by Norm McEvoy

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The Tassels

Print MeAuthor Unknown; Pendant to the four corners of the Lodge Room are four tassels. These four tassels are described as referring to the four principal points; the guttural, pectoral,…

Masonry and the Real Nature of Man

Print MeBy: Walter C.Slack, PM; Pacific Lodge, No. 16; Mission, BC; Adapted by V.W.Bro. Norman McEvoy for use in The Educator By far the greatest part of our conscious life…

Take Hold of a Future

Print MeBy: M.W.Bro. Rev. Raymond C. Green, PGM; undated;  GRBC & Y. How important is the future to you? How much time do you spend thinking or dreaming about the…

Traditional History, The Biblical Background

Print MeThe magnificent Temple built and furnished by King Solomon at stupendous cost of thought, labour, and of treasure was not blessed with long life (covered in Kings 1) Solomon…

Masonry Founded in Nature

Print Me[Freemasons’ Monthly Magazine – 1842] WHATEVER is founded in nature is permanent; and although it may frequently be blended with transient combinations, it still remains a part of creation.…

Masonic Principles

Print MeBy: Bro. J. McKay; Oyen Lodge, No. 104; Adapted for use in this format by V.W. Bro, Norman McEvoy No man can draw a free breath who does not…

Random Thoughts of Freemasonry

Print MeSubmitted by D. Roy Murray, PDDGM Adapted for use in The Educator by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy As the material for my message has been gathered from various sources,…

No Charge for Love 2021

Print MeA farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the four pups, and set about nailing it to the post at the end of…

Are You A Master Mason?

Print MeAuthor Unknown. Editing performed by V.W.Bro. Norman McEvoy “I have been a Master Mason for a year now” remarked the Young Brother to the Old Past Master. “While I…

Love thy Neighbour as Thyself – 2020

Print MeThis paper has been created by myself for presentation to a Masonic audience as and when the opportunity may arise. For some time I have thought upon the commandment…

He Who Travels Best

Print MeKevan van Herd, Editor of the Banner Kelowna, B.C. Canada. With some small additions made by V.W. Bro.Norman McEvoy. Once upon a time, a king had a great highway…

A Masonic Deck of Cards

Print MeA MASONIC DECK OF CARDS Created by R.W. Bro. H. Daniel Knox, P.D.D.G.M. Waterloo District. Canada. and adapted for sharing in “The Educator” by V.W. Bro Norman McEvoy In…

And Give Them Proper Instruction

Print MeCreated by Worshipful Brother Alphonse Cerza & adapted for sharing by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy The Worshipful Master is constantly being reminded by the ritual that he has a solemn…

Wages: Corn, Wine and Oil

Print MeBy Bro. John A Thompson. Mid-Island Lodge of Education and Research, Nanaimo. Adapted for use, in this format, by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy Corn, Wine and Oil have been…

The Winding Staircase

Print MePresented by R.W. Bro. Ken Overy G.L. of BC & Yukon (Canada) Tonight you were introduced to the Winding Staircase that is the central part of the Fellowcraft degree.…

Seeking that which is lost.

Print MeBy Bro.N.M.Spratt Hiram Lodge #14 Members of the Order of Ancient Freemasonry are ever on the search, guided by truth which is veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.…

Freemasonry and Religion in Singapore

Print MeThe following is a copy of the scroll in the anteroom of Lodge Singapore No. 7178 E.C., descriptive of the Volumes of the Sacred Law reposing in the Lodge…

An Old Past Master-The Ideal Mason

Print Me“So you think Brother Parkes is an ideal Mason, do you?” asked the old Past Master of the young brother. “I like Brother Parkes, but before I give assent…

The Cowan

Print MeOriginated by C Dalby in The New South Australian Freemason. 1970 Adapted by V.Ex.Comp. Norman McEvoy It seems that the word has come to us from the Scottish operative…

From Darkness Toward Light

Print Meby R. W. Bro. Garnet E. Schenk, F.C.F. Adapted by V.W. Bro Norman McEvoy for sharing in The Educator Something significant happens, or at least should happen for Masons…

Freemasonry and Prayer

Print Meby R.W. Bro. Garnet E. Schenk The Committee on Masonic Education [GLCPOO] December 2008 Prayer is an important part of the ritual in the Craft. The opening and closing…

It’s the Rite Time for Change

Print Mewritten by: William Herbert “Skip” Boyer, 32° Business as usual, especially for organizations such as ours, is not only unacceptable, it is suicidal. At this 2002 Scottish Rite Leadership…

THE COMPLETION OF THE TRILOGY

Print MeA PATH THROUGH LIFE By: W. Bro. C. B. Lawless, P.S.G.D. – U.G.L.E. P.M. Albion 196 and Union 7551 English Constitution Member Brant 663 & Lodge Pelican 1750 S.C.…

OH WONDERFUL MASONS!

Print MeINTRODUCTION Brethren, medieval city dwellers lived in the shadow of the greatest manmade structures of their time; the soaring Gothic cathedrals that still fill us with wonder today. This…

Chronological History of Freemasonry & Related Events 2020

Some years ago I decided to create a Chronological History of Freemasonry concentrating on its beginnings and organization within the British Isles

BROTHERLY LOVE, RELIEF & TRUTH

Print MeBy R. W. Bro. E. A. Davies Published in The Tracing Board, GRS, 1968       For the past several months, we have been continually faced in the…

What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us?

Print MeThis paper has been shared with me (author unknown) and, as it touches all of us, including our families & whether we are Freemasons or not. I’m a strong…

Freemasonry in China

Print MeFREEMASONRY IN CHINA Commentary For as long as I can remember, China has been mysterious and fascinating to me.  When I realized the Great Wall of China was the…

The Pencil – 2020

Print Me(2019) VW Bro Ross Partridge Dip. M. Ed., PDGIW, REO2 The origin of all the working tools in Craft Masonry, can be logically traced to three instruments – the…

FREEMASONRY AND THE SCIENCE OF RELATIONSHIPS

Print MeBy: RW Bro Kenneth M Christofferson, F.A.C.F The basic premise of this presentation is that the real value of Freemasonry can be broken into two distinct components and there…

The Joy of Christmas

The Joy of Christmas.
I have a list of people
All written in a book –
And every year at Christmas time
I go and take a look.

Masters and Past Masters

We often encounter problems when words describing ancient concepts are translated by the language of today.
The choice and definition of words which were popular a few centuries ago in the interpreting of ideas or rendering meaning to everyday subjects often seem archaic and/or misleading when used in a contemporary/modern sense.

The Light of a Master Mason / 2019

Print MeA Masonic paper created by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy and presented to the Victoria Lodge of Education and Research on February 17, 2009.   photo credit Bro. Steven R Noble…

Some Thoughts on Freemasonry

Print Mecredits extended at end of paper.   photo credit Bro. Steven R Noble Masonry, in the final analysis, is a way of life, a theory of life, a philosophy of…

Interesting Masonic History

Print MeAnonymous Taken mostly from “The Truth is Stranger than Fiction,” By Bro. Alphonse Cerza, Masonic Service Association, 1934. At one time, Golden Lodge #5, Stanstead, Canada occupied a lodge…

Be More Than a Mason

Adapted by V.W. Bro, Norman McEvoy from a paper prepared by Brother Guide Sobecki = Geneva Lodge No.139 is the Junior Warden of Gourgas Chapter of Rose Croix, Valley of Chicago Scottish Rite as well as Preceptor of Illinois York Rite College No. 15.

Esoteric Masonry 2019

Print MeTaken from Chapters 2&3 of “The Meaning of Masonry” by W.L.Wilmshurst Presented by V.W.Bro Norman McEvoy.  Haida Lodge #161 B.C&YR.   To begin, may I first deal with two…

The Cardinal Virtues

Print MeRt. Wor. Bro. Professor B. E. Murphy, P.G.W. I wish to make some contribution to the study of the ethical side of Craft Masonry. Freemasonry is defined as “a…

Masonry and Life

Print MeThe development of the human race, its civilizations with their structural and mechanical improvements is a history of the development of the human mind. One person’s idea leading to…

The Lesser Lights – 2019

Print MeThe Lesser Lights   By M.W. Bro. James S. Hogg, P.G.M., G.Lof BC Vancouver and Quadra Lodge No.2 and dated April 15, 1980   When an initiate is first…

Evenings of Discussion / Education

Print MeEvenings of Discussion / Education an email from W.Bro Eamonn McCarthy The Evenings of Discussion / Education continue to be held in Tuckey Street on the second Friday of…

Ego vs Soul

Print MeW. Bro. Barry Tuck Euclid Lodge No. 158  Parksville.  BC Canada. Brethren.  I often seek out motivational speeches, sayings and readings. l would like to one that I recently…

A Reflection on Life

Print Me(author unknown) however it could have been created by many.   I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others’ eyes, my life is the …

IF, by Rudyard Kipling.

Print MeIF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But…

Bulletproof Freemasonry

Print MeWhat I Learned about the Craft in Afghanistan By Bro. Lieutenant Joseph F. Curry, Intelligence Officer, Canadian Armed Forces; The Beaches Lodge No. 473 and Canada Lodge UD (Kandahar),…

The Blazing Star

Print Meadapted by V.W.Bro. Norman McEvoy  from a paper shared by R.W. Bro Robert Taylor. The Blazing Star, which is not, however, to be confounded with the Five-Pointed Star, is…

Spirituality and Masonry

Print MeAdapted by V.W .Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper presented by Keith V. Godfrey Prince of Wales Lodge No. I00          (Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon) October 17, 2007…

How Should Masons Act?

Print MeAdapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper presented by Morris Goldstein, Grand Orator 1946  Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of California In preparation for this evening…

Our Attitudes

Print MeOur attitudes are like our shadows, they follow every thinking individual in his total activities. They are impelling forces in action, they shape our purposes & they largely determine…

Commitment

Print MeShared with me by M.W. Bro, Stephen Godfrey, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon (Canada)   The story of Bill Toomey’s commitment to…

The Real Object of Masonic Education

Print MeThe Real Object of Masonic Education Adapted by V.W. Bro, Norman McEvoy from a paper presented by Bro. Reynold E. Blight Executive Director, Committee on Masonic Education, California From…

Planting your Seed

Print MePlanting your Seed Author Unknown A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one…

“Our Mission” From Example and Through Leadership.

Print Me“OUR MISSION” FROM EXAMPLE AND THROUGH LEADERSHIP R.W. Bro. V. Burnie Kyle, S.G.W.Grand Lodge of British Columbia My Thanks to M.W.Bro Stephen Godfrey for allowing me access to his…

The Concept of Observance

Print MeThe Concept of Observance Presented by W.Bro. Andrew Hammer. Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22 (excerpted in part from “Observing the Craft”   In 1772, William Preston wrote: ‘Were the privileges of…

Why I became a Mason!

Print MeWhy I became a Mason R.W. Bro. Chris Reid, DDGM 2015-16 Prince Edward District GRC (Canada)   I was sitting in Lodge one night watching two Brothers (Candidates) receiving…

West Gate or Revolving Door!

Print MeWest Gate or Revolving Door? Issues Surrounding Retention RWB Doug Franklin, SGW, GL BC & Yukon (2017) In our beloved Craft today, we are often reminded that retention is…

Why is Masonry so Secret in Britain?

Print MeWhy is Freemasonry so Secret in Britain? By Mike Martin, July 2001. “So why do you belong to that secret society?” is a question I get asked once in…

The Cab Ride

Print MeThe Cab Ride Shared with me by M.W.Bro. Stephen Godfrey. Haida Lodge #166  Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon. I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After…

Whither are we Travelling?

Print MeWhither Are We Travelling? An article written by brother Dwight L. Smith, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Indiana and reproduced in the Transactions of the Masters’ and…

Meandering Through Masonry

Print MeAdapted by V.W. Bro Norman McEvoy from a paper By: R.W.Bro. R. L. Shaw; Published in THE TRACING BOARD, G.R.S.; May 1975 Masonry is a sinuous stairway to the…

The Initiate’s Chain

Print MeThis explanation is sometimes used in conjunction with the Entered Apprentice’s song. Brother initiate, you will observe that with open arms we receive you into freemasonry in general, into…

What is in a word?

