The month of March brings with it our first day of Spring, (or, in more scientific terms, the Vernal Equinox)! At this time, many people try to balance an egg on its end, due to some “mysterious” forces. Actually, those forces are around us every single day, (you should be able to balance an egg on end throughout the year). It is a belief that the Chinese started this tradition, symbolically signaling a rebirth of the longer, brighter days after many shorter, darker days. However, at this time, the Earth is midway between its perigee (closest point to the Sun) and its apogee (furthest point from the Sun). This is why the day and the night are equal at this time. It also follows that there are two of these each year, one in the Spring, and one in the Fall.
To Masons, we can view this day as a kind of balancing day, where we can reflect on how we have kept our Masonic tenets, such as Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. It is important that we always keep these Tenets within our hearts, especially in this troubled world, where we are constantly hearing about issues that no one seems to care (or report) about. For example, did you know that, besides the war in Afghanistan, there are wars occurring right now in Nigeria, Pakistan, Mexico, Syria, Iraq, Central Africa, and the Sudan? More than 1,000 people are dying in these wars each year, with Syria having 9,400 deaths in 2014, already.
I think that we, as a Fraternity, should endeavor to be more active in our support of non-violence and peaceful means to end conflicts around the world. We can do a small part by writing to our Congressional representatives, stating that we want a peaceful end to these conflicts, so that we can truly attain “peace and harmony” in every heart. After all, shouldn’t Masonry really unite men of every country, sect, and opinion, and cause true friendship to exist among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance”?
We should also remember that we can help others to “circumscribe [our] desires and keep our passions within due bounds toward all Mankind”.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
David M Patterson