July 12-14, 2019

Los Angeles, California

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General Admission
$125
Access to All Lectures
Access to All Screenings and Q&A’s
Access to All Vendors
Lunch on Saturday
Friday Reception
Festive Board
Masonic Con Shot Glass
Masonic Con Pin
Masonic Con Coin
Masonic Con Hat
Limited Edition Masonic Con OneSheet
Executive Pass
$165
Access to All Lectures
Access to All Screenings and Q&A’s
Access to All Vendors
Lunch on Saturday
Friday Reception
Festive Board
Masonic Con Shot Glass
Masonic Con Pin
Masonic Con Coin
Masonic Con Hat
Limited Edition Masonic Con OneSheet
NOTE:  At this time we do not have one day passes available. Must be at least 18 years of old. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Tickets are not transferable. Speaker(s) and schedule subject to change.

The Schedule

5:30 pm
Doors Open/Vendors/Check-in/No Host Bar

7:00 pm
Welcome/Grace/Pledge/Weekend Rules

7:30 pm
Speaker: Jordan Yelinek

8:00 pm
SPML's Masonic Con Pop Culture Festive Board

This year, SPML’s Masonic Con is opening with a seven course Festive Board on the very first night! This ceremony will not only be open to Masons of other Lodges, but to non-Mason gentlemen and ladies who may enjoy the talk, laughter and fellowship that flourishes on such a ceremonial occasion. We are not here to be silent and grim sitting on a bench and staring across the wall. We are here to enjoy good food, drink, sing and partake in the joys of frivolous merry making. For, on this night, we celebrate the arrival of South Pasadena’s First Masonic Con weekend and will toast those unique Brothers who contributed to the betterment of our society – to the Masonic Pop Culture Icons we hold dear. Ready! Aim! FIRE!

10:30 pm
Lodge Closes

8:30 am
Doors Open/Vendors

9:00 am
Speaker: Angel Millar: Freemasonry In The Arts: From Deep Spirituality To Pop Culture

A study on how Masonic symbols have had a profound influence on our modern society. What is the draw to Masonic symbolism in modern art, music and fashion? And why does it matter?

9:00 am
Screening: Fight Club

10:00 am
Speaker: Michael Jarzabek: A Hero’s Journey and Freemasonry

This talk is inspired by Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. As such, it is an exploration of the various stages of the Hero’s Journey, its mythological roots, Masonic exemplifications, and the practical application of this useful art by the contemplative man.

11:00 am
Speaker: Adam Kendall: Art and the Muse: The Material Culture of Freemasonry

This presentation provides an historical overview of Masonic decorative arts and their essential role within the research of Freemasonry, as well as fraternalism in general. These objects are often the first contact many potential members’ encounter with the organization and their antiquated style seems to evoke a mythical golden age and inspire a visceral intrigue.

12:00 pm
Lunch

12:00 pm
Screening: Sacred Steel Bikes and Q&A with Jason Wilson

1:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Truth in Masonic Research

With Arturo De Hoyos, Adam Kendall, and Josef Wages

2:00 pm
Speaker: Charlie Fisher: Masonic Conspiracies

An observation on Masonic events that have laid blame to the Craft. From the Morgan Affair to Leo Taxil this is a study on how these and other events have had a profound effect on the mystique of Freemasonry.

3:00 pm
Speaker: Josef Wages: The Symbolic Degrees of the Illuminati

A scholarly discussion on the inception, reason, history, and demise of the Bavarian Illuminati. This talk will also give an insight to their secret initiatic degrees.

4:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Fight Club and the Duality of Man

4:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Arturo De Hoyos: Esoteric Masonry

6:00 pm
Dinner Break

(120 minutes)

8:00 pm
Preview Screening: High & Outside: A Baseball Noir and Q&A with Evald Johnson

10:00 pm
Preview Screening: Illuminated: The True History of The Illuminati and Panel Q&A with Johnny Royal

Moderated by Robert Johnson of the Whence Came You? Podcast

12:00 am
Lodge Closes

10:30 am
Doors Open

11:00 am
Preview Screening: Mysteries of the Knights Templar, and Panel Q&A with Timothy Hogan & David Solomini

12:00 pm
Speaker: Bryan Simmons: Hatred of Hope

The Cain and Abel bloodlines (one evil and one hopeful) while both are and can be faith based the delivery of fruition is what differs. In today's application too many "hope" rather than work hard and blame others when fruition is not met i.e. a bad lodge hoping for the white knight to come and help but being blind to the ones coming and leaving.

