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The Ashlar

In this installment of Symbols & Symbolism, we look at a reading from Albert G. Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, on the Ashlar - a symbol familiar to every individual made a mason. More installments are available here under Symbols & Symbolism, and on YouTube. "Freestone as it comes out of the of the quarry." - Bailey. In Speculative Masonry we adopt the ashlar in two different states, in the Apprentice's Degree. The Rough Ashlar, or stone in its rude and unpolished condition, … [Read More...]

ashlar in freemasonry

The Ashlar

In this installment of Symbols & Symbolism, we look at a reading from Albert G. Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, on the Ashlar - a symbol familiar to every individual made a mason. More installments are available here under Symbols & Symbolism, and on YouTube. "Freestone as it comes out of the of the quarry." - Bailey. In Speculative Masonry we adopt the ashlar in two different states, in the Apprentice's Degree. The Rough Ashlar, or stone in its rude and unpolished condition, … [Read More...]

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Taking Control

One of the problems in Freemasonry is a problem that is indigenous to most large, prestigious organizations, societies and politics. It is that these prominent groups attract leaders who are all about gaining the position of leadership and little about improving or growing the group. We call these people medal or title chasers. They get to be top leader not by what they do but who they know, by favors and even bribery. There is an old saying: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts … [Read More...]

THE NEED FOR CHECKS AND BALANCES IN NONPROFITS

BRYCE ON NONPROFITS - Particularly in financial management. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. In 2014, a Vancouver Masonic Temple suffered through the embarrassment of an embezzlement of nearly $800,000 by its Treasurer. The Treasurer belonged to a Building Fund which housed various Masonic Lodges and youth groups. The misappropriation was detected accidentally only when the Temple failed to pay its real estate taxes. Charges … [Read More...]

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Joseph James – Teller of Masonic Murder Mysteries on Freemasonry and the Cinema

Joseph James is an actor and filmmaker with a long list of projects with an eye towards the fraternity. Having already produced several films with overt Masonic tones including The Masonic Map and Templar Nation, James is on the cusp of his latest release with his film The Freemason, taking us again into the mysteries upon the silver screen. In this installment of Sojourners, James gives us an insider's look at the making of his latest Masonic feature, The Freemason, replete with all the tinsel … [Read More...]

Exceptional Care Odyssey

MEGA Brands partners with Shriners Hospitals for Children Canada

MEGA Brands has pledged to donate $500,000 for new Shriners hospital while launching a limited edition Mega Bloks® Fundraising Toy. Montreal - June 6, 2014 - MEGA Brands Inc., a member of the Mattel family of companies (NASDAQ: MAT), announced the start of a new partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada. The toy maker has pledged $500,000 to the hospital's Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign and will launch a custom-made and limited edition Mega Bloks™ First … [Read More...]

Sights, Sounds and Words

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More Noble than the Roman Eagle

Aquila, better known in Masonic parlance as the Roman Eagle, was considered in ancient times to be a symbol of strength, courage, and immortality. The signa militaria[i] of the Roman military under Gaius Marius (104 BC), the war standard was made of silver or bronze and served more as a holy war relic than mere militaristic emblem of the Roman Legions. Wells, in his Masonic short talk of … [Read More...]

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Symbolism on the Winding Staircase – Seven the Magic Number

Missed the beginning? Read: Part 1 - Masonic Symbolism on the Winding Staircase   Part 2 - Symbolism on the Winding Staircase – 5 steps upon the stair  From the three steps to the five steps, we now stand at the landing of to the far end of the middle chamber.  On this journey we have climbed much - traversing up Jacob's ladder in the first degree, climbed the first series of three steps and … [Read More...]

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Sean Astin coming to a lodge near you

Found this item in a news blurb from a press release about a new film, The Freemason, starting production in Utah. From the … [Read More...]

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Br. Mark Allen Tabbert on the George Washington Memorial.

Join Masonic Central this Sunday, July 5th at 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT as we meet and talk to Br. Mark Tabbert, who is the Director of … [Read More...]

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What Drives the Anti-Masons?

Everybody is worried about Masons taking over the world. Heck, we can't even organize a picnic. - A Mason from Washington … [Read More...]

Masonic Videos

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The Four Crowned Ones

From the World Exemplification of Freemasonry The Four Crowned Ones This grand overview is presented by Dr. John S. Wade, PM and W.M. of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No. 2076, which meets under the United Grand Lodge of England. It covers the past, present, and future of the the Lodge of the Four … [Read More...]

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Rick Ross’s Free Mason = Fraternal Shark Jump?

The new song from Rick Ross featuring Jay-Z off the Teflon Don Album. I'll let the song and lyrics speak for themselves. Free Mason. And a bit more from Rick Ro$$ on the title and lyrics. MTV Shows I get that Free masonry is deep in the pocket of material culture, and that it has a … [Read More...]

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Circa 1939

A remarkable film showing women Freemasons at the Masonic Temple in London congratulating Mrs Seton Challen on her enthronement as Grand Master at a reception in Mayfair... WOMEN FREEMANSONS Click the image to play the video. British Pathe historical archive. … [Read More...]

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The Bee Hive

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The 30 Greatest Conspiracy Theories Of All Time

The UK Telegraph has posted an article listing the 30 Greatest Conspiracy Theories, I gather, in order of their popularity or ranking. Part 1 is here and Part 2 here.  We will publish the list but for the detailed explanations that go with them you will need to visit the original Telegraph … [Read More...]

