In its broader sense, Social Media is the loose assortment of websites, blogs, and forum that the reader can post, contribute, follow, and send to friends, in essence, taking a role in the development of the life of the content being generated.  In sharing it, the participant is now involved in shaping its meaning by contributing their own thoughts to the discussion. This is exactly the practice takes place in the lodge rooms and social halls of Freemasonry. How do we blend the physical and the digital?  How does the society that defines its teachings as secret awaken to find itself in the modern age of digital correspondence, international friends groups and interested participants?  And this only addresses those in the know, what about those outside the circle of knowledge about the fraternity, what about engaging those beyond the fold to raise awareness that the organization exists? In the mean time, what do you think about the intersection of social media and secret societies?  Where do they cross?
About Masonic TravelerA devoted student of the Western Mystery Traditions, Greg is a firm believer in the Masonic connections to the Hermetic traditions of antiquity, its evolution through the ages and into its present configuration as the antecedent to all contemporary esoteric and occult traditions.
There is a fair amount of evidence that the owl is the chief symbol of an elite yet undiscovered secret society moving through history.
Its members, possibly those same scholars,  journalists, and historians, are well-versed in mystical traditions, ancient mystery teachings, and eastern philosophies. If indeed there is a Secret Owl Society moving through history, then its most recent manifestation is at the mysterious “Bohemian Grove,” a 2,700-acre campground located at 20601 Bohemian Avenue in Monte Rio, California.
It belongs to a private San Francisco-based men’s art club known as the Bohemian Club, a confederation of the world’s most powerful men who visit the grove in mid-July each year to perform a Pagan ritual at the foot of a giant owl, dressed in robes and chanting incantations. Add to this list a host of prominent CEOs and business leaders, most of them conservative, many of them from California, 99 percent of them white men. According to Domhoff, on the first Saturday of the camp,  this elaborate ritual is held just after dinner. The ceremony involves the poling of a small boat across a lake containing an effigy of Care (“Dull Care”).
The pertinent evidence to the present article, of course, is the fact that the ceremony takes place next to a 45 foot (14m) high concrete owl statue, symbolizing knowledge and wisdom. Taking part in the ceremony increases the chance of a certain outcome: the same stress-release and cleansing of negative energy expected from a vacation. It doesn’t seem to be a location of secret dealings, per se, as conspiracy theorists believe. Left: Metal bas relief owl and inscription on the brick wall at 624 Taylor, San Francisco, CA.
Spiders are feminine, connected to Ishtar, Atargatis, Athene, the Fates, the Norns, Holda, Inktomi, Kokyangwuti, Tsitsicnako and Sussistanako and Neith. Some Native American tribes believed the spider was the weaver who created the world and saw her as a symbol of creative female energy. For the ancient Egyptians, Celtics, and Hindus owls were connected to guardianship of the underworlds, and protection of the dead. A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl negative associations with death. Note that, while there is a concept of death involved here, it’s only “death” in the sense of being an open doorway from physical to spiritual; more precisely, from the temporary material world we live in now back to the spiritual source from whence we came, and are now traveling toward. In other words, to transcend death we must realize that we are a higher eternal Self (soul) incarnated in a lower, temporary self (body).
In practically every ancient culture, solitary nocturnal creatures are symbolic of these ideas, of inner-knowing, psychic ability, and intuition; all of which are traits of the soul within, not the physical body.
Native Americans associated owls with wisdom and foresight, and identified them as keepers of this sacred knowledge.
The bird’s ability to see at night was legend, and this attribute would be invoked during ceremonies when an oracle of secret knowledge was required. To this day, Native Americans associate the owl with spiritual vision; the owl is viewed with respect and associated with the souls of deceased ancestors. African cultures viewed the owl similarly to the Native Americans, heralding them as messengers of secrets as well as the bird of sorcerers, witches, and warlocks. In Madagascar owls are said to dance on the graves of the dead, and to the Aboriginal Australians they are companions to medicine people.
In some middle and far eastern cultures, the owl is a sacred guardian of the afterlife, ruler of the night as well as a seer and keeper of souls transitioning from one plane of existence to another. The owl is still considered a witch’s companion, sharing unique spiritual communication between them, and even sharing the same secret powers of the night. In Celtic tradition, the owl represents wisdom, clairvoyance, stealth, initiation, change and detachment. To this day the owl is considered a witch’s familiar (an animal soul-spirit linked to a spiritual person via a unique, communicative bond). In Greek mythology, the owl is firmly linked with Athena, the Goddess of wisdom (and in later times, of battle).

