From The Editor

Welcome to the 2024 Q2 issue of The Square

One of the biggest impact in during 2023 has been the introduction of AI in the digital world

In December 2022, few people I knew personally had never herd of Open AI and chatGPT or midjourny, let alone knew what they where about or thought they would ever use them.

12 months passed, and we see Large Language model tools and text to image tools across the digital sphere.

We also see a diverse split between those for and against AI technology.  Most people who feel the need to express an opinion have little understanding what constitutes a Large Language model or text to image tool. 

Bit like freemasonry really, those who feel the need to express an opinion have little understand what freemasonry is really all about.   

Both the Large Language model commonly referred to an AI and Freemasonry are misunderstood.

The current versions of AI tools are Large Language models.  They are trained on human intelligence and output human intelligence, just repackaged.  There is nothing Artificial about any of it.

Edison was famously quoted of saying, I have discovered  10,000 ways a light blub will not work.  Until he found a process that did work.  Since then we have had Incandescent Lamps, Fluorescent Lamps, and LED lamps. 

All human created processes.  All show remarkable energy advantages over the previous process, if not least in both light output over energy input.  

For an AI process to be truly AI, it would have to invent a totally new process to generate light from electricity, that has never be thought of by a human before.  And at some time in the future, that will be achieved.

Before we get to that point there needs to be a Numerical Computation model.  A model that can do maths, and understand the math process.  

Currently if you ask chatGPT what does 2+2 equal, the Large Language model will look at its training, and predict from that, the next character should be an = sign and then a 4 character. 

And it will be correct.  But it does not understand why.  The big move will take place with a Numerical Computation model, when it can do the maths, and explain how and why it came up with the answer. 

There are unconfirmed sources that Open AI has developed such a model call Q* ( Q Star ). 

“how can we open the discussion to research the advancements of these AI and VR technologies for use in the whole masonic process. ?”

For the time being, Freemasons can and will continue to use these  Large Language models and text to image tools to promote Freemasonry in the digital world, to attract new members. 

The question is, “how can we open the discussion to research the advancements of these AI and VR technologies for use in the whole masonic process. ?”

Freemasonry has we know it today, has survived 300 years by adapting to the changes in society.

As we are Entered Apprentices in this subject, we need to apply some time, open our minds, and continually educate ourselves.


This month we introduce eight new contributors to the Square Magazine;

Chacón-Lozsán Francisco, Giorgos Boussoutas – Thanassoulas, Ziad Jalbout, Tanner M. Shipman, Osbenis Hernández Medina, Draško Miletić, Devika Lishanin, Jonathan Kopel.


This Month’s Editor Picks:


Neoplatonism, a philosophy with profound influence from the 3rd to the 6th century, merges Platonic ideals with Eastern thought, shaping Western and Middle-Eastern philosophy for two millennia.

It emphasizes the unity of the individual with the supreme ‘One’, blending philosophy with theology and impacting major religious and philosophical movements, including Christianity and Islam.

Freemasonry and Astrologers

Unlocking the Mysteries: The Surprising Connection Between Freemasonry and Astrologers Revealed! Delve into the intriguing world of Freemasonry and explore its ties to astrological practices.

Discover how these two distinct realms intersect, offering a fascinating glimpse into the esoteric interests of some Freemasons. Uncover the hidden links and unravel the enigmatic bond between Freemasonry and astrologers!

The Ancient Liberal Arts in Freemasonry

Embark on a journey of self-improvement and wisdom with Freemasonry’s guiding principles. Ascend the winding stairs of moral cultivation, analytical reasoning, and philosophical understanding.

Embrace arithmetic’s mystical properties and geometry’s universal truths. Let the harmony of the universe inspire unity and growth. Discover the profound, hidden knowledge in Freemasonry’s path to enlightenment.

Freemasonry and Ecology

Embrace the new paradigm of eco-conscious living in the 21st century. Freemasonry, a cornerstone of society, must evolve, placing Nature at its heart. Reject anthropocentrism, embrace deep ecology, and champion sustainable living and global cooperation.

Let Freemasonry lead by example, advocating for a world where humans and nature coexist harmoniously.

A Dichotomy of Being, A Trichotomy of Becoming: The AI Masonic Challenge.

In the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the fusion of artificial intelligence with humanity challenges our very definition of being. It’s paramount for entities like Freemasonry to lead the charge in ensuring no one is left behind in this digital transformation.

Together, we can navigate the evolution from human to a synergistic human-machine future. Let’s ensure technology empowers all, making digital inclusion not just an aspiration but a reality for society’s collective advancement.

