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Ask A Mason Copyright (c) 2018 ExpressionEngine tag:masonforum.com,2018:04:19 The Movable and Immovable Jewels tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12044 2018-04-03T09:15:05Z Rinesh Hegde The EA Tracing board talks about Movable and Immovable Jewels.

Now in the Grand Lodge of India as well as in the United Grand Lodge of England, Grand Lodge of Scotland, Grand Lodge of Ireland, and Grand Lodges in Australia the movable jewels are the Square, the Level and the Plumb Rule whereas the immovable jewels are the Tracing Board, the Rough and Perfect Ashlars (based on the ritual charges gathered from these lodges)

The reasons for the same are:

The movable jewels are called movable because they are worn by the Master and his Wardens and transferable to their successors on the night of Installation.
The immovable jewels called immovable because they lie open and immovable in the Lodge for the Brethren to moralise upon.

While reading the book Freemasonry by Giles Morgan, I found that in US (or at least in some parts of US) the lodges have interchanged the jewels. So the movable jewels are the Tracing board, the Rough and Perfect Ashlars whereas the immovable jewels are the Square, the Level, and the Plumb Rule.

May I know what are/might be the reasons for such an interchange?

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Believing in a supreme being tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12042 2018-03-31T02:46:56Z 2018-03-31T04:14:10Z salexandera Hey everyone, hope all is well.

I am acutely aware that one condition for joining Freemasonry is the belief in a supreme being - please correct my terminology if it is not accurate.

So I have a few questions about that:

1. Does this need to be a belief in a supreme being such as God, Jehovah or the innumerable other names as a conscious entity?

2. If I were to say that I believed in a supreme being in an equatable way to my belief in money - that is a supreme being exists not in nature but rather the design of man alone. And that any actual power that supreme being has is merely based on human’s belief and action due to that belief. Just as money is not a natural occurrence and it is only given any power because humans decide to give it that power. Would this classify as a belief in a supreme being within the “Masonic principal” for admission to the fraternity?

Just to note that the aforementioned statement does not reflect my personal belief in a Supreme being. However, I do not believe in that entity in a way that is conventional or so literal as many people do. I’d personally call “god” the Universal Law. That is whatever rule governs all forces within the Universe. So for example, if I push an object in space we have observed it will continue to travel. My understanding of a “supreme power” is the descriptor to any rule that forces which act upon that object have. I am not sure if this would qualify as a belief in a “supreme being” according to Masonic principles either?

My apologies for the long winded question, I just thought it would be interesting to dig a bit deeper into a Masonic interpretation of Supreme being.

Kind regards,

Sol

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HOW TO BE A FREEMASON? and I’m not from US tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12038 2018-03-16T11:24:16Z nonaodniMASONICLODGE hello. thanks for approving me here. I really need help.

basically shit happens to my life and I sign to this, and I wanna become a freemason.

I’m not a US people, can I still be accepted? and I’m not an important guy. I’m just a lost man, who were rejected by my own family because shit happens a.k.a broken home

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to join the organisation tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12051 2018-04-15T11:13:39Z wali i want to join the freemason brothers.
i am from morocco i have 56 year old.
i am a teacher

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Some questions tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12049 2018-04-11T16:08:58Z salexandera I had a look around on these forums and discovered a number of threads pertaining to conspiracy theories. Most of them are garbage. With this said, the abundance of these threads prompted me looking deeper into the matter.

As a result, I found some disconcerting things about Freemasonry that I would hope I can receive an answer for.

During my research I found out about a man called William Morgan. According to a source Lucien V. (1912). Pioneering in Masonry: The Life and Times of Rob Morris, Masonic Poet. Louisville, KY: Brandt & Connors Company. p. 70 a Sheriff, Eli Bruce, who is known to be a Mason was removed from his office then tried and sentenced for his role in Mr Morris’s disappearance. There were also other Masons that were tried and convicted in relation to the same offence.

Furthermore, according to the Commons Select Committee about the child sexual abuse in Rotherham UK (2nd September 2014) there was some masonic involvement.

Now I shall be frank. This kind of carry on would implicate Freemasonry as a criminal enterprise. In all honesty I feel fear when posting this because of the information I have read and this should not be so.

My question is therefore this, in the light of the evidence I have provided above, why should I not carry a belief that Freemasonry is a wholly criminal organisation?

