15 d’agost 2017

Nacimiento del R.•. Tr.•. Carrmela Carvajal N°16

 Resulta una enorme satisfacción anunciar el Levantamiento de Columnas del Respetable Triángulo Carmela Carvajal N°16 que trabajará al Or.•. de Santiago de Chile a partir del 19° día del 6° mes del Año Masónico 6017 (19 de agosto de 2017 E.•. V.•.).

Este Triángulo presidido por su Venerable Oscar Padilla Gola, estará tutelado por la R.•. L.•. Lux Veritatis N°3 al Oriente de Terrassa, Barcelona, España, laborando bajo los auspicios de la Gran Logia Mixta de los Andes Ecuatoriales.

Sus trabajos se llevarán a cabo en el Rito Moderno, Rito de Fundación, en su vertiente de Rito Francés siguiendo la mas pura tradición original del Régulateur du Maçon (1783-1786), conservando así el espíritu primigenio de la Francmasonería, manteniendo actualmente intacta su vigencia en sus valores éticos, morales y simbolicos, liberados de todo aditamento y posteriores mutaciones, injertos y deformaciones. Este rito permite desde el desarrollo interior e individual, llevar a cabo la proyección filantropica en pos de una sociedad mas justa, libre y solidaria, respetuosa en la pluralidad enriquecedora y pretendiendo ser un Centro de Unión ajena a toda discriminación y tolerante en todos los ámbitos, respetuosa con los derechos y dignidad humanos.

El nombre escogido para este Respetable Triángulo Carmela Carvajal, quiere ser un reconocimiento al valor, al amor, a la entrga y a la ingente labor de la esposa de uno de los más destacados héroes chilenos, el Muy Ilustre Hermano Arturo Prat, quien pasó al Oriente Eterno defendiendo sus mas elevados ideales y obligaciones para con su patria. Sirva pues así mismo, dignificar el rol de la mujer, piedra fundamental en nuesrtra era y en absoluta igualdad en nuestra sociedad del S. XXI y por ende, en nuestra Orden.

Estos Hermanos y Hermanas chilenos, pertenecientes a nuestra familia universal, libre de fronteras, emanan entusiasmo, esfuerzo, entrega, amor y dedicación. Esa es la actitud del francmasón. Sus dulces frutos están ya asegurados.

A mí Hermanas y Hermanos, expresemos nuestro jubiló:
"Vivat, vivat, semper vivat!"

Joaquín Villalta, Vª Orden, Gr.•. 9 y último del Rito Moderno o Francés
Miembro de la Gran Logia Mixta de los Andes Ecuatoriales
Miembro del Sublime Consejo del Rito Moderno para el Ecuador
Director de la Academia Internacional de la Vª Orden - UMURM

28 de maig 2017

The Illustrious Role of Haiti in the Freemasonry of the Western Hemisphere

Les propongo maravilloso trabajo aparecido en the Hedge Mason Blog cuya autoría es del Hermano académico Eoghan Ballard. Seguro que será de su pleno agrado.
In many ways, the geographical cradle of our history of initiation, the foundations of some of the most important aspects of Freemasonry in the New World is Haiti.

Without question, some of the most important moments in the development of American Freemasonry, (US citizens please note: America is a continent and not a nation) began in Haiti. With that in mind, it is shameful that there has not been a greater response among US Freemasons to the recent natural disasters that have befallen our island neighbors. Masons should be more active in forming a chain of union for Haiti and its people.

Haiti, the Caribbean country so recently devastated by a terrible earthquake has a long history of unattained possibilities and all too material misfortune. It was the scene of important historical events and developments decisive in the evolution of Masonic initiation including being the original site for the introduction of Ecossaisme, the Elus Cohen and Primitive Martinism to the Western Hemisphere.

On December 5, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on a Caribbean island which he named Hispaniola. The western portion of this island was in 1697, ceded to the French who named the island with the name of Saint Domingue.

In the eighteenth century, Saint Domingue was the most successful French colony due to the export of sugar, cocoa and coffee. The region seemed to evolve with the impetus of new ideas and swiftly took the intellectual and Freemasonic movements further than did those of France.

