A

    ABIF

    Meaning is “his father”.

    ADVERSE BALLOT

    In case the ballot on a petition for the degrees or for affiliation is adverse, the Master may, if he so desires, spread the ballot again to make certain no error occurred. In so doing, he should state his reason for the second spreading. The ballot shall not be spread a third time.

    a d p o t t b t f a s js o t h

    a distinct pressure of the thumb between the first and second joints of the hand.

    a s p

    a small pace

    Asst H P

    Assistant High Priest

    ADONAI

    The Lord.

    ADVANCE

    Going from one degree to the next after showing proficiency in the preceding degree.

    ALLEGORY

    Analogy or comparison; a story told to illustrate a principle. It comes from the Greek meaning "to say something different."

    ALL SEEING-EYE

    An emblem reminding us that we are constantly in God's presence.

    ANNO BENEFACIO

    A.B.) Latin for "In the Year of the Blessing." Used by the Order of High Priesthood for dating their documents. (1930 added to the current date.)

    APPRENTICE

    Comes from the Latin word apprehendre meaning "to grasp, to master a thing." Hence, a learner.

    APRON

    The badge of a Mason. Originally among priesthoods as a badge of office and a means of ornamentation. The Masonic apron should be white lambskin, fourteen inches wide and twelve inches deep. It should be presented to the candidate at his initiation and not at some subsequent time. No substitute should be used. From the French word napron meaning "an apron of cloth." From earliest times in Persia, Egypt, India, the Jewish Essenes, the white apron was a badge of honor and candidates were invested with it, or a sash, or a robe. Its reference is to purity of heart, to innocence of conduct.

    ARTS

    Branches of learning, as in the lecture of the F.C. degree. In E.A. degree: skills.

    ASHLAR

    A block of stone from which a column, capital, or other finished product is carved or hewn.

    b i t s o t s at l w m

    buried in the sands of the sea at low water mark

    BEEHIVE

    Symbolic of systematized industry. What one may not be able to accomplish alone may be easily performed when all work together at one task.

    BLAZING STAR

    Symbol of light; of Divine direction in the journey through life; symbolizes a true Freemason who, by perfecting himself in the way of truth (knowledge), becomes like a blazing star. In English lodges, symbolizes sun which enlightens the earth, dispensing its blessings to all mankind and giving light and life to all things.

    BLUE LODGE

    A term which has grown into use over the years meaning the three degrees of the lodge, or Symbolic Masonry. In the early years, Master Masons wore blue lined aprons. Blue is symbolic of perfection, benevolence, truth, universal friendship, fidelity.

    BOAZ

    Comes from the Hebrew meaning "in strength." The left hand pillar that stood at the porch of King Solomon's Temple.

    b d t h s a t t a d i t t s

    By drawing the hand sharply across the Throat , and dropping it to the Side

    a d p o t t o t f j o t h

    a distinct pressure of the thumb on the first joint of the hand

    ALPHA and OMEGA

    First and last Greek letters of the alphabet. The beginning and the end of all things; the first and the last, often mentioned in the Scriptures and in several of the Masonic degrees.

    AMEN

    Meaning "verily, truly, certainly." One person confirms the words of another. Masonically, answered by "So mote it be."

    ANCIENT

    Old, time honored.

    ANOINT

    To apply oil to, or pour oil on, particularly holy oil as a sign of elevation to kingship or consecration to priesthood. Hence, "anointed," one accepted by the Lord, as "The Lord's anointed".

    ARCHITECT

    One who designs buildings.

    b i t s

    buried in the sand

    EXPULSION

    Forcible ejection from membership for such reasons as un-Masonic conduct, crimes, etc. It is the most severe of Masonic penalties and deprives the person of all rights and privileges formerly enjoyed from his lodge and the Fraternity as a whole.

    h

    heart

    HOUR GLASS

    Emblem of life. An emblem of the passage of time.

B

    BADGE

    Apron

    b

    bare

    BRETHREN

    The term is used in speaking of Masons, and in this connection is preferable to "brothers".

    BROKEN COLUMN

    Columns or pillars were used to signify nobles or princes in early times; it is from such that we get the expression "pillar of the church." Masonically, the broken column refers to the fall of one of the chief supporters of the Craft; an untimely death. 

C

    CLANDESTINE

    Not regular.

