The Three Pillars Wisdom, Strength and Beauty

The Three Pillars

This paper has been put together mainly to point out the three most predominate orders of architecture, Masonically speaking and hopefully to correct errors found in some lodges.
V.W. Bro. Barry D. Thom, Lodge McLeod # 27 GL of NL
 
The Noble Orders of Architecture
 
The word ‘Noble,’ in this case refers only to the Masonic Order. The nobility, wealthy, and royalty had a fascination with architecture and for various reasons slowly infiltrated the operative lodges of masons. As Speculative Masonry took over we maintained our link with the operative, using allegory, symbolism and assigning terms of our own, to teach morals.
When I joined Masonry, I was never taken around and given an explanation about each Pillar. Were you? What if the info given you, was wrong?
Those of you who know me, will agree, that I am very inquisitive about life in general and Masonry in particular. I went to the local library (there was no Internet in those days). I put a short paper together but I felt it to be most boring, unless you were an architectural engineer. I have never yet presented it.
To continue, what if the pillars were switched, as in Lodge Harbour Grace, or anatomically incorrect as in Freemasons Hall, in St. John’s, Nfld. Would you not naturally believe these situations to be correct? It is interesting to note that in both of these cases it is Doric and Corinthian that have been switched. Coincidence?
We now will look at the Pillars found in FMH. My guess is that they are very old because if they were purchased through a Masonic supply house the error could be very easily corrected … just reposition the pillars into their right place. It seems to me, that the Brother(s) in charge of constructing the pillars were lacking in architectural knowledge. Most likely, the District Grand Lodges of England and Scotland were involved.
It will be the easiest, if I take each pillar, residing in FMH, separately:
JW -the capital is Doric INCORRECT (Doric belongs to the SW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. This Pillar is also shorter than the other two, why, I have no idea.
SW - the capital is Corinthian INCORRECT (Corinthian belongs to the JW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. I have never seen a graduated base in any other lodge. I see nothing wrong with this as long as the graduated bases are properly assigned. Here the base is in three levels. Three belongs on the base of the W.M.
W.M - the capital is Ionic, CORRECT, the base is graduated in two levels, this belongs to the SW.
Perhaps the problem arose because the Tracing Board lecture, in the E.A. is seldom given here in NL. In fact, the Ritual book of the UGL of Eng. states that it has fallen into disuse. This lecture is always given in Lodge Westmorland (Scottish Ritual) and RW Bro. Jim Fitzgerald informed me that he has given it in Clift Lodge (Emulation-UGL of Eng.).
GL of Canada only has one ritual (Emulation-Canadian working) which is strictly enforced. The Tracing Board lectures must always be given, on the night of the degree. In the E.A. degree it is always given by the JW. V.W. bro Mac Butt calls the GL of Canada the ‘cookie cutter’ and I must agree. However, the positive aspect is, that innovations are not allowed.This paper has been put together mainly to point out the three most predominate orders of architecture, Masonically speaking and hopefully to correct errors found in some lodges.
V.W. Bro. Barry D. Thom, Lodge McLeod # 27 GL of NL
 
