This post aims to take a look at two common terms within Freemasonry: the Craft and the Lodge. Of course, we're all very familiar with the both of them. My goal isn't to dive deeply into their etymologies and unearth their origins. No. If it makes any sense at all, I would simply like to … Continue reading The Craft and the Lodge
Over the last couple of years, I've had the privilege of delivering the Northeast Corner lecture to all of our Lodge's Entered Apprentice Masons. It's one of my favorite lectures, and being that it's given toward the end of the Degree, you have a real opportunity to leave a lasting impression on each candidate. In … Continue reading The Lecture at the Northeast Corner
Each Degree within Freemasonry is steeped in symbolism and lessons of morality; there’s a lifetime’s worth of material contained within the first three Degrees alone. If one was to skim the surface and collect only those teachings that lie so plainly at the surface, they would improve as a person. The interesting thing about Freemasonry, … Continue reading A Knock at the Door
Within Freemasonry, there are several recurring themes. If you were to spend time studying the symbolism of the Craft — and it doesn't really matter which symbol(s) you choose to start with — time and time again, you're going to be brought back to the concept of your own mortality. Coming to terms with how much life … Continue reading I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
Just like every other Mason with a blog, I've been putting together my own little set of "Lodge Improvement" posts. My plan was to start releasing them soon, but I was caught off guard by a question posed by one of our Past Masters. There were several of us sitting around a table waiting for … Continue reading What is the purpose of a Masonic Lodge?
I wasn't entirely sure what I should call this post. A response to "The Beehive in Freemasonry" was the best I could do, and I'm not really certain it's even that. Bro. Greg Stewart, over at Freemason Information, recently released a short video — The Beehive in Freemasonry | Symbols and Symbolism. In that video, he touches … Continue reading A response to “The Beehive in Freemasonry”
This post will be a little different than most of the ones I've posted previously. I'm going to take a look at a symbol that we should all be relatively familiar with, but I'm not going to explore its esoteric meaning. Instead, I happened to come across a very interesting article, and I'd like to … Continue reading William Bowe’s “A Certain Point within a Circle”
During the Second Degree, the recently-Passed Fellowcraft Mason is given a lesson on "the Precious Jewels of the Fellowcraft". The lesson at the surface is easy to grasp, but I've always found the space around this concept to be equally as interesting. If these are the Precious Jewels of the Fellowcraft, it implies that the Entered Apprentice and … Continue reading Precious Jewels
The Second Degree of Freemasonry charges newly-Passed Fellowcraft Masons to broaden their knowledge. It does this by encouraging the study of the seven liberal arts and sciences. These are separated into two groups: the Trivium and the Quadrivium. The Trivium — composed of Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric — teach Mankind how to organize their thoughts … Continue reading The Moral Advantages of Geometry