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Ask A Mason Ask A Mason en Copyright 2017 2017-08-12T12:40:17-05:00 Blue Lodge vs Red Lodge <p>I recently visited a Lodge in New Orleans LA. Very interesting and a bit different.</p> <p>I still am not sure about their Explanation. Apparently in the 16th District in LA the 10 Lodges are Red Lodges. They are still Masonic, still regular but it has something to do with Scottish Rite Masonry and York Rite Masonry.</p> <p>I was wondering if anyone could more clearly clarify this.</p> <p>Thanks</p> <p>William Lessard<br /> Ezekiel Bates Lodge<br /> Attleboro MA </p> 2017-08-02T07:05:37-05:00 Candidate / Applicant.&nbsp; New to the English Language.. <p>Dear Sir’s. Need some clarification.. First off my Lodge is in California and also I am a officer in the Lodge..<br /> My Lodge is considering accepting the application of a young man whom has newly arrived in the U.S.&nbsp; And he has a very limited grasp of the English language. <br /> FYI. ( His App. has not been read yet.. )<br /> My W.M. has suggested that we can Initiate him , but I’am not so sure. How will he understand what is being said and done..&nbsp; I would like some opinion’s on understanding how this make’s sense.&nbsp; &nbsp; Thank you for your consideration.&nbsp; S &amp; F </p> 2017-06-12T19:24:14-05:00 Royal Arch, and Royal Select Questions <p>Greetings Brothers, </p> <p>Some of the Blue Lodges in my area take degree work very seriously and that’s a good thing. It made me appreciate the experience.&nbsp; </p> <p>I am also now a Companion but I did not feel quite the same way coming through the Royal Arch. It appears that my local Royal Arch Chapter doesn’t require memorization of degree work. So imagine my surprise when I realized the degree team was reading every aspect of the degree work. Is that normal? Does anyone belong to a Jurisdiction where the Royal Arch and Royal and Select degrees are performed from memory? </p> 2017-05-15T22:02:19-05:00 Order of the Yellow Dog <p>Does anyone know of anyone know of any place around Missouri or the surrounding states that confer the Order of the Yellow Dog? </p> 2017-05-08T23:33:40-05:00 Why the EA and FC should not wear a Masonic ring. <p>If an Entered Apprentice is truly a “Mason,” then why can’t he wear a Masonic ring? Likewise for the Fellow Craft?</p> <p>In doing my research in preparation for my initiation as an Entered Apprentice, the only cogent answer I have found to these questions is simply that no one seems to make EA or FC rings.&nbsp; If they did, the EA and FC would certainly be entitled to wear rings bearing the symbol of their degree.</p> <p>The subtle differences between the symbols for the EA, FC and MM degrees may elude the untrained eye, but they are distinct and the fact remains that the Masonic symbol that is on the face of every Masonic ring is that of the MM. Thus, it would be improper for an EA or FC to wear a ring bearing that symbol. </p> 2008-07-07T20:40:19-05:00 About Morals and Dogma - Albert Pike <p>Hello</p> <p>I started reading <b>Morals and Dogma</b> by Albert Pike.</p> <p>Before joining Freemasonry, I believed that all masons know about this book. I found out that this is not true (At least in the British Freemasonry). Most brethren I asked about it never heard about it.</p> <p>In my Masonic knowledge, where and how should I place the content of this book? Maybe it’s not even relevant to Freemasonry at all despite its reputation.</p> <p>Any enlightenment would be more than welcome. </p> 2017-04-25T13:40:10-05:00 First EA Charge delivery <p>Good Evening Brethren,</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; Last night was my first EA Charge delivery and I hope the new candidate got out of it what I put in!! I did well so the other brothers said. I was nervous but once I got started it was like wow…I’m really doing this!!!! Now working on the FC Lecture. Really like doing the memory work!!!! Feeling relieved!!!!!! </p> 2017-03-21T19:31:34-05:00 Master Mason next week <p>Hello</p> <p>Rehearsals are now taking place for my raising ceremony. It’s next week.</p> <p>I wanted to share this news with you. I share later my experience. It’s really something special that I am looking forward to.</p> <p>Feeling nervous. I don’t know what to expect. Maybe a mix between initiation and passing. No idea. </p> <p>Working hard on my words now. </p> 2017-03-30T08:06:15-05:00 Knights Templar Commandery <p>I’ve seen posts on other forums concerning the decline in membership in the Commandery. I would like to get a fresh perspective. Does anyone here think that the Commandery decline is any worse that in Masonry as a whole? If so why? Any suggestions on upping membership? I very much like the York Rite in general and the Commandery in particular. Would welcome any replies concerning this. </p> 2017-03-16T19:00:09-05:00 Evolving Symbols <p>Hello, an outsider here!</p> <p>It is my understanding, when people join the Masons and/or a Lodge, they contribute their skills or knowledge to that Lodge.</p> <p>When I felt inquisitive, I searched for Masonic Art.</p> <p>My question: Do the symbols in Masons evolve? Do they change over time?</p> <p>I see the same: columns,compass,rule,eyes, moon, sun, checkered floor, etc.</p> <p>Are these “universal symbols/signs” that have “stood the test of time”?</p> <p>Are Masons ever discouraged from drawing symbols and signs they don’t fully understand yet?</p> <p>Do Masons ever get tired of seeing the same symbols over and over again, or do the symbols change meaning as you progress through your experience with Masonry?</p> <p>I did not mean to be rude, thank you for your time.</p> <p>As an artist at heart and to my understanding, a single symbol can have multiple meanings and change meaning depending on the Viewer’s experience(s). Painting/Photo/Images can have multiple layers and dimensions to them.</p> <p>OR . . . is there “nothing new under the sun”? </p> 2016-12-04T19:04:51-05:00

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