Print MeWhat is in a word? Bro. Stephen Godfrey Victoria Council No. 213 (Allied Masonic Degrees) also  a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon.…

Minding our own Business

Print MeMINDING OUR OWN BUSINESS Before embarking on a consideration of this topic, it might be appropriate to define the business of Freemasonry.  First and foremost, Freemasonry is an initiatic…

Never Forget Your Friends

Print MeNever Forget Your Friends Shared with me by a Friend A newlywed young man was sitting on the porch on a hot, humid day, sipping iced tea with his…

The Great Dissesention (or Schism)

Print MeThe 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,…

Symbolism of the Corner Stone

Print MeShared 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…

Masonic Bibles

Print MeAn 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 Blue Slipper

Print MeThe 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,…

Freemasonry, a View

Print MeFREEMASONRY 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. …

I Believe

Print MeI 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…

The North is Dark (Why)?

Print MeTHE 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 North East Corner

Print MeTHE 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…

The Chisel

Print MeThe 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…

The Rise of Freemasonry

Print MeThe Rise of Freemasonry By Fred L. Pick, P.A.G.D.C., Prov. G. Sec. Lancs. (E.D.),  P.M., Quatuor Coronati Lodge, 2076. & co-author of “The Pocket History of Freemasonry” with G.…

The Unity of our Masonic System

Print Me“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…

Advice to a Potential Candidate

Print MeADVICE TO A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE Taken from “A Masonic Minute” & written by the late M.W. Bro. Raymond Daniels (2014) A Personal Note to a Potential Candidate from an…

What is Freemasonry – its Aims & Objectives

Print MeWhat Is Freemasonry, its Aims and Objectives? A paper prepared by the Committee of Masonic Education of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and the ACT for presentation at…

Circumambulation & it’s Significance

Print MeTHE 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…

Ceremonial Preparation

Print MeCEREMONIAL PREPARATION ORIGINS OF THE RITE Ceremonial preparation is an ancient rite that has its origins shrouded in the mists of time. In every period, from the primeval ages…

Character

Print Me CHARACTER by R.W.Bro. J.R. (Jim) Crawford Senior Grand Warden, Grand Lodge of Alberta, A.F. & A.M. (Canada)  “Character”, the topic of my address, is really the fabric of which…

The Silent Architect

Print MeThe Silent Architect The following talk was delivered in the Sydney Lodge of Research on 19th May 1936, by Brother Rev. L.H. Purnell. First of all I want to…

The Six Pointed Star

Print MeThe 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…

Reflections on the E/A Degree

Print Me Reflections on the EA Degree Shared from the Sunday Morning Paper Nothing in Freemasonry is more beautiful in form or more eloquent in meaning than the First Degree.…

Christmas Story 2016

Print Me “ 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…

Mentoring ; A Possible Solution

Print MeMentoring ;  A possible Solution!! Presented by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy  Haida Lodge No 166 Grand Lodge of BC &Yukon (Canada) Brethren; This paper has been stimulated by a…

Freemasonry & Christmas

Print MeFREEMASONRY AND CHRISTMAS R.W. Bro Jim Bennie, Southern Cross Lodge No. 44, Vancouver B.C.(Canada) The observance of Christmas doesn’t seem to bring satisfaction to some people. On one hand,…

The Bridge Builder

Print MeThe Bridge Builder A poem; written by Will Allen Dromgoole. An old man, going down a lone highway, Came to the evening, cold & grey, To a chasm, vast…

What does a Mason Build?

Print MeWhat does a Mason Build? from an address given by R.W. Bro. Myron Lusk, Grand Lodge of Alberta (date unknown) What does a Mason build, and when will the…

What Freemasonry Stands For !!

Print MeWHAT FREEMASONRY STANDS FOR !! No one can dispute the fact that we are living in a disturbed world and this is brought to our attention every day we…

The Royal Arch-Pure and Ancient Freemasonry

Print MeThe Royal Arch – part of Pure and Ancient Freemasonry  If we want to understand Freemasonry, we must not only study the history of our Order, but also look…

The Triangle

Print MeThe Triangle Symbols have been used since earliest recorded history to teach and to preserve knowledge about natural and spiritual laws. Over 3000 years ago the Egyptian Mystery Schools…

The Wind Beneath Your Wings

Print MeThe Wind Beneath Your Wings From ‘Soaring With Eagles’ by Bill Newman.  Today we are going to venture into the realm of the eagle – one of the most…

Am I a Master Mason

Print MeAm I a Master Mason? C. Hull, Jr., MPS (Membership or Location not known) Have you, at any time, been inclined to ask yourself these questions, “Am I a…

What does it Mean to be a Spiritual Person??

Print MeWhat does it mean to be a Spiritual Person ?? adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper contained in  “Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and…

The Spiritual Interpretation of the Officers of the Lodge

Print MeTHE 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…

A Journey to the Spirit

Print MeA 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…

The Measure of a Man

Print Me                                    The Measure of a Man Adapted, very slightly, by Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper compiled by brother J.E. Blackmore, J.W. of Lodge 96. GL NSW (Aust) There…

Towards a New Golden Age of Masonry

Print MeTowards 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…

Origins of Early Freemasonry

Print MeOrigins of Early Freemasonry Adapted by Norman McEvoy from a paper by Freddy Berdach SLGR, PPSGW (Middx)  Preface: This subject has been written and talked about for many years…

Masonic Education too often overlooked!

Print MeMASONIC EDUCATION: A Subject Too Often Overlooked Adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper by Richard E. Fletcher, PGM, Vermont   (undated) Conrad Hahn, a most distinguished Mason,…

Why are you a Mason?

Print MeWhy 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…

Why I became a Mason

Print MeWhy I became a Mason R.W. Bro. Chris Reid, DDGM 2015-16 Prince Edward District Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. I was sitting in Lodge one…

The Mason’s Mallet

Print MeThe Mason’s Mallet  As an emblem of authority in a Masonic Lodge, the mallet is invested with a good deal of interest. To those Companions and Brethren who want…

Where did all our Freemasons Go?

Print Me Where Did All Our Freemasons Go? Adapted by V.W. Bro Norman McEvoy from a paper presented by R.W. Bro. Gordon Crutcher. Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of…

Will a Secretary get to Heaven ?

Print MeWill a Secretary get to Heaven?? A Tribute to our unsung heroes      No one will admit to being the Author!  If a Secretary writes a letter, it…

What Freemasonry Teaches Me

Print MeWHAT FREEMASONRY TEACHES ME!! Taken from “The Gavel and Freemasonry’s Journal”, December, 1870; Re-printed in THE TRACING BOARD, G.R.S.; March, 1976 A few days since, a gentleman outside the…

The Lewis Jewel and its History

Print MeThe 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…

You Called me Brother!!

Print MeYou Called me Brother! Shared with me by R.W. Bro. Wayne Anderson  The Craft is a society with secrets, but until recently, the public at large thought it was…

That’s Not How We Did It In My Year!!!

Print MeThat’s Not How We Did It In My Year !! By W. Bro. Carl W. Davis The story is told of a bishop who was touring a newly constructed…

Three Questions

Print MeTHE THREE QUESTIONS Shared with me by R.W. Bro. Robert Taylor A university professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question. “Did…

Seven Great Mistakes of Freemasonry

Print MeSeven Greatest Mistakes of Freemasonry (author unknown) 1. Ritual Without Meaning Too many times, we are more concerned about performing the ritual perfectly without understanding what it means. Ritual…

Moments of Reason

Print MeMOMENTS OF REASON Old age in Winter, alas, for many people, but for those who are wise and optimistic, it is the happy and fruitful time of Harvest. As…

The Masonic Apron

Print MeThe 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…

Victory Postage Stamp

Print MeSolomon Lodge of Research No. 5986 P.O. Box 1262 Saskatoon SK S7K 3N9 The 1946 Victory Stamp Bro. R. J. Meek, Nelson Lodge, 23 Since England first issued postage…

Unlawful Societies Act

Print MeThe Unlawful Societies Act of 1799     Adapted from a paper presented by R.W. Bro Wayne Anderson In the early years of Freemasonry, when there were many secret groups or…

The Legend of the Cap & Gown

Print MeTHE 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…

An Interview with the Grand Master of Ireland

Print MeThe following is a copy of an Interview with the Grand Master of Ireland and published in the New Irish News on September 13, 2015. FREEMASONS ARE ACTUALLY A…

Advice For The New Year

Print MeA THOUGHT FOR THE NEW YEAR Author unknown At the Banquet following the Installation of Officers of Victoria- Columbia No 1 GL of BC & Y, which was held…

Take my Hand and Follow me.

Print MeTake My Hand; Follow Me The secrets of Masonry I wanted to know. Of a Mason I asked what those secrets might be. He replied, “First we talk, then…

The All Seeing Rye

Print MeTHE 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…

I Wish You Enough

Print MeI WISH YOU ENOUGH Author Bob Perks Many of us may have seen this before, but it is a nice reminder. Possibly not a real conversation, but whoever wrote…

A Lesson on Stress

Print MeA Great Lesson on Stress A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her…

A View Point on Freemasonry

Print MeA View Point on Freemasonry, from an Individual Masons Perspective Adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper by Francis G. Paul 33* Northern Light, May 1990 Reproduced…

The Stone Rejected

Print MeThe Stone Rejected The above was written by Rt. Ex. Companion A. Cotow What is Freemasonry? It is a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by…

The Forget Me Not ( a second legend)

Print MeThe “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,…

Is Freemasonry A Total Moral Philosophy?

Print MeIs Freemasonry a Total Moral Philosophy? What is Behind the Anomalies in our Second Tracing Board Lecture By R.W.Bro JDF Black PDGM (UGLV) What should we do about the…

Tribute to Dr. Wayne. W, Dyer

Print MeA Tribute to Dr. Wayne W, Dyer We lost a beautiful soul and human being on Aug. 29. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was a pioneer in the personal-development field…

Five Points of Fellowship

Print MeFIVE POINTS OF FELLOWSHIP Adapted from a paper shared by R.W. Bro. Robert Taylor Sidney Australia. The communication of the Five Points of Fellowship is one of the most…

For The Good & Welfare

Print MeFOR THE GOOD AND WELFARE By Charles Connolly, J.W. Kitimat Lodge, No. 169, Kitimat, B.C.; Published in Masonic Bulletin, GRBC., Feb., 1972. “Does any Brother have anything to offer,…

The Distinguishing Badge of a Mason

Print MeThe 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;…

A Walk About the Lodge

Print MeA Walk-About the Lodge It is important to note that this paper came to me from a Brother in the U.K. & although he did not give me the…

The Royal Society & Freemasonry

Print MeTHE ROYAL SOCIETY AND FREEMASONRY Amended, in part, by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a Paper presented to the Victoria Lodge of Education and Research on November 21, 2006…

Now is the Hour

Print MeNOW IS THE HOUR by Charles R. Glassmlre We are always thinking in Masonry about the word “building.” We are told that Masons are builders. Yet how often do…

The Visiting Brother

Print MeTHE VISITING BROTHER by: Unknown The Lodge of Antiquity (England) possesses an old Masonic document written during the reign of James II between 1685 and 1688; in it appears…

The Symbolism of Stone

Print MeThe symbolism of stone Why we are “Masons??? adapted by V. W. Bro, Norman McEvoy from a paper published as under the title “A Masonic Minute” by MW Bro.…

The Back Nine of Life

Print MeThe Back Nine of Life (author unknown) I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING IT FAST TILL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER, …

What are We Trying to Save?

