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Timeline of Masonry

Ø       1390                              Regius Poem described a society of artists, who worked in stone, mortar and marble.  Their canvases were hillsides and valleys.  Their arts were Architecture, Mechanics and Geometry.  They kept their knowledge confined to themselves.

Ø       June 24, 1717                  St John the Baptist day - G.L. of England formed.   Anthony Sayer was elected Grand Master, a third Degree was added to the 2 Operative degrees.


Ø       1730                                 Charter issued to Lodge in Philadelphia, the first Colonial American Lodge.    Provincial Grand Masters were appointed by the Grand Lodges to oversee their activities.


Ø       1738                                 Pope Clement XII issues Bull condemning Freemasonry for being an Association "that meets in secrecy with private ceremonies and unknown motives."


Ø       1751                                 Second Grand Lodge formed in England.   The two grand Lodges evolved into the Ancients and Moderns, a distinction without a difference.


Ø       1775                 Prince Hall & 14 other free Black men initiated in Lodge #441, Irish Constitution


Ø       1784                 African Lodge #1 in Boston chartered


Ø       1850                 TMWGLF&AM California Chartered


Ø       Jan 14, 1882     Mlle. Maria Desraimes initiated in Les Libres Penseurs Lodge in Pecq, under the jurisdiction of La Grand Loge Symbolique de France.   The Lodge's Charter was suspended, and  La Grand Loge Symbolique Ecossaise was formed April 4, 1893.


Ø       1884                 Pope Leo XIII issues Humanim Genus, prompted by Gabriel Gorgand De Pages/Leo Taxil.


Recommended Reading for Instructor:

15 Points

The Doctrine of Exclusive Territorial Jurisdiction

  Landmarks - Anderson

Ancients and Moderns

Co Masonry

Humanum Genus Comments

Humanum Genus


Old Charges



 The Papal Bulls against Freemasonry



“Symbols” outline

Ø       Epsilon Chai Iota Tau   Epsilon Chai Iota Tau


Ø       “Masonry is” quote


Ø       What is a symbol?

o        Definitions

§         Something that stands for something else

§         Excites or inspires

o        Description

§         Something we all sense, that reminds us of a moral principle


Ø       Literal vs. Symbolic

o        Letter “G”

§         We pay respects to what the “G” represents

§         In ritual, it would make no difference if it is “G” or not

§         In law, it must be “G”

o        VoSL

§         Candidate is obligated on HIS Holy Book

§         Ritual says “The Holy Bible”

o        Cheery Tree

§         Story does not depend on fact

o        Legend

§         Hyram could have lived to old age.

§         No one killed in KST – would have been recorded

§         No one could have been buried near Temple, much less Sanctom Sanctorum

§         No Cremation – no urn, no ashes


Ø       Sharp distinction in ritual

o        “Sacred History”, “Great Jewish Historian Josephus”

§         Probably factual to history

o        “Masonic Tradition”

§         Undoubtedly allegory


Ø       Well-applied symbol has personal meaning

o        Vague, so individual can develop individual interpretation and application.

o        “It is not so important that we agree on the answers.  What is important is that we agree on what questions need to be asked.”


Ø       Rainbow


Ø       Red Light


Ø       Meaning is symbolic and inspires, law is literal and governs.


Ø       Operative, Speculative, Applied


Ø       The Blind Men and the Elephant

Suggested reading for Instructor:


The 47th Problem of Euclid

Ancient Symbolic Penalties

The Masonic Apron  The Masonic Apron





Dollar Bill Myth

Das Vergissmeinnicht "The Forget-Me-Not"t


The Hiram Abif legend in Freemasonry- 


The Lamb Skin

The Letter G

The Eye In The Pyramid