    C

    Centre

    cs l f t s

    cable's length from the sea

    Cs

    Compasses

    c t

    Cable Tow

    CABLE TOW

    The tie by which the candidate is bound to his brethren; the length of a Mason's cable tow is the scope of his ability to go to the relief of a brother in need. In early years the distance was three miles; in present time it is usually considered about forty miles.

    CALENDAR, MASONIC

    Masons date their official documents in a manner peculiar to themselves. The various dates for the different bodies are based on important points in history.

    Can

    Candidate

    CANOPY

    A tent-like covering. "Canopy of heaven", the sky.

    CARDINAL POINTS

    East: Wisdom; West: Strength; South: Beauty; North: Darkness.

    CARDINAL VIRTUES

    Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and justice are virtues of morality as laid down by Plato. Cardinal comes from the Latin cardo meaning "chief or fundamental."

    CATECHISM

    Instructions of Freemasonry.

    CELESTIAL CANOPY

    Symbolic covering of the lodge; heavenly.

    CEMENT

    Brotherly love binds Freemasons of all coun­tries, races and creeds in one common brotherhood.

    CHECKERED FLOOR

    The Mosaic Pavement.

    CHRISTIAN VIRTUES

    Faith, Hope, and Charity.

    CHALK, CHARCOAL, AND CLAY

    Freedom, fervency, and zeal.

    CHARTER

    A document setting forth a set of granted rights and privileges given by the Grand Lodge to the constituent Lodge at the tinic of Constitution.  The Master is its custodian, and must see to its security at all times.  The charter must be in the Lodge room during all communications of the Lodge, preferably in the Master's charge, but it may be on the Secretary's desk, or in the archives of the Lodge. It should not be framed to hang on the wall.  The request of a visitor to inspect the charter in advance be granted or refused.  Should the charter be lost or destroyed, the Grand Master or Grand Secretary should be notified at once. Pending the issuing of a duplicate charter, a permission, or dispensation to continue work should be obtained from the Grand Master.

    CLOTHED, PROPERLY

    With white gloves and apron, and the jewel of his Masonic rank. Today the gloves are usually dispensed with.

    COLUMNS

    From the Latin culmen meaning "a pillar to support or adorn a building." In Masonry the symbolic Significance pertains to the supports of a lodge: Wisdom, Strength and Beauty.

    COLUMNS, WARDENS

    Represent Jachin and Boaz. While the lodge is at work the columns are erect and horizontal, respectively; while on refreshment, such positions are reversed.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    The meetings of a Symbolic lodge.

D

    d...v...d

    devoid

    d

    distress

    DAIS

    The platform, or raised floor, in the East of the lodge where the Master sits. In the lodge, the steps to this should be three. The Senior Warden's place should be raised two steps and that of the junior Warden, one step.

    DARKNESS

    Symbolizes that state of ignorance before light (knowledge) is received.

    DEACON

    Comes from the Greek diakonos meaning "messenger or waiting-man."

    DEMIT or DIMIT

    A release; a resignation of membership; a paper certifying a withdrawal from a lodge (or Masonic body) when in good standing. Both spellings are used, although DIMIT is peculiar to Freemasonry only. In the U.S. some jurisdictions use the former spelling, but the majority use the latter, "Dimit."

    DUE EAST AND WEST

    Moses built the Tabernacle due east and west and this practice was carried on by the church builders. The Freemason travels from the West to the East (light) in search of a Master from whom he may gain instruction, or light.

    DUE FORM

    A Masonic body is opened or closed in "due form" when performed fully according to a prescribed ritual. Distinguished from "ample form."

    DUE GUARD

    A mode of recognition peculiar to Freemasons.

    DULY AND TRULY PREPARED

    That the candidate is truly prepared in his heart and mind to receive further enlightenment; also, properly clothed, Masonically.

E

    E

    East

    E A

    Entered Apprentice

    E L of Imp

    Emulation Lodge of Improvement

    e...e

    entrance

    e o c

    ear of corn

    ECLIPTIC

    The imaginary line followed on the earth's surface by the direct ray of the sun during the year. It niakes an angle of 23' 27' with the equator.

    EAR, THE ATTENTIVE OR LISTENING

    The word means not only to hear, but to understand and to obey.

    EAST

    From the Sun worshipers down through the ages, the East has always been considered the most honored place because the sun rises in the East and is the region from which light rises.

    EAVESDROPPER

    One who attempts to listen surreptitiously; literally, one standing under the eaves and thus gets only the "droppings."

    EMBLEM

    A representation of an idea by a visible object; a symbolical figure or design.

    EMBLEMATICAL

    symbolical, representing.

