The Arcane Schools – In this extensive work, John Yarker attempts to trace the history of Masonry and Masonic rites through history, proving its legitimacy through seniority and the power of tradition. Yarker establishes the roots of Masonry in a race he calls the Aryans, a catchall phrase to describe an unknown race of conquerors who developed the early human arts, such as stoneworking, metalworking, and agriculture. Yarker then explains how that civilization gave rise to societies of special knowledge, such at the mathematical and philosophical schools in ancient Greece. From these, he can trace symbolism to modern Freemasonry.
Fascinating in its breadth, The Arcane Schools draws on seemingly every society and era to pull the history of humanity into a single narrative. Those interested the arcane and occult, as well as those with a newly sparked interest in symbology, will find Yarker’s book a fascinating and informative listen. English author John Yarker (1833-1913) was a Freemason who established the Sovereign Sanctuary of The Ancient and Primitive Rite of Masonry for England and Ireland in 1872. He was an occultist who wrote many books, including The Magian Mysteries and Freemasonry in Modern Times.
PART I—THE ARCANE SCHOOLS.
I. Archaic Legends
II. Proto-Aryan Civilization and Mysteries
III. Aryan Civilization and Mysteries
IV. The Mysteries in Relation to Philosophy
V. Philosophy in Relation to Masonic Rites –
VI. The Mystic and Hermetic Schools in Christian Times
PART II.—OPERATIVE AND SPECULATIVE.
VII. Recapitulated Proofs of Ancient Masonry
VIII. Masonry in Britain and Saxon England
IX. Masonry in Norman Times
X. Freemasonry in Modern Times . . . . .
PART III.—SPECULATIVE REVIVAL.
XI. Origin of the System termed High-Grade (Ancient)
XII. Freemasonry in the Grand Lodge Era (Modern)
XIII. Freemasonry under the United Grand Lodge
PART IV. ANCIENT MSS.
Appendix-Series OF Constitutional Charges