I have a quick question. A couple of Brothers and I are researching York rite but we have problems with literature. Of coruse we found Duncan's monitor and have read through it, but there are some details which of course aren't written. One of those is: if honoured guests are attending a ritual, are they brought in by both Deacons? We can't find that bit anywhere and we're curious.
And on the whole if any one you has any suggestion with regard to literature, we'd be very grateful.
Yes, that's why I'm asking, in hope that there are some here on the forum who have participated in York rite. Normally 1st and 2nd Deacon would accompany the guests to East but since we didn't find any explicit reference to it, we started wondering.
In Kentucky just one companion is apointed by the presiding officer to introduce the honored guest/s.
That's the way it is done in mine also in Louisville.
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There’s a mystery concerning the W, S and B lights. I’ve seen three possible “arrangements” until now, the way in which in York rite the LL are supposed to be arranged around the altar. But the biggest mystery for me is this – why is one in NE? I’ve been taught that NE is the place of utmost darkness, and it’s where the EA sit when they are admitted, but I can’t understand why in York Rite there is the light of W in that place. I haven’t found any explanations as to any of the arrangements in which the LL are placed around the altar and I’ve only seen this in photos. If anyone could explain the mystery, I’d be grateful.
There are many aspects of Masonry that are accumulated error. With the apparent loss of Masonic Science who can prove the trueness of any practice?
The layout which makes some sense is Duncan's and he explained it, but in his version the LL form a triangle. In other versions it kind of resembles the Scottish Rite layout, although the W is in NE. Maybe it's a matter of aesthetics? That would be a lame explanation for me, as I know there is symbolism in everything in the Lodge.
I recall setting up the temple for Holy Royal Arch where there are candles around the altar. I was not happy with the usual setup and rearranged them slightly and suddenly the atmosphere in the room changed.
That perhaps is the test: does the arrangement affect the energy of the temple?
Peter, that's a very interesting point. I think a different arrangement of the LL would definitely change the energy of the temple, but the question is what's more important in a lodge - the flow of the energy or the symbolism?
But if it's about the symbolism, why would someone put the light of W in NE? Duncan's layout makes most sense to me - light of W is right in front of the RWM, meaning in the E. Putting it in NE doesn't really make any sense to me, except if it's because of the functionality or aesthetics.
> what's more important in a lodge - the flow of the energy or the symbolism
There is sometimes a distinction made between emblems (arbitrary associations) and symbols (intimately connected). Thus a TV antenna is a symbol of the TV signal - having proportions that resonate to the signal.
Similarly the five pointed star resonates with several sets of energies and therefore can be used to access those energies.
Thus I consider the flow of energy to be intimately connected to the symbols and arrange the lodge props until the energy flows.
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May 27, 2018 15:37:09 GMT
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