    EMBROIDERED

    Having a border.

    ENTERED APPRENTICE

    In Operative Masonry the apprenticeship lasted seven years; if then found acceptable, the apprentice’s name was entered on the books of the lodge and he was given a recognized place in the craft organization.

    EUCLID

    The first mathematician to systematize the science of geometry.

    EXAMINATION

    The examination of a brother to determine his geniuses should not aim at displaying the committee's knowledge. It is a test of the visitor. He need not be able to answer questions from the Posting Lecture. He should know the signs, grips, and words.

F

    f..t

    feet

    F

    Fidelity

    F C

    Fellow Craft

    F M

    Freemason

    f o w

    fall of water

    F P O F

    Five Points of Fellowship

    f r s

    first real secret

    FAITH

    The evidence of things not seen, confidence, trust.

    FAITHFUL BREAST

    Symbolically, the initiate is instructed that the lessons he has received are to be treasured in his heart and remembered, and not to be forgotten; that which is told in confidence will be so held.

    FELLOWCRAFT

    A craftsman no longer an apprentice who has been admitted as full member, but who has not yet reached the status of a master. The fellowcraft age represents the stage of manhood.

    FEALTY

    Loyalty.

    FIAT LUX ET LUX FIT

    Latin motto meaning "Let there be light, and there was light."

    FIDELITY

    Faithfulness.

    FIRST LANDMARKS OF MASONRY

    Modes of recognition with no variation.

    FORM OF A LODGE

    An oblong square or parallelogram, twice as long as wide. At the time of the Temple, the only known world was the Mediterranean Sea and the countries to the north, south and east, forming an oblong. Thus, the Freemason's lodge was the world itself.

    47TH PROPOSITION OF EUCLID

    Derived its name from the fact that it was the 47th problem in Euclid's geometry. Sometimes called problem or theorem, which are also correct. The 47th Proposition, or problem, is to prove that in a right angled triangle, the sum of the squares of the two sides is equal to the square of the hypotenuse. Masonically, it is an emblem of the arts and sciences and reminds us that next to sinfulness, the most dangerous enemy of life is ignorance.

    FRATERNITY

    A brotherhood, in which blood-bonds are replaced by a common devotion to a principle, code, or creed.

    FREE BORN

    A free soul; one having attained mastery of himself by self discipline. It is a misconception that this refers to one not born into slavery.

    FREEMASONS

    The early builders in Operative Masonry times were free men, not serfs or bondsmen and were free to move from one place to another as their work demanded. Thus, they came to be called "Freemasons."

    FURNISHINGS OF A LODGE

    Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, Charter or Dispensation.

G

    G and S O

    Grand and Solemn Oath

    G

    Grip

    G G of D

    Great Grandfather of David

    G A O T U

    Great Architect of the Universe

    G

    The letter -G- is the Saxon representative of the Hebrew Yod and the Greek Tau; The initial letter of the name of the Eternal in those languages. This is so important to all Freemasons.

    GAVEL

    Derives its name from its shape-that of the gable or gavel end of a house. It is a tool used by a stonemason and resembles a hammer having a pointed end for cutting. The Working Tool gavel differs from the upright gavel, or "Hiram."

    GOD

    They are words for Beauty, Strength, and Wisdom (the supports of Freemasonry) are Gomer, Oz, and Dabar. The initials of these words compose the English name of the Deity.

    GRAND EAST

    The place where the Grand Lodge holds its communications and from which place the edicts are issued.

    GREAT LIGHTS

    The Holy Bible, Square and Compasses. The Bible represents the will of God, the Square is the physical life of man and the Compasses represents the moral and spiritual life.

    GRIPS

    Every brother following his raising should be taught to start with the grip of an Entered Apprentice Mason and go through the grips, passes, and words to the Grand Masonic Word.

    GUILD (GILD) MASONS. GUTTURAL

    From the Latin guttur meaning "the throat."

H

    H A

    Hiram Abif

    hs

    heels

    h to h

    heel to heel

    h i t p w t t e i t f o a s t t l o t w

    hand in this position with the thumb extended in the form of a square to the left of the windpipe

    h w

    hoodwink 

    HISTORICAL

    According to history, verifiable, capable of documentary proof.  We also speak of traditional and legendary history, meaning popular belief, not upheld by fact.

    HOMAGE

    respect, as applied to men; worship, as applied to deity.

    HEALED

    Obligated in a degree which the Mason has not had conferred on him. To "heal" is to "make valid."