Print MeWhat are we trying to save? from a Masonic Minute by Bro. Raymond Daniels “Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.” Jonas Salk (1914-1995) Those delivering Masonic addresses…

Why the Rush

Print MeWHY THE RUSH presented by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy The subject I wish to address in this paper is the “Why the Rush” in getting Candidates through the Degrees.…

A Mason Believes

Print MeA Mason Believes author unknown  Shared by Bro. Wayne Anderson People frequently ask “Why are you a Mason?” “What makes it last through the centuries?”, or “What does a…

Tylers ; Operative & Speculative

Print MeTYLERS OPERATIVE AND SPECULATIVE by Bro. P.J. Adrian Origin of The Word Tyler Various dictionaries indicate that the spelling Tyler is simply an older form of the more modern…

The Holy Men

Print MeTHE HOLY MEN author & origin unknown (thank goodness) Blame it on me!!!! Some years ago when living in Northern British Columbia a new Master Mason came to me…

A New Delight

Print MeA NEW DELIGHT M.W. Brother John L. Travis. Grand Master of Masons in Georgia in 1938, There could be no better advice to men who are taking, as you…

Happiness

Print MeHappiness If you will take the time to read these. I promise you’ll come away with an enlightened perspective.       The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:                                                                                                …

Chronological History of Freemasonry & Related Events

Print MeTo the Reader Over the past  10 years I have created a Chronological History of Freemasonry & Related Events utilizing any and all material that has come to my…

Mahatma Gandhi

Print MeMAHATMA GANDHI a true story shared with me by way of the March 15th edition of Lion’s Paw, the official Newsletter of Haida Lodge #166 Grand Lodge of BC…

I am the Guy

Print MeI Am The Guy I am the guy who asked to join your organization I am the guy who paid his dues to join. I am the guy who…

Sense of a Goose

Print MeSENSE 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…

The Pillars (Six Orders)

Print MeTHE 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…

Proposed Lodge Structure

Print MeThe Educator Concept Proposed Lodge Officers & Brethren Structure The following paper was created by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy as his answer to a course assignment under the heading…

Colour Symbolism in Freemasonry

Print MeColour 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…

More Masonry into Men

Print MeMORE MASONRY INTO MEN adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from an address given by Wor. Bro. A. Deans Peggs, P.D.G.W.(E.C.) On the Occasion of his Installation as Master…

Relief ?

Print MeRELIEF ? By Unknown The tenets of Freemasonry are brotherly love, relief, and truth. These are the doctrines of the Fraternity, the speculative truths which are taught to initiates.…

A Masonic Lodge is Not a Service Club

Print MeA Masonic Lodge is Not a Service Club By. M.W. Bro. Laurence Healey ; Grand Master Grand Lodge of British Columbia (1952) adapted by V.W.Bro. Norman McEvoy for publication…

Short Vacations

Print MeSHORT VACATIONS from Somebody Loves You by Helen Steiner Rice We all need “short vacations” in life’s fast and maddening race An interlude of quietness from the constant, jet…

Are We Really Making (Masons)

Print MeAre We Really Making (Masons) by C. Donald Prosser, MPS Definition: Make To Bring Into Being: Put Together: Build: Form; Shape. My own Grand Lodge, the Grand Lodge of…

Our Mission in Freemasonry

Print Me“OUR MISSION IN FREEMASONRY” FROM EXAMPLE AND THROUGH LEADERSHIP R.W. Bro. V. Burnie Kyle, S.G.W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia Grand Master 1984/85. Our mission and responsibilities within the…

A New Renaissance in Freemasonry

Print MeA New Renaissance in Freemasonry A personal paper created by R.W. Bro. Ian J Bowman Senior Grand Warden, BC and Yukon Presented at the Western Canada Conference, October 2014.…

Fast Eddie Rickenbaker

Print MeFast Eddie Rickenbacker Freemason: Fighting the Flying Circus shared with me by a fellow brother. Author Unknown to me!! He began his career as an auto racer, gaining international…

In Flanders Fields

Print MeIN FLANDERS FIELDS Written by Lt. Col John McCrea,  Medical Officer. Canadian Field Artillery. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our…

It’s What you Scatter

Print MeIT’S WHAT YOU SCATTER I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes… I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily…

What is the Meaning of your Existence?

Print MeWhat Is The Meaning Of YOUR Existence? shared by Ed Halpaus April 2008 “Live as if you are living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the…

On Allegories

Print MeOn Allegories 1. Allegories , when well chosen ,are like so many tracks of light in a discourse’ that make everything about them clear & beautiful                                                                      Addison 2.; A…

Surprised by Joy

Print MeSURPRISED BY JOY! By: Walter M. Macdougall Piscataquis Lodge # 44 Grand Lodge of Maine Deputy Grand Master Brother Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe wrote that: “Freemasonry is about life.…

Character

Print MeCHARACTER by R.W.Bro. J.R. (Jim) Crawford Senior Grand Warden, Grand Lodge of Alberta, A.F. & A.M.    Grand Master 1992. “Character”, the topic of my address, is really the fabric…

God’s Wife

Print MeGOD’S WIFE Freemasonry is most definitely a Personal Spiritual Journey, however, there does not seem to be any reason why we cannot enjoy; appreciate & share meaningful stories along…

Rough & Perfect

Print MeROUGH 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…

Royal Arch Masonry

Print MeAn Introduction to Royal Arch Masonry adapted by MEC Norman McEvoy (Columbia Chapter No 1. G.C of BC&Yukon) Canada, from an article date and source unknown. The first comment…

Freemasonry for Wives; Family & Others.

Print MeFREEMASONRY FOR WIVES FAMILY AND OTHERS When it comes to attracting men to join Freemasonry, large factor in the potential candidates’ decision process will very often be the attitude…

Language of the Heart

Print MeLANGUAGE 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   …

An Anniversary

Print MeAn Anniversary “Is Another Link of Love Binding Couples Closer” a poem by Helen Steiner Rice It takes a special day like this To just sit back and reminisce…

Choices

Print MeCHOICES READ THIS. LET IT REALLY SINK IN. THEN CHOOSE. John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always…

Amos ; What seeest Thou?

Print MeAMOS, WHAT SEEST THOU? by Ray W. Burgess, Past Grand Master of Louisiana In all the Lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana…

Charge for the Festival of St John

Print MeA Charge for the Festival of St John copied from The Spirit of Masonry by William Hutchinson (1775) In that the Celebration of the Festival of St John is…

The Sneeze

Print MeTHE SNEEZE true story They walked in tandem, each of the 92 filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they…

What is a Mason

Print MeWHAT IS A MASON this poem/statement or information has been transposed by me, from a Certificate type publication, showing no author & a footnote M.A.S. Brooklyn N.Y. The certificate…

Lesser Lights

Print MeThe 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 Ritual is not the main Thing.

Print MeThe Ritual is not the Main Thing       By Rabbi E. Geffen, 32d, F.P.S. Masonic Light – 1949 There are many Masons who know nothing about the morality of Masonry,…

Morality

Print MeMorality presented by Bro. Frank O’Brien to the Brethren of Victoria Columbia Lodge No 1. GL of BC & Yukon Canada in March 2014. During our Initiation into Freemasonry,…

The Ancient Charges

Print MeThis paper has been created by consolidating presentations made in 2005 Editions of “The Educator” when shared in email form.    Now that sharing is possible by way of…

Royal Society & Freemasonry

Print MeTHE ROYAL SOCIETY AND FREEMASONRY Presented to the Victoria Lodge of Education and Research on November 21, 2006 by R. W. Bro. David Ritchie P.D.D.G.M (GRBC&Y), Education Officer Discovery…

Masonic Light

Print MeMasonic Light      Prepared by W. Bro John Murphy PM May 2009, Hiram & Lebanon Lodge #3, GRPEI Comment   I started my quest for the precise meaning of…

King Solomon’s Temple & Freemsonry

Print MeKING SOLOMONS TEMPLE AND FREEMASONRY by Joseph C. Richmond Presented to Pythagoras Lodge of Research, FAAM., Washington, D.C. (date unknown) shared with Victoria Lodge of Education & Research 1977-4…

Prayer; Love & Appreciation

Print MePrayer ; Love & Appreciation presented by VW. Bro. Norman McEvoy   March 2014 Since becoming aware of Dr Wayne W. Dyer in about 1987, I have been a major…

Integrity

Print MeIntegrity at the West Gate By: W. Bro. George Moore February 2006 Trends are changing in Freemasonry, both in our jurisdiction and indeed around the world. For the first…

I Pass this way but Once

Print MeI PASS THIS WAY BUT ONCE This original Poem was named “The Pilgrim Way” and written by John Oxenham. I pass this way but once, and then, the silent…

Masonic Symbols 1898

Print MeMASONIC 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…

Challenges of Masonry in the 21st Century

Print Me The Challenges of Masonry in the 21st Century An article presented by Thomas. W Jackson to the Third International Conference of Masonology, held in Izmir Turkey, April 12,…

Foreign Countries

Print MeForeign 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,…

Warden’s Columns==why?

Print MeWARDEN’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…

Wiser; Better and Consequently Happier.

Print MeWISER, BETTER AND CONSEQUENTLY HAPPIER Does Freemasonry make its members wiser, better and, consequently, happier? While Freemasonry has done that for many of its members, no promise of such…

A Study in Change

Print MeTo the reader Quite recently I became the beneficiary of a small privately printed book titled  “it is not in the power of any man…..” A Study in Change”…

Everyone needs Someone

Print MeEveryone Needs Someone taken from “Someone Cares” The Collected Poems of Helen Steiner Rice People need people, and friends need friends. We all need Love, for a full life…

Guide Me

Print MeGUIDE ME prepared and presented by V.W. Bro Norman McEvoy Introduction At this moment I have in front of me some memory work that I have been invited to…

The Try Square of Conscience

Print Me THE TRY SQUARE OF CONSCIENCE adapted by V.W.Bro Norman McEvoy from BROTHERS AND BUILDERS. By Joseph Fort Newton. The Holy Book lies open upon the Altar of Masonry,…

Masonic Ritual History

Print MeHistory of Masonic Ritual dating back to the Establishment of The United Grand Lodge of England 1n 1813. a paper presented by Jacques Huyghebaert Past Master Lodge #2991 UGLE…

Ashlars=Rought=Smooth=Story of a Stone

Print MeASHLARS – ROUGH, SMOOTH – STORY OF A STONE by J. Fairbairn Smith I am delighted to present this paper prepared by the eminent Masonic Scholar, J. Fairbairn Smith,…

The Point Within a Circle

Print MeThe Point Within a Circle taken and adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from “The Freemason at Work “ by Harry Carr in answer to the Question as to…

Freemasonry and It’s Place in the World

Print MeFreemasonry and It’s Place in the World Adapted from the Jan 2010 Short Talk Bulletin presented by the Masonic Service Assoc. of North America. and written by M.W. Bro,…

Freemasony and Religion (A Legal Perspective)

Print Me FREEMASONRY AND RELIGION from a legal perspective  Freemasons’ Hall in London is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England. It is a magnificent building comprising a…

Bread ; Golf & Parenting

Print MeBread, Golf & Parenting.                                                                                                                                                                        presented by M.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling: Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.                         This talk is…

They All Came Just For Me

Print MeThey All Came Just For Me By: Bro. Richard L. Jenkins For the brothers of Cass Lodge 412, Griswold Iowa. Something big is going on here. Or so I…

A Philosophy on Old Age & Staying Young

Print MeA PHILOSOPHY ON OLD AGE & STAYING YOUNG (Absolutely Brilliant) If you don’t read this to the very end, you have lost a day in your life. Do you…

The Bible and The Craft

Print MeTHE BIBLE AND THE CRAFT Development and Introduction of the Bible Into Freemasonry During a recent conversation, on Masonic matters, the comment was made to me that “the Bible…

Symbolism of White Gloves & Aprons

Print Me SYMBOLISM OF THE WHITE GLOVES AND APRONS By V.W.Bro. L. Tustain; 24th June, 1948. There is in the wearing of Craft Clothing, as in everything else pertaining to…

And Then it is Winter

Print Me AND THEN IT IS WINTER You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday…

Prayer-Your Sect or Mine-Neither

Print MePRAYER–YOUR SECT OR MINE–NEITHER Thanks to M.W. Bro. Budkofsky, PGM and Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut for his very insightful look at Prayer in our Masonic…

Are you a Keeper; Fixer or Consumer

Print Me  ARE YOU A KEEPER, FIXER  OR CONSUMER                                                                                                                            adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy  from a circular email message.  I grew up with very practical parents. A Mother, God…

A Friend is a Gift of God

Print Me Good Morning As so often happens, something gets into my mind and I feel compelled to react. In this case I was researching “The Educator” website, looking for…

Now is the Hour

Print MeNOW IS THE HOUR This Short Talk Bulletin is based upon an address given by Most Worshipful Brother Charles R. Glassmire, PGM of Maine, at the semi-annual Communication of…

Success

Print Me Introduction The following is an excerpt from a presentation made by a DDGM to a Lodge in his District & while I am certain if was intended only…

The Level and The Square

Print Me The Level and The Square by Brother Rob Morris Poet Laureate of Freemasonry (this poem , written in August 1854, is the most popular Masonic Poem of all…

Seven Liberal Arts & Sciences

Print Me Introduction.  In the candidates progress through the Degrees of Freemasonry, he is admonished to conduct a study of the Liberal Arts, more especially that of Geometry. This paper…

The Unspeakable Masonic Word

Print MeEducation: The Unspeakable Masonic Word By W. Bro. Jay Hochberg When we speak of “Masonic Education,” we are needlessly redundant. Freemasonry is Education, simultaneously moral instruction, spiritual enlightenment and…

The Celtic Cross and Irradiation

Print MeThe Celtic Cross & Irradiation (a personal conversation)   Do you ever talk to yourself & get into deep thought when you are shaving, brushing your teeth etc…  –…

Hi. My Name is Rose !!

