I have heard the Master Samael Aun Weor talk in a sort of admonishing way toward the FreeMasons for "losing the secret of alchemy" about 200 years or so ago. This gave me the feeling that he did not care to belong to any of these organizations but I could not tell if it was just because they did not openly teach sexual alchemy any longer or if it was due to their secrecy and pyramid-like social hierarchy.
"That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:4
Many people in my family have been highly involved in the Masons and Shriners and Templars and Order of the Eastern star and Knights of Malta and the Red Cross and the list doth truly go on! As a sincere student of the truth, I seek wisdom on these organizations for apprehension that they will ask me to join them soon. All of their symbology is similar to ours but why do we as Gnostics choose to be so open and transparent with the divine knowledge (sexual alchemy) whilst these countless organizations require a life of service in return as a sort of payment for the secrets we openly preach? I've heard talk about how the Masons make you promise 7 generations of sons to the service of BAAl, I believe this to be some sort of distortion on the understanding of gematria but I am uncertain as to the true meaning.
With Gratitude, I await your perspective, Nate.