Just about a fifth of the way through this book - quite interesting - anyone else read it? Reading it?
I’ve got a nice wee library of books on memory - but only a couple on Freemasonry and “their” take on Memory Systems. Yates does discuss it a bit, but I don’t really ‘get’ Yates’ style of writing.
As far as I can tell - and as would be expected - most religions / faiths use the same techniques and methods (layout of temples, churches, iconography etc journey plan - like the Stations of the Cross which is in every catholic church and quite a few Episcopalian / Anglican ones too), but the Masons seem to have gone further - and they are explicit in using the term ‘memory palace’…
Which is why I am posting this here.
Four years ago, while studying symbols and dabbling in using Memory Palaces to teach people scripts I bought a book called “The Secret History of Freemasonry”,
While this book is a (very) basic outline of the history and traditions of Freemasonry, from a memory point of view it was of interest to me as it explained a lot of the imagery I did not get at first at Rosslyn Chapel. Anyone who has been there will (I hope) readily agree that Rosslyn Chapel is a Memory Palace at Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn is just south of Edinburgh and the Chapel is literally STUFFED full of carved Masonic, Pagan and Christian symbols and visual representations of masonic, Christian and Pagan and Scottish traditions and doctrine, as some of you may know it was featured in the Dan Brown book The Da Vinci Code - and the film of the book was filmed at the actual Chapel hee in Scotland. Though to be honest I do not think that the film does the chapel visual justice. For anyone around here, who is new to Memory Palaces a trip there can be a fabulous interactive introduction to memory palaces as you can walk through and there are great guides to help explain the imagery (I have taken Business Managers there to introduce them to the concept of memory palaces, they also get a day out Though not any more as I am writing this at home on the first day of THE Coronavirus Lockdown )
Well worth a virtual visit as well - or a look via this video from the BBC
Anyway, that Freemasonry book is all very well, but I have just picked up another couple
Memory Palaces and Masonic Lodges: Esoteric Secrets of the Art of Memory by Charles B. Jameux
I am only just about a fifth of the way through and quite honestly it is very impressive, very impressive indeed.
and this one (which I only have as an e-book)
Anyone read it? Any thoughts? I’ll maybe do a review once I have finished it - but that may take a few weeks what with all that is going on. Or perhaps I should say All that is NOT going on.