Print MeHi.  My Name is Rose On the first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood…

Mentoring Handbook (G.L. of Washington)

Print MeMentoring – A Life Long Process and a Key to Leadership   Most  Worshipful  Grand  Lodge  of  Free  &   Accepted  Masons  of  Washington   Taken  from   the combined  information …

The Soul of Man

Print Me  taken from “Someone Cares” by Helen Steiner Rice     Every man has a deep heart need                         That cannot be filled with doctrine or creed For the…

The Masonic Reward

Print Me    Adapted from a paper originally titled “A Masonic Philosophy of Life“ by W.Bro. George F. Hobart – Nanaimo Lodge #110 GL of BC&Y (Canada) and published in…

The Craft and the Holy Royal Arch

Print Me  The ceremonies of the Craft, as we know them today, are the result of evolutionary changes that have occurred since the beginning of the 18th Century.   The…

The Ashlar

Print Me  The Ashlar   When a sculptor chooses a stone for his work, he looks for one which has within it the innate beauty and perfection that he needs. …

The Personification of a Mason

Print MeTaken from “The Address to the Brethren”  presented at Installation Ceremonies with the Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon Jurisdiction The Personification of a Mason If you see a…

The Story Behind The Praying Hands

Print Me  Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children.   Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table…

The Five Noble Orders of Architecture

Print MeWhy Not Six ?? What happened to the GOTHIC ??? What order of architecture still abounds? What order of architecture is not mentioned in our ritual? GOTHIC   Have…

That A-Hah Moment

Print Me      Brethren, Companions & Friends.   What is an A-Hah moment????   Webster’s Dictionary tells me it is an Expression of Surprise  OR  an exclamation of Triumph.   …

The Lambskin Apron (another poem)

Print Me  Author unknown   It is not ornamental; the cost is not great, There are other things far more useful, yet truly I state, Tho of all my possessions,…

The Lambskin (Scottish)

Print Me    Be proud of  that lambskin more ancient by far Than the fleece of pure gold or the eagle of war. ‘Tis the emblem of innocence and nobler to…

The Lambskin Apron (poem)

Print Me  An interesting poem, written in 1917 by Brother D. L. Clements   “The white leather apron is more ancient by far Than the eagles of Rome, a symbol…

The Lambskin Apron

Print Me  Adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper by Bro. Auri Spigelman (Grand Lodge of California)   It was “Lambskin Apron Night” at the Lodge. The brethren…

Did You Know This About Freemasonry?

Print Me  Adapted from an address given by REV. NOAH L. BESS before the Wisconsin Conference for Masonic Unity Royal Arch Magazine – Winter 1966   Freemasonry has done far…

Freemasonry is a Philosophy of Life

Print Me  Freemasonry is a philosophy of life which calls into play all the forces of life in building that Temple of the soul as a symbol of the temple…

Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

Print MeQuality of Service No one can make you serve customers well ….That’s because great service is a choice. Harvey Mackay, tells a wonderful story about a cab driver that…

The Cost Of Kids

Print Me  For those of you with kids, grandkids, or step-kids, or if you are debating the idea of having kids, here is a great read! I have seen repeatedly…

The Relevance of Mark and Royal Arch to the Craft

Print MeAt the half yearly meeting of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India, on the 4th September 2004, the author W.Bro. T.T.Kuruvilla Past Assistant Regional Grand Master delivered a brilliant…

The Origin of our Institution and Mediaeval Masonry

Print Me    Adapted by VW. Bro Norman McEvoy from a  paper by W. Bro. A. J. Chapman, P.M., 28th June, 1945.   It may be truthfully said that the…

Desiderata

Print Me  Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with…

Achievement

Print Me  When do we become a Mason?  After the First Degree?  When we become a Fellowcraft?  or not until we become a Master Mason?   The answer is quite…

Hand Over Back

Print Me  Adapted from a paper created by W.Bro. Myles Makortoff, Past Master Langley Lodge #184 Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon (Canada)   I want to draw to you attention something…

More Masonry into Men

Print Me    This paper was presented at the Victoria Lodge of Education & Research on: Oct. 19, 1971. by: W. Bro. A. Deans Peggs, P.D.G.W. (E.C.)   There is…

An Angle of 60 Degrees? Why?

Print Me  Few Masons have any definite idea as to why the compasses are opened upon the Volume of the Sacred Law at an angle of 60 degrees.   The…

What do we mean when we say what we say

Print Mepresented by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy Victoria Columbia Lodge No 1 Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon (Canada)   Introduction As I continue on my “Personal Spiritual Journey” and…

Speculations on the Circle and the Square

Print Meshared with the permission of W.Bro Michel Bourassa, PM Yellowknife #162 GRA & Victoria-Columbia #1  GLofBC&Y   Speculation: Origin: 1325–75; Middle English speculacioun < Late Latin specul?ti?n- (stem of…

On the State of Freemasonry

Print Me    taken from “The Spirit of Freemasonry” by William Hutchinson, 1775 At the Revolution in 1688, only seven Lodges were in existence, and of them there were but…

A Forever Friend

Print Me  Sometimes in life you find a special friend Someone who changes your life just by being part of it.   Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t…

The System of Freemasonry

Print Me A quote attributed to Dr. James Anderson D.D. first Grand Secretary Grand Lodge of England 1717. and taken from “The Spirit of Masonry” written by William Hutchison in…

Looking to the Future

Print MeThis paper was presented by RW. Bro. Thomas W. Robert Jackson to the brethren of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the province of Ontario at their Grand Lodge…

Planting your Seed

Print Me  A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.   Instead of choosing one of his Directors…

The Charge to the E/A

Print MeThe Charge In The Entered Apprentice Degree As presented at the Senior Warden’s pedestal.  It commences as follows:-  Brother, as you have passed through the ceremony of your initiation,…

Friendship

Print MeSometimes something crosses you desk and impacts you in such a way that you feel the need to share it. Today is one of those days and the paper…

A Brilliant Statement

Print Me 2 GET and 2 GIVE CREATES MANY PROBLEMS FOR MASONS WE HAVE THE ANSWER WE SIMPLY DOUBLE IT!! 4 GET AND 4 GIVE SOLVES ALL THE PROBLEMS Print…

Nice Lines

Print MeSomeone has written these beautiful words and they are meant to be shared; 1 – Prayer is not a “Spare Wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, it…

Because I Am A Freemason

Print MeDeveloped by the Grand Lodge of New York and presented by M.W.Bro. Neal Bidnick PGM. I believe that freedom of religion is an inalienable right and tolerance an indispensable…

Jacob’s Ladder

Print MePresented by, Bro. D. Hazelwood-Zion Lodge No. 77 Masonic Bulletin, BCY-April 1938 On a tracing board, bearing the date of 1776, we see the first authentic record of the…

The Lodge

Print Me This next piece is in answer to Bro. Desmond Shairp of Vancouver BC who wanted to know WHERE did the name “Lodge” come from and WHY. The following…

The North is Dark

Print MeThe North is Dark  (An age old Tradition Examined) It is one of our old-time traditions that the North side of the Lodge Room has always been termed a…

What Is Freemasonry? (2)

Print Me“Know Thyself” was the injunction inscribed over the Portals of Ancient Temples of Initiation. Freemasonry is designed to teach such self-knowledge Does it not proclaim the fact that there…

What Freemasonry Teaches Me

Print MeWe are sometimes asked by someone outside the Masonic Fraternity what Masonry teaches us. We will answer what it teaches us, and he will then have the opportunity to…

What Is Freemasonry?

Print MeFreemasonry is a 300 year old fraternity with a 3,000 year old tradition; the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternal organization in the world. It is a universal…

Humility

Print MeThe Forgotten Virtue Of all the virtues and attributes propounded by Craft Masonry, the most obscure, overlooked, and yet all persuasive, is also one of the most vital and…

I Believe

Print Me “I believe in the greatness of the individual and that I am in this world for a purpose, that purpose being to put back into life more than…

The Golden Rule

Print MeBrahmanism: This is the sum of duty: “Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done unto you.” Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself…

Why the North East Corner

Print Me It has often been asked WHY the candidate is placed in the N.E. Corner of the Lodge and there presented with what is commonly referred to as the…

Why Do Deacons Carry Wands

Print MeWell, we know that they use them to form an arch over a visiting dignitary when escorting him into the lodge, but what other uses are there. It was…

Why Brother

Print Me Question A Brother has written asking WHY do Freemasons refer to themselves as Brothers.???? Answer From Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary if find the following definition; Brother; 1. A…

What is Freemasonry

Print MeAssembled and edited by VW. Bro. Norman McEvoy Past Master Victoria Columbia No1 Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon (Canada) After much deliberation, , I have come to the conclusion that…

Wages; Corn Wine & Oil

Print MeThe Wages of a Fellowcraft For some time I have wondered what is intended by the words of the Senior Warden in the closing of the Lodge (Emulation Ritual)…

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Print MeThe Christmas Carol  known as “The Twelve Days of Christmas” History informs us that from 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly…

Three Excellences of Character

Print MeAssembled and edited by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy Past Master Victoria Columbia No 1 Grand Lodge of BC& Yukon (Canada)   The reference, of course, is to that portion…

The Seven Chains on a Master Mason Apron

Print Me The Seven Chains on a Master Mason Apron (author unknown) This is a bit academic, however it is pertinent and I do hope you enjoy the read.  …

The Secret Doctrine

Print Me “Freemasonry is a beautiful system of morals veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. Its tenets are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Its Cardinal Virtues are Temperance, Fortitude,…

The Pillars

Print MeTaken from Chapters 2&3 of “The Meaning of Masonry” by W.L.Wilmshurst In his book Wilmshurst makes the comment that one could devote many papers to a study of the…

The Origin of the Four Tassels

Print MeThe inner meaning of the Checkered Pavement on the floor of the Lodge is to exemplify the checkered way of life i.e. the alterations of joy and sorrow, of…

The Letter “G”

Print MeSome of you, including myself, until lately, may not be aware that, at our initiation, we referred to the Supreme Being as the Great Architect of the Universe, However,…

The Influence of Numbers

Print Me From the Meaning of Masonry by W.L. Wilmshurst A man’s first entry into a Lodge is symbolical of his first entry upon the knowledge of knowing himself. His…

The Four Tassels

Print Me I will share with you the views of J.S.M. Ward on this subject   The inner meaning of the carpet is the chequered way of life-the alterations of…

The Chequered Pavement

Print MeHere are the views of W.L. Wilmshurst (one of my favourite authors) who states, there is more in the “square pavement” than simply something for the high priest to…

Symbolism of the First Degree

Print MeBeing a reprint from “The Builder” The Official Journal of the National Masonic Research Society, Anamosa, Iowa.            (circa 1915) In the beginning the seeker for truth must be duly…

Symbolism in the Three Degrees

Print MeThis Prestonian Lecture for 1937 was written by Bro.The Rev. Joseph Johnson. P.A.G. Chaplain and shared with me by The Masonic Service Association of North America.   SYMBOLISM IN…

