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Friday, October 7th, 2011
10:58 pm
[pierceheart]
how many people still active
How many of the people on this comm are still actively watching it/paying attention/give a crap what happens?
Monday, May 11th, 2009
9:10 pm
[cryptoron]
It's been a long time since I posted here, and it seems like a long time since anyone posted here.  I've been VERY busy, with both lodge and Scottish Rite, and everything else in life.  But now I find that I'm finally without all of the time constraints that kept me busy for the past couple of years, I'm going to restart the Masonic Esoteric Club at Rural Lodge.  I'm not trying to start a trafitional observance lodge, or anything that needs dues or has dinners, or anything like that.  Just a club.  Rural Lodge in Quincy has exploded.  We have 50+ members showing up at meetings the percentage of those I've spoken to who are interested in discussing some of the deeper metaphysical aspects of the symbolism have also grown. 

It wont be just for Rural Lodge, Freemasons from other lodges are welcome.  But to make things simple, I think I'm going to hold it on Rural Lodge's regular communication nights, first Thursday of the Month, after the meeting.  Less nights out for the members, and people will generally be there already.  I don't expect long meetings.  Maybe 30 minute moderated discussions or short lectures. 

Since we are heading toward the summer months I will probably start in September.  This will give me time to come up with a program for the next Masonic Year.  When I started it last time, we used a sort of rotating speaker forum.  It was meant that each person would take a turn at presenting something.  But it turned out that most just wanted to come and not be a presenter.  So I'll do the whole program for the first year.  I think I can come up with nine or ten topics, especially if they're short.  Then if people want to add topics and present, I can schedule them for the second year.  

I'll post more later as things proceed.

~Ron 
Friday, March 14th, 2008
2:32 pm
[erik_j_meyer]
Traditional Observance Lodge
crossposted to argamon

Last week I was at the meeting for Hyde Park Council. The meeting was short and we had the Grand Secretary of MA as the speaker for the night. A lot of the talk focused on how we sell Masonry to cheaply here. That I am sure we can hash over in some thread somewhere.

The fun part for this group came after the meeting at the collation.

I was approached by one of the Brethren who works at Grand Lodge. He asked me if I had heard of the idea of a Traditional Observance Lodge. When I told him I had he continued with pointing out that he was getting one approved for MA. We then talekd about it some more. Given that he gets to wear a purple apron at Grand Lodge I am guessing the application from his group is fast-tracked. I pointed out that I knew others that have similar interests.

So, if someone else was getting a charter for a traditional observance Lodge in MA would folks here still be interested?

Current Mood: curious
Friday, February 1st, 2008
12:30 am
[arxenekrohen]
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
3:04 pm
[soleklypse]
Calling all New York Masons and Friends of Masons
The Corsairs Club will be hosting its first meeting of 6008 A:.L:. in the upstairs room at The Limerick House at 69 W 23rd St, next door the the Masonic Hall in New York City at 3 pm, Saturday, January 19. The club is open to all (regardless of jurisdiction, Masonic status, whatever). Only an interest in Freemasonry is expected. We have our own unique Festive Board ceremony, loosely based upon that of a Table Lodge, but significantly altered to make it our own. Starting this year, we will be incorporating an old Masonic dialog involving marine symbolism into the opening. So if you are interested in historical Masonic ritual, you won't want to miss that.

X-posted on masons

Current Mood: hopeful
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
1:58 pm
[houseava]
Energy Work, Psi, & Vampirism Research Study - Please Participate
Please consider taking a moment over the next few hours or days to sit down and complete the VEWRS and AVEWRS research surveys and submit them via e-mail.  These surveys cover a diversity of topics including but not limited to:  energy work and manipulation (whether by natural ability or raised during magickal ritual), psychic and sanguinarian vampirism, paranormal activities, psi-related experiences, magick, occult, spirituality, therianthropy, otherkin, and awakenings (you do NOT have to identify with modern vampirism to participate in this study).  Any information contained within the surveys that aren’t applicable to your particular situation feel free to choose “Not Applicable” or leave blank when this choice is not given.  The AVEWRS (Part 2) covers the topics outlined above in considerably more detail than the VEWRS (Part 1), therefore, if possible please complete both surveys (in order); submitting individually as they are completed.   If you have any questions (please read the FAQ first) we’re available to answer them via the e-mail address given below.  We thank you for your participation and support of this important research study!

