From The Editor

Welcome to the September 2023 issue of The Square

The Square Magazine is to change the publishing schedule form Monthly to Quarterly – with the next issue scheduled January 2024.

We will be using the extra time between issues to develop new premium features for the publication and spend increased time to researching new articles.

We will also be investigating alternative payment models to assist with the production costs. I would like to thank all those readers who made a voluntary donation. And as we are making changes to the publishing schedule, I will be making a full refund to all the volunteer donors.

In the mean time, Philippa will be taking on new projects, still as a writer, coach and mentor, and of course, you can find her via her website and social media

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Philippa for all her work, time and support each month in producing the Square Magazine, it certainly would not have taken shape with out her.

This moth we introduce four new contributors to the Square Magazine, Matt Fletcher, Scott Wisdahl, Brendan Hickey and Michael Salem


This Month’s Editor Picks:

The Paradox of Dogmatic Thinking in a Progressive Science

Matt Fletcher challenges dogmatic thinking in Freemasonry, highlighting the need for recognition of its evolution and embracing change to ensure survival. He sees the Allied Masonic Degrees as an opportunity to preserve its core values and remain relevant for future generations.

Reading Masons and Masons Who Do Not Read

Albert G. Mackey highlights the ignorance among Masons about their rich history. While some pursue superficial honors, others seek genuine understanding. Mackey stresses the need for Masonic education to preserve the institution’s significance. First published 148 years ago. Nothing changes.

King Solomon’s Temple

Unearth the captivating tale of King Solomon’s Temple, an architectural marvel that shaped ancient Israelite culture. Our comprehensive exploration delves into its historical significance, architectural grandeur, religious rituals, and the scholarly debates that surround it. Discover the enduring allure of this biblical wonder.

Capitular Masonry

Unravel the mystic origins of Capitular Masonry, a secretive Freemasonry branch. Explore its evolution, symbolic degrees, and the Royal Arch’s mysteries. Discover the Keystone’s significance in this enlightening journey through Masonic wisdom, culminating in the ethereal Holy Royal Arch.

Not the Jetsons

Scott Wisdahl explores using Virtual Reality (VR) for Masonic rituals, offering immersive experiences beyond traditional methods. While VR ensures consistent quality and flexibility, it might reduce group interactions. The author suggests Masonic bodies consider VR for specific rituals, highlighting its future potential.

How Freemasonry Cultivates Ideal Entrepreneurial Traits

Freemasonry’s cryptic rituals hold timeless lessons for building entrepreneurial greatness. Through tests of passion, vision and skill, Masonic teachings forge ideal traits like grit, creativity and alliance-making needed to seize opportunity and elevate enterprises. The right commitment unlocks code for entrepreneurial success.

Courage as a core value in Freemasonry

Brendan Hickey’s presentation; Freemasonry, a revered fraternity, prioritizes virtues like honesty and charity. However, courage is foundational. From Plato to Maya Angelou, courage is vital for other virtues. Freemasonry’s teachings, referencing events like Gettysburg, emphasize diverse courage forms. In today’s divided world, Masons promote and exemplify courage, understanding its importance in facing challenges.

AI help in matching mentors with new Freemasons

Harnessing AI for Freemasonry Mentorship: A Comparative Analysis. Freemasonry, an age-old fraternity, seeks to enhance its mentorship program by leveraging AI. While the Grand Master suggests detailed member profiles for matching, a Professional Coach emphasizes personality compatibility. Meanwhile, an AI Bot proposes machine learning for pattern recognition. Dive in to explore the potential and pitfalls of each approach.

Freemasonry and Generative AI – Part 2

Michael Salem and Gerald Reilly; Freemasonry meets Generative AI – part 2: Dive into the profound intersection of ancient Masonic principles and cutting-edge artificial intelligence. Explore the ethical conundrums, ontological debates, and the evolving role of AI in Masonic traditions. Will Brother AI soon join the Masonic ranks? A must-read for tech enthusiasts and Freemasons alike.

As always, we also have the usual features of podcasts, blogs, 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

Until next time, stay safe and well.

Philippa Lee


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

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