Symbolism in Craft Freemasonry

Print MeAdapted from “Symbolism in Craft Freemasonry” by Colin Dyer   We may go outside the Lodge, and gazing on nature, perceive that all around us God teaches us by…

Symbolism & Speculation

Print MeFrom “Leaves of Georgia Masonry” Grand Lodge of Georgia   Symbolism is the key to all mysteries, to all ancient and modern religions, to all esoteric knowledge. Without and…

Jacob’s Ladder

Print MeJacob’s Ladder As we are aware this symbol is displayed on the Tracing Board in the Entered Apprentice Degree and history tells us that the first publication was that…

Symbolism : Interpretation & Limitations

Print MeAdapted from “Freemasonry at Work” by Harry Carr Symbols are a mode of communication; they teach by implication, or recollection, or interpretation. But symbolism is not an exact science;…

Geometry (Wilmshurst)

Print MeW.L. Wilmshurst on Geometry Now Geometry was one of the “seven noble arts and sciences” of ancient philosophy. It means literally the science of earth measurement. But the “earth”…

Geometry (Preston)

Print Me From Preston’s “Illustrations of Masonry” Geometry, the first and noblest of sciences, is the basis on which the superstructure of Masonry is erected. By Geometry, may we curiously…

Four Cardinal Virtues

Print MeAssembled and Edited by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy Past Master Victoria Columbia No 1 Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon (2007) To begin, let me first address what is meant by…

Esoteric Freemasonry

Print MePresented by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy Victoria Columbia No1 Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon (Canada) Adapted from Chapters 2&3 of “The Meaning of Masonry” by W.L.Wilmshurst To begin,…

The Trowel

Print MeTHE WORKING TOOLS IN THE MASTER MASON DEGREE (Ancient Workings) Presented by V.W. Bro, Norman McEvoy Director of Masonic Education Victoria Columbia No 1 Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon (Canada)…

The Working Tools

Print Me The working tools in the Fellowcraft Degree, so it appears to me, the Square, the Level, and the Plumb-rule, are intimately related one with the other, and all…

The Skirret

Print Me THE SKIRRET. You are unlikely to discover the word “skirret” in any modern dictionary or encyclopedia – at least, not in the context with which we, as Freemasons,…

The Pencil

Print Me The Pencil, in the sense that it is the instrument of original design, is again demonstrably an implement of the architect or master-builder, the means whereby his inspired…

The Compasses

Print MeAlthough the Compasses, together with the Square are said to “convey the abstract means and end of the science in the most clear and comprehensive Manner”, the symbolic significance…

The Common Gavel

Print MePresented by Brother Phil J. Croft, King David Lodge No. 93, West Vancouver, B.C. Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon (Canada) Pursuing the same metaphor, it might be said…

The Chisel

Print Me The Chisel, whose principal characteristics(so says our Ritual), are its smallness and its sharpness; what gift at our birth can we think of as corresponding in its nature…

The 24-inch Gauge

Print MePresented by Brother Phil J. Croft ,of King David Lodge No. 93, West Vancouver, B.C. Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon (Canada) The first implement placed in the hands of the…

White Gloves

Print MePresented by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy Director of Masonic Education Victoria Columbia Lodge No1 Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon (Canada) Over the years, and in particular over the last few…

The Evergreen

Print MePresented by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy Past Master (1998) Victoria Columbia Lodge No1 Grand Lodge of BC&Y (Canada) Memorial Services It seems, with the arrival of winter, we find…

Bible Openings

Print MeAdapted from  “Freemason at Work” by Harry Carr  (1977) By V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy Director of Masonic Education Victoria Columbia Lodge No1 Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon (Canada) Customs vary…

Why do we say THAT

Print MeCaught Eavesdropping!!!! There are lots of stories in the news today about “Phone-tapping” and “bugging devices”.  People who do this are the high-technology counterparts of the centuries-old “Eavesdropper” –someone…

On Religion

Print MeMy religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble…

On Relationships

Print Me“Don’t let someone become a priority in your life, when you are just an option in theirs. Relationships are best when they are balanced.”   Unknown      …

On Leadership

Print MeWhen students (readers) come back to me and tell me that something I said changed them in a positive way, I know what I’m doing is special. Elizabeth Warren,…

On Friendship

Print Me“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art….It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that GIVE value to survival” C.S. Lewis        (1898-1963) “Friendship’s the wine…

On Aging

Print MeReporters interviewing a 104 year old woman “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked. She simply replied “ No peer pressure”…

General Quotes

Print Me “It amazes me that most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than they do planning the rest of their lives “ Marshall McLuhan “The art of…

Wisdom (The Poem)

Print Me Let kindness spread like sunshine and embrace those who are sad. Respect their dignity, give them joy and leave them feeling glad. Forgive those who may hurt you…

The Old Masters Wages

Print Me  I met a dear old man today who wore a Masonic Pin It was old and faded, like the man, its edges worn and thin I approached the…

The Master Builder

Print MeGod is the Master Builder His plans are perfect and true, And when he sends you sorrow, It’s part of his plan for you For all things work together…

Sometime

Print MeSometime when you’re feeling important.  Sometime when your ego’s in bloom Sometime when you take it for granted, you’re the best qualified in the room Sometime when you feel…

Poem on Sharing; Friendship & Living

Print Me He shall never live long enough who serves only himself. He shall never be great who thinks only of self. Though he grow to be grey in his…

A Friendship Poem

Print Me Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold. New-made friendships, like new wine Age will mellow and refine. Friendships that have stood the…

Live a Life that Matters

Print MeReady or not it will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no more minutes hours or days, All the things you collected, whether treasured or…

God is the Answer

Print MeWe read the headlines daily and we listen to the news, We are anxious and bewildered with the World’s conflicting views. We are restless and dissatisfied and sadly insecure,…

Give us Daily Awareness

Print MeOn life’s busy thoroughfares We meet with angels unawares So Father, make us kind and wise So we may always recognize The blessings that are ours to take, The…

For What You Are

Print Me“When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “Nay” in your own mind nor do you withhold the “Ay” And when he is silent our heart ceases…

Every day is a Reason for Giving and Giving is a reason for Living!!!

Print Me So let us give “Ourselves” away, Not just today but every day…. And remember a kind and thoughtful deed Or a hand outstretched in time of need Is…

Each Day Brings a Chance to do Better

Print Me How often we wish for another chance to make a fresh beginning, a chance to blot out our mistakes, and change failure into winning. And it does not…

The End of the Road Is But a Bend in the Road

Print MeWhen we feel we have nothing else to give And we are sure that the “song has ended”– When our day seems over and the shadows fall And the…

Wisdom

Print MeWisdom Wisdom  (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary) (a)    accumulated philosophic or scientific learning; Knowledge ; (b) ability to discern inner qualities and relationships ; Insight (c) good sense ; Judgement …

What it Means to be a Brother?

Print MeMy Brother, Masonry means more Than just to wear a pin, Or carrying a dues receipt So the Lodge will let you in. You wear an emblem on your…

What is Masonry?

Print MeIn the home                                   it is kindness In business                                     it is honesty In society                                        it is courtesy In work                                             it is fairness Toward the Unfortunate           it is pity Toward…

Two Horses

Print MeJust up the road from my home is afield with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop you car,…

Trust

Print Me Trust is such a simple word, but it has the strength to hold personal relationships together, or to command the loyalty of a nation’s people. We learn to…

The Spirit of Freemasonry

Print Me Written by Gordon W. Sutherland P.M. Evergreen Lodge No. 148 Grand Lodge of British Columbia. (1972) The Spirit of Freemasonry is not found only in what we see…

The Six Mistakes of Man

Print MeCicero, the Roman statesman and philosopher, wrote the following some 2000 years ago: The Six Mistakes of Man 1.      The delusion that personal gain is made by crushing others.…

The Right to Agree to Disagree

Print MeThe Right to Agree to Disagree  (Sept 2010) For some time I have been grappling with the interpretation, and action taken, by fellow Brethren regarding the “Apron Charge” given…

The Light of a Master Mason

Print Me Presented by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy (2009) Director of Masonic Education Victoria Columbia Lodge No1 Grand Lodge of BC& Yukon (Canada) On numerous occasions throughout Masonic Ceremony, the…

The Festival of Chanukah

Print Me The Festival of Chanukah (the story of light) Every year, approximately during the month of December, people of the Jewish faith observe what is called Chanukah.  It wasn’t…

The Bank Account

Print MeThe Bank Account A 92 year old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly,…

Our Attitudes

Print Me Our attitudes are like our shadows, they follow every thinking individual in his total activities. They are impelling forces in action, they shape our purposes. They largely determine…

No Charge for Love

Print MeA farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the four pups, and set about nailing it to the post at the end of…

My GPS in Masonry

Print Me About a year ago I broke down and bought myself a GPS device for my car. What a Godsend. You see I am terrible at directions. You would…

Love they Neighbour as Thyself

Print MePresented by V.W.Bro. Norman McEvoy (2008) Director of Masonic Education Victoria Columbia Lodge No1 (Victoria) Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon For some time I have thought upon the commandment given…

Lets Try Freemasonry

Print Me“Are there not too many well-meaning Brethren who are working overtime to make Freemasonry something other than Freemasonry” In all the land there is weeping and wailing and gnashing…

In Whom Do You Place Your Trust

Print MeIN WHOM DO YOU PLACE YOUR TRUST? At the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward Seminar, which was held in Baillieston on Saturday 31st. May 2008, Bro. Rev…

I Am Freemasonry

Print MeI AM FREEMASONRY I was born in antiquity, in the ancient days when men first dreamed of God. I have been tried through the ages, and found true. The…

Friendship Believes All Things

Print MeFriendship Believes All Things Friends are patient and kind, they are not jealous or boastful, they are not arrogant or rude. Friends do not insist on having their own…

Does God Exist?

Print MeDoes God Exist? A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a…

Does Evil Exist

Print MeDoes Evil Exist One day a University Professor decided to debate with his pupils. He asked. Did God create everything that exists? A student answered quite bravely  “Yes he…

Choose the Happier Thought

Print MeChoose the Happier Thought The next time you’re faced with a challenging situation that gives rise to negative thoughts and bad feelings, find an equally true thought about the…

A Thought to Ponder

Print Me The following is taken from a speech given by Nelson Mandela in 1994 and is addressed to those people who have a Skill or Talent to share and…

A Tale of the Old West

Print MeA Tale of the Old West This is a tale of same Masons surrounding a campfire in the Old West, at night, and discussing the Fraternity and its teachings.…

A Short Talk by a Young Entered Apprentice

Print MeA Short Talk by a Young Master Mason following an Entered Apprentice conferral From the moment we make the decision that we would like to be” made a mason”…

A Message for Life and Living

Print Me “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling FIVE balls in the air. You name them- Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – and you’re keeping…

Who Does What & When

Print Me Who Does What & When Brethren, as we approach the beginning of another Masonic Year, and the strategic planning for Installations, effective meetings, education, social evenings etc, begins,…

The Penalty of Leadership

Print MeThe Penalty of Leadership In every field of endeavour, he that is in First, must constantly live in the white light of publicity. Whether the leadership is vested in…

The Illuminator

Print MeLeadership This is from a little book called “Bits and Pieces” and written by Catherine Zeeb (Therapist) “The Illuminator” Radiate the light from within into your work and into…

Positive Thinking

Print MePositive Thinking Start viewing the World by focusing on potentially optimistic viewpoints rather than on the negative prognostications of pessimists and “Victims” – Dr. Wayne Dyer Print Me

Notices ; Summonses etc..