12:45 pm
Closing Remarks: Wor. Dago Rodriguez, PM

1:00 pm
Conference Ends

Happy and safe travels home!

Our Speakers

Arturo de Hoyos

Arturo de Hoyos is Grand Archivist and Grand Historian of the Supreme Council, 33°, S.J., and an executive officer at the Scottish Rite's headquarters, the "House of the Temple," in Washington, D.C. The author, editor, and translator of more than 25 books and many articles, he's considered America's foremost scholar on the history, rituals, and symbolism of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, and most other Masonic orders, rites, and systems.

Discussion
Esoteric Masonry
Charlie Fisher

A Los Angeles native, Charles James Fisher, 32ᵒ KCCH, was raised in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of that city. His Masonic career began in 1970, when he joined Highland Park Chapter, Order of DeMolay, becoming Master Councilor of that Chapter in 1974. He has received the honors of Representative DeMolay, Chevalier and the Cross of Honor. He and his father joined Highland Park Lodge No. 382, where he was raised in 1976. In 1983, he served in the East at Fellowship Lodge No. 290, after Highland Park Lodge consolidated with Eastgate Lodge No. 290 in 1982. Fellowship consolidated with South Pasadena Lodge No 367 in 1992, and he went on again to be Worshipful Master there in 2003. He is presently serving as Chaplain at South Pasadena, were he has also served as Officers Coach. He also currently the Chaplain in the Southern California Research Lodge No. 1005 and the Junior Deacon in Archimedes Lodge UD. He is currently serving as the 2019 Venerable Master of the Pasadena Lodge of Perfection.

Discussion
Masonic Conspiracies
Michael Jarzabek

Raised in Connecticut, R.W. Michael Jarzabek is a member of several Massachusetts lodges. He is a Past Master of Brigham Lodge in Ludlow. He is also a member of Ezekiel Bates Lodge in Attleboro, The Meadows Lodge in East Longmeadow, and The Massachusetts Lodge of Research. He is a Past Junior Grand Warden of The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Lodges of Instruction for the same Grand Lodge. He is a Past Thrice Potent Master of Evening Star Lodge of Perfection in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

He has been published by several Masonic publications including; Living Stones Magazine, The Midnight Freemasons and the Trowel Magazine.

Discussion
The Mason with a Thousand Faces
Robert Johnson

Philosophy is at the core of what Robert is after. Having grown up in Italy and being exposed to the culture and much of the renaissance art and literature, Freemasonry became a natural place for him to gravitate toward. He is an avid musician and writer. He’s written for several print magazines and blogs on subjects ranging from Firearms and Medical Ethics to Theology and Comparative Religions. Robert majored in philosophy and minored in mathematics. He also holds an honorary Doctorate Degree in Philosophy in Religion. Currently Robert works as an executive in the medical industry. He received his degrees from Waukegan Lodge No. 78, becoming Worshipful Master in 2014. He’s since served as both a District Education Officer and a District Deputy Grand Master. He is currently serves on the Grand Lodge of Illinois Education Committee.

Discussion
The Word
Adam Kendall

Adam Kendall is the editor of The Plumbline, the quarterly bulletin of the Scottish Rite Research Society, a team editor for their annual transactions, Heredom, and a member of their board of directors. A past master of San Francisco’s Phoenix Lodge No. 144 and the Northern California Research Lodge, Adam is also a full member of the premier lodge of research, Quatuor Coronati, in London, England, serving on the lodge’s editorial committee for their annual journal, Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, and also as the Regional Secretary for the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle of North America. He is a past president of the Masonic Library & Museum Association; and the former collections manager and curator of exhibits for the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum at the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of California. Brother Kendall is a master’s degree candidate in history at Cal State Los Angeles, where he also works as a graduate writing consultant.

Discussion
Art and the Muse: The Material Culture of Freemasonry
Angel Millar

Angel Millar is an author of several books on Freemasonry, as well as the forthcoming Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality: Craftsman, Warrior, Magician (Inner Traditions, February 2020). His previous book, The Crescent and the Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism and Revolution in the Modern Age, broke new ground, and was recommend by Freemason and author Jay Kinney, “as an example of scholarship and research in the interest of making clearer Freemasonry’s tangled relationship with little-understood trends and figures in the modern world.” Millar is also the New York Ambassador for the Association of Masonic Arts. And, as an artist, several of his Masonic paintings are in the permanent collection of the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library, NYC, and were exhibited at the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, San Francisco, CA, in 2014.‍

