Julian ReesJulian Rees was initiated in the Kirby Lodge No. 2818, under the United Grand Lodge of England, in London in 1968. He was Master in 1976/77 and again at the centenary of the Lodge in 1999/2000.

Julian is a holder of the Silver Matchbox Award of the Emulation Lodge of Improvement, served on the Precepting Committee. He has been honoured by the Institut Maçonnique de France with the Ordre Maçonnique de Lafayette, and served as Junior Grand Deacon of the United Grand Lodge of England.

He was Master of the German-speaking Pilgrim Lodge No. 238 in 1978/79, and a regular contributor to the quarterly magazine Freemasonry Today since its founding in 1997. From 2003 to 2007 he served as Deputy and News Editor of the same.

In 2003 he delivered the prestigious Wendel K Walker Memorial Lecture in New York, entitled Through Ritual to Enlightenment.

He was one of the founding members of The Cornerstone Society, serving as Secretary for a number of years, and has given talks about Freemasonry in numerous lodges around the world.

He is the author of five works on Freemasonry:

Making Light : a Handbook for Freemasons

The Stairway of Freemasonry: 30 Short Talks and Questions

So You Want To Be A Freemason?

The Tracing Boards of the Three Degrees in Freemasonry Explained

Ornaments, Furniture and Jewels

Julian has recently been writing for The Square, England’s independent masonic journal, and is the current Editor of the Droit Humain publication for the UK: The Freemason.

He is currently a member of the International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women Le Droit Humain, in London.


Why a Masonic website?

There is a host of good and inspirational things about Freemasonry to be enjoyed and absorbed, and those who have delved into the many aspects of Freemasonry, as many of us have, will tell you of the rich rewards that are waiting there for the truly inquiring mind and spirit.

But why another website? Aren’t there enough sites about Freemasonry? Well, it depends what you mean by a meaningful masonic website. It depends, in short, on what Freemasonry means to you -in your heart and life. And some of my friends have suggested that I might keep writing some of the things that have inspired them over the course of time.

Recently, I was re-reading an article I wrote way back in 1997. Part of the article went as follows: ‘Freemasons belong to an organisation which ought to be dedicated to self-knowledge, the nature of being, love, tolerance, the brotherhood of man, liberty of conscience and, yes, perhaps a brush with the Deity on the way.’ It’s surprising, when you look back, to see just how right the things are that you wrote all those years ago.

Let us perhaps free ourselves from the eternal repetition of degree ceremonies. Let us engage in proper philosophical and intellectual debate. Remember, the word ‘philosophy’, translated into English, is nothing more than ‘the love of wisdom’, and when I speak of intellect, I mean the intuition of the heart, not the taxing exertions of the brain. We need to feel with our senses; we need to think with our heart. And, don’t let anyone tell you that Freemasonry is not a spiritual pursuit. Freemasonry is what you make it.

Roll out the rich tapestry of Freemasonry, and enjoy!