Greetings from the South!
We’ve had a very busy couple of months — complete with the initiation of two brethren, a night dedicated to Masonic Education, and our annual Grand Lodge Communications. As the evenings continue to lengthen and the weather cools off, I’ve been relaxing after all of our hard work and spending time considering the more esoteric aspects of our Fraternity — both re-reading some of the texts that would be appropriate for our newly-initiated Entered Apprentices, as well as delving into new and unfamiliar material suitable for our more exotic Masonic Education evenings. If you tend to find the Autumn and Winter months a time for introspection and contemplation as I do, then I’d like to invite you to explore our Lodge’s library. Our members are welcome to check out any of the fantastic titles we keep stocked in our bookcase. Consider spending a portion of these darker months basking in some Masonic Light.
For our newest Entered Apprentices (and as a reminder to all contemplative Masons), I’d like to reproduce a paragraph from Carl H. Claudy’s Introduction to Freemasonry: Entered Apprentice Degree, concerning our use of allegory and symbolism.
ALLEGORY AND SYMBOLS
Freemasonry is "veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols" because these are the surest ways by which moral and ethical truths may be taught. It is not only with the brain and the mind that the initiate must take in Freemasonry but also with the heart. Mind speaks to mind with spoken or written words. Heart speaks to heart with words which cannot be written or spoken. Those words are symbols; words which mean little to the indifferent, much to the understanding. The body has its five senses through which the mind may learn; the mind has also imagination. That imagination may see farther than eyes and hear sounds fainter than may be caught by ears. To the imagination symbols become plain as printed words to the eye. Nothing else will do; no words can be as effective (unless they are themselves symbols); no teachings expressed in language are as easily learned by the mind as those which come via the symbol through the imagination. Take from Freemasonry its symbols and but the husk remains, the kernel is gone. He who hears but the words of Freemasonry misses their meaning entirely.
Claudy’s Introduction to Freemasonry series can be found in our library, and is bound to give any Mason a deeper look into the ceremonies of his initiation.
Acting Junior Warden, GGS #30