Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Officers, Cataract Lodge #2 AF & AM

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Left To Right:  Lee Love (Tyler), Herb Berzelius, WB Dan Starks, Conrad Jackson (Worshipful Master), Ivan Smith (Junior Warden), WB Dave Wething (Senior Warden), WB Blake English (Chaplin), Scott Wood (Senior Steward), Kevin Schwab (Senior Deacon), Allan Jensen (Junior Steward), Dave Ott (Junior Deacon) and WB Terry Henthorn (Marshal).

I jumped right into the Freemasons a year and a half ago and was caught in open arms.   It has been a perfect addition to my life, giving me balance and an explained social life as a balance to my solitary work in the studio.

5 comments:

Nick Johnson said...

Congratulations Brother. Is the Tyler a line position?

Nick

Lee Love said...

Thank you WB Nick. Yes, Tyler is a line position at Cataract. I just saw your other comment and am going to try and find it. Have you read any Robert Lomas? http://www.robertlomas.com/

Nick Johnson said...

First off, congratulations. I will try to make it to Cataract at some point this summer.

I have. He's not my favorite Masonic author. I think his theories approach the cockamamie absurdism that harms Masonic historical studies.

I'm currently nose deep in the writings of WBro. Roscoe Pound. I bought the book from Macoy's for around $10 with shipping. Pound is a wonderful scholar and Masonic philosopher. Anyone who can analyze our ritual and practice under the umbrella of realism versus idealism is someone I want to read.

I've been slowly working my way through Morals and Dogma. Pike is verbose. The hardest part for me is getting past the spaghetti against the wall method that he employs. He throws a lot out there for you to decide if it is applicable to the degree or not. I've disagreed with certain theories and opinions or I've disagreed that certain examples apply to the various degrees but I can see why it's viewed with interest.

Nick

Lee Love said...

That's a bit harsh on Lomas. I know he is fanciful, but I find his questions about Newton, the Royal Academy and the founding of the Grand Lodge system interesting. Have you read John J. Robinson's work? He is the writer who helped me take the plunge into Masonry.

I come to all this from an other than usual bible based perspective. As far as mythical symbolism goes, I am influenced by Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and Mircea Eliade. Also,n Asia, scripture is discovered rather than reveled. And is not taken so much as a record of history as it is a psycho/spiritual map.
If you can get a new and revised copy of M&D, it might help. There is an index and many footnotes, including ones that correct historical inconsistencies. The text for the Master Craftsman's program, Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide is also helpful.

Gotta get out to the studio. More later!

Lee Love said...

And thanks for the congratulations Nick! I want to visit Corinthian Lodge. Please keep sending out the invitations. I am home for the summer and will be better able to visit.