The North is Dark (Why)?

THE NORTH IS DARK  (WHY) ? An Age Old Tradition Examined It is one of our old-time traditions that the North side of the Lodge Room, as explained in the Monitor, "has always been termed a place of darkness," in imitation of King Solomon's Temple, "of which every Lodge is a representation."  In further explanation, it is stated that the Temple was  "situated so far north of the ecliptic that neither the sun nor moon, at meridian Continue reading

The North East Corner

THE NORTH EAST CORNER By Bro. C. H. Pirie Published in The Tracing Board, GRS, 1979 No doubt many newly made Masons including newly raised Master Masons, will, during their period of initiation into the workings of a Lodge and the peculiarities of the stations at which various parts of the degrees are unfolded, wonder why the candidates are so placed. One of the first of these is the placing of a candidate during the first degree in Continue reading

The Unity of our Masonic System

"THE UNITY OF OUR MASONIC SYSTEM" By M. Ex Comp. Rev, C.T.F. Goy. One of the greatest aids to human thought is the use of symbolism. It reveals itself to us every day of our existence - it is engraved into our ordinary life. We know that the right place for a sceptre is in the hands of a monarch, for it is the emblem of regal power and dignity. We all use the handshake as a mode of greeting, for it is a sign of goodwill and friendship. Continue reading

Circumambulation & it’s Significance

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CIRCUMAMBULATION A reprint of an address by The-late Rev. Bro. J.T. Burchill Past Secretary of the Victoria Lodge of Education and Research. Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukion. The word “circumambulation” is derived from two Latin words - "circum" meaning “around” and "ambulare” meaning "to walk" and literally means "a walking around". It is not only the name of part of the three degrees in Craft Masonry but Continue reading

The Six Pointed Star

The Six Pointed Star By, Dr. O.J. Graham August 16, 1999 The Six-Pointed Star is going into its fourth edition. There have been thousands of letters over the years and comments are available upon request. The questions which are asked of this author are: What made you even remotely curious that the six-pointed star might not be "Jewish"? After all, it is called the "Star of David" and has it not become the international insignia of Continue reading

Christmas Story 2016

 “ CHRISTMAS STORY – 2016 “  Once again we arrive at the month of December and sadly enough discover the repeated call of divers groups to dismantle the Story of Christmas and any associated considerations which maybe discovered supporting it. Many large stores have also altered their window themes in order to comply with the  thrust of such groups and once again this has led to confusion and concern in the minds of the kindergarten Continue reading

The Spiritual Interpretation of the Officers of the Lodge

THE SPIRITUAL INTERPRETATION OF THE OFFICES IN THE LODGE The following is an abbreviated record of the interpretation of the several offices given some years ago by the late W.Bro. W. L. Wilmshurst under the title, ''The Book of the Perfect Lodge. '' It is hoped that these notes will give the reader a clear understanding and appreciation of the responsibilities of these offices, the holders of which are really vehicles of ritual Continue reading

A Journey to the Spirit

A Journey to the Spirit INTRODUCTION Over my past 60 years as a Freemason I have witnessed, and even participated in, the conferral of ceremonies wherein the brethren responsible for the delivery of same have had little or no understanding of the Esoteric nature of the ceremony itself. Why this is so I attribute to the lack of Masonic Education dealing with such matters resulting in the perpetuation of this practice even to this day. This Continue reading

Towards a New Golden Age of Masonry

Towards A New Golden Age of Masonry By Bro. Stephen F. W. of Lodge Germania 1036 UGLNSW To My Brother,  Our voluntarie service he requires, Not our necessitated, such with him Findes no acceptance, nor can find, for how Can hearts, not free, be tri'd whether they serve Willing or no, who will but what they must By Destinie, and can no other choose? - John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667  The 21 s t Century Masonic Continue reading

Why are you a Mason?

Why are you a Mason? Bro. Edward Hartman, Ashlar Lodge No. 610 G.R.C. (London)                 Winner of the 2016 Essay Competition 2016 of GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario. I love being a Freemason for many reasons. Freemasonry has been the conduit through which I have received many of my life’s great experiences. One of the superficial benefits of being a member of the Craft is that it tends to cloak you with a certain amount of Continue reading

The Lewis Jewel and its History

The Lewis Jewel & its History (and added comments) Adapted from the Grand Lodge of Manitoba e News 12/16 The Lewis is a device that has been used by stonemasons for many centuries. It provides an anchorage in a stone, which enables lifting tackle to be attached and assist in the raising and lowering of large stones to the required heights and set them in place with safety and precision. Speculative connections  The first time that Continue reading

The Masonic Apron

The Masonic Apron Masonic Short Talk Bulletin VOL. 5 NOVEMBER 1927 NO. 11 In Masonic symbolism the Lambskin Apron holds precedence. It is the initial gift of Freemasonry to a candidate, and at the end of life's pilgrimage it is reverently placed on his mortal remains and buried with his body in the grave. Above all other symbols, the Lambskin Apron is the distinguishing badge of a Mason. It is celebrated in poetry and prose and has been Continue reading

