So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason)?” part 5

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,


I welcome you again, to Ras Tafari Renaissance for yet another installment, of the Ras Tafari and Freemasonry explanations.  I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee) thank all of you, who have supported the works here & your attention and feedback is certainly appreciated.



Going forward with the fifth portion of this subject, we continue in coming to an understanding that Ras Tafari may seemingly, have its small inklings of a relationship, or so to speak with modern Freemasonry; but, there are clearly distinctions which position each, at opposite poles.  We will examine these aspects in building on the previous posts.

 So, in the fourth edition of understanding the complexity of the supposed close proximity in ideology between: Ras Tafari and Freemasonry, we now have even more firm grounds to either confirm or deny this conception.

Even with the obvious, difference between Speculative and Operative masonry; also, the lines drawn between “mainstream” and Prince Hall Freemasonry; Ras Tafari Renaissance is ready & willing to present each and every one of you with more factual information, as well as evidence that Freemasonry has no place in Ras Tafari.

Though, Ras Tafari Renaissance makes this statement with no apology, unwavering; it is known that challenges will arise because of things like this that ignite argument and confusion: …..

H.I.M. Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I in Knight of the Garter regalia in England
H.I.M. Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I in Knight of the Garter regalia in England ; [pic1]

One of the Most Disrespectful slanders of His Imperial Majesty: never having valid proof, ALL word-of-mouth propoganda...
One of the Most Disrespectful slanders of His Imperial Majesty: never having valid proof, ALL word-of-mouth propoganda…  ; [pic2]

Equating H.I.M.'s style & grace to unusual ( or foreign: covertly Freemasonic)
Equating H.I.M.‘s style & grace to unusual ( or foreign: covertly Freemasonic or simply unoriginal)  ; [pic3]

Even the sheer association with well-known Freemasons, brought about unwarranted accusations
Even the sheer association with well-known Freemasons, brought about unwarranted accusations  ; [pic4]

Ras Tafari Renaissance, would show you more of the images, which have been misinterpreted, misunderstood, & used as propaganda to plant the seeds of deception about the King of Kings of Ethiopia, but, we would rather deal with the slander, out right lies, and elementary; “isms” and “schisms” of the untaught & wicked minds of this type of counterintelligence, with what has been found as evidence to present others to seek & find, for themselves.

Ras Tafari Renaissance will further present a case on the “speculative” propagating suspicion of the last Emperor of Imperial Ethiopia, Haile Sellassie I’s possible involvement in any Freemasonic order or Lodge.  But, let us examine this further, shall we?….

Now, the first image (from the above images of the Emperor of Ethiopia) shows Haile Sellassie I, in the decorative apparel of what is known as Order of The Garter.  Now, the aforementioned, noble order has been mistakenly taken for as having a connection to Freemasonic origin.  Unfortunately, for those who hold to this claim, come up short whereas; there stands no “Order Of The Garter,” in any Freemasonic organizational degree, or any other solid information that presents such.  (from what has been gathered about the orders of Freemasonry; there was a listing placed in the 3rd installment of this series)

Now, for further confirmation of the dissidence of the Order Of The Garter having no ties to Freemasonry directly; for starters the orders that came to become the orders of Freemasonry, weren’t the only orders of chivalry from medieval times for one thing.

The order was founded by Edward III, in 1348 , its patron saint is Saint George and it is the highest order of chivalry/most senior, that exists in England. (Its was also founded in a Christian kingdom)  

order of the garter symbol

Now, it should be noticed that Æthiopia, is also a Christian kingdom, in which the patron saint also is Saint George.  But, let us examine how and possibly why Haile Sellassie I, could’ve found himself being apart of this order.  Well, for one thing the Order Of The Garter made selections (post- creation), from those chosen personally by the British monarch, at the given time, to active public officers who contributed significantly, in a particular way, to national life or who had conducted or were conducting service, in favor of the Sovereign(England).  To make it plain, Haile Sellassie I was well-respected to a  certain extent among the British.(later Britannia, showed a dissidence between time periods, especially toward the Imperial Ethiopian monarchy)