The Noble Orders of Architecture
 
The word ‘Noble,’ in this case refers only to the Masonic Order. The nobility, wealthy, and royalty had a fascination with architecture and for various reasons slowly infiltrated the operative lodges of masons. As Speculative Masonry took over we maintained our link with the operative, using allegory, symbolism and assigning terms of our own, to teach morals.
When I joined Masonry, I was never taken around and given an explanation about each Pillar. Were you? What if the info given you, was wrong?
Those of you who know me, will agree, that I am very inquisitive about life in general and Masonry in particular. I went to the local library (there was no Internet in those days). I put a short paper together but I felt it to be most boring, unless you were an architectural engineer. I have never yet presented it.
To continue, what if the pillars were switched, as in Lodge Harbour Grace, or anatomically incorrect as in Freemasons Hall, in St. John’s, Nfld. Would you not naturally believe these situations to be correct? It is interesting to note that in both of these cases it is Doric and Corinthian that have been switched. Coincidence?
We now will look at the Pillars found in FMH. My guess is that they are very old because if they were purchased through a Masonic supply house the error could be very easily corrected … just reposition the pillars into their right place. It seems to me, that the Brother(s) in charge of constructing the pillars were lacking in architectural knowledge. Most likely, the District Grand Lodges of England and Scotland were involved.
It will be the easiest, if I take each pillar, residing in FMH, separately:
JW -the capital is Doric INCORRECT (Doric belongs to the SW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. This Pillar is also shorter than the other two, why, I have no idea.
SW - the capital is Corinthian INCORRECT (Corinthian belongs to the JW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. I have never seen a graduated base in any other lodge. I see nothing wrong with this as long as the graduated bases are properly assigned. Here the base is in three levels. Three belongs on the base of the W.M.
W.M - the capital is Ionic, CORRECT, the base is graduated in two levels, this belongs to the SW.
Perhaps the problem arose because the Tracing Board lecture, in the E.A. is seldom given here in NL. In fact, the Ritual book of the UGL of Eng. states that it has fallen into disuse. This lecture is always given in Lodge Westmorland (Scottish Ritual) and RW Bro. Jim Fitzgerald informed me that he has given it in Clift Lodge (Emulation-UGL of Eng.).
GL of Canada only has one ritual (Emulation-Canadian working) which is strictly enforced. The Tracing Board lectures must always be given, on the night of the degree. In the E.A. degree it is always given by the JW. V.W. bro Mac Butt calls the GL of Canada the ‘cookie cutter’ and I must agree. However, the positive aspect is, that innovations are not allowed.This paper has been put together mainly to point out the three most predominate orders of architecture, Masonically speaking and hopefully to correct errors found in some lodges.
V.W. Bro. Barry D. Thom, Lodge McLeod # 27 GL of NL
 
The Noble Orders of Architecture
 
The word ‘Noble,’ in this case refers only to the Masonic Order. The nobility, wealthy, and royalty had a fascination with architecture and for various reasons slowly infiltrated the operative lodges of masons. As Speculative Masonry took over we maintained our link with the operative, using allegory, symbolism and assigning terms of our own, to teach morals.
When I joined Masonry, I was never taken around and given an explanation about each Pillar. Were you? What if the info given you, was wrong?
Those of you who know me, will agree, that I am very inquisitive about life in general and Masonry in particular. I went to the local library (there was no Internet in those days). I put a short paper together but I felt it to be most boring, unless you were an architectural engineer. I have never yet presented it.
To continue, what if the pillars were switched, as in Lodge Harbour Grace, or anatomically incorrect as in Freemasons Hall, in St. John’s, Nfld. Would you not naturally believe these situations to be correct? It is interesting to note that in both of these cases it is Doric and Corinthian that have been switched. Coincidence?
We now will look at the Pillars found in FMH. My guess is that they are very old because if they were purchased through a Masonic supply house the error could be very easily corrected … just reposition the pillars into their right place. It seems to me, that the Brother(s) in charge of constructing the pillars were lacking in architectural knowledge. Most likely, the District Grand Lodges of England and Scotland were involved.
It will be the easiest, if I take each pillar, residing in FMH, separately:
JW -the capital is Doric INCORRECT (Doric belongs to the SW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. This Pillar is also shorter than the other two, why, I have no idea.
SW - the capital is Corinthian INCORRECT (Corinthian belongs to the JW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. I have never seen a graduated base in any other lodge. I see nothing wrong with this as long as the graduated bases are properly assigned. Here the base is in three levels. Three belongs on the base of the W.M.
W.M - the capital is Ionic, CORRECT, the base is graduated in two levels, this belongs to the SW.
Perhaps the problem arose because the Tracing Board lecture, in the E.A. is seldom given here in NL. In fact, the Ritual book of the UGL of Eng. states that it has fallen into disuse. This lecture is always given in Lodge Westmorland (Scottish Ritual) and RW Bro. Jim Fitzgerald informed me that he has given it in Clift Lodge (Emulation-UGL of Eng.).
GL of Canada only has one ritual (Emulation-Canadian working) which is strictly enforced. The Tracing Board lectures must always be given, on the night of the degree. In the E.A. degree it is always given by the JW. V.W. bro Mac Butt calls the GL of Canada the ‘cookie cutter’ and I must agree. However, the positive aspect is, that innovations are not allowed.This paper has been put together mainly to point out the three most predominate orders of architecture, Masonically speaking and hopefully to correct errors found in some lodges.
V.W. Bro. Barry D. Thom, Lodge McLeod # 27 GL of NL
 