The Legend of the Cap & Gown

THE LEGEND OF THE CAP AND GOWN WB Tom McCarthy Long ago, in ancient Greece, when formal education was for the very rich or the very determined, a wise old teacher was approached by a group of noblemen. “Our sons have completed their studies and it is time for them to return to their homes and live in the style befitting their station. Tomorrow we will present them at a great banquet. Be sure they are appropriately dressed in their finest Continue reading

The All Seeing Rye

THE ALL-SEEING EYE Author unknown During the closing of the Lodge in some Fellowcraft ceremonies, the Worshipful Master states: '....let us remember that wherever we are and whatever we do, His all-seeing eye beholds us; .... Let us never fail to discharge our duties towards Him with fervency and zeal.' Again, in the conferral of some Master Mason Degrees is included an explanation of the All- Seeing Eye and also to be noted is that a Continue reading

The Forget Me Not ( a second legend)

The “Forget-Me-Not” Of Newfoundland and Labrador and Freemasonry world wide This was prepared with the help of VW Barry Thom in Newfoundland, Florence Thom who supplied the Forget-me not, the website of Bro. Paul Bessell and numerous papers from the publications of the German Quatuor Coronati Lodge of Research In a German legend, God named all the plants. When a tiny unnamed one cried out, "Forget-me-not, O Lord!" God replied, "That shall Continue reading

The Distinguishing Badge of a Mason

The Distinguishing Badge of a Mason by W.Bro. Rob Lund Introduction and History “More ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle; more honourable than the Star or Garter; or any other order in existence, being the badge of innocence and the bond of friendship”. So is the Apron first introduced to the new Mason, and so was it presented millennia ago to initiates of the ancient mysteries, as a symbol of the control and restraint of the Continue reading

Sense of a Goose

SENSE OF A GOOSE author unknown When you see geese flying in "V" formation, you might consider what science had discovered as to why they fly that way: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they Continue reading

The Pillars (Six Orders)

THE PILLARS (THE SIX ORDERS) adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper written by R W Bro. C. Rae Haldane-Wilsone Senior Grand Warden Grand Lodge of Manitoba 1995 1. The pillars ( the six orders ) When we were given the Entered Apprentice lecture by the Junior Warden we were informed of the Three Great Pillars that support a Masonic Lodge - (Wisdom, Strength and Beauty), which are represented in the annals of Freemasonry by the three Continue reading

Colour Symbolism in Freemasonry

Colour Symbolism in Freemasonry Adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper created by: Bro. Leon Zeldis, Editor of“The Israel Freemason” Colour is a fundamental element of masonic symbolism. It appears in the descriptions of aprons, sashes and other items of regalia, in the furnishings and wall-hangings of the lodge room for each degree or ceremony, in the robes worn in certain degrees, and in many other masonic accoutrements. The Continue reading

Rough & Perfect

ROUGH AND PERFECT by: Unknown shared by M.W. Bro. Wayne Anderson in his Sunday Sharings (Sept 2014) and adapted for "The Educator" by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy The rough Ashlar and the Trestle Board seem to have been symbols in Ancient Craft Masonry at least from the beginning of the Grand Lodge of England period (1717). They are illustrated on the earliest of the old tracing-boards which have come down to us over the years. Just when or how Continue reading

Language of the Heart

LANGUAGE OF THE HEART FREEMASONRY TEACHES BY SYMBOLS! The following Masonic Short Talk was taken from the website & has comment added by V.W.Bro. Norman McEvoy in July 2014    http://www.acgl.us/index.php/shorttalks Why should Freemasonry express Immortality with Acacia, Brotherly Love with a Trowel, the World by a Lodge and Right Living by a Mason? Why does she veil in allegory and conceal in an object or picture a meaning quite Continue reading

Lesser Lights

The LESSER LIGHTS By M.W. Bro. James S. Hogg, P.G.M., G.L.B.C. Vancouver and Quadra Lodge No.2 (1980) When an initiate is first brought to light in a Masonic Lodge, the radiance comes from the three Lesser lights, which form a triangle about the Altar. It seems, at first, rather odd that so great and important a symbol should receive such scant attention in the ritualistic body of Freemasonry. We are instructed that they are called Continue reading

Masonic Symbols 1898

MASONIC SYMBOLS Wm. W. Vickers, W.M., King Solomon No. 22, Toronto The Apron of White Leather The apron of white leather, made of lamb skin, is a distinguishing badge worn by every member of the Masonic Order, and without which no brother can be admitted within the portals of a Lodge, nor allowed to take part in any Masonic procession of solemnity. The Apprentice is invested with it on his reception into the Order, and it is worn by those Continue reading

Foreign Countries

Foreign Countries adapted by VW. Bro, Norman McEvoy from a book of the same name by: Carl H. Claudy Our ancient operative brethren desired to become Masters so that, when they traveled in foreign countries, they could still practice their craft.  Speculative Freemasons still desire to “travel in foreign countries” and study their craft that they may receive such instruction as will enable them to do so, and when traveling, to receive a Continue reading

Warden’s Columns==why?

WARDEN'S COLUMNS ====WHY ? Written & presented by VW. Bro Norman McEvoy  Jan 2014 It is quite probable that the first reaction from many Masons, is that in many Rituals the Wardens don't have columns on their pedestals, however in a great many Lodges they do. In light of this observation, this paper is directed to those who do have columns, for consideration, discussion & clarification & to all others for general Continue reading

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