Print Me NOTICES ; SUMMONSES ETC. What is the difference between a “Notice” and a “Summons” and the difference between a “Meeting” and a “Communication” Is the current common practice…

Who are we, Where did we come From and Where are we Going

Print MeAdapted from an email from R.W.Bro. Jim Whyte. Past DDGM. BC&Y (2004) I was going through my files looking for something that I has saved for a special moment…

St John The Almoner

Print MeSt John The Almoner (from Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry 1917) The son of the King of Cyprus, and born in that country in the sixth century. He was elected…

Scouting and Freemasonry

Print MeSCOUTING AND FREEMASONRY Scouting and Freemasonry are independent worldwide Movements, both founded on moral principles and there are many parallels between the two Movements. The first of these, and…

Freemasonry and the Scout Movement

Print MeFrom the Philalethes Magazine (permission to reprint requested and received) Freemasonry and the Scout Movement By George W. Kerr (first presented in the Ontario Mason) It may be surprising…

Morality & McDonalds

Print MeJudgement of Morality Presented by Bro. Ken Jarabek Victoria-Columbia Lodge #1 B.C. & Y.R. (2001) Morality seems to get a lot of attention these days. More specifically, it is…

Ashlars: Rough & Smooth- Story of a Stone

Print MeAshlars:  Rough & Smooth-  The Story of a Stone by J. Fairbairn Smith An eminent sculptor was once asked: “How do you carve such beautiful statues?” He replies, “It…

Circumambulation

Print MeThe Significance of Circumambulation A reprint of an address by The Late Rev. Bro. J.T. Burchill and presented at the Victoria Lodge of Education & Research in February 1972.…

Wisdom

Print MeWisdom  (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary) (a)    accumulated philosophic or scientific learning; Knowledge ; (b) ability to discern inner qualities and relationships ; Insight (c) good sense ; Judgement  2.…

Whither are we Traveling

Print MeWhither are we Travelling In 1963 a Past Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Indiana published a little book titled  “Whither are we Travelling” and somewhere along the…

Symbolism of the First Degree & a Poem

Print MeSymbolism of the First Degree Being a reprint from “The Builder” The Official Journal of the National Masonic Research Society, Anamosa, Iowa.            (circa 1915) In searching through my Masonic…

The Spirit of Freemasonry & Poems

Print MeYou may wonder WHY I am attracted to papers written by optimists who also happen to be realists. Hopefully the answer will come quickly, as, for those who know…

Wages of a Fellowcraft

Print MeFor some time I have wondered what is intended by the words of the Senior Warden in the closing of the Lodge (Emulation Ritual) when, being asked by the…

Footprints

Print MeFootprints One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with God. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene…

The Twelve Days of Christmas & Attitudes

Print MeThe Christmas Carol  known as “The Twelve Days of Christmas” History informs us that from 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly…

The Festival of Chanukah

Print MeThe following is another piece from the Masonic Service Bureau of North America (Dec 2008) and, I believe, presents another opportunity to share the light on a celebration which…

Symbolism in the Three Degrees

Print MeYesterday I was, once again, wondering what could be shared with you all in the Sept. issue and again my answer came in the form of a Lecture that…

The Secret Doctrine

Print MeDuring the past month I have been introduced to a book titled “Freemasonry and its Hidden Meaning” written by George H. Steinmetz and available through Macoy Publishing, Richmond Virginia.…

The Holy Saints John and Masonry

Print MeTHE HOLY SAINTS JOHN AND MASONRY By Laurence Healey, Past Grand Master, British Columbia (1956) The question as to why our Lodges are dedicated to the Holy Saints’ John…

Jacob’s Ladder & The Old Masters Wages

Print MeTaken from “Symbolism in Craft Freemasonry” written by Colin Dyer, In this issue I will be sharing with you selected sections of his presentation on Jacob’s Ladder which of…

Numbers & their Influence

Print MeThe Influence of Numbers   as pesented by W.L. Wilmshurst A man’s first entry into a Lodge is symbolical of his first entry upon the knowledge of knowing himself. His…

Flooring & Tassels

Print MeThe Flooring of the Lodge & the FOUR Tassels Firstly I will share with you the views of J.S.M. Ward on this subject. The inner meaning of the carpet…

Geometry

Print MeGEOMETRY Opening Comment Some of you, including myself until lately, may not be aware that at our initiation we referred to our Supreme Being as the Great Architect of…

My GPS & The Bend in the Road

Print MeMY  GPS For those of us who lack the sense of direction and are too proud to ask “WHERE AM I ”            this should provide some amusement and cause…

Love thy Neighbour & Thyself

Print MeLove thy Neighbour and Thyself This paper has been created by me for presentation to a Masonic audience as and when the opportunity might  arise. For some time I…

Masonic Correspondence etc.

Print MeMasonic Correspondence etc. In this paper I want to deal with a topic that came up in a Masonic Education Day I recently attended here in Victoria.  The subject…

Symbolism & a Few Poems

Print Me “Symbolism in Craft Freemasonry” by Colin Dyer. It is my hope that this paper will further enhance your perspective on this extremely interesting subject. Symbolism & Speculation “Symbolism is…

Speculation and Symbolism :

Print MeSpeculation and Symbolism : We may go outside the Lodge, and gazing on nature, perceive that all around us God teaches us by Symbol and by Allegory. The Sun…

Interpretation & Limitations

Print MeAfter considerable deliberation I have decided to share the Questions & Answers from “The Freemason at Work” by Harry Carr.  The following partial excerpt from this book should set…

The Pillars

Print MeTHE PILLARS taken from Chapters 2 & 3 of The Meaning of Masonry by William W. Wilmshurst In his book Wilmshurst makes the comment that anyone could devote many…

Esoetric Masonry

Print MeESOTERIC MASONRY Taken from Chapters 2&3 of “ The Meaning of Masonry” by W.L.Wilmshurst To begin, may I first deal with two definitions that of “Esoteric” and “Temple” hopefully…

Bible Openings

Print Me Bible Openings A Brother recently asked me what were the “Proper” openings when using the Bible as the V.O.S.L I promptly give him my personal opinion, then went to…

Working Tools in MM Degree (Ancient Workings) etc.

Print MeTHE WORKING TOOLS IN THE MASTER MASON DEGREE (Ancient Workings) “The Working Tools of a Master Mason are all the tools in Masonry indiscriminately but more especially the TROWEL”…

Working Tools of a Master Mason

Print MeTHE WORKING TOOLS OF A MASTER MASON  The Working Tools of the Master Mason Degree, are the Skirret, the Pencil and the Compasses – characteristically and unmistakably the tools…

Fellowcraft Working Tools

Print MeFraternal Greetings Brethren In preparing this month’s edition I have been grappling with the length of the paper I have chosen to share with you, feeling it was rather…

Chisel & White Gloves

The Chisel, whose principal characteristics(so says our Ritual), are its smallness and its sharpness; what gift at our birth can we think of as corresponding in its nature to the

“diminutive implement of exquisite temper”?

Our Ritual itself supplies the answer-Perseverance, that human quality which says “try, try, again”; which says “let’s have another go, next time the results should be better”; that very human quality in us which is prepared to labor long and tediously for the sake of a fine end result.

Those of my brethren who have, by chance, watched the serialized television production of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel “Jude the Obscure:, will recall that the story is about a young stone-mason, and that each television episode was introduced by a close-up of a stone-mason’s hands surfacing a block of ashlar with chisel and gavel. Each blow with the gavel produces a short, precise movement of the chisel, and removes a tiny amount of material in working towards the final smooth surface.

Similarly, and symbolically, when considering the improvement of our characters as we travel through life, it is true that the rude material receives its fine finish by repeated efforts alone.

The Evergreen & the Campfire

“ To laugh often and Love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; the leave the World a better place, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life that has breathe easier because you have lived… this is to have succeeded “

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Common Gavel etc.

n the October edition I opened the subject of Masonic Working Tools and presented a paper on the First of those tools, that being the 24 Inch Gauge.

In that the paper, it was proposed , that the first GIFT in our lives as Masons is that of Intellect.

In this paper we continue the journey.

The Common Gavel.

Pursuing the same metaphor, it might be said that the second great gift with which we are endowed at our birth is the gift of energy.

Healthy children simply bubble and boil with it (as we grandfathers know all too well!) and if it be true that, in the words of our ritual,

“labour is the lot of man”,

then it is also true that our God-given energy is the means whereby we accept that lot, and wield the Gavel of our allotted tasks in life.

To conserve the sources of our energy by right-living and temperate habits seems to me to be a duty implied, if not explicitly stated, by the charge concerning the Common Gavel.

As we pile on the yeas of our age, our energy becomes less overflowing, and sapped by normal fatigue, we become a set-up for one of the “Seven Deadly Sins” – Sloth, – or as we should now

call it, Laziness, a tendency to procrastinate, to put off, or to neglect moral tasks which should go to the building of our character into

“a stately and superb Edifice, perfect in its parts and honorable to the builder.”

Say, we have a kindly impulse to write a letter to a distant or lonely relative or friend, whose spirits we know would be lifted by a message from us. But – oh, well, I’m a bit fagged this evening and there’s a very good program on the television. Or, say again, there is a meeting of some organization to which we belong, at which some special knowledge we possess would be a valuable help to the committee if we did but attend the meeting as we should; but, oh well, it’s been a rough day at the office, and it’s not a very nice night out, and anyway I might get stuck with a job to do!

So, we let it go, and our reputation for dependability suffers! Which of us, alas, does not recall some good, kindly or helpful action which on first impulse we might have taken, but we have let time slip by, and the opportunity is lost. The Gavel was in our grasp, but we did not wield it!

Truly, the road to Perdition is paved with good intentions.

“For the heart may conceive and the head devise; in vain, if the hand be not prompt to

The 24 inch Guage etc.

The 24-inch Gauge

The first implement placed in the hands of the new apprentice, we are told, is the 24-inch gauge, or as we should nowadays say, the two-foot rule; that common implement in the hip-pocket of every working artisan. Its purpose, we are taught, is

“to ascertain the extent of the work in which are about to engage, and to compute the time and labor it may cost.”

The first tool given to us as initiates, when we come forth as entered apprentices in the business of Life, is the priceless gift of our intellect – that faculty by which we are enabled to distinguish one thing from another, the good from the bad, the gold from the dross; our ability to

assess, to compare, to measure, as with a two-foot rule, the worth of everything we say and do.

Obedience

I was going through my files looking for something that I has saved for a special moment and I discovered this piece saved in March 2004. Wonderful words & Very True.

A few years ago (1995) I visited the Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon offices to research the history available in their archives. I was welcomed by R.W.Bro. Gordon Phillips (Grand Secretary) given a brief orientation and then set loose to begin my labours. During the day, if I recall correctly. At precisely 10.00am the “tea time” call was made and a much welcome break was taken.

During this social time, I became acquainted with R.W.Bro. Robert Clark custodian and Grand Librarian. He invited me to peruse the volumes of Lodge Histories on file and to use them as a pattern for my research.

For those who have not had the opportunity to visit the Grand Lodge Library, I can assure you, it is extensive and contains numerous volumes dedicated to Masonry.

As our R.W.Bro. pointed out, they represent the PAST. What is more important he added “is over here on this smaller shelf”

Fidelity & When is a Man a Mason?

In the lecture in the first degree , it is said that “our ancient brethren worshipped deity under the name of Fides of Fidelity, which was sometimes represented by two right hands joined, and sometimes by two human figures holding each other by the right hands”

The deity here referred to was the goddess Fides, to whom Numa first erected Temples, and whose priests were covered by a white veil as a symbol of the purity which should characterize

Fidelity.

No victims were slain on her altars, and no offerings were made to her except flowers, wine and incense. Her statues were represented clothed in a white mantle, with a key in her hand and a dog at her feet. The virtue of Fidelity is, however, frequently symbolized in ancient medals by a heart in an open hand, but more usually by two right hands clasped.

Secrecy & A Short Talk

Secrecy Lexicon of Freemasonry, Albert G. Mackey (circa 1908)

The objection which has been urged against Freemasonry on the ground of its secret character is scarcely worthy of serious refutation. It has become threadbare, and always has been the objection only of envious and illiberal minds. Indeed, its force is immediately destroyed, when we reflect that to no worthy man need our mysteries be, for one moment, covered with the veil of concealment, for to all the deserving are our portals open. But the traditions and esoteric doctrines of our order are too valuable and too sacred to be permitted to become the topic of conversation for every idler who may desire to occupy his moments of leisure in speculations upon subjects which require much previous study and preparation to qualify the critic for a ripe and equitable judgment. Hence are they preserved, like the rich jewel in the casket, in the secret recesses of our Lodge, to be brought forth only when the ceremonies with which their exhibition is accompanied, have inspired that solemnity of feeling with which alone they should be approached.