    HELE

    Pronounced "hail" and means to keep guarded, or secret. Sometimes spelled "hale."

    HEMISPHERE

    Half of the earths’ surface, as the western hemisphere, the northern hemisphere.

    HIEROGLYPHICS

    Literally the symbols in the priestly writings of the Egyptians. Generally, a symbol or sign the meaning of which is known only to the initiated.

    HIRAM

    An upright gavel made in the form of a maul and used by a presiding officer.

    H.K.T

    Hiram, King of Tyre.

    HOODWINK

    A blindfold, which is a symbol of secrecy, mystical darkness.

I

J

    J D

    Junior Deacon

    J W

    Junior Warden

    JACHIN

    Comes from two Hebrew words meaning, "God will establish." The right hand pillar of the porch of King Solomon's Temple.

    JACOB'S LADDER

    Symbol of progress from earth to heaven.

    JEWELS, MOVABLE AND IMMOVABLE

    The Movable jewels are the Rough and Perfect Ashlars and the Trestle Board and are so called because they are not confined to any particular part of the lodge whereas the Immovable jewels: the Square, Level, and Plumb, have definite locations. They are called "jewels" not because of their materials, but because of their meaning. The word "jewel" comes from the Greek meaning "bright or shining."

K

L

    l a

    left arm

    L

    light

    l b

    left breast

    l f

    left foot

    l h p

    left hand pillar

    l k

    left knee

    l w m

    low water mark

    LAMB

    "In all ages the Lamb has been deemed an emblem of innocence." The candidate is therefore given a white lambskin apron.

    LANDMARKS

    Ancient and universal customs of the Order which gradually grew into operation as rules of action.

    LAWFUL AGE

    A man of discretion.

    LAWFUL INFORMATION

    That one has tested by trial and examination, or knows that such has been done by another.

    LEGALLY CONSTITUTED

    A Lodge working under proper authority and Charter from a Grand Lodge.

    LEGENDARY

    According to popular belief or report, but without proof. A legend usually carries with it the idea of the miraculous.

    LEGIBLE

    Capable of being read.

    LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

    Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy.

    LILY-WORK

    Emblem of peace and unity.

    LODGE OF ST. JOHN

    Masonic tradition has it that the primitive, or mother, Lodge was dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and then to St. John the Evangelist, and finally to both.

    LOST WORD

    That for which the Mason search is to discover the divine in himself and in the world that he might achieve mental satisfaction and ultimate happiness.

    LOW TWELVE

    The hour of midnight; darkness is a symbol of death as well as of ignorance.

    LUX E TENEBRIS

    Latin meaning "Light out of darkness."

M

    M

    Master

    m...c

    metallic

    m...l

    metal

    m c

    master chamber

    M M

    M M - Master Mason

    m...y

    money

    Mn

    Moon

    mys

    mysteries

    MAKING A MASON "AT SIGHT"

    By a Grand Master's prerogative, some constitutional requirement is set aside-usually the ballot, and a man is made a Master Mason without waiting or instruction between degrees.

    MASONIC AGES

    The age of an Entered Apprentice is said to be three years (the symbol of peace or perfect harmony); that of a Fellowcraft, five years (the symbol of active life); and that of a Master Mason, seven years (the symbol of perfection).

    MERIDIAN

    The position of the sun at noon.

    MORIAH

    A hill in Jerusalem on which the Temple of Solomon was built.

    MOSAIC PAVEMENT

    Tessellated pavement or checkered floor. An inlay floor composed of black and white squares.

    MOUTH TO EAR

    The method whereby the esoteric work of Freemasonry is passed on from one Mason to another, or from one Mason to the candidate who is qualified to receive such information.

    MYSTIC TIE

    Spiritual tie not easily broken; fellowship among Masons.

N

O

    o t s

    of the sea

    Obl

    obligation

    OATH

    A solemn affirmation, in the name of God, that what one testifies is true.

    OBLIGATION

    A promise or pledge of obedience. The Mason takes an obligation, not an oath that he will not depart from the promises he makes.

    OBLONG SQUARE

    A right angle with one side longer than the other.

    ORALLY

    Aloud, spoken.

    ORIENTAL CHAIR

    The seat of the Master in the East; the Oriental Chair of King Solomon.

    ORNAMENTS OF A LODGE

    The Mosaic Pavement, Indented Tessel, and Blazing Star.

    ORNAN

    Name of Jebusite from whom David purchased a thresingfloor in Jerusalem in which King Solomon’s temple was built.  This was previously the site of the alter.

