Building Hiram – Uncommon Catechism

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Building Hiram – Uncommon Catechism
for Uncommon Masonic Education – Dr. John S. Nagy

 

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Masonic writings from the past shed much Light upon current day Ritual; all that one needs to do is to connect the dots. In “Building Hiram” Dr. Nagy ventures forth with a “National Treasure” style zeal into archaic Masonic books and unfolds twelve new, revealing and unique Masonic catechisms to answer questions such as:

* How do the Square and Compasses symbolize Stone and the Work done upon it?

* What is the true relevance today of the traditional Masonic Penalties and the Pillars described in the Orders of Architecture?

* How do the numbers 3-4-5 from The 47th Problem of Euclid play into Masonic Ritual and where can they be found in plan view within Ritual?

* Who is the Fourth Ruffian and how is he related to the first known Artificer of every cutting instrument of brass and iron?

* What is the “Sacred Triad” and how does it help manifest the Master’s Word?

* Where in Ritual can you actually see the Master’s Word, what are his Wages and what are the origins of both?

These questions and many others are answered within this book and with Masonic precision and earnest dedication to Ritual. If you are looking for supplementary Light on what your Ritual is actually communicating, Dr. Nagy’s book is a excellent Working Tool to help you explore even further, decode deeper and understand clearer that which is in plane view for all to see.

Publishing Date: March 2009
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The Three Porchways

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As Freemasonry is a legend expressed in allegory and symbol, I feel it only proper to express my own thoughts in like manner.
The right of passage to the 33rd degree in Freemasonry has for many hundreds of years been a complete mystery to the rank and file of the Masonic membership. However today I can reveal that after many seconds of diligent research that there is indeed a 64th Degree in Freemasonry. A degree to which only the few may ascend.
In order to reach these lofty heights of Masonic perfection it is necessary to travel to the far east of this world to a secret island situated in Indonesia. “The Island of the Supreme Pillars”. You must fly to The abandoned airport on the island of Sabang and then get a sampan to the island, you will be met at the Airport by a Chinese man in a black suite and bowler hat, he does all sorts of Odd Jobs. He will ask “are you one of the TP’s” and you must answer “I can only use code names”. He will then take you the rest of the way to “The Island of the Supreme Pillars”.
Our Hero, Bro. ‘J’ had received his invitation written on a scroll to attend his progression to the 64th degree. He had been a faithful servant of freemasonry for many years, however he was very vocal in his criticism of how Freemasonry was practiced by his fellow Masons, which meant he was no always a popular man. But that did not falter our Hero in his masonic career as he was convinced he was right.
The Progression
The right of passage to the 64th degree is a test of courage, endurance and compassion. Without these three basic elements no man can call himself a complete Freemason. To become a 64 you must be a complete Freemason. To choose the wrong doorway in life can prove fatal, as we all know only too well.
In the center of the island there is a wonderful Temple and complete and accurate copy of King Solomons Temple, some speculate that the Temple was indeed built by King Solomon and kept intact for centuries by his followers.
The Candidates are led into the middle chamber of the Temple, they get there by ascending a winding staircase. When they arrive at the door of the middle chamber they open the door and are presented with a Large Room and Three Porch ways with Three doors under them leading to who knows where.
Bro. ‘J’ opened door [1] inside he found a beautiful bar and restaurant filled with Masonic Officials of the highest ranks from all over the world. He stood and listened to them for some time , he spoke to many and indeed their knowledge of all things masonic was second to none. He drank in the atmosphere before closing the door and moving on to door [2].
Inside door [2] he found another congregation of Freemasons, these however were your common or garden Masons , they were rehearsing a third degree ritual. They went over every line again and again until they were word perfect, or at least as close to perfect as you can get. These man were so warm and inviting they made out Hero feel at home from the first minute he arrived in the room, Bro. ‘J’ was moved by the heartfelt welcome he received.
However he had to visit room [3] next door. He reluctantly left room [2] and moved on. Here he was greeted by some confused and disillusioned faces , faces of small children. Each Child seemed to have some kind of disability. Some were in wheelchairs, some on crutches and some were obviously blind. He could hear a constant drone of noise, as he listened more intensely he could slowly make out the reason for the noise. It was the children saying, ‘help me , please help me’. He tried to get out of the room , but as he did so the noise became louder and louder, he scrambled for the door, as he ran the door seemed to be further and further away but with one last effort he managed to wrench the door open and escape to the reasonable calm of the inside of the middle chamber.
He was now confronted with Three Past Masters of the 64th degree who demanded of him an answer, which door will you choose, which of these Porch ways would you choose to pass through in order to attain your 64th Degree in freemasonry, the highest level that any Mason can obtain anywhere in the world.
Our Hero Bro, ‘J’ was still reeling from the experience, he asked if he could have some extra time in which to decide. The Past Masters agreed and allowed 24 hours for Bro. ‘J’ to reflect on his decision.
While we await the result, what would your choice be  ?
Answer:-
Our Brother Jeff, has thought long and hard and come to his decision. drawing on all the experience from the things he has learned and not being one to follow the heard. he gives his answer.Addressing the ‘Three Past Masters’ he replied. First I would walk under Porchway no. 2 and work with Love and harmony to ask my Brethren to help me. I would ask them to come to the door under Porchway No. 1 and seek further guidance form experienced Brethren. I would then ask all my Brethren in a Unified manner to accompany me into room 3 where by now I am now confident we can make a huge impact on the problems faced by these wonderful , brave children.
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Creation of New Grand Lodges

