From The East

Brethren,

The month of May often reminds us of Mother’s Day and how we dedicate that one special day to the mothers in our lives. Only one? Why not the whole month? Surely,
our mothers deserve more than one day where they should feel special. They are the guiding light in our home and the first people that we turn to when in need in our lives.

This month can be a great opportunity to congratulate them and express our profound appreciation of their unique, unconditional, and incomparable love. They are patient, understanding, willing and ready to sacrifice anything for any one of us. They are truly a gift and an expression of God’s love for us.

To all of the mothers of Peninsula Lodge #168, I want to extend greetings and congratulations on all of your hard work, support, understanding, and enthusiasm for our brethren in this Lodge. Without you, they might not be here! Remember that you too, have great ideas to contribute to our Lodge. You have the ability to create a friendly environment, amazing strength to create bonding and support for our Lodge and programs. Brethren, why not bring your mom (this could be your mother, wife, or daughter!) to the Family Dinner on May 14? Let her have the night off and enjoy the camaraderie of our Lodge!

Speaking of the Family Dinner, we will also be honoring one of our own that evening. Brother Erik Larsen has been a Mason for 50 years and we will be honoring him for that service at our Family Dinner!

This month, we will have two degrees to perform: a third on Bro Aaron Habibipour (5/21) and a second on Bro Suhas Joshi (5/28). Please supp

Sincerely and Fraternally,

David Patterson, PM
Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168

From The West

To all Brethren and our Masonic Family,

Last month, I began a dialogue on the deeper meanings of our Ritual and our craft. I began with our search for Light and Truth, our working tools, the seven liberal arts and sciences and the sacred Three. I hope this second in a series of three articles stimulates our continued discussion.

Have you heard the saying “we are spiritual beings having a human experience”? C.S. Lewis wrote “You don’t HAVE a soul.

You ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.” Our body is material and temporal. Ancients believed that all souls had pre-existence before our body’s birth and will survive our body’s
death. The soul descended from its higher spiritual home in the heavens to fall prisoner inside the temporal, animal body. The Book of Genesis teaches of the fall of man, who after eating
of the Tree of Knowledge, of Good and Evil, must labor and till the soils while woman must endure pain in childbirth.

How do I live in Spirit?

Masonry teaches us to seek the light. We seek the Lost Word. Where do we look? Our beautiful ritual provides layer upon layer of spiritual guidance. Albert Pike wrote in Morals and Dogma “the Compass, as the Symbol of the Heavens, represents the spiritual portion of the double nature of Humanity…and the Square, as the Symbol of the Earth, its material, sensual, and baser portion”. In his seminal work Wagstaff’s Standard Masonry, Deman S. Wagstaff wrote

“ There is one sign which has never changed its meaning anywhere in the civilized world – the Compass and the Square, a sign of the union of the body and soul”. The Ancients also used symbols to teach these same mysteries. Egyptians were convinced that when the person dies, the eternal soul within departs from the body. They used the Ankh to symbolize the “God within” or “soul within” the body. The Chinese Yin/Yang is a symbol of the Trinity – the sacred Three with the two opposites forming a third – the whole. This reunion or reconciliation of opposites forms the central meaning behind this ancient symbol of China. As Lau Tsu wrote, “ He who follows the Tao is one with the Tao, and the Tao will never pass away”.

The sacred number Three, so prominent in our first Three Masonic Degrees are traced back to ancient times. Throughout the ages, Three has been a powerful and central symbol. Jeremiah How in The Freemason’s Manual, Oxford University, 1881, wrote “in Freemasonry, the number Three is the most important… and we find it pervading our whole ritual.” It also pervades art, architecture and literature in the Western World. Masons have used Three as a prominent component all of their earthly work and placed in in plain sight for all humankind.

Mozart, a Viennese Mason initiated in 1784, used Three extensively in his famous Masonic opera, The Magic Flute, with its Three ladies, Three boys, Three priests, Three slaves and Three sets of chords in E flat.

My ancestors, the Celts and Druids, revered the sacred Three which facilitated their conversion to Christianity, by St.Patrick’s illustration of the Holy Trinity with the Irish shamrock.
Next month, we will take a brief look at architecture’s stately edifices and the Lost Secret.

Fraternally
Dennis Mahoney PM

From The South

Brethren,

May is the month for bizarre, special and unique holidays. There are over 50 listed online, from “Save the Rhino Day” to “Garden Meditation Day”, but I can’t find anything related to Masonry. The most celebrated are “May Day” on May 1 and Mothers’ Day on the second Sunday in May. In Europe May 8 is celebrated as VE Day, commemorating the defeat of Germany in 1945 and the end of World War 2 in Europe.

May Day, is celebrated around the world. It has a number of meanings. In many countries it is a celebration of spring and the coming of summer. To communist and socialist countries, it is a celebration of the workers’ political power. It is not a national holiday in the United States, except in Hawaii where it is known as “Lei Day”.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. In 1868 Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish ‘Mother’s Friendship Day. In 1870 Julia Howe wrote the first Mother’s Day proclamation asking women everywhere to join for world peace. And finally it became nationally recognized in 1914 by a proclamation signed by President Woodrow Wilson.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Hjalmar Nilsen