The desire for freedom flourished in the hearts of the enslaved, and in 1794, Haiti was declared a nation and became the first country to abolish slavery. The Haitians had to struggle until 1804 to assure independence. The Haitian Declaration of Independence was a far more radical and true attempt at freedom than was that of the United States, as it guaranteed freedom to all men and women regardless of color or ethnicity and it totally abolished slavery. The US granted voting rights regardless of race, color or previous condition of servitude to its citizens 66 years after Haiti did and suffrage to women 116 years after Haiti. Without exception, all people on Haitian soil were free. For that, Haiti was a made a pariah state and has suffered until today, to all of our shame.

The Masonic Personalities of the 18th Century in Saint Domingue

Estienne Morin

A French trader, by the name of Estienne Morin, had been involved in high degree Masonry in Bordeaux since 1744 and, in 1747, founded an "Ecossais" lodge (Scots Masters Lodge) in the city of Le Cap Francais, on the north coast of the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). Over the next decade, high degree Freemasonry continued to spread to the Western hemisphere as the high degree lodge at Bordeaux warranted or recognized seven Ecossais lodges there. In Paris in the year 1761, a Patent was issued to Estienne Morin, dated 27 August, creating him "Grand Inspector for all parts of the New World." This Patent was signed by officials of the Grand Lodge at Paris and appears to have originally granted him power over the craft lodges only, and not over the high, or "Ecossais", degree lodges. Later attempts to disparage the validity of this Patent calimed, without material evidence that it appeared to have been embellished by Morin, to improve his position over the high degree lodges in the West Indies. The political equivocations of the Bordeaux Lodge provide little to support such claims.

Early writers long believed that a "Rite of Perfection" consisting of 25 degrees, the highest being the "Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret", and being the predecessor of the Scottish Rite, had been formed in Paris by a high degree council calling itself "The Council of Emperors of the East and West". The title "Rite of Perfection" first appeared in the Preface to the "Grand Constitutions of 1786. It is often argued that this Rite of twenty-five degrees was compiled by Estienne Morin and is therefore more properly titled "The Rite of the Royal Secret", or "Morin's Rite". Whether that is to bolster the claims of legitimacy for Charlston is unclear. Regardless, in the person of Morin, Haiti's central role in the advancement of Higher Degree Masonry in the Americas is unquestionable.

Morin again returned to the West Indies in 1762 or 1763, to Saint-Domingue, where, armed with a new Patent, he assumed powers to constitute lodges of all degrees, spreading the high degrees throughout the West Indies and North America. Morin stayed in Saint-Domingue until 1766 when he moved to Jamaica. At Kingston, Jamaica, in 1770, Morin created a "Grand Chapter" of his new Rite (the Grand Council of Jamaica). Morin died in 1771 and was buried in Kingston. On July 21, 1802 the Supreme Council of the French West Indies in Haiti was formed out of the older 1836 Supreme Council of Saint Domingue.

The Caribbean History of Martinez Pasqually

More or less the same time, Jacques de Livron Joachim de la Tour de la Casa Martinez de Pasqually also a Mason from the French city of Grenoble, inherited a property in Saint Domingue and traveled to the place which was within the modern territory of Haiti. He had plans to establish the Chevaliers de l'Ordre de Masons Elus Coens (Order of the Knights Elect Priests of the Universe) which he had previously founded in France. There are still echoes of this Order in the Americas, but despite romantic claims to the contrary, they all appear to derive from the late 19th and early 20th Century based upon the romantic reinventions of Gérard Encausse (Papus) and Robert Ambelain.

Martinez's father Pasqually, was said to have been issued a patent by King Charles Stuart granting him the title of Grand Master and authorizing him to transmit his powers to his firstborn son. This rank and power was transferred to Martinez when he was 28 years old. Martinez subsequently wrote a treatise on the Reintegration of Beings and a commentary on the Pentateuch from the point of view of the philosophy of the High Masonic Degrees.

