A series of blogs from people within Freemasonry.

Generations In Freemasonry part2

Posted by Peter Maguire in Masonic Musings on Saturday, 3rd June, 2017.

Chapter 2

Sir Guy's Cliff Visit Part 2

As we walked down past the old ruined house, thanks to the ITV Production of Sherlock Holmes: The Last Vampyre. During the filming, a scene that involved fire got out of control. Leaving it in the state that it is now.


Generations In Freemasonry

Posted by Peter Maguire in Masonic Musings on Sunday, 4th September, 2016.

Chapter 1

Sir Guy's Cliff Visit (Part 1)

So I was sat in the snug of the Old Custom house pub on Watergate St. with my Dad having a pint for my birthday, it was April 2005 my birthday month, and he was quizzing me on the questions I would need to answer at the next lodge meeting in a week's time and it would be my night to be passed to the second degree. It was to be a joint degree with my now great friend Wbro JG. although some of the older members will tell you we don't double up on ceremonies this must have been one of those oddities! 


Freemasonry in the Digital Age

Posted by Robert Lomas in Digital Freemasonry on Sunday, 8th May, 2016.

Freemasonry has existed for over five hundred years making it the oldest spiritual self-help philosophy in the western world and over the centuries it has changed. When it began, back in the fifteenth century, most of its members, in common with the bulk of the population, were illiterate. But those early Freemasons recognised that certain symbols had a powerful impact on the way people behaved and could carry complex messages which transcended language. They began the tradition of studying the import of symbols and using symbols as a means of developing systematic thinking. Over the years this approach to studying the import of symbols inspired some Freemasons to develop powerful symbolic reasoning systems such as algebra. Others encouraged the application of the new symbolic reasoning to the study of the hidden mysteries of science and nature. The Royal Society grew out of this trend and the application of algebra to science, as developed by Bro John Wallis, has given us the wonderful benefits of science in the form of amazing new methods of communicating.

When Freemasonry began the only way to transfer information was to transmit it verbally or by drawing temporary symbols on the floor of the lodge. This tradition endues to this day in the form of our ritual working in the Temple and our use of tracing boards. But with the spread of public literacy, Freemasons appointed lodge secretaries and started to record minutes, written in books, and to published printed constitutions. Over time the Order adopted the use of printed ritual books as pioneered by A Lewis, and by the eighteenth century writers such as William Preston and Richard Carlile had published widely read accounts of the purpose and practices of the Order.

The spread of literacy was absorbed into Freemasonry’s way of working and during the early twentieth century items such as summonses, minutes and accounts were posted out to Lodge members so they could keep in touch with their lodge brethren. Grand Lodges began to publish Books of Constitutions and Year Books, and Lodges produced printed books of by-laws. Freemasonry has moved a long way from its early verbal beginnings in the way it transmits its ancient wisdom. Slowly but surely it has adopted new methods of communicating its teachings to its apprentices, whilst remaining cautious about adopting new ways of sharing its message.


Try A New Tool - Brethren Engagement

Posted by Geraint Lomas in 3 Degrees on Thursday, 28th April, 2016.

Sometimes I get to read those Masonic magazines that get posted my way.

There's only one thing that troubles me about Freemasonry. It's those statistics I read in those magazines. Many Freemasons seem to have a Masonic divorce not long after joining, and there's an alarming and ever-increasing average age amongst the membership.

It's time for the ancient and honourable fraternity of Freemasonry to embrace its Brethren in the ways the Fraternity should: mainly, focussing upon the individual.