Philosophy the Science of Estimating Values

Philosophy is the science of estimating values. The superiority of any state or substance over another is determined by philosophy. By assigning a position of primary importance to what remains when all that is secondary has been removed, philosophy thus becomes the true index of priority or emphasis in the realm of speculative thought.

The mission of philosophy a priori is to establish the relation of manifested things to their invisible ultimate cause or nature.

Multiculturism and the Culture of Freemasonry

Freemasonry, with its deep roots in universal principles such as individual freedoms, education, and the pursuit of science, stands as a beacon of unity in a world divided by conflicting ideologies.

By embracing the tenets of Freemasonry, including respect, peace, and mutual understanding, we can navigate societal challenges and foster a more harmonious world.

“Not Just A Man. A Mason”: What Does It Mean?

Embrace the profound essence of Freemasonry, not merely a group but a journey of integrity, shaping men of dignity.

By adopting virtues such as honesty, justice, and brotherly love, Freemasonry transcends time, urging us towards a dignified life. It’s more than being a man; it’s about living with unyielding dignity.

Decoding Transcendence

Dive into a spiritual journey where self-awareness is the key to enlightenment. The Gospel of Thomas and Masonic teachings converge on the profound truth that the path to transcendent wisdom lies within us.

Embrace a diversified understanding of spirituality, emphasizing introspection as the gateway to a universally respected enlightenment. Explore, understand, transcend.

Alexander Von Humboldt

Dive into the extraordinary legacy of Alexander Von Humboldt, an intrepid explorer who defied boundaries to quench his insatiable thirst for knowledge.

Embarking on a perilous five-year journey, Humboldt unveiled the Earth’s secrets, laying the foundation for modern conservationism. Discover his timeless impact on science and the spirit of exploration.

Volume of the Sacred Law

Unlocking the Mysteries of Freemasonry: In the hallowed halls of Freemasonry, a powerful symbol lies at the heart of ancient rituals and teachings—the Volume of the Sacred Law.

This sacred book not only guides the spiritual and moral journey of Freemasons but also serves as a beacon of universal wisdom and enlightenment.

Narratives of History

In the vast tapestry of history, moments of darkness and light intertwine, shaping humanity’s journey. Yet, amidst the turmoil, the concept of Homo Novus emerges—a beacon of hope.

It’s a call to transcend past legacies and embrace a path of unified truth and freedom. Join the quest for enlightenment.

The Taxil Hoax

Discover the incredible tale of the Taxil Hoax: a stunning testament to human gullibility. Unmasked by its mastermind, Leo Taxil, this elaborate scheme shook the world by fusing Freemasonry with diabolical plots, all crafted from lies.

Dive into a story of deception that highlights our capacity for belief and the astonishing extents of our credulity. A reminder – question everything.

John Ruskin

Discover the profound connections between John Ruskin’s architectural philosophies and Freemasonry’s symbolic principles. Delve into a world where craftsmanship, morality, and beauty intertwine, revealing timeless values that transcend individual ideas.

Explore how these parallels enrich our understanding of cultural history, urging us to appreciate the deep impacts of architectural symbolism on society’s moral fabric.

Freemasonry and Music

Discover the transcendent power of music through the eyes of John Philip Sousa. In a world where beauty intertwines with divine inspiration, music becomes a celestial language.

Sousa’s belief in melodies born from higher realms challenges us to seek the profound, divine connection in our creative expressions. Let music elevate your soul.

Visiting Scottish Brethren

Discover the enduring bond of brotherhood at Lodge Dumfries Kilwinning No. 53, Scotland’s oldest Masonic lodge with rich historical roots and cultural ties to poet Robert Burns.

Experience rituals steeped in tradition, fostering unity and shared values, proving Freemasonry’s timeless relevance in bridging cultural and global divides. Embrace the spirit of universal fraternity.

The Practice of Freemasonry – P1

Embark on a transformative journey with Freemasonry, where the exploration of your Center unlocks the Perfect Ashlar within.

Through the practices of Brotherly Love, Relief, Truth, and Cardinal Virtues, discover a path of enlightenment and self-improvement. Embrace the universal creed that binds us in the pursuit of our true essence.

Masonry in the Age of Leisure

Embrace the future of Masonry in the Age of Leisure! Imagine an era where technology empowers deeper connections, offering a tapestry of diverse groups united by Freemasonry’s timeless values.

Envision hybrid meetings transcending borders, fostering brotherhood across continents. This optimistic future cultivates intellectual growth and social interaction, heralding a Masonic renaissance for all.

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.

Nicholas Broadway


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