The roots of Freemasonry, the world’s oldest fraternity, is the theme of The Harmony of Isis by anthropologist Catherine M. Walter.
The book unfolds as Maggie, as The Harmony of Isis‘s heroine, discovers long-hidden secrets about a region of the USA originally settled by Freemasons, consequently becoming entwined in a battle between good and evil played out through the millennia.
“The Masonic Fraternity’s deepest roots are explored with fantastical perspectives,” says Catherine M. Walter, describing her new book. “The Great Pyramid and King Solomon’s Temple shine with new light. Each leg of the journey passes through vistas filled with esoteric symbolism which expand with a reader’s level of knowledge.”
Freemasonry has long been associated with Pharaonic Egypt, with the theory first gaining widespread interest with the founding of the so-called “Egyptian Rite” of Freemasonry, founded and headed by Count Cagliostro. Later, other Masonic societies — such as the Rite of Memphis and Mizraim — adopted ancient Egyptian symbolism, and this, in turn, introduced it to modern Western esotericism and alternative spirituality.
As an anthropologist, Walter has explored ruins in Mexico and Egypt, and has studied and catalogued extensive collections of Masonic and esoteric artifacts. The Harmony of Isis is available from Amazon.com here.