Friday, September 29, 2006


How Did the “G” Symbol Originate?

While the square and compasses with the letter "G" is widely employed as the emblem of the Masonic Fraternity it is relatively new. The square and compasses alone began to be used in the early 19th century. The "G" came into the picture near the end of the century when American jewelers began adding the "G" for artistic purposes. While many Masonic symbolists have tried their hands at interpreting the emblem, the simplemeanings taught all Masons remain the best: (1) The square teaches us to square our actions by the square of virtue; (2) the compasses teach us to circumscribe our desires and keep our passions within due bounds, while (3) the "G' reminds us that as an understanding of geometry was central to operative Masons so should God be central in the lives of speculative Masons.(Source: Bro. S. Brent Morris, author, Masonic Philanthropies)


How much credit did Bro. Henry Ford take in the creation of the automobile? According to authors Peter Collier and David Horowitz, he gave much of the credit to others... "I invented nothing new. I simply assembled into a car the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work....Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with everynew thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense."(1)Would we have electricity without Edison? The telephone without Bell? The computer without Gates? The automobile without Ford? According to Bro. Henry Ford, the answer is "yes." (1)Peter Collier/David Horowitz, The Fords (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987), p. 55.

Was Bro. Mozart Really Broke When He Died?

Bro. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born at Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756, is thought to be the greatest musical genius of all time. But Mozart's finances were never secure. An ardent Freemason, he borrowed frequently from his Masonic Brothers despite many successful operas including The Magic Flute which reveals much of Masonic practices. He'd became ill in the Fall of 1791—some believe he had been poisoned—and died a pauper at Vienna that December 5.

Poison may have doomed Bro. Beethoven

ARGONNE, Ill. (AP) - An analysis of a lock of Bro. Ludwig van Beethoven's hair suggests lead poisoning could explain certain ailments suffered by the erratic genius, his strange behavior, his death, maybe even his deafness. The four-year analysis of the hair the levels commonly found in people today, according to researchers at the Health Research Institute in suburban Chicago, where the hair was tested. That means it is all but certain that the composer suffered from lead poisoning, also known as plumbism, the researchers said. The Health Research Institute scientists said that Bro. Beethoven's lead exposure came as an adult but that the source of the lead is unclear, though one possibility is the mineral water he swam in and drank during his stays at spas. (Associated Press)

Bro. Franz Mesmer Invents

Bro. Franz Friedrich Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) was immortalized in the name of the hypnotic technique he pioneered - Mesmerism. To become mesmerized is to become completely entranced by a sound or object to the point of hypnosis. The word was derived from the name of its discoverer, Dr. Franz Mesmer. Bro. Mesmer graduated from the University of Vienna, and became interested in the curative powers of magnets. He felt magnetic fields could be used to positively influence a force he believed present in all living creatures, which he dubbed "animal magnetism." Beginning around 1772, Bro. Mesmer tested his theory that magnets could reduce pain, apparently achieving some initial success. But after 1785, traditional physicians denounced him as a fraud. As a result, he spent the rest of his life in relative obscurity. Today, however, Bro. Mesmer's theories concerning the use of magnets in controlling pain and promoting healing have regained popularity and are being actively researched by doctors and other health professionals. Bro. Mesmer was affiliated with the French Lodge Les Philadelphs. The Learning Kingdom; Freemasonry: A Celebration of the Craft.



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