On September 20, 1774, a little less than two years after his arrival Martinez died in Port-au-Prince. It is said that he named Armand Cagnet Lestère as his successor. However, Armand had little time to devote to the Order and Martinism was silenced. Current claimants to the Martinist banner all derive their origins from the aforementioned 19th and early 20th Century French reinventions.

Martinez Pasqually left students and followers in Europe including the Masons Willermoz and Jean-Baptiste Louis Claude de Saint-Martin. At first they intended to adopt the principles of the Lodge of Saint-Germian-en-Laye and practice the Seven High Degrees. However, internal disputes led Saint-Martin and Willermoz to create independent institutions. Abandoning Enlightenment ideals they sought inspiration from the controversial "speech of the Knight Templar of Ramsay," creating a Senior Corps in Europe. Jean-Baptiste Willermoz founded his own Masonic Lodge, "La Parfait Amitie", which began to conduct studies of alchemy. While the Elus Cohen and Martinism may have ultimately been silenced, Willermoz' efforts, which more truly may be said to have retained the seed of Martinist thought survived through its evolution into what is today called the Rectified Scottish Rite and Swedish Freemasonry.

Out of these origins, according to some authors, the structure of the Scottish Rite has established itself in seven traditional categories:

1) Symbolic Degrees of Apprentice, Fellow and Master;

2) Degree of development of the Universal Symbolic Degrees

3) Degrees based on Enlightenment

4) Jewish and biblical Degrees

5) Templar Degrees

6) Alchemical and Rosicrucian Degrees

7) Administrative and Higher Degrees.

Joseph Cerneau

One more significant player in the History of Freemasonry in the Western Hemisphere emerged from the cradle of Haiti. Although much controversy and a great deal of unjustified slander was leveled at him by that autodidact and self appointed revisionist of Scottish Rite Masonry, Albert Pike, Joseph Cerneau, an unassuming, and apparently quite sincere Freemason and Jeweler from Villeblevin in Central France, became involved in Freemasonry while living in Pre Revolutionary Saint Domingue. At the time of the Haitian Revolution he, like quite a few Frenchmen living in Haiti escaped and went to Cuba. He is remembered for having founded the first Masonic Lodge in Cuba in about 1804 or 1805 before having been deported, as far as can factually be discerned, for the triple crimes of having been French, formerly living in Haiti, and being also a Freemason.

The Spanish authorities at the time lived in terror of the French contagion and Cerneau appeared dangerous to them for these reasons. It seems that their suspicion, if misplaced was not totally unwarranted, as a few years after the innocent Cerneau left for New York, an Afro-Cuban freemason, named Aponte, was caught and executed for attempting to lead a rebellion modeled upon that of Haiti.

Although Cerneau himself did nothing that the "Gentlemen" of Charleston did not themselves do, his form of Scottish Rite, although having much if not more to recommend it, fell victim to the savage attacks of Albert Pike and his southern "Gentlemen" after Cerneau himself had already returned to France, disgusted by the corruption and petty politics of North American Freemasonry in the early 19th Century.

Cerneau did not leave however, until after he has successfully spread his vision of the Higher Degrees to much of the Caribbean and Latin America, having personally granted the 33rd degree to none other than Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco, known to those devoted to short and unimaginative names as Simón Bolívar, the liberator of much of Latin America.

Today, Joseph Cerneau is recognized in most of the Americas as the father not only of Cuban Freemasonry, but of the Scottish Rite, and Freemasonry in general in their part of the globe.

This is but a brief introduction to the interaction of Haiti and Freemasonry, a subject to which we will return again.

08 de desembre 2016

Análisis de Fin de Año 2016

En primer lugar quisiera agradecer a los lectores y seguidores de este Blog el interés y confianza depositados en este espacio desde donde pretendemos humildemente abordar con la mayor calidad y rigor posibles nuestros estudios, reflexiones y opiniones alrededor de la Masonería en general, y muy especialmente, en el Rito Moderno o Francés.

