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January 2023 Issue articles

From The Editor

Warm welcome to the January 2023 issue, from the Editor

Masonic News

Masonic News Headlines from around the globe 24h / 7d

Loge Liberté Chérie

Liberté chérie was a Masonic Lodge founded in 1943 by Belgian Resistance fighters and other political prisoners at Esterwegen concentration camp. It was one of the few lodges of Freemasons founded within a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

Masonic Watches

Masonic Miscellanies – Freemasonry and Auld Lang Syne

Undoubtedly, millions of people throughout the world will sing Auld Lang Syne to see out the old year. Few will know all the words and fewer still what they mean. They are attributed to Robert Burns who apparently picked up the tune and some of the words from an old man singing in the dialect …

Masonic Blogs – Metropolitan Study Group

SRIA London is the online resource created by the SRIA Province of Greater London. This Province consists of the Metropolitan College, London College of Adepts, and the Metropolitan Study Group. We are part of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, the world's oldest independent order of Rosicrucian Freemasons.

Masonic Ties

From Tower to Temple

How can the allegory of the Tower of Babel teach us tolerance? Language can be a divide. Not confusion among languages but rather within language, a seriously unclear understanding of another’s world-view. We assume it is so different from our own and yet with clarity, a realisation there is more which unites than separates.

A Temple of Living Stones: Examining the Concept of a Chain of Union 

What are the origins of the Chain of Union? And how did they come about ? The answers may surprise some members as W Brother Andrew Hammer investigates, author of Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance.

Masonic Cases

Robert Burns & James Hogg

An Oration delivered to the Annual Burns and Hogg Festival, at Lodge Canongate Kilwinning, No. 2, Edinburgh, on 24 January 2018. By Bro. Kenneth C. Jack, FSAScot FPS, Past Master, Lodge St. Andrew, No. 814, Pitlochry.

The Egyptian Rite of Memphis: The Initiation 

Following on from last month's article "The Egyptian Rite of Memphis: Past, Present and its Relevance for Today's Freemasonry", Gabriel Anghelescu leads us on the path of the Initiate into the Chamber of Reflection and beyond.

Bricks Masons

The Guinea’s Stamp 

That rank is but the guinea’s stamp, the man himself’s the gold. But what does this mean, even given the lyric and tone of Burns’ time? It is oft times used in a derogatory sense, (somewhat in good humour) between Masons (or not) on the achieving of honours. But its antecedents are much more complex …

Freemasonry and Education

Freedom and the education of the individual are themes that are continuous in Freemasonry from the very earliest writing to the present day. The responsibilities associated with being free are great and significant and are clearly detailed in the biblical Book of Exodus. The difficulties with these responsibilities are burdensome but they become easier to …

Masonic Swords

The Ritual of the Operative Free Masons – P3

Existing Operative Free Masons. The ritual I am about to refer, is that of "The Worshipful Society of Free Masons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plaisterers, and Bricklayers." By Thomas Carr, M.D., P. M. Honorary Member of the Guild of Operative Free Masons

The Rite of Destitution

Like every other incident of initiation it is in the light of the larger meanings of Freemasonry that we must interpret the Rite of Destitution. But what does it mean?

Masonic Ring

Practical Life Lessons taught through Freemasonry – P1

A series of articles offering a guide to practical life lessons taught through Freemasonry for young adults setting out in life after full time education - Lesson 1; How to communicate effectively and assertively ?

The Master Mason’s Handbook

Chapter 7 - The Legend - After the ceremonial investiture of the Candidate the W.M. continues the narrative of the traditional history. At least this is the case in most English workings, but in some Scotch workings the whole story is told first, and subsequently the Candidate and the other brethren act the chief parts. …

Masonic Pens

Masonic Podcasts

Our pick of the best Masonic Podcasts

Craftsmen Online Podcast

A weekly masonic podcast connecting Freemasons around the world with leadership development, Masonic education, and Masonic history. - New episodes each Monday - Subscribe to keep updated.

Old Tiler Talks – Masonic Libraries

The Old Tilers talks first published in 1925, by Carl Claudy, is a series of short anecdotal stories told in the setting of a new member asking an old tiler for his opinion on various masonic topics. These short articles are still very relevant, 100 years on, and hopefully provide some insight to new members …

Masonic Regalia

New Year’s Resolution

January is traditionally the time to make new year's resolutions. To accomplish his life’s goals, Benjamin Franklin developed and committed himself to a personal improvement program that consisted of 13 virtues. You are invited to join me in practicing his daily routine for 2023.

Carl Jung’s Living Symbols: P1

Jung’s “living Symbols” are the key to organic One-World Freemasonic Government; i.e., The Grand Mystery of operative Freemasonic Labour is that generic Freemasonry is embedded with the DNA archetype for One-World Self-Governance - an insightful view by Professor Stephen Schafer

Masonic Jewels

Freemasonry – an Advancive Science

Is Freemasonry - an Advancive Science ? Not to confuse advancement with innovation. Has it been the case that Freemasonry's survival for 300 years plus is due to being an Advancive Science, tending to advance. First published in The Freemason's Chronicle 18 September 1875, addresses the same challenges then as now.

Masonic Art NFT Projects

We introduce a new selection of masonic inspired NFT art collections available on Opensea produced by artists from around the globe.

Digital Freemasonry NFT Marketplace

Tubal Cain Masonic Aprons

Tubal Cain Masonic Apron NFTs are a collection of 1,000 unique digital designed Masonic collectable aprons, available as real collectable aprons

Book Intro – Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor 

Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor is an impression of the Old York Rite published in New York in 1866.

1st Digital Freemasonry Summit 2023

The Square Magazine is very excited to take part in the First Digital Freemasonry Summit which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, on March 18-19, 2023.

Book Review – High Meridian 

Ben Zion's awaited second book - This book contains a highly thought-provoking, or perhaps, more crucially a challenging narrative on the esoteric aspects of Freemasonry. There is no cautious conjecture, no frivolous ‘woo-woo’ approach, Zion dives straight in and makes us think…hard!

Lewis Masonic Books

Reviews and new publications from Lewis Masonic

Book Review – Seven Habits of Highly Successful Lodges

Successful Lodges tend to share several common features. In this exciting new book, well-known author and speaker Tony Harvey draws on his extensive experience in different areas within Freemasonry to identify the key features most often seen in our strongest, happiest, and most attractive Lodges.

Join QCCC

How to join QCCC - the world’s first and oldest Masonic research society established over 135 years ago.

Book Review – Over 300 years of Masonic Ritual

This book celebrates the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Premier Grand Lodge in June 1717, by reviewing the basis of our workings from the earliest records to the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England in December 1813 and further.

SQ Masonic Book Store

Selected Masonic Books available at Amazon

SQ Leadership Books

Selected Books on Leadership and Personal Development available at Amazon

SQ Style – Man

Stand out from the crowd with SQ’s Masonic essentials

SQ Style – Feminine

Stand out from the crowd with SQ’s Masonic essentials

SQ Styles

Masonic Apparel made to order, unique designs by Tubal Cain Masonic NFT Artist

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