Welcome to the October issue of The Square
This month sees the nights drawing in and, sadly, the end of our glorious Indian summer.
In lieu of what would usually be the beginning of a busy new season going to lodge, in these times of ever-fluctuating change, we offer you the chance to keep safe and warm inside and indulge in a bit of Masonic Education.
In Science and Citizenship: Towards a 21st Century Masonic Mindset: Part 1: ‘Freemasonries’ and Governance Gerald Reilly begins a series of thought-provoking articles as the basis for acquiring a 21st Century Masonic Mindset; the idea being to future-proof ‘Freemasonries’.
The term ‘Freemasonries’ will be employed to indicate that there is not a homogenous Freemasonry beyond the specificity of Jurisdictions. Gerald’s work is influenced by the universally recognised works of Yuval Noah Hariri and, Andreas Önnerfors’ the author of Freemasonry: A Very Short Introduction.
As a bit of a contrast but nonetheless educational, we include a new feature of Masonic Miscellanies – those bite-sized chunks of knowledge reflecting questions that every Mason has probably pondered.
So if you’ve ever wondered why masons had to be ‘free’ or why we have a Tyler? What the meaning of ‘hele’ is, and where the term ‘eavesdropping’ came from…read on.
We had to include an interview from Just Masons with the wonderful Elena Llamas – she discusses Co-Masonry, women’s Freemasonry, esotericism and much more.
‘Freemasonry – and solutions – in the time of pandemic‘ discusses the situation we find ourselves in with regards to the current (at time of publishing) changes and restrictions to social gatherings and how this is impacting Freemasonry as a whole.
There is much to be debated and we would welcome any comments via our email or social media channels.
The emphasis we feel is imperative, is to offer positive solutions and to further the role of Masonic education and knowledge.
In ‘Hail Holy Light‘ regular contributor, the Masonic author Julian Rees, this month sheds light on some of the thoughts and realisations members have as they progress through the degrees.
A fascinating insight as to ‘The Development of the Emulation Ritual‘ is given by Carlos Francisco Ortiz
In this month’s ‘Meet the Author‘, I was delighted to catch up with friend and author, Daniel J. Duke.
Not only is Dan the great-great grandson of the outlaw Jesse James, he has discovered some of the most important – and unexpected – facts about this infamous character.
Faked deaths, coded maps, buried treasure, Freemasonry, Knights Templar and the mystical Kabbalah – it all makes for a Da Vinci Code-esque rip-roaring action ride!
You’ve got to read it to believe it.
We finish up with our usual round-up of books to read and buy, and our exclusive SQ Style Guides for the discerning Mason.
I hope you enjoy this month’s selection of superb articles and look forward to catching up with you in November…we will have some exciting new things to offer!
Stay safe and well, until next time,
Article by: Philippa Lee
Philippa Lee (writes as Philippa Faulks) is the author of eight books, an editor and researcher.
Her specialism is ancient Egypt, Freemasonry, comparative religions and social history. She has several books in progress on the subject of ancient and modern Egypt. Selection of Books Online at Amazon
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