Estos últimos meses hemos dosificado nuestro ritmo de entradas publicadas. Ello obedece, primeramente, a la necesidad de madurar y republicar nuevamente trabajos para una mejor comprensión y asimilación personal. Por otro lado, de manera paralela, estamos trabajando e investigando nuevos elementos temáticos, históricos, simbólicos y de opinión, con la intención de que en unas futuras publicaciones, podamos alcanzar nuestros objetivos, deseo que no es otro que el que puedan ser de práctica y utilidad al mayor número de lectores posibles interesados en el desarrollo, historia y devenir de la Orden.

Finalmente, nuestra inmersión en estimulantes desafíos editoriales, sobretodo enfocados en la masonería iberoamericana, nos inundan de una emoción conducente a reafirmar el convencimiento que todo este esfuerzo valdrá la pena, tanto en lo personal, como por aquellos Hermanos y lectores a quienes nuestra labor les ha resultado práctica y así, con todo cariño, nos lo han hecho saber. En breve nuevas publicaciones llenas de sorpresas, redescubrimientos y, ante todo, cargadas de una voluntad que aporten conocimiento y reflexión.

Con esta puesta en situación y reflexión analítica, quedando a su disposición, les deseo unas Felices Fiestas y un ya cercano Fin de Año lleno de Salud, Dicha y Prosperidad. 

Joaquim Villalta, Vª Orden, Gr.·. 9 y Último del Rito Moderno o Francés
Miembro del Sublime Consejo del Rito Moderno para el Ecuador
Miembro del Círculo de Estudios del Rito Francés "Roëttiers de Montaleau"
Director de la Academia Internacional de la Vª Orden - UMURM

13 d’octubre 2016

Tertulia: Rito Moderno 2ª parte

En la segunda parte de esta tertulia con Olga Vallejo y Joaquim Villalta,  comenzamos hablando del sentido del Rito Moderno, sus características y sus valores. También de las equivalencias entre distintos grados más allá del tercero.
Y por supuesto mucha reflexión de la experiencia masonica como elemento fundamental del quehacer masonico.

También buena parte  la ocuparemos hablando de la  Gran Logia Mixta de los Andes Ecuatoriales.

Ha sido una tertulia larga y densa,  en donde se ha transmitido mucha e interesante información, imprescindible para hacerse una idea cabal de la naturaleza de la Orden Masónica a partir de un Rito sobrio, rico en un simbolismo estrictamente masonico, sin barroquismos y que conserva la misma validez por su universalidad que la que tuvo en su origen, a pesar de ser una ritualística cercana  a la masonería original.

 Puedes descargarte el audio a través del canal de IVOOX

Para ir a la primera parte de esta tertulia clicar aquí.

18 de setembre 2016

Tertulia: Rito Moderno 1ª parte

Las Tabernas son el lugar ideal para la  conversación y la tertulia,  las ideas y los argumentos  van y vienen "a pecho descubierto", relajadamente y sin formalidades.

Recuerdo aquel mitico programa de debates en la televisión, "La Clave",  cuando acababa y los participantes se levantaban de sus asientos y formaban un corrillo mientras sonaba la música como despedida, muchas veces me hubiera gustado estar alli en ese momento, porque normalmente las cosas dichas en pequeña e intima compañía suelen ser las más interesantes.

Y éste despues de todo es un blog tabernario que prefiere la tertulia a la entrevista,  en donde el participante pueda expresarse en una conversación libre y relajada.

En esta primera parte,  Joaquim Villalta y Olga Vallejo nos explican al iniciar el audio sus motivaciones y visión de la masonería, para entrar después al tema principal de la tertulia que es el Rito Moderno o Francés y sus características.

Se hablará de la ahora discutida transición de los operativos a los especulativos, pues el rigor histórico-crítico va a venir a cambiar la idea que tenemos al respecto; las diferencias ritualísticas entre los Antiguos y los Modernos; El sentido de la masonería; la mixticidad, a la que volveremos en la segunda parte y otros temas.

 Tambien puedes descargar el audio a través del podcast en Ivoox.

En la segunda parte, que será publicada próximamente, la conversación irá acerca de las características del Rito Moderno o Francés, de las equivalencias de grados, la mixticidad, y entraremos a hablar acerca de la Gran Logia Mixta de los Andes Ecuatoriales

Para ir a la segunda parte de esta tertulia, clicar aquí.