Welcome to the July issue of The Square
Old books and articles are endlessly fascinating – my obsession with research often uncovers incredible resources that are as relevant today as they were when the authors published them, some which are over 100 years old.
Admittedly, not all ‘vintage’ copy reads as smoothly as more modern texts, but it is the wisdom within that is the message we can take away.
However, certain authors such as Roscoe Pound [Eight Schools of Freemasonry], deliver their thoughts and teachings in such a concise and timeless way that we can seamlessly apply it to our current practices and thinking.
So, when it comes to the old, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater – delve into the minds of those who came before, absorb their wisdom and apply it to your new bank of Masonic knowledge.
We have some great articles including both old and new wisdom:
Eight Schools of Freemasonry – Following on from Part 2 of The Eight Schools of Freemasonry, we explore the Religious School of Philosophy of the Rev. George Oliver, extracted from the seminal work of Roscoe Pound.
Order of Bees – A rare, and beautiful ritual – The Order of Bees was established as a youth initiative for the boys and girls of Prince Hall Freemasons, and symbolises the relationship existing between the activities of the youth and the family of bees.
Bridging the Gap: Part 1 – There is often a gap between action and understanding. This article is an excerpt from a course currently under construction by the author.
A Masonic Lodge is not a Service Club – Proving that ‘old’ advice is relevant today – an address delivered to the 10th Annual Conference of Western Canadian Grand Lodges (1950) in response to the question, “Should Our Western Grand Lodges Sponsor a Specific Program?” By
Laurence Healey, Senior Grand Warden, Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1950-1951
To be a Better Citizen of the World: Step 4 – A value proposition for Pure Ancient Masonry as defined in terms of Citizenship; the allegories, symbolism and lessons are a blueprint for all Freemasons to be a better citizen of the world.
Cryptomasons – Do you want to delve further into the realm of art NFTs and crypto? This article features one of the first initiatives for Masonic Art NFT collections with philanthropic goals supported by a regular Grand Lodge, in this case, the Great Lodge of Argentina of Free and Accepted Masons.
Our regular contributors:
Kenneth Jack – the second part in the serialisation of George Blackie’s ‘History of the Knights Templar and the Sublime Teachings of the Order’, meticulously transcribed by Kenneth.
Paul Gardner – Paul tells the story of his transition from one rule book to another – from the Book of Constitutions to the Rule Book for Snooker!
Craig Weightman – More extracts of wisdom from Craig Weightman’s book ‘A Journey in Stone’ – this month, we explore the Working Tools of the Third Degree.
Wayne’s Masonic World – Wayne shares some exciting news and demonstrates that music most certainly transforms lives. It brings people together and unites the world – and so does Freemasonry.
Stephen Goulding – Stephen winds up his invaluable tutorial series with an exploration of the Third Degree Charge, which invites the candidate to reflect on his life as both a ‘moral’ and ‘educated’ man, and to contemplate on what may be missing in his life.
The ‘genuine secrets of a Master Mason’. He will be taking a break for a while to work on an accompanying course.
Mike’s Masonic Walks & Talks – Jack the Ripper – Jack the Mason? Mike Neville takes you on a nighttime wander around Whitechapel to hear about the thirty or more Masons involved in the 1888 ‘Autumn of Terror’ – police officers, detectives, coroners, doctors, witnesses…and suspects.
As always, we also have the usual features of old books, new books, reviews of books, and a whole host of Masonic knowledge to keep you busy with your ‘daily advancement’.
We hope you enjoy this month’s issue. If you do – or if you don’t – drop me a line at email@example.com
Until next time, stay safe and well.
Article by: Philippa Lee. Editor
Philippa Lee (writes as Philippa Faulks) is the author of eight books, an editor and researcher.
Philippa was initiated into the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons (HFAF) in 2014.
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