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Grand Lodges, what is their purpose and who gives them their Authority. Well the simple answer is – you do.

It is your decision which Lodge you join and why, But to do so you should be well informed about who they are.

Often spoken about as the Mother of Modern Freemasonry, the ‘United Grand Lodge of England’ has become the template for the majority of the mainstream Grand Lodges around the world. There is a complicated inter connection between Grand Lodges from one Country to another but generally they like to have one Grand Lodge in overall administrative control of a Country or in the case of the US a State.

In recent years though we have seen a number of NEW Grand Lodges being formed.
Jeff Peace I believe has been a prime mover in the establishment of some, this seems to have arrived at the creation this year of the ‘Grand Orient of the United States of America’, which seems to be affiliated to The Grand Orient de France. I have spoken with Jeff and he seems sincere and I have no reason to suspect he does what he does for any personal gain.
It is not clear from the Web information from GOoUSA if there is a specific link, to the GOdF other than the similarity of name and priciples. The GOoUSA claim a number of Lodges in the US Lodge des Neuf S?urs, Washington D.C., Halcyon Lodge, Cleveland, OH, Euclid Lodge, Grand Rapids MI, Lodge Intrepid, Los Angeles, CA, Regulus Lodge (Triangle), Mobile, AL, Sirius Lodge, Atlanta, GA, Emeth Lodge (Triangle), Phoenix, AZ

Then we see a number of Grand Lodges created in the US which seem to be related to the two newly created Grand Lodges in England.

So the first question is why, why with the plethora of Grand Lodges in the United States and Canada do these two English Grand Lodges make such progress. We have to accept that progress is being made, or that they are not telling the truth. I am not there so I can not testify to the truthfulness of such claims.

Now I have spoken to both principle movers by email and forum and they seem to be honest and reasonable people, they have every right to do what they do. My question is why ?
From the ‘Regular Grand Lodge England’ website we see that the following Grand Lodges are in :- North America :
MHC of United States of America plus
The Regular Grand Lodges of, Virginia, Nevada, Illinois, New Jersey, Nth Carolina, New York and Texas,
And the Most High Councils of California, Sth Carolina, Canada, Wisconsin, Ohio, Maryland, Connecticut and Florida.

