellicott in 1792. During the late 1800s, there was work done of the City to bring it to level of the European capitals in class and beauty. At last, the US had a Capital which would become a shining jewel in the crown of Democracy.
But, is it a jewel in Democracy's Crown, or in Lucifer's Crown?
This is the assertion of some. For some, they see dark and ominous omens in the forms of the the US Capital. "Here is a conduit of Evil for the Dark Prince into this world," they say.
The most likely root of the Mason is in the Medieval Operative Stone Mason Guilds of Europe. These guilds were places for stonemasons to work together in support and education for their trade, which was the elite of the uneducated work force. Over time, these guilds created what is called a "Box Fund", a charitable fund for masons undergoing hard times.
Somewhere over the course, the Stonemason Guilds began accepting non-operatives (people not trained in masonry). Eventually, the guilds no longer were concerning the building of buildings, for intellectual and spiritual pursuits. Much of the teachings of the Masons were based on historical accounts of the Order of the Knights Templar. Additionally, the precepts to esoteric studies, such as Alchemy or the Rosicrucians, seeped into the ritual and teachings of the Masonic Lodge.
In the early 1700s, Freemasons were found throughout England and in 1731, a Lodge was formed in Pennsylvania. Notably, Washington and Benjamin Franklin were members of the early American Lodges.
Interestingly, the Roman Catholic Church, through Papal Bull, declared the Masonic Order to be a heretic society three times, in 1738, 1751, and 1884. Until 1974, any member of the Catholic Church found to be a Mason was instantly excommunicated, denied the rites of the Church, and denied a "proper Christian burial." In 1974, Pope Paul VI rescinded the prior Bulls bringing Masons "back into the fold". It appears the original decrees were not based on the spiritual aspects of Masonry, but on political issues. The bulls did, however, create the opinion of theological disagreement of the Vatican with the Masonic Lodges.
From the beginning, Stone-masons had a secret code and knowledge which they guarded. To the Operative Stone-Mason Guilds, this was a matter of life and death. To the esoteric society the Masons became, it was a concept of tradition and, some say, elitism.
In the eighteenth century, many of the scholars of the esoteric societies believe the Christian Lucifer was not as depicted by the established Churches. A rise in Luciferian study and publications can be found dated to this period. Many of these papers were written by Masons. Because of this, many people believe the Masons are in reality a Luciferian cult. But, the question is, did these men write the works because they were Masons, or did they write these works because of a belief separate from the Masonic Teachings
An organization as widespread, secret, and influential will always deal with rumors of nefarious plans. The Masonic Lodge has become the target of many modern theorist, claiming it to be a primary factor of the so-called Illuminati. Masons, these people argue, are attempting to bring about a New World Order, ruled by the Antichrist. But, is this their aim? Are they influential because of their rites and teachings, or are they influential because they attract the rich and powerful with their elitism?