The Noble Orders of Architecture
 
The word ‘Noble,’ in this case refers only to the Masonic Order. The nobility, wealthy, and royalty had a fascination with architecture and for various reasons slowly infiltrated the operative lodges of masons. As Speculative Masonry took over we maintained our link with the operative, using allegory, symbolism and assigning terms of our own, to teach morals.
When I joined Masonry, I was never taken around and given an explanation about each Pillar. Were you? What if the info given you, was wrong?
Those of you who know me, will agree, that I am very inquisitive about life in general and Masonry in particular. I went to the local library (there was no Internet in those days). I put a short paper together but I felt it to be most boring, unless you were an architectural engineer. I have never yet presented it.
To continue, what if the pillars were switched, as in Lodge Harbour Grace, or anatomically incorrect as in Freemasons Hall, in St. John’s, Nfld. Would you not naturally believe these situations to be correct? It is interesting to note that in both of these cases it is Doric and Corinthian that have been switched. Coincidence?
We now will look at the Pillars found in FMH. My guess is that they are very old because if they were purchased through a Masonic supply house the error could be very easily corrected … just reposition the pillars into their right place. It seems to me, that the Brother(s) in charge of constructing the pillars were lacking in architectural knowledge. Most likely, the District Grand Lodges of England and Scotland were involved.
It will be the easiest, if I take each pillar, residing in FMH, separately:
JW -the capital is Doric INCORRECT (Doric belongs to the SW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. This Pillar is also shorter than the other two, why, I have no idea.
SW - the capital is Corinthian INCORRECT (Corinthian belongs to the JW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. I have never seen a graduated base in any other lodge. I see nothing wrong with this as long as the graduated bases are properly assigned. Here the base is in three levels. Three belongs on the base of the W.M.
W.M - the capital is Ionic, CORRECT, the base is graduated in two levels, this belongs to the SW.
Perhaps the problem arose because the Tracing Board lecture, in the E.A. is seldom given here in NL. In fact, the Ritual book of the UGL of Eng. states that it has fallen into disuse. This lecture is always given in Lodge Westmorland (Scottish Ritual) and RW Bro. Jim Fitzgerald informed me that he has given it in Clift Lodge (Emulation-UGL of Eng.).
GL of Canada only has one ritual (Emulation-Canadian working) which is strictly enforced. The Tracing Board lectures must always be given, on the night of the degree. In the E.A. degree it is always given by the JW. V.W. bro Mac Butt calls the GL of Canada the ‘cookie cutter’ and I must agree. However, the positive aspect is, that innovations are not allowed.This paper has been put together mainly to point out the three most predominate orders of architecture, Masonically speaking and hopefully to correct errors found in some lodges.
V.W. Bro. Barry D. Thom, Lodge McLeod # 27 GL of NL
 
The Noble Orders of Architecture
 
The word ‘Noble,’ in this case refers only to the Masonic Order. The nobility, wealthy, and royalty had a fascination with architecture and for various reasons slowly infiltrated the operative lodges of masons. As Speculative Masonry took over we maintained our link with the operative, using allegory, symbolism and assigning terms of our own, to teach morals.
When I joined Masonry, I was never taken around and given an explanation about each Pillar. Were you? What if the info given you, was wrong?
Those of you who know me, will agree, that I am very inquisitive about life in general and Masonry in particular. I went to the local library (there was no Internet in those days). I put a short paper together but I felt it to be most boring, unless you were an architectural engineer. I have never yet presented it.
To continue, what if the pillars were switched, as in Lodge Harbour Grace, or anatomically incorrect as in Freemasons Hall, in St. John’s, Nfld. Would you not naturally believe these situations to be correct? It is interesting to note that in both of these cases it is Doric and Corinthian that have been switched. Coincidence?
We now will look at the Pillars found in FMH. My guess is that they are very old because if they were purchased through a Masonic supply house the error could be very easily corrected … just reposition the pillars into their right place. It seems to me, that the Brother(s) in charge of constructing the pillars were lacking in architectural knowledge. Most likely, the District Grand Lodges of England and Scotland were involved.
It will be the easiest, if I take each pillar, residing in FMH, separately:
JW -the capital is Doric INCORRECT (Doric belongs to the SW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. This Pillar is also shorter than the other two, why, I have no idea.
SW - the capital is Corinthian INCORRECT (Corinthian belongs to the JW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. I have never seen a graduated base in any other lodge. I see nothing wrong with this as long as the graduated bases are properly assigned. Here the base is in three levels. Three belongs on the base of the W.M.
W.M - the capital is Ionic, CORRECT, the base is graduated in two levels, this belongs to the SW.
Perhaps the problem arose because the Tracing Board lecture, in the E.A. is seldom given here in NL. In fact, the Ritual book of the UGL of Eng. states that it has fallen into disuse. This lecture is always given in Lodge Westmorland (Scottish Ritual) and RW Bro. Jim Fitzgerald informed me that he has given it in Clift Lodge (Emulation-UGL of Eng.).
GL of Canada only has one ritual (Emulation-Canadian working) which is strictly enforced. The Tracing Board lectures must always be given, on the night of the degree. In the E.A. degree it is always given by the JW. V.W. bro Mac Butt calls the GL of Canada the ‘cookie cutter’ and I must agree. However, the positive aspect is, that innovations are not allowed.This paper has been put together mainly to point out the three most predominate orders of architecture, Masonically speaking and hopefully to correct errors found in some lodges.
V.W. Bro. Barry D. Thom, Lodge McLeod # 27 GL of NL
 