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Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS & AVEWRS)
A Detailed Sociological & Phenomenological Examination Of
The Energy Worker & Real Vampire Community
With Secondary Focus On Therianthropy, Otherkin,
& "Awakened" Individuals
http://www.suscitatio.com

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VEWRS & AVEWRS Research Study Duration & Response Statistics:
VEWRS = 589+ Days  |  AVEWRS = 457+ Days  |  Combined Response Total: 950+

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Background On Study:

VEWRS & AVEWRS FAQ:
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This study is a mixed methodological study of specific subcultural social group(s) (or independents) linked by an association with specific reported phenomena and is directed towards both an online and offline audience via quantitative and qualitative dual anonymous surveys. For the detailed purpose, definition and precedent background, ethical and privacy procedures, and all other information regarding this privately funded study please refer to the surveys themselves or the web site listed above.

Focus Group:  Those who identify themselves as practitioners of modern psychic (psi) or sanguinarian (blood) vampi(y)rism with a joint focus on energy workers or practitioners (psions, energetic healers, or others who manipulate psi/pranic energy). Additionally those who identify with therianthropy, otherkin, and as being "awakened" individuals are sub-branched in the overall classification.

Format:  Two surveys (both structured to be independent or linked with one another, with first being an introductory examination and the second an advanced examination), anonymous participation requirement, embedded random+intentional response indicators, available in MSWord, HTML Text Format, or Printed Distributed Format.  VEWRS (Survey 1) = Questions 1 - 379 (11 Categories); AVEWRS (Survey 2) = Questions 380 - 988 (5 Categories)

Analysis:  SPSS w/Correlative Analysis, AMOS / Comparisons Of Qualitative Responses In Applicable Sections (Micro-Essays); Resulting Format = Book Publication(s) & Papers
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Download VEWRS & AVEWRS Research Surveys:  http://www.suscitatio.com
E-Mail Completed Submissions To:  response@suscitatio.com

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Correspondence Or Inquiry:  research@suscitatio.com

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Recent Articles & Media Related To Study:

"Would The Real Vampires Please Stand Up?"
Blog Contributed By Michelle Belanger - September 2007
http://paranormalinsider.com/2007/09/would_the_real_vampires_please.php

TAPS Magazine - October 2007 Special Ed. Issue
"Interview With A Vampire" - Merticus Of Suscitatio & AVA
http://www.tapsparamag.com/subscription.php

"Vampires: Fact Or Fiction?" - Interview With Zero & Merticus
True-Ghost-Story.com - November 24, 2007
http://www.true-ghost-story.com/readarticle.php?article_id=65

"Gathering Data with the Vampire: Analyzing Causes and Effects of an
Introspective Survey by the Vampire Community"

Annual Conference of American Academy of Religion, November 17, 2007
Joe Laycock, MTS Harvard Divinity School
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Friday, August 24th, 2007
1:33 pm
[pierceheart]
Rural Lodge in Quincy MA, open house
"Rural Lodge is hosting a large 2-day event on 9/7 and 9/8.
Approx. 300+ guests are expected each day. The GM and his suite are
coming on 9/7 but not on 9/8.

I would very much like you and other Esoteric-minded brothers (and your
spouses, friends, and families) to consider yourselves invited and
welcome on either or both days.

9/7 ceremony starts at 6pm sharp. 9/8 ceremony and installation starts
at 4pm sharp. Guests are being asked to arrive 30 to 60 minutes prior.

Both days wil be filmed. People will be invited to be interviewed. Half
the crowd will be from the community. The rest are our members and
reps from nearly every Masonic body... On Sat., they will be in full
regalia of their particular body.

