Marlon S. Honeywell, FPS-Life

Abstract

Until the mid-late 20th century, many southern masonic lodges, especially in rural areas, did not facilitate degree work until the stroke of midnight. Through recapitulation of a personal experience, this manuscript seeks to expose the esoteric importance of such a calculated timeframe and its relationship to the symbolism involved when fraternal initiates became masonically-enlightened for the first time. Further, the importance of facilitating meaningful communication between younger and seasoned members and finding common ground when generational issues arise will be emphasized. Such actions shall ensure that our beloved fraternity and the significance of older traditions, such as midnight initiations - whether or not in current practice - are not lost in antiquity; and efforts of those who contributed for years to masonry and transitioned from labor to refreshment are not in vain.

Rev. Tommy Rigmaiden, FPS, FPC (H-Life)

Honorable Rev. Tommy Rigmaiden, President Emeritus and Past Master of the Lux e Tenebris Research Chapter, composed and presented at the 2016 annual session of the Phylaxis Society a dynamic manuscript, which delineates the significance of the word: "Brother."

Marlon S. Honeywell, FPS-Life

Abstract

The significance of harmony is emphasized in several facets of speculative masonry, including allegories, signs, symbols, and obligations. Further, it has been postulated that employing the concept of equilibrium during life’s experiences may be the secret to learning how to construct an internal, immortal temple and to entering the revered gates of the Pardes. Purposely concealed from those unwilling to accept ultimate truth, mystic and earthly clues exist, which support the fact that balance is requisite for spiritual enlightenment and cognitive transformation.  As such, this manuscript is written to delineate a few examples which support harmony as the strength of all institutions, since it appears to be divinely present in every aspect of existence.