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Culture Shock

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A Masonic researcher on the unique nature of Filipino Freemasonry.

An Absolute Corker

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The inside story behind one of the most curious pseudo-Masonic rituals around.

The Secret Ingredient

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A historian probes the enduring appeal of Masonic secrets.

Speaker Series Archive

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Beginning in late April, the Masons of California will host an exciting and entirely digital speakers’ series featuring lectures and talks from Masonic experts on a range of topics.

Alchemy and the Transmutation of a Freemason

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The hunt for gold is—metaphorically, anyway—central to Freemasonry.

The Sun, the Moon, and the Master

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Lunar imagery has long shined in the Masonic lodge room, literally and symbolically.

A Shared Heritage

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Masonic wall charts and floor cloths were once banned as too revealing. Now, they’re central parts of modern lodges.

Our Inverted World

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What a curious passage tells us about Masonry’s relationship to the world.

Symbols of Femininity

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On aprons and teapots, in the first degrees and the virtues and lessons of Freemasonry, feminine symbols are threaded into the very fabric of Freemasonry.

A Voice During the Women’s Movement: The Order of the Eastern Star

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While the women’s movement offered women more political power, Eastern Star
broadened opportunities for women across the country.

Faith of Our Fathers

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At the birth of our country, the Masonic Founding Fathers who signed the U.S. Constitution instilled the values of Freemasonry within our democratic government.

The Broached Thurnel

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It was the late 1970s when Brett Welch, Garrett Chan, and Albert Lawson’s paths crossed for the first time.

A Friend and Brother

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The initiatic process of becoming a Freemason is one filled with symbols, some of which are easier to interpret than others.

Meaningful Objects

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Freemasonry’s material culture holds deep meaning for its members – and the same can be said for organizations throughout the world. Here, we look at examples of material culture within the fraternity and the wider world that convey emotional and experiential significance.

Our Material Worlds

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Material objects convey culture and reflect shared experiences that span time and geography. Few organizations have as rich a material culture as Freemasonry. Brothers’ lodge attire, jewelry, Masonic gifts, lodge rooms, and ceremonial tools have a profound effect on the member experience – and they do so by design.

Leading With Beauty

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The Masonic rods that deacons and stewards use within the ceremonial lodge are imbued with meaning and symbolism.

The Warrior Monk

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The historic namesake of the order of DeMolay carries with it a fascinating history that has long piqued curiosity and study.

Our Dynamic Brotherhood

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New lodges and changes in membership demographics are positioning California Masonry to be stronger and more vibrant than ever.

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