Justice & Deacons Wands

Justice Freemason’s Guide and Compendium Bernard E, Jones Page 290

The balance is the symbol of Justice and impartiality, and the figure too, of man’s merits and demerits, one weighed against the other, and also of the things of the Soul in one pan outweighing all the things of Earth loaded into the other one
Justice Encyclopedia of Freemasonry Albert G. Mackey (circa 1917)

One of the four cardinal virtues, the practice of which, is inculcated in the first degree. The Mason who remembers how emphatically he has been charged to preserve an upright position in all his dealings with mankind, should never fail to act justly to himself, to his Brethren, and to the World. This is the cornerstone on which alone he can expect “to erect a superstructure alike honourable to himself and to the Fraternity”

Fortitude

Fortitude Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

1. Strength 2. Strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage.

Fortitude Lexicon of Freemasonry Albert. G. Mackey

One of the four cardinal virtues, whose excellencies are dilated on in the first degree. It not only instructs the worthy Mason to bear the ills of life with becoming resolution, “taking up arms against a sea of trouble” but, by its intimate connection with a portion of our ceremonies, it teaches him to let no dangers shake, no pains dissolve the inviolable fidelity he owes to the trusts imposed in him.

Fortitude Freemason’s Guide and Compendium Bernard E, Jones Page 290

To support a Brother.

Temperance ; Leadership

Temperance From Lexicon of Freemasonry by Albert G. Mackey

“ One of the four Cardinal Virtues, the practice of which is inculcated in the first Degree. The mason who properly appreciates the secrets, which he has solemnly promised never to reveal, will not, by yielding of the unrestrained call of appetite, permit reason and judgment to lose their seats; and subject himself, by the indulgence in habits of excess, to discover that which should be concealed, and thus merit and receive the scorn and detestation of his Brethren. And lest any Brother should forget the danger to which he is exposed in the unguarded hours of dissipation, the virtue of Temperance is wisely impressed upon his memory, by its reference to the most solemn portion of our initiatory ceremony”

Prudence & Seven Chains

The Seven Chains on a Master Mason Apron (author unknown)

This is a bit academic, however it is pertinent and I do hope you enjoy the read.

Seven is a sacred number in Masonic symbolism. In the Rituals of the last century, it was said that a Lodge required seven to make it perfect, but the only explanation to be found of the sacredness is the seven liberal arts and sciences, which according to the old “Legend of the Craft” were the foundation of Masonry. In modern ritual, the symbolism of the number seven has been transferred from the first to the second Degree, where it refers to the seven steps of the winding staircase, but the symbolic seven is to be found diffused in hundreds of ways over the whole Masonic system.

Cardinal Virtues & No Charge for Love

No Charge for Love

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the four pups, and set about nailing it to the post at the end of his yard.

As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. “Mister” he said. I want to buy one of your puppies.

“Well” said the farmer as rubbed the sweat off his neck, “These puppies are from fine parents and cost a lot of money”

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?

Symbols & Does Evil Exist?

This I intend to approach from both an Exoteric (outward & apparent) and Esoteric (inward & hidden) perspective and in doing so I am leaning very heavily on the “Freemasons’ Guide and Compendium” written by Bernard E.Jones. He writes :-

“The first learning in the world, we are told, was chiefly in symbols, and the wisdom of the ancient peoples was largely symbolic. All religious systems, right back to the dawn of history, taught their devotees by means of symbols, as witness some of the symbols associated with the Christian religion, but known still earlier to the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks etc. Symbols were a part of man’s most primitive religious ideas, often meaning something to the Initiate and nothing to anyone else. “In a symbol there is concealment but yet revelation” says Thomas Carlyle, “silence and speech acting together, the infinite blending with the finite.”

Allegory & Does God Exist?

“It is a System of Morality, Veiled in Allegory and Illustrated by Symbols

This I intend to approach from both an Exoteric (outward & apparent) and Esoteric (inward & hidden) perspective

Let me begin by giving you the definition of the word “Allegory”

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary gives the following definition,

1. the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence
2. a symbolic representation.

Ritual Things we say & Mandela

his I intend to approach from both an Exoteric (outward & apparent) and Esoteric (inward & hidden) perspective

To begin. Very early in our Masonic lives, we are asked “What is Masonry” and we are instructed to state:-

“It is a System of Morality, Veiled in Allegory and Illustrated by Symbols”

Lovely words indeed, but what do they mean, and what is expected from all of us who call ourselves Freemasons???

Eagles Wings

Continuing our study of the Antient Charges and particularly that part titled,” OF BEHAVIOUR, VIZ”. we now move to Section 5 , which covers

“Behaviour at Home and in your Neighbourhood” and reads.

“You are to act as becomes a moral and wise man, particularly not to let your family, friends, and neighbours know the concerns of the Lodge, etc., but wisely to consult your own honour and that of the Ancient Brotherhood, for reasons not to be mentioned here.

You must also consult your health, by not continuing together too late, or too long from home after Lodge hours are past; and by avoiding of gluttony or drunkenness, that your families be not neglected or injured, nor you be disabled from working”

A Morning Prayer

he First sub heading is titled “In the Lodge while constituted” and reads as follows:-

You are not to hold private committees, or separate conversations, without leave from the Worshipful Master, nor to talk of anything impertinent or unseemly, nor interrupt the Worshipful Master or Wardens, or any Brother speaking to the Worshipful Master. Nor behave yourself ludicrously or jestingly while the Lodge is engaged in what is serious or solemn; nor use any unbecoming language upon any pretext whatever; but to pay due reverence to your Worshipful Master, Wardens and Fellows and put them to worship.

What has Freemasonry to Offer?

Fraternal Greetings Brethren

On February 22nd Confederation Lodge #116 held a debate, as part of their Masonic Education, under the question of “Should Freemasonry Change”. I had the privilege of debating on the “NAY” side of the question and, an interesting time was had by all.

Last evening I had the privilege of attending the Grand Masters Official Visit to District #1, which was hosted by United Service Lodge #24 and our Grand Master, in his address, used the opportunity to focus on this same issue, and concluded that Freemasonry has no need for change, rather it is us the Brethren who must be more diligent in it’s delivery and practice.

I must confess that I was thrilled to hear those words as they echoed my feelings entirely and in recognition and support I am dedicating this issue to that subject.

Sublime & A Lesson in Life

The Fifth of the General Headings of the Ancient Charges deals with:-

Of The Management of the Craft in Working. And reads as follows:-

None shall discover envy at the prosperity of a Brother, or supplant him, or put him out of his work, if he is capable to finish same; for no man can finish another’s work so much to the Lord’s profit, unless he be thoroughly acquainted with the designs of him who began it.

When a Fellow Craftsman is chosen Warden of the Work under the Worshipful Master and Fellows, he shall be true to both Worshipful Master and Fellows ,and shall carefully over-see the work in the Worshipful Master’s absence to the Lord’s profit; and his Brethren shall obey him.

All Freemasons employed shall meekly receive their wages without murmuring or mutiny, and not desert the Worshipful Master till the work is finished.

The Golden Box

The Fifth of the General Headings of the Ancient Charges deals with:-

Of The Management of the Craft in Working. And reads as follows:-

All Freemasons shall work honestly on working days, that they may live creditably on holy days; and the time appointed by the law of the land, or confirmed by custom, shall be observed.

The most expert of the Fellow Craftsmen shall be chosen or appointed the Worshipful Master, or overseer of the Lord’s Work; who is to be called Worshipful Master by those who work under him.

The Craftsmen are to avoid all ill language, and to call each other by no disobliging name, but Brother or Fellow, and to behave themselves courteously within and without the Lodge.

The Art of Getting Along

Of Worshipful Masters, Wardens, Fellows and ApprenticesLodges. And reads as follows:-

All preferment among Freemasons is grounded upon real worth and personal merit only; that so the Lords may be well served, The Brethren not put to shame, nor the Craft despised. Therefore no Worshipful Master or Warden is chosen by seniority, but for his merit. It is impossible to describe these things in writing and every brother must attend in his place and learn them in a way peculiar to this Fraternity.

Only candidates may know that no Worshipful Master shall take an apprentice, unless he has sufficient employment for him, and unless he is a perfect youth, having no maim or defect in his body that may render him incapable of learning the Art, or serving the Master’s Lord, and of being made a Brother, and then a Fellow Craft in due time, even after he has served such a term of years as the custom of the country directs; and that he should be descended of honest parents; that so, when otherwise qualified, he may arrive at the honour of being the Warden, and then the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, The Grand Warden, and a t length the Grand Master of all the Lodges, according to his merit.

Good Advice

A Lodge is a place where Freemasons assemble and work; hence that assembly or duly organized Society of Freemasons is called a Lodge, and every Brother ought to belong to one, and to be subject to its By-Laws and the General Regulations. It is either particular or general, as will best be understood by attending it, and by Regulations of the General or Grand Lodge hereunto annexed.

In ancient times no Master or Fellow could be absent from it, especially when warned to appear at it, without incurring a severe censure, until it appeared to the Worshipful Master and Wardens that pure necessity hindered him.

The persons admitted members of a Lodge must be good and true men, free-born, and of mature and discrete age, no bondsmen, no women, no immoral or scandalous men, but of good report.

Live a Life That Matters

LIVE A LIFE THAT MATTERS

Ready or not it will come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no more minutes hours or days,

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten

Will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrive to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Are You a Master Mason & a Lesson for Living

Are you a Master Mason?

“I have been a Mason for a year now,” remarked the Young Brother to the Old Past Master. “While I find a great deal in Masonry to enjoy and I like the fellows and all that, I am more or less in the dark as to what good Masonry really is in the world. I don’t mean I can’t appreciate its charity or its fellowship, but it seems to me that I don’t get much out of it. I can’t really see why it has any function outside of the relationship we enjoy in the Lodge and the charitable acts we do.”

>”I think I could win an argument about you,” smiled the Past Master.

>”An argument about me?”

“Yes. You say you have been a Master Mason for a year. I think I could prove to the satisfaction of a jury of your peers, who would not need to be Master Masons, that while you are a Lodge member in good standing, you are not a Master Mason.”

Cardinal Virtues & Friendship

“ Pendent to the corners of the Lodge are four Tassels, meant to remind us of the four cardinal virtues, namely, Temperance; Fortitude; Prudence & Justice, the whole of which, tradition informs us, were constantly practiced by a great number of our ancient Brethren. The distinguishing characteristics of a good Freemason are Virtue, Honour and Mercy, and may they ever be found in a Freemason’s breast”

24 Inch Guage

The section of the Lecture that I am going to attempt to deal with in this issue has always touched me personally in that I am a Lewis and the youngest of 4 Sons (no daughters) all of whom became members of the Craft and all of whom emigrated from Ireland in their early 20’s. As a young man, being initiated into the Craft while not yet 22, I was not aware of the preferment accorded me as the son of a Mason and it was not until much later in life that I became aware of “The Lewis” and the Masonic obligations attached to same. The section referred to reads as follows:-

“The word Lewis denotes strength, and is here depicted by certain pieces of metal dovetailed into a stone, forming a cramp, and when in combination with some of the mechanical powers, such as a system of pulleys, in enables the operative Mason to raise great weights to certain heights with little encumbrance, and to fix them on their proper bases. Lewis, likewise denotes the son of a Mason; his duty to his parents is to bear the heat and burden of the day, which they, by reason of their age, ought to be exempt from; to assist them in time of need, and thereby render the close of their days happy and comfortable: his privilege for so doing is that of being made a Mason before any other person, however dignified.”

Morality & A Mason’s Portrait

“In all regular, well-formed, constituted Lodges, there is a point within a circle round which the Brethren cannot err. This circle is bounded between North & South by two grand parallel lines, one representing Moses and the other King Solomon. On the upper part of this circle rests the Volume of the Sacred Law, supporting Jacob’s ladder. The top of which reaches to the Heavens; and were we conversant in that Holy Book, and as adherent to the doctrines therein contained as those parallels were, it would bring us to him who would not deceive us, neither will be suffer deception. In moving round this circle, we must necessarily touch on both of those parallel lines, likewise on the Sacred Volume; and while a Mason keeps himself thus circumscribed, he cannot err”

Ashlars ; Rough & Smooth

Print MeASHLARS .“The Rough Ashlar is a stone, rough and unhewn as taken from the quarry, until by industry and ingenuity of the workman, it is modeled, wrought in due…

Cable Tow etc.