The Noble Orders of Architecture
 
The word ‘Noble,’ in this case refers only to the Masonic Order. The nobility, wealthy, and royalty had a fascination with architecture and for various reasons slowly infiltrated the operative lodges of masons. As Speculative Masonry took over we maintained our link with the operative, using allegory, symbolism and assigning terms of our own, to teach morals.
When I joined Masonry, I was never taken around and given an explanation about each Pillar. Were you? What if the info given you, was wrong?
Those of you who know me, will agree, that I am very inquisitive about life in general and Masonry in particular. I went to the local library (there was no Internet in those days). I put a short paper together but I felt it to be most boring, unless you were an architectural engineer. I have never yet presented it.
To continue, what if the pillars were switched, as in Lodge Harbour Grace, or anatomically incorrect as in Freemasons Hall, in St. John’s, Nfld. Would you not naturally believe these situations to be correct? It is interesting to note that in both of these cases it is Doric and Corinthian that have been switched. Coincidence?
We now will look at the Pillars found in FMH. My guess is that they are very old because if they were purchased through a Masonic supply house the error could be very easily corrected … just reposition the pillars into their right place. It seems to me, that the Brother(s) in charge of constructing the pillars were lacking in architectural knowledge. Most likely, the District Grand Lodges of England and Scotland were involved.
It will be the easiest, if I take each pillar, residing in FMH, separately:
JW -the capital is Doric INCORRECT (Doric belongs to the SW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. This Pillar is also shorter than the other two, why, I have no idea.
SW - the capital is Corinthian INCORRECT (Corinthian belongs to the JW) however, a Plum rule has been attached, this is correct but on the wrong pillar. I have never seen a graduated base in any other lodge. I see nothing wrong with this as long as the graduated bases are properly assigned. Here the base is in three levels. Three belongs on the base of the W.M.
W.M - the capital is Ionic, CORRECT, the base is graduated in two levels, this belongs to the SW.
Perhaps the problem arose because the Tracing Board lecture, in the E.A. is seldom given here in NL. In fact, the Ritual book of the UGL of Eng. states that it has fallen into disuse. This lecture is always given in Lodge Westmorland (Scottish Ritual) and RW Bro. Jim Fitzgerald informed me that he has given it in Clift Lodge (Emulation-UGL of Eng.).
GL of Canada only has one ritual (Emulation-Canadian working) which is strictly enforced. The Tracing Board lectures must always be given, on the night of the degree. In the E.A. degree it is always given by the JW. V.W. bro Mac Butt calls the GL of Canada the ‘cookie cutter’ and I must agree. However, the positive aspect is, that innovations are not allowed.
Three has always been considered a sacred number and is used extensively in Masonry, especially in the E.A. degree. In the explanation of the First-Degree Tracing Board lecture, we are told that …“the three great pillars are called Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty; but as we have no noble orders of aAnchorrchitecture known by the names of Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty, we refer them to the three most celebrated; the Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian.”
They are explained as:
The Master's - Ionic, representing wisdom
The Senior Warden's - Doric, representing strength
The Junior Warden's - Corinthian, representing beauty
In the F.C. degree we see the number assigned is five. (Notice the numbers used in Masonry are always odd, 3-5-7-9)
Five hold a Lodge, in allusion to the five noble orders of architecture, namely the Tuscan, Doric, Ionic. Corinthian and Composite.
Note: I will send a letter to our GL’s BOGP’s in the hopes that the errors, concerning the Pillars, in FMH may be corrected. Their next meeting will be the day after GL Annual Comm. To be held in Corner Brook. I will let you know of their decision.

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