Discussion
Freemasonry In The Arts: From Deep Spirituality To Pop Culture
Bryan Simmons

Bryan Simmons, a U.S. Army Veteran and native of Massachusetts, is a Past Master of Ezekiel Bates Lodge in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Brother Simmons is the charter Chief Justice of Nava Grotto and has held many pillar offices in several appendant bodies and serves on the several committees for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts as well as several standing and Ad-Hoc committees for the city of Attleboro. Brother Simmons most notable accomplishment is the founding of Masonic Con in 2016 at Ezekiel Bates Lodge, which has provided fraternalism and education to countless Brothers across the country. Brother Simmons currently co-hosts two podcasts Worthy and Well Qualified and Arts, Parts, and Points, An Exchange of Masonic Education and Ideas.

Discussion
Hatred of Hope
Josef Wages

Josef Wäges 32°, is a member of the Blue Friars, member of Plano Lodge #768, Fate Lodge #802, the Dallas Valley of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Fellow of the Grand College of Rites, Fellow of the Philalethés, full member of the Texas Lodge of Research, Michigan Lodge of Research and life member of the Missouri Lodge of Research. Editor of The Secret School of Wisdom, the Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati, L'École secrète de sagesse, Rituels et doctrines authentiques des Illuminati: Une école secrète de Sagesse, and On Materialism and Idealism.

Discussion
The Symbolic Degrees of the Illuminati

Our Moderators

Adrian Fulle

Adrian Fulle is the executive producer of the Variety Content Studio the brand marketing unit of Variety magazine. The studio creates, produces and amplifies brand partners' stories to Variety's audience of 30 million+ entertainment industry professionals and enthusiasts online and in print.

A Chicago native, Adrian has a background as an independent filmmaker and producer. He mentored under the late Executive Producer / Writer / Director, John Hughes. Adrian was President and Executive Producer at Poya Pictures where, for 10 years he produced movies, TV shows, commercials, and music videos. He holds a B.A. in Film & TV from Columbia College, Chicago and is currently pursuing a Masters at Harvard.

Adrian is a Past Master of Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge #307 and currently serves on two Grand Lodge boards.

Discussion
Q&A Panel Screening
Robert Johnson

Philosophy is at the core of what Robert is after. Having grown up in Italy and being exposed to the culture and much of the renaissance art and literature, Freemasonry became a natural place for him to gravitate toward. He is an avid musician and writer. He’s written for several print magazines and blogs on subjects ranging from Firearms and Medical Ethics to Theology and Comparative Religions. Robert majored in philosophy and minored in mathematics. He also holds an honorary Doctorate Degree in Philosophy in Religion. Currently Robert works as an executive in the medical industry. He received his degrees from Waukegan Lodge No. 78, becoming Worshipful Master in 2014. He’s since served as both a District Education Officer and a District Deputy Grand Master. He is currently serves on the Grand Lodge of Illinois Education Committee.

Discussion
The Word

Screenings

Festive Board

From time immemorial, Freemasons have enjoyed meeting about a “festive board” loaded with the fruits of their labors. Special emphasis was placed on the Summer and Winter Solstice, late in the June and December months, which are the Feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24th, and the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, December 27th. It is written, in the first paragraph of the account of the founding of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 – on the Feast of St. John the Baptist – and was published in the Book of Constitutions, that the old lodges in London had two (and only two) purposes in constituting a Grand Lodge: One was to establish a center of union and harmony, the other was to revive the Quarterly Feasts!

The feasts stood close to the very heart of the lodges. Even in ancient times, feasts were provided for and among the rules and regulations, were a fixed and necessary part of the life of a stonemason and were on par with wages. So important was the feast that one of the principal officers – the Junior Warden – had, as the purpose of his office, to be responsible for that function. This fact was reinforced by giving the Junior Warden two Stewards to assist him.

This year, SPML’s Masonic Con is opening with a seven course festive board on the very first night! This ceremony will not only be open to Masons of other lodges, but to non-Mason gentlemen and ladies who may enjoy the talk, laughter and fellowship that flourishes on such a ceremonial occasion. We are not here to be silent and grim sitting on a bench and staring across the wall. We are here to enjoy good food, drink, sing and partake in the joys of frivolous merry-making. For, on this night, we celebrate the arrival of South Pasadena’s first Masonic Con weekend and will toast those unique Brothers who contributed to the betterment of our society – to the Masonic pop culture Icons we hold dear. Ready! Aim! FIRE!

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