Please come. And encourage other esoteric-minded Masons to do so, too.

Fraternally,

Steve Whitmore
Master-elect"
Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
4:25 pm
[pierceheart]
who here is in Massachusetts, or local to it?
Okay, I have created a new lj community, argamon; this was the Lodge-to-be where we were working on building a Traditional Observance Lodge, or, at least some sort of esoteric Lodge, in MA.

Well, looks like there is a little more interest in it now, so, if you are local to us (Greater Boston area), or really want to help out with ideas for this project, head on over to that community and join up.

Me and frommy are the maintainers, membership is moderated, posting is not.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
9:36 am
[erik_j_meyer]
Masonic Education site
Brethren,

The Masonic Education Committee of Grand Lodge is pleased to introduce its new Masonic education portal and the new home of the Massachusetts Lodges of Instruction:

http://educatemasons.org/

You are cordially invited to login, look around, and suggest additional ways we can best serve your educational needs in Freemasonry.

This portal is also expected to be available soon through the http://massfreemasonry.org/ site.
Thursday, April 26th, 2007
10:06 am
[erik_j_meyer]
Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
11:27 pm
[escodaiichi]
# # #
Scottish Rite Reunion was this past week. I was able to stay for all of it and watched or participated in twenty-three of the twenty-nine degrees. Five of the six that I missed were communicated (meaning that they were briefly explained rather than dramatized) and one fell directly between two of the degrees wherein I played a part. I acted in the twenty-first, twenty-third, and thirty-first and was the communicator for the twenty-fifth and twenty-seventh. If you are a Scottish Rite Mason, that should make sense.

I'm currently Lt. Commander of the KCCH Club, and am one of the folks in charge of developing a mentoring program for the new candidates. Every new man has a KCCH assigned to him to make sure he is aware of meeting times and protocol. We are also including a very basic education program to get them started studying and learning about the Scottish Rite Degrees.

Things with my new job are interesting. In conjunction, I have a second interview with a company looking for a Japanese literate and fluent tour coordinator. If I don't get the job, they already want me as a guide and have asked me to go on a guide training tour of Southern Utah from the 30th to the 3rd. I don't get paid for going, but have all of my expenses met, so in essence, it is a paid vacation to learn how to take other people on vacation.

We have York Rite Grand Sessions in a couple of weeks. I have a new Commandery uniform being tailored, and will have more news after the sessions are over. There is a degree in SLC tomorrow that I've been asked to take part in, but after everything over the past few days and everything still on the docket, I'm considering taking a break.

I will also add, since I think it is overlooked a lot, if you are a Southern Jurisdiction Scottish Rite Mason, you need to read, at the very least, the chapters of Morals and Dogma for the 18th and 32nd Degrees. Both degrees mention that as a requirement of the conferral, so if you haven't already done that, you haven't fully received those degrees. Other jurisdictions may be similar, if you are using Pike ritual.
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
12:15 am
[soleklypse]
Lady Frieda Harris Tracing Boards
Does anyone know if it is possible to get posters of the Masonic Tracing Boards painted by Lady Frieda Harris?

click here to see what they look likeCollapse )

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, February 12th, 2007
11:22 am
[soleklypse]
What is a Secret Society?
I'm working on a short (~5min.) talk I will be giving in my lodge next month. I'd like to share what I have so far and get feedback from you. I think this is a topic you might find interesting and I am eager to hear your thoughts on it, particularly along the lines of what could be improved and expanded. As it stands, it is very short:
Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: thoughtful
Friday, February 2nd, 2007
11:05 am
[erik_j_meyer]
BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER
BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER

