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Publications

 
Fabio Venzi

L' ultima eresia. Chiesa cattolica e Massoneria. Tre secoli di errori tra satanismo, gnosticismo e relativismo

Settimo Sigillo-Europa Lib. Ed
2017 - Collana Opus
328pp.
ISBN: 8861481965
   

 
Fabio Venzi

Freemasonry the Esoteric Tradition

Lewis Masonic, 2016
ISBN-13 9780853185345
 
 
   

 
Walter Leslie Wilmshurst

Introduzione a Il Significato della Massoneria

Saggio Introduttivo di Fabio Venzi
Settimo Sigillo, 2016
 
 
   

 
Fabio Venzi

Il Liberomuratore tra Esoterismo e Tradizione

Edizioni Settimo Sigillo, 2014
368pp.
ISBN: 9788861481565
 
 
   

 
Fabio Venzi

Studies on Traditional Freemasonry

Lewis Masonic Publishers, Limited
Hersham, Surrey 2013
240pp.
ISBN: 9780853184461
   
 
   

 
Fabio Venzi

Introduzione alla Massoneria

Published by Atanòr
Rome, 2012
344 pages 
ISBN: 9788871692647
   
 

from the preface of Mariano Bianca

Masonry, or Freemasonry, even today, nearly 300 years after its foundation in modern times, has three key questions: a) what is its historical origin?, B) what kind of institution?, C) which are its goals? The essay by Fabio Venzi aims to answer these questions with careful and rigorous analysis of historical and Masonic documents.

From the point of view of the origins, Venzi examines many documents, particularly those ones belonging to Anglo-Saxon culture, and from these ones it appears that the modern Foundation of the Speculative Masonry competed several factors, the fundamental was the Neo-Platonism with all its philosophical currents. Freemasonry, however, presents itself as a continuation of esoteric initiatory Tradition of the West. In this sense, then, the author says that Freemasonry is a Traditional Association whose nature is esoteric and related to initiation. For this reason it contains symbols and rituals that follow various esoteric currents, including, in particular, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Alchemy and the Rosicrucians; symbolic allusions that also refer to the Mysteries of Ancient Greece.

The main aims of Freemasonry, then, are those specific to each esoteric association related to initiation, which aims at the improvement of knowledge, ethical and metaphysical, of each initiate.
The Essay of Fabio Venzi, for its wealth of historical and analytical content, allows the reader to understand what is the Modern Masonry and what are its aims in the present age.

 

 
Fabio Venzi

The Influence of Neoplatonic Thought on Freemasonry

Book Guild Publishing
Brighton, 2007
XV and 106pp
ISBN: 978-1-84624-096
   
 

su Freemasonry Today, organo ufficiale dell' UGLE, una prestigiosa recensione di Matthew Scanlan.

This is a thought-provoking and stimulating book, not least because as it was written by the current Grand Master of the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy. It comprises six chapters or essays which focus on topics of obvious interest to the author. The subjects explored include an examination of the ideas underpinning modern Freemasonry, the Italian Fascist's attack on the craft during the 1920s and Freemasonry's role in today's world, both as an ethical force - and what Venzi terms, society's moral observatory.

In the opening essay Venzi postulates the idea that Neoplatonism lies at the base of Masonic thought. Neoplatonism, or rather simply Platonism, is a term generally applied to a later form of Platonic philosophy that emerged during the third and fifth centuries A.D., a form that was subsequently championed by several philosophers of the Italian Renaissance such as Marsilio Ficino and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. The author makes special mention of Pico della Mirandola who, it is noted, effectively sums up the masonic allegory of transforming coarse unpolished stone into fine ashlar in his famous work, Oration on the dignity of man, for as he stated, [Man is] a sculptor who must create and shape his own form.

The reader is invited to consider a group of English seventeenth-century thinkers collectively known as the Cambridge Platonists, who, it is argued, were responsible for the creation of modern Freemasonry. This is a controversial thesis: there is no known evidence linking the principle thinkers in this group such as Henry More, Benjamin Whichcote and Ralph Cudworth, with seventeenth-century Freemasonry. At the same time, it is evident that Platonism did play an important role in the fashioning of modern Freemasonic thought.

All in all, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of ideas, and especially in reading two fascinating essays on the calamitous feud between Italian Freemasonry and Fascism. And while it may be said that Freemasonry was attacked and banned by all the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth-century, the regimes most virulently hostile to the association were undoubtedly those of a Fascist hue; as for three centuries Freemasonry has championed ideals that lie at the heart a true Democracy, namely liberty of conscience and tolerance, ideals that have no place in an authoritarian state.

 

 
Fabio Venzi

Freemasonry and Fascism

Published by Clastelvecchi
Rome, 2008
180 pages 
ISBN: 887615229
   
  back cover

What kind of relationship existed between the fascist movement and Freemasonry?

For fifteen years, Fascism and Freemasonry studied each other at close range, and it could happen that many famous people had double affiliation (even Farinacci, Julius Evola, and many others).

But Fascism wanted to become a Regime, and then in a State Religion. They began to speak of Fascist Mysticism, Doctrine, and Mussolini proclaimed himself the High Priest of the Italians. And Freemasonry, that had created the State through the Risorgimento, could not accept it.

Fabio Venzi recreates, thanks to documents and testimonies, the behind-the-scenes activities that led Fascism to stiffen and to ban Freemasonry, up to actively persecute it, in a non-random coincidence of timing with the rise of anti-Semitism and racial laws.

 

 
Fabio Venzi

Julius Evola and Freemasonry, an inconvenient truth

Published by Settimo Sigillo
Rome, 2010
128 pages 
ISBN: 978-88-6148-081-0
   
  reviewed by Giovanni Sessa, Julis Evola Foundation

The author, Grand Master of the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy since 2001, attempts to show, in a documented way, in the central thesis that circulates throughout the book, that Evola articulated negative judgments on the secret society, not as it was repeatedly argued, simply by virtue of an anti-Masonic prejudice.

On the contrary, the philosopher turned his criticism mainly to "speculative" Freemasonry originated with the Grand Lodge of London in 1717, under the pressure of modern culture and conditioned by its politicized in a revolutionary way. The traditionalist recognized, in fact, always a constitutive dignity, of the "operative" Freemansonry of the origins, an organization focused on initiation, which had its roots far, none other than in the Collegia Fabrorum of Rome.

The "secular" character of the modern Freemasonry invalidated, however, in the opinion of the Roman thinker, the chances of that "virtual" initiation, on which Guenon had placed his hopes, considering it sic et simpliciter preparatory to an "effective" phase of implementation.