Grand Lodge at York [ The Grand Lodge of All England ]
Has accepted St. Johns Lodge – Ohio, Here in your first Lodge, in Dayton, it is clear that you are men of vision and character: individuals with self-respect and respect for others. As such, you will undoubtedly stand proudly together as a beacon of genuine Anglo-Saxon Freemasonry in the New World.

Brethren, upon the foundation laid this evening, may you raise a superstructure ‘perfect in its parts and honourable to the builder’. By : Brother John Gordon Graves, Grand-Master Mason.
[ADDRESS TO THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF ST JOHN’S LODGE AT OHIO – WEDNESDAY 21st NOVEMBER 2007]

What creates the atmosphere that requires NEW groups to be created, What is wrong with the existing long established organisations, in this case The United Grand Lodge of England.
Then why go to the rest of the world to create what seems can not be created in England.
Undoubtedly the two Grand Lodges are relatively knew a matter of 3 or 4 years since conception. I believe RGLE was established in 2005.

UGLE has not said very much on the subject:
From a statement by the United Grand Lodge of England – 16 February 2006
There has been a split in the “Regular Grand Lodge of England” Two of their members were unhappy at the direction the RGLE is taking and have “revived” the old Grand Lodge of All England, known to Masonic historians as the York Grand Lodge.The Grand Master of this new Grand Lodge is one John Gordon Graves and the Grand Secretary is Peter J. Clatworthy.

Like all irregular bodies they are claiming an ancient pedigree. They claim to be acting by “the original Constitutions granted by Prince Edwin at the General Assembly of Masons held in York AD 975”. This is one of the oldest legends connected with Freemasonry and was shown to be a legend more than one hundred years ago!

They also claim that the York Grand Lodge was the first Grand Lodge in England and predates the premier Grand Lodge formed in London in 1717. An independent Lodge existed in York, for which records survive from 1705. It was simply a private Lodge, which in 1725, because of the success of the premier Grand Lodge, began to call itself the Grand Lodge of All England and, in the same year, adopted “Nineteen Articles” to govern the Craft.The Grand Lodge of All England worked until 1740 when it became dormant. It was revived in 1761 and over the next thirty years constituted about thirteen daughter Lodges in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire. It ceased working circa 1791, since when nothing more was heard of it until its “revival” in January 2006.

The records of the York Grand Lodge exist and are in the custody of the present York Lodge No. 236 meeting in York.The Grand Lodge of All England (which appears to have only two members at present) claims to be the “regular authority governing the Craft in England, Wales, the Channel Island and Districts Overseas”. A General Assembly, which all Master Masons are invited to attend, was to be held in York on 20 February 2006 to plan the way forward. Needless to say the new body is entirely irregular, and any member of the United Grand Lodge of England who gets involved in it will become subject to our disciplinary process.
From a report to the Quarterly Communication of the United Grand Lodge of England – 9 March 2005.

It has come to the Board’s attention that there is an irregular body styling itself the “Regular Grand Lodge of England” which is governed by something called “the Masonic High Council for England and Wales”. It claims a number of members and at least one Lodge. Whilst this body appears to draw its members from Brethren of other Constitutions rather than our own, I must remind members of the Craft that any Freemason under this Grand Lodge who does in any way become associated with it, as with any other irregular self-styled Masonic body, must resign from the Craft or render himself liable to Masonic disciplinary proceedings.

