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The secretary of the Commonweath of Massachusetts, William Francis Galvin, Governor Charlie Baker and Masonic grand master Harvey Waugh

Boston Time Capsule Returned To Its 1795 Burial Place, With A Few Modern Items

  The Guardian reports: In an elaborate ceremony steeped in tradition, a time capsule dating to 1795 was returned on Wednesday to the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, with a set of 2015 US mint coins and a silver plaque added to its contents for a future generation to discover.   A procession of freemasons […]

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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. […]

The secretary of the Commonweath of Massachusetts, William Francis Galvin, Governor Charlie Baker and Masonic grand master Harvey Waugh

Boston Time Capsule Returned To Its 1795 Burial Place, With A Few Modern Items

  The Guardian reports: In an elaborate ceremony steeped in tradition, a time capsule dating to 1795 was returned on Wednesday to the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, with a set of 2015 US mint coins and a silver plaque added to its contents for a future generation to discover.   A procession of freemasons […]

Our Legacy

BRYCE ON LIFE – Will we be remembered for tangible objects or the people we come in contact with? (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Something just about all of us consider at some point in our lives is our legacy, be it […]

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The Christianization of Freemasonry

In this installment of Symbols & Symbolism, we look at a reading from Albert G. Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry on the Christening of Freemasonry, a sentiment that Mackey feels “… does not belong to the ancient system” of Freemasonry. You can read more installments of Mackey’s Encyclopedia under Symbols & Symbolism here on this site […]

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Help Wanted

Help wanted is an occasional missive from a visitor to Freemason Information. Frequently they arrive in our Contact Us mail box and ask a specific or unique question about some aspect of Freemasonry. This note is from a visitor to the website named LeiLani who makes an inquiry regarding a Masonic Document she found at […]

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Symbolism of the First Degree

by Br. Asahel W. Gage from The Builder Magazine October 1915 - Volume I - Number 10 This jewel comes from The Builder Magazine, a masonic publication  published between 1915 and 1930, edited by Joseph Fort Newton. It was then (and likely still is) the best American Masonic periodical ever published. The work below is just one of many articles in the archives, and one that I thought … [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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Book Review: The Extraordinary Catalog Of Peculiar Inventions

Every once in awhile you come across a book that is so out of the ordinary, in the subject field that your are studying, that it intrigues your fancy. Such is the book that Julia Suits has written about fraternal society initiation equipment. And equipment in this … [Read More...]

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The diminshment of religious liberty.

An interesting piece in Religion dispatches titled "The Quietly Crumbling Wall of Separation." The article makes an interesting case for the diminished protection over the free exercise of religion steaming from the 1990 Justice Scalia decision of Emplotment Division … [Read More...]

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National Heritage Museum-New Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism

This just in from the email... CALL FOR PAPERS – Symposium on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Massachusetts New Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism – Friday, April 9, 2010 The National Heritage … [Read More...]

Masonic Videos

Meeting in the Bollywood Sanctum Sanctorum!

Is it me, or does anyone else out there wish some of the meetings were conducted like this? Is guess its how they do it in Jorhat, in the Indian state of Assam. Freemasons Kaun Hai Jorhat Part I Part II. Bollywood GhostHunters - so I appologize in advance for the audio - my guess, its … [Read More...]

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The Gift of Irish Freemasonry from WEOFM

The latest video in the 2011 Worldwide Exemplification of Freemasonry is up at the weofm.org website, which is titled The Gift of Irish Freemasonry. The video is presented by the Right Worshipful Brother Bob Bashford, PM, Past Grand Master Standard Bearer, Provincial Grand Librarian, and Editor … [Read More...]

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The Realization of Truth

One of my favorite scenes in any movie occurs at the climax of the classic film Ben-Hur. During the scene where Jesus is carrying his crucifix through Jerusalem, he collapses underneath the weight of his burden. As Simon of Cyrene is ordered by the Roman soldiers to pick up Jesus' cross, Judah … [Read More...]