P

    p

    proof

    p

    Poignard

    its

    point or points

    ped

    pedestal

    p g

    pass grip

    p...way

    porchway 

    P Sn

    Penal Sign

    pt on b

    point on breast

    p t r h on t l b w t t e i t f o a s

    putting the right hand on the left breast with the thumb extended in the form of a square

    pw

    password

    PAST

    A term applied in Masonry to an officer who has held an office for the term for which he was elected, and has then retired, as Past Master, Past Senior Grand Warden.

    PASSING THE CHAIR

    The ceremony of installation of the presiding officer.

    PASSING THE CHAIR

    The ceremony of installation of the presiding officer.

    PECTORAL

    Pertaini breast.

    PEDESTALS

    The columns before the Master and Wardens of a lodge.

    PERFECT AHSLAR

    Every Mason is expected to perfect or "polish" himself in building his character in order that he may become acceptable in the sight of God and be fit to take his rightful place in the finished work of Masonry.

    PERFECT LODGE

    One, which contains the constitutional number of members.

    PERFECT POINTS OF ENTRANCE

    Symbolic action called for on entrance into a lodge.

    PERFECT SQUARE

    A right angle with the sides equal.

    PHARAOH

    The title of the ruler of ancient Egypt.

    PHILALETHES

    Friends of truth.

    PLANETARY

    Pertaining to the planets.

    PLUMB

    An instrument for erecting perpendiculars.

    PLUMB LINE

    The Working Tool of a Past Master; the perfect emblem of uprightness.

    POTENTATE

    A ruler, sovereign, or monarch.

    POT OF INCENSE:

    Signifies that, of all forms of worship, it is more acceptable to God to be pure and blameless in our inner lives than anything else.

    PROFANE

    A non-Mason, The word comes from the Latin pro meaning "before" and Janum meaning "a temple."  Hence, in Masonry it means those who have not been in the Temple, that is, initiated.

    PROFICIENT

    Means not only proficient in the ritualistic work, but before the world in daily living.

Q

    R

      r a

      right arm or right angle 

      r h

      right hand

      r h p

      right hand pillar

      REFRESHMENT

      Rest period symbolized by noon.

      REGULAR LODGE

      One working under a charter or warrant from a legal authority.

      REPRIMAND

      One of the Masonic penalties, which can be and is enforced to reprove.

      RITUAL

      Comes from the Latin ritualis meaning "ceremonial forms."

      ROUGH ASHLAR

      The unenlightened member; man in his natural state before being educated.

    S

      S

      Stabbing

      Scts

      Secrets

      SD

      Senior Deacon

      S of H

      Sign of Horror

      S of S

      Sign of Sympathy

      s i w y ls th

      seal it with your lips thrice.

      Sg

      Stranglingh

      sh p

      short pace

      Sn

      Sign

      Sn

      Sun

      Sn of R

      Sign of Reverence

      Sn of P

      Sign of Penality

      Sn, Tn and Wd

      Sign, Token and Word

      S O

      Solemn oath

      Sq

      Square

      Sqs, Ls and Pdrs

      Squares, Levels and Perpendicular.

      S W

      Senior Warden

      SANCTUM SANCTORUM

      Latin for "Holy of Holies."

      SECRETS

      Masonry's only secrets are in its methods of recognition and of symbolic instructions. Its principles and aims have never been secret.

      SHIBBOLETH

      An ear of corn; a test word; a watchword; slogan.

      SIGNS, MASONIC

      Modes of recognition often serving as a reminder of some event or pledge.

      SOLSTICE

      The point in the ecliptic at which the sun is farthest from the equator (north in summer, south in winter).

      SONS OF LIGHT

      During the building of King Solomon's Temple the Masons were so called.

      SPECULATIVE MASONRY

      Freemasonry in its modern acceptance; the application of the implements of Operative masonry to a system of ethics.

      SPRIG OF ACACIA

      Symbolizes the immortality of the soul.

      STATIONS AND PLACES

      Officers are elected to stations and appointed to places.

      SUMMONS

      A notification from the Master to appear. For its neglect, because it comes directly under the province of his obligation, a member may be disciplined and/or punished.

      SUSPENSION

      Temporary privation of power or rights, such as suspension for nonpayment of dues. One of the Masonic penalties.

      SWORD POINTING TO THE NAKED HEART

      Signifies that justice is one of the most rigorous laws and if we are unjust in our hearts, the center of our being, the inevitable result of injustice will find us out.

