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The first author to our knowledge to actually offer an entheogenic solution for the problem of the acacia symbol in Freemasonry was Carl A.P. Ruck, a Professor of Classics at Boston University in Massachusetts, who wrote in his 2009 book Mushrooms, Myth and Mithras: The Drug Cult That Civilized Europe:

“The murdered body of Hiram Abiff, a Master Mason and Master of Works on Solomon's Temple, was ‘raised’ from his resting place beneath an acacia sprig which marked the spot to those who would be sent by King Solomon to search. After the interred corpse of Hiram was found, Solomon himself went to the site to recover the body. Feeling beneath the ground at the site of the acacia, the king felt Hiram’s ‘hand.’ In the process of recovering his corpse, he first used the grip of the Entered Apprentice, then that of the Fellowcraft, but twice felt the skin slipping off Hiram’s hand. Finally Solomon used the grip of a Master Mason to raise the corpse. In the entheobotanical context, we feel that this myth is a description of a ritualized acacia harvest. We note that the subterranean root bark of acacia...species are known to contain high levels of Dimethyltryptamine, an entheogen which is strongly psychoactive when extracted.”

Little did the professor know, there does exist actual examples of acacia-produced DMT and its use in 18th century Masonic ritual.

The earliest known Freemason to allude to the production of DMT from acacia was Alchemist and General of the Artillery of the Russian Empire Pyotr Ivanovich Melissino, widely considered to be the greatest Russian artilleryman of the 18th century. In 1762 Melissino established a theurgic, Alchemico-Masonic rite which drew heavily upon mystic Christian themes. We must credit Arturo de Hoyos, the Grand Archivist and Grand Historian of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, with the discovery of the following quotation. Illustrious Brother De Hoyos was gracious enough to contact us after translating the Melissino rite, suggesting that we include the following excerpt in our manuscript.

In the seventh degree of his rite, Melissino specifically refers to the acacia as the primal matter of the Alchemists, from which is produced a stone – DMT salt crystals, a veritable vegetable stone – the same being identified as the legendary stone of the philosophers. Melissino says that

“The cubical stone is the alkaline universal-salt ...The Master’s Degree speaks to us of the acacia found upon Hiram’s grave. This is the true [primal] matter, from which the philosophers create their treasures. It is the true light of the world, from which glorious Hiram shall rise again under the guise of the Redeemer. It is the burning coal of which Isaiah (in chap. 6:6-7) [speaks], and which must be prepared in accordance with the secret system of the wise men of old and the philosophers [i.e., the Alchemists].

One of our most mysterious materials is therefore the burning coal, which the Egyptian Kabbalah names clearly and without fuss.”

What other than DMT could the “treasures” created from acacia have been? Of course, “cubical stone” is language which Melissino has obviously borrowed from Masonic ritual, which refers to the perfect ashlar, but here he has clearly identified this ashlar with a “salt” that has been Alchemically produced from acacia. And indeed, DMT is just that. It’s not a base. It’s a salt. The scriptural allusion in the above excerpt refers to a biblical episode wherein a burning coal of an unspecified substance is placed upon Isaiah’s lips by an angel, assumedly for him to inhale its fumes; that is, for him to smoke it – smoking being one of the preferred modes by which DMT is normally consumed. “Lo” said the angel. “This [burning coal] hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin is purged.” Note that acacia or akakia, as Mackey related it in his Lexicon, is suggestive of freedom from iniquity or freedom from sin. “Thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin is purged,” indeed. One wonders how far back this tradition actually stretches.

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