Unveiling the Mysteries: Reflections on June in Freemasonry
Welcome, Brethren, to the June Message from the West.
We gather once again to delve into the sacred teachings and time-honored traditions of Freemasonry. As the gentle warmth of June fills the air, we find ourselves at the threshold of a new season, ripe with opportunities for self-reflection, growth, and renewed commitment to our Masonic journey. Let us explore the significance of June within the Masonic calendar and the lessons it holds for us.
Honoring your Father: In Freemasonry the son of a Mason is called a Lewis. In operative masonry a Lewis is a simple but ingenious device employed by operative Masons to raise heavy blocks of dressed stone into place. It consists of three metal parts: two wedge-shaped side pieces, and a straight center piece, that fit together. A dovetailed recess is cut into the top of the stone block. The two outer pieces are inserted first and then spread by the insertion of the centerpiece. The three parts are then bolted together, a metal ring or shackle is attached and the block is hoisted by hook, rope and pulley. By this means, the block is gripped securely. Once set in its place in the structure, the Lewis is removed leaving the upper surface smooth with no clamp or chains on the outside to interfere with the laying of the next course. In Freemasonry, the three part of the tool are the father, the son, and teachings of Freemasonry, who, in concert of their actions, can move any formidable object together.
The Summer Solstice and Light: In the Northern Hemisphere, June brings with it the Summer Solstice, the day when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. As Freemasons, we are no strangers to the symbolism of light. June reminds us of the importance of seeking knowledge and enlightenment, both in the world around us and within ourselves. Just as the sun shines brightly, so should we strive to let the light of truth and wisdom guide our actions and illuminate our path.
Refreshment and Renewal: June often marks a time of transition, as we bid farewell to the rejuvenating spring and embrace the fullness of summer. It serves as a reminder for us to take pause, reflect on our Masonic journey thus far, and seek renewal in our commitment to our Craft. The long days and warm evenings offer opportunities for fellowship and gathering, allowing us to connect with our brethren, exchange ideas, and find inspiration in the shared pursuit of Masonic ideals.
Celebration of Saint John the Baptist: June is closely associated with the celebration of Saint John the Baptist, one of the patron saints of Freemasonry. Saint John the Baptist is revered as a symbol of integrity, humility, and the pursuit of truth. His dedication to his principles and unwavering commitment to his faith resonate deeply with the principles we hold dear as Freemasons. In June, we pay homage to his exemplary character and strive to emulate his virtues in our daily lives.
Embracing Nature and Harmony: Nature is resplendent during the month of June, painting the world around us in vibrant colors and soothing fragrances. As Freemasons, we recognize the profound connection between humanity and the natural world. June serves as a reminder to appreciate the wonders of creation and to seek harmony within ourselves and with the environment. Let us take moments of quiet contemplation amidst the beauty of nature, allowing it to inspire and uplift us in our Masonic endeavors.
Conclusion: Brethren, as we navigate the month of June, let us rekindle the flame of our Masonic journey. May we use this time to deepen our understanding of the Craft, strengthen our bonds of fellowship, and reflect on the virtues that define us as Freemasons. June’s symbolism of light, renewal, and nature offers profound insights for our personal growth and our contributions to society. Let us embrace these teachings and strive to be exemplary Masons, committed to the principles that unite us and the betterment of ourselves and the world we inhabit.