“ The Immovable Jewels are the Tracing Board, the Rough and Perfect Ashlars. The Tracing Board is for the Master to lay lines and draw designs on; the Rough Ashlar for the Entered Apprentice to work, mark and indent on; the Perfect Ashlar for the experienced Craftsman to try, and adjust his jewels on. They are called Immovable Jewels, because they lie open and immovable in the Lodge for Brethren to moralize on.

Level & Plumb Rule etc.

Levels and Plumb Rules are closely related. In each of the time honoured patterns a line is caused to hang dead vertically by means of a weight, or bob. The bottom face, or edge, of the level is at right angles to the line, and indicates horizontals, while the sides of the plumb-rule are parallel with the line, and indicate verticals. (Similarly, a spirit level may at the same time be a plumb-rule)

The Freemason is taught that the purpose of the level is to lay levels and prove horizontals, and that of the plumb-rule to try and adjust uprights, while fixing them on their proper bases.

“TRY and ADJUST” not “TRY to ADJUST” for the word “TRY” here is used in the old sense of testing.

Symbolically, the level teaches equality and the plumb-rule justice and uprightness of life and actions. We are taught the level demonstrates that we have all sprung from the same stock and are partakers of the same nature and sharers in the same hope, while the plumb-rule, the criterion of rectitude and truth, teaches us to walk uprightly before God and man.

The Square etc.

The relevant Section of the Tracing Board read as follows:-

“ The Jewels of the Lodge are three movable and three immovable. The three movable jewels are the Square, the Level and the Plumb Rule. Among operative Masons the Square is to try, and adjust rectangular corners of buildings, and assist in bringing rude matter into due form; the Level is to lay levels and prove horizontals; the Plumb Rule is to try, and adjust uprights, while fixing them on their proper bases.

Among, Free and Accepted Masons, The Square teaches morality, the Level equality, and the Plumb Rule justness and uprightness of life and actions. They are called the movable jewels because they are worn by the Master and his Wardens, and are transferable to their successors on nights of Installation. The Master is distinguished by the Square, the Senior Warden by the Level and the Junior Warden by the Plumb Rule.”

Serpent Clasp on Aprons

Following along in our quest for understanding, the next section of the First Degree Tracing Board deals with what we refer to as “The Furniture of the Lodge”.

Having spent some time on the Ornaments of the Lodge” this appears to me to be the first time in this lecture that we move from a description of Masonry itself and start describing the Furniture of the Lodge and how it symbolically applies itself to the actions & responsibilities of Masons as a whole and as individuals in particular. Please take some time to study this section and appreciate where it is directing us as Masons.

“ The furniture of the Lodge consists of the Volume of the Sacred Law, the Compasses, the Square. The Sacred Words are to govern our faith, on them we obligate our Candidates for Freemasonry, so are the Compasses and Square when united, to regulate our lives and actions.

The Sacred Volume is derived from God to man in general, The Compasses belong to the Grand Master in particular and the Square to the whole craft”

Dealing firstly with the Volume of the Sacred Law it is extremely important to note that this statement is NON SPECIFIC and can, and should, include all premier Books of Faith that are followed by members of your Lodge whether they are present at the meeting or not. This, particular point, was addressed by our Immediate Past Grand Master, M.W.Bro.Bill Ferguson, during his term in office, and he has admonished us all to ensure that all Brethren are shown the religious respect they so properly deserve.

It might be a good idea to check if your Lodge has considered this matter and is prepared to put it into effect.

Celestial & Terrestrial Globes etc.

“ The interior of a Freemason’s Lodge is composed of Ornaments, Furniture and Jewels. The Ornaments of the Lodge are the Mosaic pavement, The Blazing Star, and the Indented of Tesselated Border; the Mosaic pavement is the beautiful flooring of the Lodge, The Blazing Star the Glory in the Center, and the Indented or Tesselated Border the skirt work round the same. The Mosaic pavement may justly be deemed the beautiful flooring of a Freemason’ Lodge, by reason of it’s being variegated and chequered. This points out the diversity of objects, which decorate and adorn the creation, the animate as well as the inanimate parts thereof. The Blazing Star or Glory in the center refers to the Sun, which enlightens the Earth, and by it’s benign influence dispenses its blessings to mankind in general. The Indented or Tesselated Border refers us to the Planets, which in their various revolutions form a beautiful border or skirt work round that Grand Luminary the Sun, as the other does round that of a Freemasons Lodge.”

Wearing Masonic Rings

Faith in the Great Architect of the Universe, Hope in Salvation and to be in Charity with all men.

It reaches to the Heavens, and rests on the Volume of the Sacred Law, because by the doctrines contained in that Holy Book, we are taught to believe in the dispensation of Divine Providence, which belief strengthens our Faith, and enables us to ascend the first step; this Faith naturally creates in us a Hope of becoming partakers of the blessed promises therein recorded, which Hope enables us to ascend the second step; but the third and last being Charity, comprehends the whole, and the Mason who is possessed of this virtue in its most ample sense may justly be deemed to have attained the summit of his profession; figuratively speaking, an Ethereal (Celestial &/or Heavenly) Mansion veiled from mortal eyes by the starry firmament emblematically depicted here by Seven Stars, which have an allusion to as many regular made Masons, without which number, no Lodge is perfect, neither can any candidate be legally initiated into the Order.”

Mission of Freemasory

“ The Heavens he has stretched forth as a canopy; the earth he has planted as a footstool; He crowns his Temple with stars as with DIADEM, and with His Hand He extends the Power & the Glory.

The Sun and Moon are messengers of His Will and all His Law is CONCORD.

The Three great pillars supporting a Freemason’s Lodge are emblematic of those Divine attributes, and further represent, Solomon King of Israel; Hiram King of Tyre & Hiram Abif.

Solomon King of Israel for his Wisdom in building, completing and dedicating the Temple at Jerusalem to God’s service; Hiram King of Tyre for his Strength in supporting him with men and materials & Hiram Abif for his curious and masterly workmanship in Beautifying and adorning the same.

But as we have no noble orders of Architecture known by Wisdom; Strength & Beauty, we refer them to the three most celebrated, which are Ionic, Doric & Corinthian”

Wisdom Strength & Beauty

“ Our Lodges are supported by three great pillars. They are called, Wisdom, Strength & Beauty.

Wisdom to contrive, Strength to support and Beauty to adorn.

Wisdom to conduct us in all our undertakings. Strength to support us in all our difficulties & Beauty to adorn the inward man. The universe is the Temple of the deity whom we serve;

Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty are about his throne as pillars of his works, for his Wisdom is infinite, His Strength omnipotent, and Beauty shines through the whole of the creation in symmetry and order”

Brotherly Love & Some IF’s

” Our Lodges are situated due East & West, because all places of divine worship, as well as Mason’s regular well-formed, constituted Lodges, are, or ought to be, so situated: for which we assign three Masonic reasons: first, the Sun, The Glory Of God, rises in the East and sets in the West., second, learning originated in the East., and thence spread its benign influence to the West.; the third, last and grand reason, which is too long to be entered upon now, is explained in the course of our Lectures, which I hope you will have many opportunities of hearing”

Mission Statement

” The usages and customs among Freemasons has ever borne a near affinity to those of the Ancient Egyptians. Their philosophers, unwilling to expose their mysteries to vulgar eyes, couched their systems of learning and POLITY under signs and

HIEROGL YPHICAL figures, which were communicated to their Chief Priests and MAGI alone, who were bound by a solemn oath to conceal them.

The system of PYTHAGORAS was founded on a similar principle, as well as many others of a more recent date. Masonry, however, is not only the most ancient, but the most honourable society that ever existed, as there is not a character or emblem here depicted but serves to inculcate the principles of piety and virtue among all its genuine professors.

Thoughts to Ponder

As you are no doubt aware, Victoria Columbia No 1 commenced the development of a Mentorship Program in 1996, and, through the efforts of Brethren of the Lodge, this Program is now a fixture of our Lodge and operating quite efficiently.

It is also interesting to note, that the program, as developed by Victoria Columbia No 1, has now been adopted as an educational guideline for both our Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodge of Washington.

My reason for bringing this matter to your attention is to seek your personal involvement in the Program by volunteering to be on the Education/Mentorship Committee OR act as a Mentor. Some Brethren may even consider doing both.

The good news is that we have volunteer Mentor/Coaches for each of the two candidates now awaiting initiation and we have two more Mentor/Coaches in waiting.

All you need do is let me know your interest & I will provide whatever material or explanation you may feel you require.

When is a Man a Mason

WHEN IS A MAN A MASON

When he can look out over the rivers, the hills and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope and courage – which is the root of every virtue.

When he knows that, down in his heart, every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive and to love his fellow man.

When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea, even in their sins-knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds.

When he has learned how to make friends and to keep them and above all to keep friends with himself.

Yabuts & A Masonic Gem

YABUTS

YABUTS are monstrous little beasts that inhabit the meetings and conversations that take place all over our Fraternity. A YABUT’s purpose in life is to sap the team of it’s competitive strength by killing any new ideas or creative approaches as soon as they are suggested.

They do this by grabbing someone’s tongue and making them say things like:-

“YABUT” we tried that three years ago.

“YABUT” we’ve never done it like that before.

“YABUT” Grand Lodge would never go along with it.

“YABUT” The Brethren would never buy into that kind o

Why the North East Corner & Human Relations

So the newly admitted apprentice is placed in the North East Corner because he is held to figuratively represent the corner stone of the Lodge- it is while he is in this corner that he will receive those lessons on which he will build his future moral and Masonic edifice. In other words, the placing of the apprentice in the N.E. Corner is to impress upon him all the qualities required to constitute a “ well-tried, true and trusty corner-stone”; truthfulness and uprightness of character ; purity and holiness of life, which, just at that time and place, the candidate was most pressingly charged, in consecrated language, to maintain.

Origin of the Four Tassels

The Origin of the Four Tassels.

The inner meaning of the Checkered Pavement on the floor of the Lodge is to exemplify the checkered way of life i.e. the alterations of joy and sorrow, of good and evil, of day & night, which we all experience in the course of our lives. Indeed, it may be said to stand for all opposites.

But what probably strikes us more than anything else about this pavement are the four tassels which have been placed at the four corners. We are told, in our lectures, that these represent the four cardinal virtues, but this is late gloss, probably invented toward the close of the eighteenth century and there seems to be no particular reason why they should represent the four cardinal virtues more than the four elements or any other particular four.

The Triple Filter Test

It is called “ THE TRIPLE FILTER TEST” as coined by the great Greek Philosopher Socrates. And is as follows:-

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.

One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher on the street and said “ Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your good friend?”

“ Hold on a minute” Socrates continued “ Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

“Triple Filter????????” “ That’s right Socrates continued.

“ Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment to filter out what you are going to say. The first filter is TRUTH. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is the truth?

Crack Pots

CRACK POTS

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of a long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and one half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of it’s accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of it’s own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

What it Means to be a Brother & What is Masonry

May I take this opportunity to thank all of you who continue to provide me with encouragement and support in my endeavors to provide Masonic Education, on at least a monthly basis, and in both written and personal presentations. Many thanks, I need all the help I can get.

In this Edition I am presenting to you two poems on what it means to be a Brother and I do hope that one or both of these pieces will strike a cord within you and leave a lasting impression.

In addition I have attached Papers # 2 & #3 of the Mentorship Program for your information and enlightenment. I trust you will ENJOY.

The Beginnings

At the Grand Lodge Communication in Kelowna in 1996, R.W. Bro. Bill Headen, as Chairman of the Committee for Masonic Advancement, made a presentation during which he commented that” Mentorship” would be a great way to introduce Freemasonry to not only NEW Brethren but add to the education of existing Brethren.

I was privilidged to be in the audience that day and was motivated by this statement, as such, on my return to Victoria, I gathered a few close associates together and we discussed how a Mentorship Program could be developed. I remember W.Bro George Skelton & Bro Rob Heppel as being part of that small kitchen table meeting.

Not long after that session, then Bro. Michael Cockerell offered his services in bringing together all the information that had been gathered and assembling it in a working format.

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