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Hogarth and Pine

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In 1748, the celebrated English artist and Francophobe, William Hogarth, surprisingly decided to take a holiday in France. His behaviour in France was appalling. He was ¡clamorously rude¢ to everyone he met. Whenever anybody admired a view, Hogarth sourly remarked: ¡What then? It is but French! Their houses are all gilt and bullshit!¢ Waiting in Calais for the boat home, Hogarth made sketches of some old fortifications, and was arrested as a spy.
Hogarth was infuriated by his treatment in Calais, and took revenge in one of his most vitriolic paintings, O, The Roast Beef of Old England or The Gate of Calais. In the corner of the painting, Hogarth is quietly drawing, about to be seized by some French soldiers. In the centre, a cook is carrying a huge joint of English beef. A fat friar slobbers over the juicy beef and lunges towards it. Hogarth used this image not only to mock ¡scanty French fare¢, but also to satirise the ¡farcical pomp of war, parade of religion …poverty, slavery and insolence¢, which he considered typical of France. Hogarth¢s painting embodies the violently anti-French and anti-Catholic prejudices which shaped British national identity in the middle of the 18th century.

Hogarth modelled the figure of the friar in O, The Roast Beef of Old England or The Gate of Calais on his friend, the artist John Pine (1690-1756). It was said that Pine pleaded with Hogarth not to mock him in this way, but Hogarth was unrelenting. Pine was known as ¡Friar Pine¢ for the rest of his life. Hogarth felt guilty about his treatment of his friend, and after Pine¢s death, painted an affectionate portrait of him in the style of Rembrandt. Hogarth and Pine had a great deal in common. They were both Londoners, and apprenticed to engravers.

Hogarth quickly tired of copying the ¡monsters of heraldry¢, but Pine became a leading heraldic artist, eventually joining the College of Arms. Both men sought to improve the professional status and education of English artists, helping to secure copyright legislation which protected artists¢ income. There were many social connections between the two men.

They caroused and argued in the London coffee houses, such as Slaughter¢s Coffee House in St Martin¢s Lane. Pine and Hogarth also both took part in London¢s new social craze of the 1720s: Freemasonry. Pine was one of the most accomplished engravers of his generation, but lacked Hogarth¢s flair and originality. Whereas Hogarth¢s artistic achievement was very coherent and distinctive, Pine¢s output was more wide-ranging, comprising not only book illustration, but also heraldry, maps and facsimiles of historical documents.

Hogarth developed an original and aggressively English style. Pine¢s work is less personal, and more reliant on classical and continental models. Pine has never emerged from the shadow of Hogarth, and his artistic achievements are not widely known. Pine¢s parents were Londoners. It has been suggested on the basis of Pine¢s appearance in Hogarth¢s portrait of him that Pine had black ancestors, but no firm evidence to support this has been found. At the age of 19, Pine was apprenticed to a London goldsmith, and became a freeman of the city in 1718. http://www.mqmagazine.co.uk/issue-10/p-07.php

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Celebrating the life of Wr. Bro. Theron Dunn.

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Oh God, my Brother I am going to miss you.
Always there never, ever turned away. In good times and in bad.
I will go quiet for a few days then I intend to have a week celebrating the life of Wr. Bro. Theron Dunn.
Wr. Bro. Theron Dunn”Its not about me changing them, it is about me changing me”
Theron has used this tag for a long time and for a very good reason. Over the years I have watched as a very brash and opinionated man examined and changed himself and his opinions. Always ready to admit he maybe wrong when the argument proved him so. Always ready to listen to the other side, even when they were calling him names. Oh, yes and he was not above a bit of name calling, but that got less and less over the years.
My Brother “it is about you changing you and in doing so you have changed me” this I have said to my Brother and in his usual generous manner he replied, “no it is I who must thank you”.
Recently he argued with the group called “The Flying Monkeys”, I asked why was he so strongly against their stand point. He replied “That was me 2 years ago, I have learned so much since then, I want them to understand too”.
But the most important part and the part he did not have to learn was, ‘to act outside the Lodge the Lessons you learn in it’. A quick and easy phrase to recite, it just rolls off the tongue, but how many just and upright Freemasons actually follow it through, well Theron always has.
What would I say sums up Theron? this:”remind you to limit your desires in every station life that rising to eminence through merit you will live respected and die regretted” No man, no Mason can ask for anything more.
It is my only ambition in life.I have seen men call him a fool, the next day he offered the hand of friendship without hesitation. But this I can say without fear of contradiction. He is so proud of you all, and please don’t forget this moment when one man made you stop and think, if only for a minute, on what it means to be a Freemason.
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Prince William – Knight of the Garter

