What makes something a “ritual?” Is it an evil connotation? Is it something sinister? Why then is Freemasonry considered a ritual practice? How could something so full of moral virtues practice something ritualistic? The use of the word ritual is described as the regular practice of the same … [Read more...] about Why is Freemasonry a Ritual Practice?
Freemasonry is grounded in three specific virtues which are at the core of Masonic teachings. Are these virtues really at the core of the Masonic connection to faith, religion and the divine? These three virtues are the foundations upon which Freemasonry is built. Brotherly Love as directed … [Read more...] about Why Brotherly Love Relief and Truth in Freemasonry?
A common connection with Freemasonry is that it is a patriotic organization. While it suggests certain attributes of patriotism, the multi-national spread of the fraternity would suggest something other than a direct form of nationalistic adherence. So then, is Freemasonry a patriotic … [Read more...] about Is Freemasonry a Patriotic Body?
In this episode we look at a reading of Frank C. Higgins from The Beginning of Masonry. In this piece, Higgins explores the philosophical relationship of God and Freemasonry. There is no place in Masonry for dogmatic controversy affecting the current convictions of brethren of the craft. In its … [Read more...] about God and Freemasonry | Symbols and Symbolism
In this episode, we explore the meaning of the Free and Accepted which first occurs in the Roberts Print of 1722, a term applied in the symbolic allegories to the builders of Solomon’s Temple. Mackey, in his Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, say: The title "Free and Accepted" first occurs in the … [Read more...] about Free and Accepted Mason | Symbols and Symbolism
In this episode, we explore the significance of Geometry as it relates to Freemasonry. An old attribution, its scientific and philosophical connections hold greater resonance than its computational counterparts with paper and pen. More Masonic Symbols, here. In the modern rituals, geometry is … [Read more...] about Geometry in Freemasonry | Symbols and Symbolism
In this episode we look at the definition of what the masonic apron represents. Of the many emblems of Freemasonry, none is more iconic that the lambskin apron. Alien outside of the lodge, under the tiled lodge it represents the totality of what it means to be a Mason. It’s said to be more noble … [Read more...] about The Masonic Apron | Symbols and Symbolism
In this episode of Symbols and Symbols we examine the Masonic symbol of the beehive, a symbol that Mackey, in his Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, calls a symbol of an obedient people. In masonic parlance, the symbol is more recognizable as an emblem industry. The Master Mason degree says of the beehive … [Read more...] about The Beehive | Symbols and Symbolism
In this episode of Masonic Symbols and Symbolism, we explore the symbolism behind the Volume of Sacred Law as used in Freemasonry. Few elements are as contentious as this "indispensable book" in the lodge. Perhaps because of the diversity of faiths who claim ownership of the “one true religion…” … [Read more...] about Volume of the Sacred Law
The modern incarnation of Freemasonry dates to around 1717, but, was that truly the beginning of the "ancient" and honorable fraternity? The history of modern Freemasonry is fairly understood, going back to roughly the 1700’s. Beyond that point in time, information starts to become less … [Read more...] about How Old is Freemasonry?