To the second image, where Emperor Haile Sellassie I, is taking a picture with his signature hand gesture and an awful, unproven accusation of , (which many Ras Tafari have interpreted as the “sign of the Trinity“; others have given interpretations of H.I.M.’s usage of this symbolic gesture as the Hand-sign of Practicus; which would give credit to Hermeticism, Occultism, or Mysticism. (ie. the Golden Dawn, Freemasonry, etc.)  But, it can be said, for the record, that the exact meaning of the hand gesture that H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I, seen forming, in many images, is still a topic of discussion.  One thing for certain is that, it more than likely, can be put forth as a working hypothesis; that this hand gesture was only known in fullness, by Haile Sellassie I, himself.  Though continuous study, research, and theoretical presentation raise thought provoking questions and quests seeking sufficiency in bringing some sort of answers to a matter, such as this.

One thing Ras Tafari Renaissance, has found quite peculiar is the connection between many researchers bringing the hand gesture Haile Sellassie I, into a mystic, esoteric, or occult category.  One comparison that may of you are sure to find is that this symbol has been brought up, in the same breathe as that of the Kaballah, from the mystic extent of Judaism.

example of Jewish Mysticism, Kaballah "Tree of Life" (diagram)
example of;) Jewish Mysticism, Kaballah “Tree of Life” (diagram)

The word Kaballahקַבָּלָה , in Hebrew comes to an English meaning of “receiving/tradition.”  Now, there should be some obvious questions as to why this is being mentioned here but, here’s where things begin to open new doors to understanding.  Because, in the language of Amharic, there’s a word with similar meaning and phonetics(sound); the word Qebeleቀበለ, has the meaning of “receiving,” also brought to the English language, also.


(RRR-; cites LOJ Society Inc., for presenting such eloquent & well-documented studies on the relationship of the of the Jewish Kaballah, having roots in an Ethiopic interpretation) (RRR-, would also like to commend A.A. Rashid, for his impeccable research into the mysticism of the Kaballah)

Q'ebele-to recieve

Ras Tafari Renaissance, again presents the case that with the Amharic language being the mother tongue of Emperor Haile Sellassie I, and the obvious connection, Linguistically between Hebrew-Amharic words for “receive”; in the words: Qebele(Amharic) & Kaballah(Hebrew), should it be such a surprise that Haile Sellassie I, would have a very in-depth wisdom in what is known as mysticism of today?  (*challenge for researchers)


…elaboration on pics-, three(3) and four(4), along with part 6, to come…

So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason)” part 3

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellasie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,


So, we continue with this series of lines drawn between Ras Tafari and Freemasonry.

Now, we have come to the third installment of this sure to be controversial series.

In part two, we covered the topics of operative & speculative masonry.  This topic can easily be researched, the resources can come from a variety of places, but if I were to make any suggestions; I would more than likely direct anyone, who would like to dig into the subject thoroughly, to any library.  A Library, preferably with governmental documentation would be a good start, & of course, there’s always the internet(or at least, for now…), but taking into account that many freemasons, wrote extensively on certain subjects like this one, are surely a plus.  So, looking into some publications by recognized Freemasons, is a more solidified option.

(though, the language of many resource material[of Freemasonic writers] can get a little “tricky”, mainly because some of the intent is meant to go over the majority of people’s heads,{or so to speak}.  If you’re not a Mason[ie. Freemason, Shiner, etc.] its a guarantee that you’ll misinterpret most of the content without further research)

Though, the resource is written for public view, consumption or perusal,… please, know that everything there is to know about Freemasonry is even many times, hidden from the some Freemasons, as well. (…the whole “Hidden In Plain Sight”…adds to that notion, also)

[ here some authors who were masons or masonic writers/commentators, to check out: Manly P. Hall, Pascal Beverly Randolph, Albert G. Mackey, J.S.M. Ward, & Albert Pike ] …just to name a few whose works might be accessible…

Also, in part two of this series we touched on the Templar Knights & the Crusades.

supposed map of the Crusades
supposed map of the Crusades

The “Templars” have been connected in so many ways to modern freemasonry that many have drawn the conclusions that the Freemasons are surely descendants to the Templar legacy.