And so it is clear that the owl has, for thousands of years, symbolized wisdom, spirituality, our intuitive self, and our connection to the source of our eternal Self.
Is there a Secret Society that uses the owl as their symbol, and is the Bohemian Club their current incarnation?
Many conspiracy theorists point out the existence and secretive nature of the Club, but few dig deeper into the Club’s history. Is the Bohemian Club an independent phenomenon, or is it actually the most recent manifestation of a much bigger and older society? With these questions in mind, we turn to look at another organization similar to the Bohemian Club, and parallel in some ways: the National Press Club, whose logo features a mysterious owl.
Above: The National Press Club is said to have been established in 1908 by thirty-two newspapermen. The NPC is said to have been established in Washington DC in 1908, soon after elites and journalists on the West Coast established the Bohemian Club. It is said that as a teenager Disney joined the Order of DeMolay, a Masonic youth organization.
There are many more interesting esoteric connections between Disney and Masonry and the Occult. Established in Prague, Bohemia, 1859, thirteen years before the Bohemian Club, the Schlaraffia was a group of actors, writers, artists and musicians (similar to the Bohemian Club); and they too (like the Bohemian Club) use an owl as their talisman. This society, called Schlaraffia, is a fraternal body with lodges spread globally, on every continent.
Customs, pomp and ceremony from medieval times are used at Schlaraffia sessions, the group maintains a relationship to civic societies of the Medieval Age. Of the three goals of Schlaraffia, the most important one is the sincere friendship that glues the membership. The place of the Schlaraffia assemblies is called Burg.  The ornate meeting room is dominated by a throne and wall hangings that include banners, coats of arms and crests.
At about the same time as the Shlaraffia’s founding, a mysterious and inexplicable array of owl symbols and images began appearing quietly, prominently and distinctly in the stones and brickwork architecture at Yale University. Yale University is a private Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Mysterious, looming towers, massive rock walls covered with ivy, grotesque stone carvings leering from the eaves: most of the buildings at Yale look like they belong in the 11th century. It is said that Yale hired architect James Gamble Rogers (1867 – 1947) to give the school an older feel.
Unlike most neo-Gothic architecture, which is built with steel frames and merely reinforced with stone exteriors, Yale’s Gothic buildings are, for the most part, built with solid stone instead. Is it possible that the owl symbols rampant in the art and architecture of Yale have a deeper, more esoteric meaning?
Journalist, speaker and author of Written In Stone: Decoding The Secret Masonic Religion Hidden In Gothic Cathedrals And World Architecture. He is a self-called searcher for that which was lost, a Hermetic Hermit and a believer in “that which is above is so too below.” Read more about Greg Stewart. I must have had at least 5 serious job leads that came either from a blue lodge group or a Scottish Rite group on LinkedIn.
While this organization was said to be destroyed less than 15 years later, many believe that the society survived under the guise of their secrecy, and continue to manipulate and exploit the world from the shadows — to this very day!
This operation is experimental in the sense that it gives us a clean slate to play with web design, marketing strategies, and other new business techniques that we normally would not change. While there are countless songs referencing the NWO, selling one’s soul and Free Masonry, here are 33 actual mentions of the secret society in rap songs. Please be sure to open and click your first newsletter so we can confirm your subscription. In this article we’ll examine this evidence and uncover the lineage of this secret society.
But if we look back in time and connect all the fraternal orders that have owl logos, we begin to see its lineage, operating for centuries.
Though the Club itself is shrouded in secrecy, the bulk of what transpires at the Grove is somewhat documented; it appears to be a mixture of the American summer camp, a powerful ancient Pagan ritual, and the classical Greek symposium. Present here are America’s corporate leaders, dressed in robes, burning their collective conscience at the feet of a statue of a 40-foot owl. The ritual’s main theme is the celebratory burning of an effigy of “Dull Care” at the bottom of a forty-foot stone owl.
Dark, hooded individuals receive the effigy from the ferryman which is placed on an altar and, at the end of the ceremony, is set on fire.

The voice of the owl during the ceremony is former newsman Walter Cronkite, himself a member of the Bohemian Club, and music and fireworks accompany the ritual for dramatic effect. They have created a magic ritual, using the power of fellowship and love, to help cleanse the bad energy from the group. What actually seems to happen instead is that friendships are made here, truly flowering and blooming in contrast to the ideas of secret or backdoor dealings. Thus “weaving spiders come not here” is very pertinent in the sense that feminine spiders cannot come to an all masculine retreat. In this light, the owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls, a suitable association for the most mysterious, magical, and powerful bird of the forest.
Because of their wings (which give owls the ability to fly away from earth and shuffle off this ‘mortal coil’) birds in general are symbolic messengers between the earthly and spirit realms. It is, however, the death of the lower self, and not the soul, that is being affirmed: this death is in fact a doorway back to the Self, revealing the soul inside. Most presidents have lectured here, and both Carter and Reagan announced their candidacies for president here.
It is said that an owl in one form or another mysteriously appears in every Disney picture. Artists, writers, teachers and academics in the famously elite city of Prague founded the Schlaraffia society in 1859. The Society’s talisman is an owl, called UHU in German, said to be the emblem of wisdom.
A prospective member is greeted by men attired in cloaks heavily decorated with medals, wearing helmets and carrying swords. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the country. But Yale was established in 1701—not exactly the Middle Ages—and this makes the neo-Gothic architecture that dominates Yale’s campus only a few hundred years old. The book uncovers a lost Wisdom Tradition that was practiced globally in antiquity, found memorialized in pyramids, Triptychs, and identical images worldwide. The better groups will write to your lodge (or valley, chapter, orient, council, shrine temple or commandery) secretary to determine if you really are a member before allowing you to join their group. We are very excited to offer our unique book boxes on the web, and strive for customer satisfaction above all else -- our number one priority!
We’ll also learn how the magic, majestic, and nocturnal owl actually symbolizes an ancient self-empowerment doctrine once known and practiced worldwide. Right: Painted portrait of Haig Patigian with Bohemian Owl in background, by Peter Ilyin (1927). The remaining time at the Club represents a careless period, or vacation of sorts, during which time no business is conducted. The owl is wise, and always deeply connected with magic, shamanism, and heightened senses throughout the ages. Its aim was to become a place where men could cast their worries away and revel in art, humor and friendship. Yale is widely considered one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the world. The 216-foot Harkness Tower was once the tallest free-standing stone structure in the world, before worried architects decided to reinforce it. Rick Snyder To Present Plan Of Action On Flint’s Water Crisis, Refuses To ResignNewsOne Now Celebrates The Life & Legacy Of Dr. When Snow White enters the cottage of the seven dwarfs, the esoteric owl imagery is overwhelming.
Is the owl in the architecture somehow connected to the later institutions of the Bohemian Club and the National Press Club? There are also Prosper masonic groups who provide loans to masons who may not be able to get bank loans.
As long as these groups guard their respective West Gates, I think this is a great way, through social media, that brothers can offer or find relief from other masons.

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