Thank you.

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request for my plea below tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12048 2018-04-09T08:06:51Z Nikitah tyrant Hi thank you for accepting me iam from kenya and am a lady 23years old asking how ican be a member of Freemason or illuminati in kenya for me to get wealth

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Can you be gay or bisexual and a Freemason? tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12043 2018-03-31T05:02:34Z 2018-03-31T05:04:41Z salexandera Hey everyone, hope you are well.

I am interested in finding out if being homosexual or bisexual would preclude a man from joining as a Freemason?

I’m aware that persons in lodges could have different understandings about such matters, however, is there a generalised position on this?

Best,

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Morals and Dogma PEN PAL? tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12026 2018-01-25T03:56:16Z 2018-04-05T10:29:51Z User_Removed To Whomever May Be Interested:

A non-Mason here.

I received a copy of MORALS AND DOGMA OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE.

I did not know if it was appropriate or not, but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in being my pen pal as I read this text?

We can read the text together, perhaps assigning a certain number of pages a week?

I did not want to clutter the forum with random Morals and Dogma questions, nor do I want to wait until I read the whole book before asking a question.

You can reply here, or follow up using my contact info in my bio.

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how to join tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12045 2018-04-05T10:05:29Z murunga Sr am Simon I was asking If you can help me to join freemason

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Back to work tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12041 2018-03-27T21:38:18Z REYoung It has been quite a long time since I last wrote a posting on this site. In fact, I haven’t even checked in to read postings for some time. When ASK first appeared and I joined it, I used to check in first thing every day and posted often. In time, however, the success of ASK was such that we seemed to run out of new questions to deal with. The site was so successful that we certainly covered all the most commonly asked questions.

At about the same time, I finished my second and third years as WM of my lodge and began a welcome retirement from all the duties that entails. The lodge also chose an official “ritualist”, an officer who is in charge of instructing and rehearsing the officers in the ritual. I had been doing that without any official title for many years, but was glad to have someone else take it up. The PM who did so (and is still doing it) is an extraordinary officer. He knows every syllable of all the work and also handles the instruction of the new brothers after the conferral of the degrees (I’m intentionally avoiding the “C” word here) along with serving as permanent Sr. Deacon. He first served as WM in 1959 and twice more around 2001 and is 90 years old!  At about that time, I began having health problems, which have increased since then, so I’m frequently unable to get out to Lodge and I don’t attend officers’ rehearsals, consequently I have not participated in any ritual work for nearly 10 years.

Last night, I felt pretty well and went to Lodge. The Lodge communication stated that it would be a normal business meeting possibly with some degree work. When I arrived I learned that we would be raising two candidates to the MM degree. The attendance was poor, due to a lot of members sick and the possibility of snow late in the evening. In fact, after we finished dinner and were ready to open, there were only 12 members present besides the two candidates. The WM asked me if I would serve as Jr. Warden for the evening. I agreed to do so, in spite of having no rehearsal, not even time to go over the part and with two difficult pieces of work (the Obligation, which is given to the candidate by the Jr. Warden in our ritual, and the “Grasshopper”, the piece of Ecclesiastes which begins the Hiramic drama). I was worried about going blank and forgetting where I was or forgetting pieces of the work, but happily it didn’t happen. As I knelt down and started the obligation, it came back without much effort and with only a couple of slight pauses while I searched my memory. When I walked the candidate around the room “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth” rolled out like it always has and the small number of brothers present resulted in everybody present having something to do. I really had a great time and I think everyone present did also. And it was great doing it for a man in his 20’s and another in his 30’s.

I recount all this to give advice to those of you who are new lodge officers or thinking about becoming a lodge officer.
* Learn all you can as soon as you can.
* If asked, teach what you know to others. The best way to learn anything is to teach it to someone else.
* Strive for perfection in every part; but even more important, learn to deliver it relatively slowly and with clear diction and in a confident manner with plenty of expression. Avoid sounding like you are doing a chore reeling off a memorized text (even if that’s what it is).
* And after you become a PM, don’t disappear. You can still contribute and if you’re lucky, you will get to sit in now and then when they need you.

I’m going to get back to looking into ASK and I think I’ll ask our WM if I can do the Master’s part some evening when we are doing the 1st or 3rd degree. That will keep my memory sound.

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