Now, here is where the story seems to jump all over the place!….(literally, ALL OVER THE PLACE!)  Supposedly after the fall of the Templars in Europe there was a growing disgust for their military order, faith-based practices, & what they stood for altogether.  So much so, there were monarchs, religious figures and others, who sought to annihilate them.  The reasons vary, simply because the Templars were accused of many acts.  Supposedly being a Christian military order, it was said that they carried out “pagan” rituals, had become immersed in greed, & lived by their own principles even to the dismay of others.

[vids giving a synopsis of the story of the Templars]

–notice at, the time(07:25-07:30) the narrator says not only Muslims were killed in the Christian Crusade, but Jews as well. Also, near the ending of this first section[something to ponder…??]




Columbus's ship that sailed West, did bear "Red Crosses." Surely, any children's history book can confirm that...?! "Colombus sailed the ocean blue, in 1492.".....hmmm
Columbus’s ships that sailed West, did bear “Red Crosses.” Surely, any children’s history book can confirm that…?! “Colombus sailed the ocean blue, in 1492.”…..hmmm???


Ah, but also in the year of 1492, the Jews that resided in Iberian Peninsula, along with other parts of Europe were Expelled. (including the Moors, which conquered the area & lands adjacent a little over half-a-century prior)....isn't that interesting?
Ah, but also in the year of 1492, the Jews that resided in Iberian Peninsula(modern day Spain & Portugal), along with other parts of Europe were Expelled; continuing a wave actions which had been perpetuated against Hebrew people & Moors alike during the time. (the Moors, conquered the area & lands adjacent a little over half-a-century prior)….isn’t that interesting? [thought: could this have been a precursor to “the Crusades?“]



Freemasonry does hold rankings of Knights Templar orders. More than likely, they're contained in what is called the York Rite.(Modern Historical, Chivalric, & Philosophical Grades)
Freemasonry does hold rankings of Knights Templar orders. More than likely, they’re contained in what is called the York Rite.(Modern Historical, Chivalric, & Philosophical Grades)

complete listing of the degrees of Freemasonry, confirmed from: Lester, Ralph P.; Look To The East, Revised Edition, copyright 1944/1971 re-publication

The History Channel's presentation of how the Templar Knights surviving few escaped annilhilation is also another source for study of the origins of Freemasonry.
The History Channel‘s presentation of how the Templar Knights surviving few escaped annilhilation is also another source for study of the origins of Freemasonry.

Yes, the story of the Templars and Freemasons has brought about an inception in the America, supposedly before the arrival of Columbus.

Although, clearly the issues of the documentation present some very peculiar facts, the grounds which they stand upon in principle seem quite precarious.  Leaving the solidified source to the origins of Freemasonry, “still up in the air.”  But, keeping with the topic of discussion, we can conclude that modern has certainly studied to access the workings of the Knights Templars.  Also, in incorporating orders into the highest of their ranks, in that of the medieval system of chivalry.

Now, I know that it seems that we’ve laid much ground work, but I can assure you with this in your mind at this point it will help you in going forward with the rest of this series.

So, we’ve come to the realization that Freemasonry is an organization, pulling ideology from the medieval era of Europe.  Now, believe it or not with all of this evidence to research, many people still seem to bring Ras Tafari to an extremly close proximity to Freemasonry.  On one hand, Ras Tafari Renaissance, can confirm that Freemasonry expresses the values that could very well come to a closeness to Ras Tafari, but the differences speak in high volumes.

Moving on, we’ll dive a little deeper into the symbolism of Freemasonry & gain a better grasp on the application of their speculative masonry. Then, we’ll come to the blurring of the lines between Freemasonry and Ras Tafari.


square and compass

we’ll see you in in part 4…

So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason) part 2

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellasie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,


So, we continue with this series of lines drawn between Ras Tafari and Freemasonry.

We made acknowledgments of what could be found on Freemasonic history at first glance, from a general perspective but, let us now go deeper into this subject.

