Historical Origins of the Mark Degree

Reading Time: 11 minutes The Mark is a ceremony or degree [sometimes called the ‘friendly’ degree], conferrable today only to Master Masons and forms part of a hierarchical organization. In Craft Masonry it was quite a late innovation making its appearance during the mid-1700s.  However we do know that Operative Masons, without any kind of ceremony, were taking marks 150 years before the Mark came into use as part of that particular ceremony.

The Man who designed The White House & The Capitol Building in Washington.

Reading Time: 3 minutes james-hoban-whitehouse-architect-obverse The White House, then known as “the President’s House,” was the first public building to be erected in Washington. In 1790, the Commissioners of the District held a competition, seeking designs for the future executive mansion. A prize of $500 would be awarded to the winning architect. Hundreds of hopeful American architects participated–including Thomas … Read more

The Shropshire Corner Stone Club has been launched

Reading Time: < 1 minute A “Light Blue” club for Shropshire, to be called “The Shropshire Corner Stone Club”, has been launched successfully and is now in the process of gathering members. Intended mainly for ‘newer’ Masons and especially younger men, the club will draw together Brethren from across the Province of Shropshire who have yet to reach the Chair. … Read more

Atheism and Freemasonry by Bro. Joshua L. Rubin

Reading Time: 12 minutes There is a universal Masonic requirement of belief in Deity, which is followed by all regular Grand Lodges of the world. As Entered Apprentices, receiving Light for the first time, Masons are cautioned that no Atheist may be made a Mason

Ancient Evidences – Cleopatra’s needle

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Builder, Cleopatra’s needle & Ancient Evidences G. W. Baird , P.G.M., District of Columbia It was the good fortune of the writer to see the great obelisk called Cleopatra’s needle, as it stood at Alexandria and also to witness the “opening of a house” in Pompeii. The two Monoliths known as Cleopatra’s needles had been brought … Read more