The Great Dissesention (or Schism)

The Great Dissesention (or Schism) What follows is the text of an address given by Wor. Bro. E. J. E. McLagan, a member of the Hobart Lodge of Research, on the 21st. July , 1967. I now address the issue of the Great Dissension which occurred in the 18th. Century, culminating in Freemasonry in England being divided into two factions bitterly opposed to each other. These rivals became known as the “Antients” who formed a rival Grand Lodge in Continue reading

Masonic Bibles

Masonic Bibles

An example of a dilapidated spine of a Masonic Bible and how they can look when restored by experts. Of all the antiquities within the Lodge, the Volume of The Sacred Law is the most important. The Great Light in Masonry, and The Rule and Guide for Masonic Faith and Practice is placed on the Master’s pedestal when the Lodge is opened, where the meetings are conducted in peace and harmony. Most often, the Lodge Bible is the original that was Continue reading

Symbolism of the Corner Stone

Symbolism of the Corner Stone

Shared with us by R.W. Bro. Robert Taylor United Grand Lodge of N.S.W. & A.C.T. (Australia) The corner-stone is the stone which lies at the corner of two walls and forms the corner of the foundation of the edifice. In Masonic buildings it is now always placed in the north east; but this rule was not always formally observed. As the foundation on which the entire structure is supposed to rest, it is considered by operative masons as the Continue reading

The Blue Slipper

The Blue Slipper (Masonic)   Complied by W Bro Ian MacIntyre The Masonic Blue Slipper is the symbol for the “Masonic Widow”, the slipper is a symbol of promise, and coloured in Masonic Blue of perfection. The colouring of the slipper comes from tekhelet dye which is taken from the Murex snails; whose blood is purple, but when exposed to the sunlight the blood turns to sky blue, and does not fade and is everlasting. Blue threads taken Continue reading

Freemasonry, a View

FREEMASONRY Author unknown: Published in THE TRACING BOARD: GRS; July, 1969. Masonry has a great tradition, but it is not enough to sit complacently in contemplation of that fact.  Whatever has had merit in the past and can be made applicable to present day condition is, of course, desirable to be preserved and utilized. However, if Masonry, of the present, is to keep abreast of the best in its past, then its membership must be selected Continue reading

I Believe

I BELIEVE Birth Certificates show that we were born, A Death Certificate shows that we died. Have a seat==Relax==And read this slowly!!!!! 1   I believe that just because two people argue. It doesn't mean that they don't love each other, and just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do love each other. 2   I believe that we don't have to change friends if We understand that friends change. 3   I believe Continue reading

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 Chisel

The Chisel From The Hidden Life in Freemasonry by C.W. Leadbeater The Egyptians took the chisel to symbolize the intellect, which they regarded as a keen-edged instrument. They considered that the man who used his intellect would be able to remove the excrescences of superstition from the beliefs that presented themselves to him, until he became a perfect ashlar, when his thought would be well-defined and true. The common gavel was Continue reading

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