Now, with minimal understanding from whence Freemasonry came,  the inception of it should lead us to a more credible reservoir.  Masonry…? What is it exactly?…Let us define it so we can, at least, have somewhere to start.

MASON– is more than likely a person skilled in laying stone or brick. [ie. bricklayer, brick mason, stone mason, craftsman, stonecraft] (sources cited: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary; various edictions)


MASONRY– 1) the trade, work done, or occupation of a mason. 2) the craft of brick laying or concrete structure building. [ie. craft and stone working; building]

FREEMASON– a member of fraternal organization known as the Free & Accepted Masons (sources cited: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary; various editions;;


FREEMASONRY– “first know that there is no one {written in stone definition} of Freemasonry,” but for the sake of our study we’ll use a conglomerate of explanation from many cited resources. Freemasonry–a fraternity or fraternal organization; an organized society of men, symbolically applying the principle of Operative Masonry and architecture to the science and art of character building. (sources: Masonic Lodge personnel information[what can be found on many Lodge sites-“or at least what they’ll allow us to see“…HA!; ex.}Masonic Lodge of Richmond, Va., USA,…Masonic Lodge of Queensland, Australia,…Masonic Lodge in Geneva, Switzerland,, various Freemasonic texts, web pages; Lester, Ralph P., Look To The East Revised Edition<other sources cited in body>)

So, when it comes to the term Freemasonry its clear that there is an application of operation and an application of theorem.  In coming to the realization of these two distinct terms, (masonry and Freemasonry) it should be noted that though, the terms may and can be used interchangeably depending on the context of a given subject; the certain and distinguishable separation between the two terms should evident and concrete.

The Freemasons, themselves, even make the clear distinction in literature.

Operative masonry= physical manifestation of building objects.

Speculative masonry= a philosophical harnessing of thought that preceded fruition.

Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations, draws these conclusions after taking a look at works like; Sickels, Daniel_General Ahiman Rezon[1868]

Mackey, Albert G._The Symbolism of Freemasonry[1882]

(L-) "operative mason"=stone cutter, mason &, (R-) statue of the "Thinking man"; a work of masonry but symbolizing the the application of a ="speculative mason."
(L-) “operative mason”=stone cutter, mason &, (R-) statue of the “Thinking man”; a work of masonry but symbolizing the the application of a =”speculative mason.”

Now, with all of this to mull over, please do not take from this explanation of the differences of Ras Tafari & Freemasonry that, if one were a Freemason, that same one could not be an operative mason.  Besides, the essence of Freemasonry is the adoration of literal masonry, and it is clear that the Society of Free & Accepted Masons, are welcoming to people of many “walks of life.”  But, in the theology of Freemasonry, it should be noted that speculation, thought, or contemplation of certain values should be applied as a focal point in Freemasonic elaboration.

Moving on, after examining original masonry and modern freemasonry, we’ve laid the foundation for more depth in this subject.  As mentioned before in part one of this series, Freemasonry has an elusive beginning, which is not noted to a specific source….hmmmm??

In part one, of this series, it was presented that Freemasonry could’ve either had its beginning from the Stone Mason Guilds in Europe.  There have also been conclusions drawn from the mysterious Knights Templars, of the Crusades(somewhere between 1095 and 1291[AD]).  But probably, the most unexamined claim(pertaining to solid evidence) would probably be of the origins of the Freemasons learning from the most dynamic masonic builders this world as yet to equate to,….the ever so famed Egyptians.  Taking these claims, along with others into consideration lets continue to take this journey of discovery and remember to find the lines of similarity and difference between Ras Tafari & Freemasonry.

a painting of the Crusader period

Now, I know that I haven’t said much about Ras Tafari in comparison to Freemasonry as of yet, but please, be patient with me?  I’am sure many of you have heard so many things about both groups that seem to be conflicting at times; but I assure you that if you allow Ras Tafari Renaissance to present you with as many facts as it possibly can you should be able to form your own opinions and conclusions.(as well as, do your own research, adequately)