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Prince William to join Britain’s most exclusive club as Knight of the GarterBy Robert Hardman
Of all the medals, orders and honorary decorations he will receive in his lifetime (and there will be plenty), Prince William will never be awarded anything quite like the extraordinary regalia he will wear on Monday.
In fact, with a black ostrich-plumed hat, a red hood, a blue velvet cloak lined with white satin, a silver star, a priceless miniature of St George and the Dragon dangling from a chain of solid gold and a garter strapped just below his left knee, it will probably be the biggest dressing-up exercise this side of his own coronation.
And once he has managed to put all this on, he has to walk at hobbling speed through Windsor Castle for nearly a quarter of a mile in front of thousands of people and the world’s media.
But, behind all the flummery, there will be a very serious point to Monday’s event.
The Prince will become a knight. And he will not be receiving any old knighthood, either.
The second in line to the throne will be formally invested as a ‘Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter’.
This is the Order of the Garter
Prince Albert’s Garter and George III’s diamond StarThe Royal Collection 2006 © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
This is the Breast Jewel of the Masonic Knights Templar

Makes you think, does it not ?
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Newton Naked

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Paolozzi follows William Blake’s 1795 print Newton in illustrating how Isaac Newton’s equations changed our view of the world to being one determined by mathematical laws.
Created by: Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005), a Scottish artist born of Italian parents. Paolozzi contributed other images of science to the capital. Most notably, the colourful mosaics in Tottenham Court Road underground station, which depict the Hubble Space Telescope and other machinery.
London connections? Sir Isaac Newton came to London in 1696 to oversee the Royal Mint. He served as President of the Royal Society (1703–1727) and as Member of Parliament for the University of Cambridge (1689, 1701–1702). With his great theoretical works behind him, Newton concentrated on scientific discourse and his official duties. He died in Kensington in March 1727. Further commemorations include a monument in Westminster Abbey and a blue plaque on his Jermyn Street home.

“Newton,” by William Blake; here, Newton is depicted as a “divine geometer”
The Royal Society In the beginning of Speculative Fraternity under the Grand Lodge system the Freemasons avowed their devotion to the sciences more boldly, and even dramatically. The Royal Society was in the British public mind synonymous with science, and for more than a century it, and its offshoots, were the only exponents and practitioners of science in Britain. It began in 1660 and took its first organized form at a meeting of scholars in Gresham College who had assembled to hear a lecture by Bro. Sir Christopher Wren. Sir Robert Moray was elected its first president, March 6, 1661 A.D.; he was made a Freemason at Newcastle-on-Tyne on May 20, 1641. Dr. Desaguliers, who later became its secretary for a long period of years, was the “father of the Grand Lodge System.” and was one of Sir Isaac Newton’s closest friends. A lodge largely composed of Royal Society members met in a room belonging to the Royal Society Club in London. At a time when preachers thundered against these scientists, when newspapers thundered against them, street crowds hooted at them, and neither Oxford nor Cambridge would admit science courses, masonic lodges invited Royal Society members in for lectures, many of which were accompanied by scientific demonstrations.
Although Blake and newton do not seem to have a record anywhere of them being members of a Masonic Lodge there is Freemasonry connections in their life.
http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/art/ancient_of_days.html
The Ancient of Days Measuring Time, 1794 William Blake
Newton Above
It is also interesting to note that ‘Hogarth’ and ‘Pine’ were engravers in London around ‘1709 – 1719’ ,
William Hogarth { 1697 – 1764 )
John Pine (1690-1756),
Isaac Newton (1643 – 1727)
a little later
William Blake (1757 — 1827)
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