Tag: Co-Masons

Who Is the Widow’s Son?

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Perhaps most well known as a Masonic Biker organization, the origin of the term Widow’s Son is actually quite old and deep in Masonic Lore. What is the significance of this term, why is every Mason considered to be a Widow’s Son? As with… Continue Reading “Who Is the Widow’s Son?”

The Masonic Noah’s Ark: Navigating a Great Deluge

During a recent commute back from a Lodge meeting, as my car crawled along the road in horrendous torrential rain, I watched a grey heron stalk the banks of a flooding Arkansas River. The magnificent bird was a timely reminder that beauty and nature… Continue Reading “The Masonic Noah’s Ark: Navigating a Great Deluge”

Two Masonic Pillars: Guardians of the Temple

I have a sense that every person on this planet is being tested at this time. This impression came to me recently while watching the tragic burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The fire blazing impacted the world greatly. How could this… Continue Reading “Two Masonic Pillars: Guardians of the Temple”

Masonic Motto: Ordo Ab Chao

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Of the many symbols and phrases of Freemasonry, a few mottoes are important enough to be prominently, and sometimes publicly displayed on flags, seals, or regalia. The phrase “Ordo Ab Chao,” is the motto of the 33rd degree, which can be found on the… Continue Reading “Masonic Motto: Ordo Ab Chao”

Where is a Freemason first prepared? And why?

When a new brother is in the beginning stages of his masonic journey, he is asked what I believe to be one of the most profound questions of all: “Where were you first prepared to be made a mason?” As those of us in… Continue Reading “Where is a Freemason first prepared? And why?”

Am I my Brother’s Keeper? – A Masonic Interpretation

In Freemasonry, the term “brother” is used to demonstrate a closeness of relationship that is not necessarily based on blood ties. It is formed from a common bond, shared obligations and experiences. In addition, being a child of the Divine Father (or Great Architect)… Continue Reading “Am I my Brother’s Keeper? – A Masonic Interpretation”

The Masonic Lesson of Subduing One’s Passions

One of the primary lessons of Freemasonry is to learn to subdue your passions. On the surface, some might think this means to dampen and reduce your emotions – to become a kind of automaton. Quite the opposite is the case, however. As you… Continue Reading “The Masonic Lesson of Subduing One’s Passions”

Is Freemasonry a Sigil?

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The connection between Freemasonry and ritual magic is something which might be controversial to some brothers. The organization has intentionally de-emphasized such esoteric aspects of the Craft, at least in mainstream male-only Masonry, to focus instead on charity and fraternity. Universal Freemasonry for Men… Continue Reading “Is Freemasonry a Sigil?”

Is Freemasonry a Time Capsule?

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Freemasonry can be and is many things to many people. Some see it as a conspiracy to take over the world; others, an ancient method to guide and improve humanity; yet others still, an old boys club with funny rituals and charitable activities. Following… Continue Reading “Is Freemasonry a Time Capsule?”

The Elements: What Are Their Significance for Freemasonry? [Part 2]

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In our previous discussion in Part 1, we began an examination of the elements as symbols, and we will continue with that here. We covered the first two elements, Earth and Water, and discussed their essential qualities, and symbolic correlates in mind or consciousness.… Continue Reading “The Elements: What Are Their Significance for Freemasonry? [Part 2]”