There are many guides to learning Masonic ritual, most of which look at it from the viewpoint of learning the words. This book takes a rather different view. Of course, we need to learn the words, we cannot deliver ritual without having done so. However just learning the words, leaves the candidate rather short. Just as important as the words, are the feeling and emotion that help to communicate the meaning of those words. It is the ability to bring these in that marks the difference between a good ritualist and a really great one. Who seems to be able to conjure up an electric atmosphere in the Lodge room, that holds the candidate and others listening, spellbound until the end.
The author has studied what it is that makes that difference. What it is that great ritualists do in communicating our ritual in a way that really helps the candidate develop a deeper understanding, that excites them and sparks a lifelong interest.
This book, aimed not just at the novice but at all who deliver ritual, analyses what great ritualists do and helps all emulate that, while at the same time developing their own personal style. Many of the things covered in this book are done subconsciously by great communicators and public speakers. In analysing and dissecting these the author helps us to learn the tricks of the trade used by these people.
This is not a book to be read and then left on the bookshelf, it is one to keep with your ritual book and dip into time and again as you learn your ritual, helping you to think about how you deliver your ritual and add the feeling and emotion that holds the interest of the candidate and others.
We all deserve good ritual. It helps the new candidate develop their interest and understanding; it helps the more experienced Mason to develop their skills; but above all it increases our enjoyment.
Have you ever wondered how a particular Mason can deliver such beautiful ritual? Seemingly with no effort, but with all the feeling and emotion that bring out what the ritual is saying to us. But have never been able to identify what it is that makes the difference. In this book you have all that information so that you will not only know what it is they are doing that is different but will yourself be able to emulate that.