Category Archives: Philosophy

The Three Supporting Pillars of a Lodge

The Three Supporting Pillars of a Lodge. by H.A. Kingsbury ALTHOUGH it is probably true that there is no Mason, be he ever so unskilled in his Art, who is so ill informed that if he were asked, “What are … Continue reading

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Insanity and Membership

The definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This quote has been falsely attributed to Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin but regardless of its origin, the quote has some validity. Case in … Continue reading

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If – written by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and … Continue reading

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To Relieve the Distressed is a Duty Incumbent On All

To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all, but particularly on Masons, who are linked together buy an indissoluble chain of sincere affection. To soothe the unhappy, to sympathize with their misfortunes, to compassionate their miseries and restore … Continue reading

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Temperance =/= Prohibition.

By the Rev. Dr. Mark D. Isaacs, Charles Harry Copestake AMD Council, No. 69 March 1, 2014 Moderation in all things.”[1] “Learn to subdue your passions and improve yourself in Freemasonry.”   The recent ignominious needle-still-in-the-arm heroin death of the … Continue reading

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DIFFERENT KINDS OF MASONS

Old Tyler Talks by Carl Claudy “I’m almost through!” The New Brother displayed a sheaf of cards to the Old Tiler. “Soon I will have joined them all and become every kind of Mason there is.” “What do you know … Continue reading

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WE WORK IN SPECULATIVE MASONRY

Our title is readily identified as part of the Middle Chamber lecture. This statement is intended to put the candidate “in tune” for the series of instructive and philosophical discourses he is about to hear. It contrasts the kind of … Continue reading

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On Transience

Not really a Masonic post but appropriate. By Sigmund Freud Translation by James Strachey Not long ago I went on a summer walk through a smiling countryside in the company of a taciturn friend and of a young but already … Continue reading

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On Brotherhood: A Few Brief Words

The word “obligation” comes from the Latin word obligatus, meaning “bound.”  In obligatus we find a form of the root word, ligare, a verb, which means “to bind.”  When I obligate myself, therefore, I am being bound to something or … Continue reading

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Lucifer and the Craft

This post was originally published as an article in the November 2012 issue of Living Stones Masonic Magazine.  It is published here with the kind permission of the owner and editor Living Stones Magazine, Brother Robert Herd. Let us begin … Continue reading

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