Many a man has reasoned about faith, heaven, infinity, and God until his brain reeled at the impossibility of comprehending the infinite with the finite, and ended by saying in despair: “I cannot believe in God!” Then he has taken his wife or his child in his arms and there found happiness, completely oblivious to the most profound, as the most simple fact of all faiths and all religions; where love is, there is also God!
Selected aphorisms from “The Book of the Lodge” by George Oliver (1782-1867)
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The subject of marks forms an interesting study in the history of Freemasonry that begins in much earlier times with the ancient cathedrals. In the days of operative builders, a mason’s mark was defined as a figure, an emblem, or some other arbitrary symbol… Continue Reading “What do Masons’ Marks reveal?”
Symbols can often have double or multiple interpretations, ranging from the obvious exoteric meanings to the more esoteric ideas understood by a few. Somewhere in the middle of these two extremes can be found the hidden knowledge. Symbols conceal as much, or more, than… Continue Reading “The Symbolism of the Cube: Why is it both Qabalistic and Masonic?”
To what does the symbol allude? Doubtless there are many answers to this question. Depending on what country, what masonic group, or what Lodge you’ll get different answers. All are interesting, and some are actually a bit astonishing. It has been said to represent… Continue Reading “The Masonic Letter G stands for…?”
At the end of a recent Scottish Rite workshop, and after one of the most incredible weeks of my life, I felt inspired and nourished with the treasures that only the craft of Freemasonry can offer. I jumped in the car and set off… Continue Reading “Freemasonry: Is Architecture Frozen Music?”
The act of censing has been said to create a pleasing and purified ritual space. There is nothing quite as inspiring as walking in to a sacred place and being hit by the smell of lovely incense, which immediately transports us into a more… Continue Reading “Censing in Freemasonry: Practical or Symbolic?”
From the teachings of Hermes comes the well-known maxim, “as above, so below.” Those four words have become a sacred phrase, an adage of wisdom, an underlying principle, an ancient aphorism, and a mystic saying. The dramatic opening lines of the Emerald Tablet read as follows: … Continue Reading “As Above, So Below: What Does it Mean to a Freemason?”
Whether the subject of heart is mulled over by the philosopher or analyzed by the scientist, one thing is for certain — the heart is one of life’s most important mysteries. Freemasonry reflects this idea, when it instructs that every mason is made ready… Continue Reading “Brotherly Love: The Heart of a Mason’s Work”