Ask A Mason
Ask A MasonenCopyright 20172017-04-26T11:02:29-05:00About Morals and Dogma - Albert Pike
<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>2017-04-25T13:40:10-05:00Why the EA and FC should not wear a Masonic ring.
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/272/#When:20:40:19Z<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. 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>2008-07-07T20:40:19-05:00First EA Charge delivery
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11842/#When:19:31:34Z<p>Good Evening Brethren,</p>
<p> 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>2017-03-21T19:31:34-05:00Master Mason next week
<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>2017-03-30T08:06:15-05:00Knights Templar Commandery
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11838/#When:19:00:09Z<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.
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11732/#When:19:04:51Z<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”?
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11702/#When:12:15:31Z<p>Regarding what happened in lodge, if a Br∴ didn’t come to a meeting and he asks what happened is it allowed to tell him or he just missed it by not being there.</p>
<p>I’m curious to know how is it done elsewhere, down here he just missed it and that´s it.
</p>2016-10-16T12:15:31-05:00The Master Mason Due Guard
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/1579/#When:08:06:28Z<p>As I went through the degrees I was taught the due guard and sign for each degree. </p>
<p>I was recently asked how the due guard was came to be and the meaning behind it.</p>
<p>I have found articles that state the due guard is an American tradition and only the sign is given in other countries.</p>
<p>Does anyone have or know of any literature or documentation which tells us how the due guard came about and why?
</p>2011-05-17T08:06:28-05:00Masonic online elibrary
<p>I thought it prudent to update the links to the Masonic elibrary which now boasts in excess of 4,600 ebooks on Freemasonry and it’s related subjects.</p>
<p>You can find the index to the library at:</p>
<p>There is a facebook group for the library at:</p>
<p>and a Twitterfeed under the guise of @JosephBalsamo</p>
</p>2017-03-17T17:15:31-05:00I think the Lodge forgot about me…
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/670/#When:20:53:37Z<p>I peitioned my local lodge shortly before they went dark for the summer. I didn’t have a connection per se, I just introduced myself at an open house last year & it went from there. The current WM is the closest thing I have to a sponsor right now, he’s been my main point of contact since expressing interest.</p>
<p>I was invited to the lodge’s welcome back picnic and was supposed to be investigated then, so that they could vote on my petition at the first meeting. It seemed like we all had a good time—except None of the investigating commitee showed up, and they were supposed to get in contact with me to arrange something so that my petition could proceed. Two stated meetings have gone by since then, and I’m starting to feel like I was pre-blackballed by the investigating comittee before even getting that far. But, I realize that there could be plenty of other factors holding it up—just feels like I should have gotten a phone call of some kind by now.</p>
<p>What do I do? Initiate more contact, or just be patient?