      SYMBOL

      Signifies or represents some truth, idea or fact, but is not itself the thing it represents.

      SYMBOL OF GLORY

      The Blazing Star in the old lectures. The star in the center represented Deity, hence, the "Symbol of Glory"

    T

      t

      token

      T

      Tyler

      t c a

      throat cut across

      t t o b t r

      tongue torn out by the root

      t t r e a f t i 24hs

      the tide regularly ebbs and flows twice in 24 hours 

      TENETS OF FREEMASONRY

      Dogmas; principles, beliefs, doctrines; teachings of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. A Tenet is something obviously true; that which is universally accepted without question.

      TERRESTRIAL

      Belonging to the earth.

      TESSELLATED PAVEMENT

      Checkered floor of black and white, symbolic of the triumphs and the despairs throughout life.

      TETRAGRAMMATON

      A Greek word signifying "four letters.' It is a name given by the Talmudists when referring to God or Jehovah.

      TOKEN, MASONIC

      A sign used for recognition to prove that a man is a Mason.

      TRACING BOARD

      Or emblematic chart. Emblems used to illustrate the lectures.

      TRADITIONAL:

      According to a belief handed down from generation to generation, but not supported by any sure or exact evidence. A tradition need have nothing of the miraculous in it.

      TRANSITION

      The passing over from one stage to another.

      TRAVELING FROM WEST TO EAST

      In Operative Masonry workmen traveled from one job to another and the word "traveling" came to signify a form of work. Hence, a Mason works his way toward the East (place of light) by improving himself as he progresses through life.

      THREE STEPS

      Emblematical of youth, manhood, and age.

      TRESTLE BOARD

      The carpet or board upon which the Master inscribes the designs for guidance of the Craft. In the present day it refers to the meeting notice sent to the membership.

      TRIALS, MASONIC

      Are held in Masonic courts of law in which testimony is heard and the accused either found innocent or guilty.

      TROWEL

      The Working Tool of the Master Mason. Symbolically, to spread the cement of Brotherly Love to fit the capstone to complete the building.

      TUBAL CAIN

      Artificer in brass and iron.  The first Master Craftsman, son of Lamech and Zillah. See Genesis IV:22.

      TYRE

      City of Sidonian Empire, which is only 120 miles by sea from Jerusalem.  King Hiram or Tyre provided materials for the building of the Temple.

      UN-MASONIC CONDUCT

      Conduct of a Mason, which violates the laws of the Craft and his obligation thereto.

    U

      V

        V S L

        Volume of Sacred Law

        v...l...e

        valuble

        VISITING

        To visit a lodge outside of your "regular" lodge.  Visitation Is a privilege and not a right.

        VOUCHING

        A brother cannot vouch for the Masonic standing of a brother unless he has sat with him in a Masonic Lodge. Knowledge of his standing or membership in a body requiring Masonic membership as a prerequisite is not grounds for avouchment.

        VOID

        Empty.

      W

        W M

        Worshipful Master 

        Wd

        Word

        W

        Wes

        WARDENS COLUMNS

        At the beginning of the opening ceremonies both columns are down, The Senior Warden's column is elevated down when the WM declares the Lodge open. It is lowered when the Master declares the Lodge called from labor to refreshment, or when, ill the closing ceremonies.  The Junior Warden's column is elevated up, when the Lodge is at refreshment. It is raised at the moment when the Master declares the Lodge at refreshment, and is lowered when he calls the Lodge to labor. The Senior Warden's column is lowered and raised at the same times.

        w ts

        working tools

        WAGES, A MASTER'S

        Symbolizing the fruits of a man's labors in Masonic work.

        WINDING STAIRS

        Is one, which tries a man's soul. He must approach it with faith believing that there is a top, that by a long and arduous climb he will reach a Middle Chamber.  A place of light,

        WORSHIPFUL

        Title of honor and respect.

        WORTHY AND WELL QUALIFIED

        That by his character and moral living, the candidate is worthy to be a member.

      X

        Y

          y t c a

          Your throat cut across

          YEAR, MASONIC

          While the civil calendar reckons from the Year of our Lord and is designated A.D., the Masonic calendar dates from the year when God said, "Let there be Light," and is designated A. L.

        Z

          ZEAL

          Intensity of purpose and of earnestness.

          ZENITH

          The point in heavens directly overhead of the spectator; great height.

          ZION

          The mountain or hill in Palestine on which Jerusalem was built.

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