Saturday, October 29, 2016

Donald Duck in Math-a-Magic Land

While the following video is not directly related to Freemasonry (and I don't think Donald Duck was ever a Freemason) the importance of specifically geometry, arithmetic, Pythagoras, are special to the Freemason. 
(Video approximately 20min)

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The Five Pointed Star, the Circle, and the Triangles (Right & Equilateral) are introduced to a brother mason during his initiations for the first three degrees. Additionally, the Mason is encouraged to study the seven liberal arts & sciences: ... Arithmetic, Logic, Grammar, Rhetoric, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy.

The above video displays how three basic geometrical shapes connect with, and are vital, to the seven liberal arts and sciences.

My fellow brothers take the concept of this video and think back to the signs and symbols in our rituals. The ancient math used by our operative brothers over a thousand years ago is still within and advocated by our Lodges today. Just a bit more subtle.


~Fiat Lux & Scientia Est Potentia 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Open House



This Sunday, October 23rd from 2-4PM the Grand Lodge of Texas has asked all Masonic lodges to host a Statewide Lodge Open House.  We would like for all citizens of Texas to become better acquainted with our Lodges, our philosophy, our many charities and community service activities
.  Use the Grand Lodge "Lodge Locator" to find a lodge near you:  http://grandlodgeoftexas.org/lodge-locator/

The Compasses

Thoughts on a Working Tool


You see them on the side of Masonic Lodges, Cornerstones of various buildings, bumper stickers, rings, and other various locations. It is one of three symbols that make up the classic ‘Square and Compasses’ known to the Freemasons. Did you know that the compasses carry two meanings for a Brother of the Craft?

In operative masonry the compasses are used to draw circles or parts of a circle, also known as arcs. The circles and arcs are some the simplest shapes, but essential forms,  required in geometry. Without a solid understanding and application of these (along with the square) the more complicated designs in geometry cannot be drawn.
In speculative (philosophical) masonry, the compasses are to remind a brother to keep his desires and passions within due bounds. 

Simple, like a circle or arc, right? 

Ponder the following: Can the mason be passionate about the honorable work, or career, that provides for his family? If the passions and time applied by the mason to his job starts to interfere with his family obligations is this a problem? The Mason should ask himself if these passions are within due bounds. In other words have these passions turn into vices? The mason should realize that almost anything that he is passionate about could at times be outside of due bounds and become a vice. (There is another working to assist a brother with vices.)

Still simple, ... Right?

It Fiat Lux & Scientia Es Potentia