A thought occurred to me. When Farwerck was initiated into the lodge Christiaan Rosenkreuz on 23 April 1911, he not only was barely 20 years old, but he most likely came straight from school. Not only that, he lived in Rotterdam and was initiated, passed and raised in Laren. How would that have come about?Read More »From Theosophy to co-Masonry?
In April 1935, a text appeared in several newspapers (and a Masonic magazine!) with the intent to smear Farwerck’s name because of him having been Freemason. Nowadays “fake news” is a known description of news that is either entirely fabricated or presented in such a way that the reader is mislead. This is exactly what happens in this text.Read More »The Secretive Lodge. Around Brother Fahrwerck
Farwerck’s Freemasonry is spoken about on this website (and elsewhere) frequently. Time for a little more in depth information. Let me start with a bird’s eye view of mixed gender Freemasonry (or co-Masonry) and how it came to the Netherlands. Then we are going to have a look at Farwerck’s place in all this.
Freemasonry is traditionally a men’s thing, but towards the end of the 19th century some people started to do more to change that than just talk. A French lodge initiated a woman in 1882, Maria Deraismes (1828-1894). Even though the lodge that did this was already quite liberal, the Grand Lodge they worked under did not agree. Deraismes and Georges Martin (1844-1916) decided to start a new Masonic organisation, open for both men and women, the Grande Loge Symbolique Écossaise “Le Droit Humain” in 1893,
This symbolic Scottish Grand Lodge would eventually become “The International Order of Freemasonry Le Droit Humain”, LDH for short.Read More »Mixed gender Freemasonry (in the Netherlands)