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Answer To Puzzler #3 and the Presentation of Puzzler #4

1 Kings 6:7 -  In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built. Some metallic substance is demanded after we were taught to wear our clothes, but we had not...(I won't go into … [Read More...]

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Dan Brown’s Influence On World Peace

Along with my Short Talk Bulletin I recently rescued from my mailbox came with it MIC's (Masonic Information Center - a part of MSANA)  FOCUS, a short communication on whatever is HOT right now in Freemasonry.  And what is hot right now, as we all know, is Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. MIC … [Read More...]

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Sojourners

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Symposium on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism – CFP

CALL FOR PAPERS – Symposium on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism, deadline December 15, 2011. National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Massachusetts Perspectives on American Freemasonry and … [Read More...]

Potential Answer to Lodge Dues Administration? Part 2

It has occurred to me since writing the post entitled "Potential Answer to Lodge Dues Administration? FreshBooks" that perhaps I did not touch on various issues.  I know I only posted that last post … [Read More...]

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Masonic Research and the Pig-Stealing Deserter

I've spent a lot of time in the last five years researching both Masonry and the American Civil War, as well as the intersection of those two subjects, and that is why my blog posts have been less … [Read More...]

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Masonic Traveler

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BSA 100 – Origins Scouting and Masonry

The Boy Scouts of America in three parts: Part I – Being a Boy Scout | Part II – Origins | Part III – Organization There are many stories about how the Boy Scouts came into existence:  Unknown Scouts on foggy London streets, clubs organized for wayward boys, or alternative organizations to an … [Read More...]

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Possessed by the Devil of Commercial Avarice

I take great wisdom from Albert Pike. When taken in portion, his writings in Morals and Dogma strike me almost a prophecy along the lines of Nostradamus or the Oracles of Delphi. It was in a deep reading of his work on the third degree that I found the passages below. In navigating his writing in … [Read More...]

The secret is how to die.

An excerpt from the "The Lost Symbol" in Parade Magazine... House of the Temple 8:33 P.M. Since the beginning of time, the secret had always been how to die. The thirty-four-year-old initiate gazed down at the human skull cradled in his palms. The skull was hollow, like a bowl, filled with … [Read More...]

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From the Edge – Tim Bryce

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Merchants of Morality

"If not us, Who? If not now, When?" BRYCE ON MORALITY Men join Freemasonry for a variety of reasons, right or wrong, be it to make new connections, join what they believe to be a philanthropy, to use it as a stepping stone to the Shrine or whatever. As for me, I was looking for a sense of … [Read More...]

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What is Fair?

Good question. This is something we all demand but I don’t think we really know what fair is; to illustrate: In this country we have established an extensive system of jurisprudence involving lawyers, judges, juries, appeals, etc. Yet, when a decision is finally reached, we claim it wasn’t fair. … [Read More...]

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Bryce’s Laws on Life

BRYCE ON SOCIETY - We've done management, systems, and project management, now how about Life? (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. We introduced the concept of "Bryce's Laws" back in the 1970's as a means to explain our concepts of … [Read More...]

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Videos Media

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Moving Fremasonry into the MMORPG

MMORPG: Massively multiplayer online role-playing game Just read a blog post on We Fly Spitfires, an MMORPG blog (which is another way of saying online gaming). The post was called Video Games and Freemasonry and the author, a brother, made some great points about how the lodge could attract … [Read More...]

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Smashing The Pyramid

I'm constantly amazed at the new discovery by some of the things in plain sight for centuries.  I can't say for certain about Canada, but American Masonic lodges have been pretty open in recent years, some open across an entire state. Maybe this video troupe is part of the gotcha media, the one … [Read More...]

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Tools for Building Things Eternal in the Heavens

I was cleaning up some past posts on the site and happened onto one from 2009 about the 10 Year Anniversary of Phoenix Masonry.  In the post was a mention of Brother Henry O. Studley's tool box, which prompted me to do a quick search for it online. Wikipedia says of the chest that... When … [Read More...]

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My Brother’s Keeper – Open Racism in Georgia Freemasonry

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" The LORD said, "What have you … [Read More...]

Florida Masonic Scandal

The Other Half Of The Florida Masonic Scandal Tells All

The Beehive presents an interview with Duke Bass Fortesque. This is being presented as opinions of Fortesque and The Beehive, not as fact. Names of the Lodge and any other Florida Masons have been deliberately omitted. Freemason Information welcomes a rebuttal from either the Master of the Lodge or … [Read More...]

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Is CoMasonry the Antidote – Part 2

By: Carlos Antonio Martinez, Jr. Read  - Is CoMasonry the Antidote part 1 Read  - Is CoMasonry the Antidote part 3 SPECULATIVE ERA 1.  Alleged "Official Birth" in England: Symbolic or "Speculative Masonry" began to gradually develop during the XVI and XVII in Europe, particularly - … [Read More...]

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Georgia Black Mainstream Mason Is Black Balled Again For The Second Time In His Masonic Journey

Sometimes lightening strikes twice – to the same spot. When it does you know that either God is in control or the fix is in. In the case of Gate City Lodge #2, Atlanta, Georgia it is definitely the latter. You might remember the articles The Beehive published in 2009 -   My Brother’s Keeper, Open … [Read More...]

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Mainstream Grand Master Of Florida Expels Wiccans And Others

The Grand Master of Florida's decision number 3 can be found on the Grand Lodge of Florida website.  The text of the document appears, as transcribed, below. The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida Jorge L. Aladro Grand Master  Contact info omitted November 28, … [Read More...]

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