Be an active member,
The kind that would be missed:
Don't be just contented
That your name is on the list.
Do attend the meetings
And mingle with the crowd:
Don't stay at home
And crab both long and loud.
Do take an active part
To help the lodge along.
And take time out to visit
A member who is sick.
Don't leave the work for just a few
And gripe about the clique
There is quite a program scheduled
That means success if done,
And it can be accomplished
With the help of everyone.
So Attend the meetings regularly
And help with hand and heart,
Be an active member
And take an active part.
Think this over, Member
Are we Right or are we Wrong?
Be an Active Member
Don't just belong
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
11:01 am
[erik_j_meyer]
Is Massachusetts ready for a RESEARCH LODGE ?
cross posted to masons

Is Massachusetts ready for a RESEARCH LODGE ?Collapse )

EDITORIAL COMMENT:
Ok, so this is mostly for the Brethren in MA. Personally I like the idea. I will try to be in on the calls if at all possible. I know that there are plenty of good research Lodges out there for folks to join, such as the SCRL, the PS and of course the QC, but having one close to home to attend and be able to present papers at would be interesting. Heck, might help me get motivated to research the sca period masons ritual so we can have a proper meeting *cough* Table Lodge *cough* at pennsic_war one of these years. Are there folks here that belong to Research Lodges in their Jurisdiction of by correspondence that might offer input of suggestions on what does or does not work for those bodies? I am sure that all insight would be appreciated.
Friday, October 6th, 2006
3:54 pm
[erik_j_meyer]
Open House
from http://www.massfreemasonry.org/

Celebrating Freemasonry throughout the Commonwealth, Saturday, October 7th has been declared "Square & Compasses Day." Building on the tremendous success of last year's event, more than 170 Masonic Lodge buildings in the state will be hosting Open Houses and welcoming the public through their doors between 9am - 3 pm to learn more about the positive impact Freemasonry has on its members, their families and communities. For more information, please visit: http://AskAFreemason.org/
Monday, September 11th, 2006
8:22 am
[pierceheart]
REMINDER: Open to Masons, non-Masons, Oddfellows, normal-Fellows and all

Time Changed!

On Tuesday September 12th 
Lon Milo Duquette
 Will be giving a presentation on his newest book

The Key to Solomon's Key

A book about the links between Freemasonry, Ritual Magick, and The lesser Key of Solomon 
Hosted by the Argamon Masonic Study Club
Located at the Oddfellow's Hall 
624 High Street, Dedham Mass.
(On the same street as Dedham Superior Court)
Doors will open at 7:00PM and the presentation to begin at 7:30PM
$15.00 Admission

Friday, September 1st, 2006
6:25 pm
[erik_j_meyer]
passing of a Brother
"forwarded from many sources

very sad news. M.W. Fred Bauer passed away
Brethren It is with sadness that I pass along the new that MW Bro Bauer passed on to the Celestial Lodge this afternoon while fighting a lengthy battle with cancer.
At this time I have heard that a wake will be next Thursday with a Masonic Service performed by North Reading Lodge. This information is as heard from the Master of North Reading Lodge"

There is a write up on walter_hunt's blog.

I recall Br Fred as one of the 'cool older guys'. You know, one of the guys in Lodge that did not tell the younger guys that that is not how things were done in his time. He encouraged innovation that could be shown to be fun and helpful to the Craft. He was very personable and made any Brother feel welcome in his presence. I had a hang-up about Grand Lodge officer types being a tad intimidating. He was the one that made the point that they were still Brothers, just like the rest of us. He is the guy that got me appointed to the MAC committee in charge of merchandise. I plan to be at his wake and Masonic service if at all possible. I am going to miss him.
Thursday, August 31st, 2006
6:52 am
[erik_j_meyer]
Thursday, August 24th, 2006
8:38 am
[cryptoron]

Time Changed!

On Tuesday September 12th 
Lon Milo Duquette
 Will be giving a presentation on his newest book

The Key to Solomon's Key

A book about the links between Freemasonry, Ritual Magick, and The lesser Key of Solomon 
Hosted by the Argamon Masonic Study Club
Located at the Oddfellow's Hall 
624 High Street, Dedham Mass.
(On the same street as Dedham Superior Court)
Doors will open at 7:00PM and the presentation to begin at 7:30PM
$15.00 Admission

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