So, going into the notion of the Knights Templars, which surely preceded the period which, in one assertion that, Freemasonry could’ve had a formation in the Stone Mason’s Guilds of Europe brings us to an earlier supposed inception with the Crusader period or earlier.  This period can become a focal point in studying the origins of Freemasonry, mainly because most of the claims of Freemasonry are made from this period of time and in some cases, can carry some weight.(in provable facts, moderately)

a depiction used to represent the Templar Kinghts in regalia(Knights Templar)
a depiction used to represent the Templar Kinghts in regalia(Knights Templar)

The Templar Knights(or Knights Templar), have gained fame among those who have studied the Crusader period because of their mysterious acts during this time.  They’re accredited with initiating some of the first banking systems, becoming a valiant Christian military order of knights, as well as, an organization with monks of piety, and possibly surviving a slew of onslaught in the Crusader period.(just to name a few)  One of the significant acts of the Templars, was attributed to their works in aiding pilgrims who sought to travel to the “Holy Land”(Jerusalem), but were routinely robbed and in many cases slaughtered in route.  A French knight, by the name of Hughes de Payens is credited for the formation of this military order of knights.

Hughes de Payens (attributed with the fouding of the Kinghts Templar); from Champagne, France
Hughes de Payens (attributed with the founding of the Knights Templar); from Champagne, France

…we will continue in the next edition of this series in Part 3…

stay tuned, there is so much more to unravel!

So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason)?” part 1

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellasie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,



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I welcome you all again to yet another post from Ras Tafari Renaissance:
I go by Lidj Yefdi & I’am appreciative to all of you who have taken the time to check out the information I’ve placed forth here. The things posted here are usually not in the category of the accepted normalcy, of the way of the world, in these times.  I, personally, would like to think of the things I present here as “outside of the box,” “off the grid,”…so on & so forth. So, if one was looking for the average way of doing things which would be the, in my opinion, conforming to a system of calculated redundancy that leads to destruction.

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In this post, Ras Tafari Renaissance would like to delve in to the misconceptions between Ras Tafari & the fraternal organization of Freemasonry. Of course, this post will most certainly, again be a very controversial & I'(eye)-opening presentation, but it also will be an enlightening one.

Now, as the world has become totally “spooked” out by the boogeymen whom everyone has dubbed them as the Illuminati-“Illuminated Ones,”

illuminati ambigram

there comes, as usual, the missing links to what hold the truth about what all of this is about.

Please, don’t expect this post here at Ras Tafari Renaissance to go into a long-winded, unsupported, finger pointing, blame game of how Ras Tafari has no parts in what has become the talk of the times, today. [well,…maybe long winded, but supported nonetheless, lol.] (esp. with “Freemasonry,” & the perception of the “Illuminati” ) Ras Tafari Renaissance, intends to present facts, to be as accurate as possible, & make the best corrections of specific subjects when the time is appropriate.


Freemasonry,….a fraternity or fraternal organization that has debatable origins has seem to gain a presence in the minds of many who have found themselves come across what this organization may stand for.  Some give accreditation to Freemasonry’s beginnings in the Stone Mason’s Guild between the periods of the 14th-16th century.(& more than likely around the areas known as the British Isles; Scotland of England of today)

supposed painting of the Stone Mason's Guild_possibly 14th century
supposed painting of the Stone Mason’s Guild_possibly 14th century



Others attribute the beginning of Freemasonry to more ancient origins.

Rebbi Norvin H. Bey Isra-El, occult teachings on Freemasonry/Order of the Eastern Star

Now, before we go any further, let’s really lay some foundational understanding of what a mason is, what one may do for occupational or recreational activity.

Ladies & Gentlemen, brothers & sisters, loving friends, family, even you haters & conspirators, welcome to the Revelations of Ras Tafari Renaissance.  The “emancipation of the minds from mental slavery” (Redemption Song_Bob Marley – ብርሃነ ሰላሴ), has only begun.

here just a few things to check out, to smooth you all over until part two….. MAY JAH GUIDE, BLESS & KEEP YOU!

Redemption Song! Bob Marley I-tation(meditation)  HUDADE to FASIKA (Ethiopian Passover)

BIGG UP! Lion of Judah Society of His Imperial Majesty

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