From the Master of Kadosh (August, 2013)

posted May 27, 2015, 5:47 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 1:00 PM ]
This month’s message hopes that you are enjoying an enjoyable summer solstice season. As the sun reaches its meridian height and takes its victorious place over the defeated night, we enter into the mid-year season and the ushering in of summer.
Also, this recent solar transition represents the holiday of the Masonic Patron Saint John the Baptist, which many Masonic traditions in the West relate to the powerful symbol of the Point Within the Circle.
As an elaboration on some ideas of what the point within the circle represents, and thusly to the Holy Saint John, here is what several authors have said about it and how it may relate to you and your work to shape the perfect ashlar.
Albert in Pike in Morals and Dogma wrote:
Our Brethren of the York Rite say that "there is represented in every well-governed Lodge, a certain point, within a circle; the point representing an individual Brother; the Circle, the boundary line of his conduct, beyond which he is never to suffer his prejudices or passions to betray him."
This Masonic symbol has both a Modern symbolism and an Ancient symbolism.  Some depictions show a "B" on the outer left side of the left vertical line for John the Baptist and an "E" on the outer right side of the right vertical line.  The Volume of Sacred Law resides above the circle.
It has been said by some that the point within the circle represents God in the Centre of the Universe. It is also a common Egyptian sign for the Sun and for Osiris, and it is still used as the astronomical sign of the great luminary while in the Kabbalah, the point is YOD, the Creative Energy of God, irradiating with light the circular space which God, the universal Light, left vacant, wherein to create the worlds, by withdrawing His substance of Light back on all sides from one point.
Our Brethren add that, "this circle is embroidered by two perpendicular parallel lines, representing Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist, and upon the top rests the Holy Scriptures" (an open book). "In going round this circle," they say, "we necessarily touch upon these two lines as well as upon the Holy Scriptures; and while a Mason keeps himself circumscribed within their precepts, it is impossible that he should materially err."
It must be noted that the Point Within a Circle, like many of our Masonic symbols, did not originate in 1717, ...with the creation of the Grand Lodge of England,... nor did it originate from the stone masons of the Middle Ages, from whence we have evidence of their Old Charges, Old Constitutions and Old Charters.
This symbol is much older and well deserved of a separate discussion in another article.
With that in mind, consider the path of the Earth around the Sun and the transition of the season from winter/spring and summer/fall, as we enjoy the “post equinox” mid-summer season to celebrate yet another celestial battle of light and dark. That perhaps instead of us orbiting the radiant light of the sun, we in fact are the sun radiating out into the universe that is our domain. In Masonry, we are told that in the middle of that point within the circle is where we, as men, stand.
On a less occult topic, it is said that our ancient brethren met on the date of the Summer Solstice in 1717 to form the Grand Lodge of England, so perhaps it is in their memory that we venerate this day and hold it in such esteem. As we gradually move away from it and towards the Winter Solstice in December, it is good to remember some of what our feast days and the Holy Saints John represent and find a time to reflect on our fraternity and brotherhood.
In the same spirit which we recently celebrated a festive board in the company of our brothers and the Grand Master, I wish you a good remainder of the summer and look forward to the learning and re-learning time of the Fall Reunion as the journey around the circle 
The information contained in this article was compiled and/or edited from Internet articles contained in the Masonic Traveler and from an article in the Masonic Lodge of Education. This disclaimer is intended to provide recognition to those articles and their authors and publishers.

Jerry Best 32̊
Master of Kadosh