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The Bee Hive

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Five Reasons NOT TO BE A Freemason & One To Be One

Awhile back Brother Rui Bandeira of Portugal asked me if he could translate my Beehive posts "I Had A Dream" and "The Last Degree" into Portuguese and post them on his Masonic Blog - A Partir Pedra. I was honored and in no time there was The Beehive in Portuguese. The moment was not lost on me … [Read More...]

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House Stenographer Goes On An Anti Freemason Rant While Congress Is In Session

    Stenographer Dianne Foster Reidy seized a House microphone and blurted out, "He [God] will not be mocked," Reidy said, "The greatest deception here is this is not 'one nation under God.' It never was…The constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. … [Read More...]

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Confessions of a Born Again Fundamentalist, Freemason

Confessions of a Born Again Fundamentalist, Freemason By Nelson King, FPS Special Note - Br. King passed to the celestial lodge on August 17th, 2011. I confess that I am a Born Again, Fundamentalist, Freemason. Now before you have a cardiac arrest, or a stroke, let me explain what a Born … [Read More...]

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Are Illiterates Raising Illiterates?

by Br. John Nagy If you’re old to Masonic Education you know that, for the most part, “average formal Grand Lodge backed” Masonic Education programs exist today as: Memorizing Degree … [Read More...]

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The Unity of Light – a Universal Temple of Freemasonry

by Charles Lloyd Mashburn Jr. 32° Thunderbolt Lodge # 693 Thunderbolt, Georgia Preface As a young Freemason involved in my Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite of the Valley of Savannah, Georgia … [Read More...]

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The Death of Freemasonry

by the Palmetto Bug You can find more from the Palmetto Bug at the Masonic Line. Freemasonry will never be extinguished by outside forces. Tyrants, religious zealots, conspiracy theorists, and the … [Read More...]

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Masonic Traveler

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The Buzz about Ben Franklin

There has been a lot of buzz about the video below on the interwebz. You could probably say its a Public Service Announcement from the past as Ben Franklin (as played by Richard Easton) gives an inspirational message on the teachings, philosophy, and meaning of Masonry. Give it a watch if … [Read More...]

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Masonic Central Japan with guest Br. Jim Johnston

Masonic Central Japan! Brothers Michael Pearce and Bill Patterson launch their inaugural edition Masonic Central Asia with their guest Br. Jim Johnston, PhD., who is one of the foremost scholars on Masonry in Japan.  Also, Br. Johnston is a Past Grand Master of the island nation, a 33º … [Read More...]

Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." - Mark Twain - from the North American Review

The Great Canopy of the Heavens is falling.

I was plugging in some numbers from the MSANA recently to update myself on the trend in membership from my original analysis in 2007, the results of which I published in the piece "So what? The Dynamic of Masonic Membership." In it you may, or may not want to, recollect the trend of membership … [Read More...]

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From the Edge – Tim Bryce

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Retirementland

BRYCE ON LIFE - Do we ever truly retire? (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I have written about retirement in the past and I still regard it as a mystery. I have had more friends "check out" recently for a variety of reasons. They … [Read More...]

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What Role Should The Masons Have?

BRYCE ON MORALITY - Why we must become the "Merchants of Morality." It is no secret Masonic membership is in decline. According to the MSA, membership has gone down a whopping 68% since its high in 1959. With each passing year, fewer young men join to replace those who departed due to death. There … [Read More...]

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Discipline is Not Evil

PREFACE:  This column, which may seem to be aimed at the education of our youth, is also applicable to the workplace and to Masonic lodges in terms of teaching our junior members how to succeed and climb the ladder of the Lodge hierarchy. I recently attended a training session for a nonprofit … [Read More...]

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Wilbert M. Curtis Texas Prince Hall Library Museum

Wilbert M. Curtis Texas Prince Hall Library Museum

The Wilbert M. Curtis Texas Prince Hall Library Museum located at the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons of Texas in Fort Worth will open its doors to the public during Black History Month 2013. … [Read More...]

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Masonic Bling

Caught this on Facebook this morning, good find Br. James. Shaq shows off his Masonic ring, the "ring of his profession."   I like his response to what it is. Listen to the conversation and you'll get an idea of how most people respond when they see one. … [Read More...]

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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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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...]

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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...]