From the Wise Master (August, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 7:51 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 7:51 PM ]
Summertime, travel time! I hope everyone had a nice dose of “time off from the daily chores”, to recharge. 
I had about a week at one of my favorite places, Mendocino. For those that have a chance to visit downtown Mendocino, it is one of the preserved, ‘no-growth towns’, full of nice, Victorian style old buildings from the late 1800 to early 1900. One of the key, outstanding buildings is the Masonic Lodge building. The Lodge is active, but had sold the building to the bank that occupies the first floor. From almost everywhere in Mendocino you will be able to see the statue on top of the Lodge building, known under the names of “Time and the Maiden”, or “Weeping Virgin”.
The bank often receives questions about the building, so they created a little flyer. Here is what the bank has to say about the about 10 feet high statue, which was carved by Brother Albertson in the early 1870s out of a single piece of redwood: “The redwood statuary atop the Temple depicts Father Time, the Hourglass of Transience, the Weeping Maiden, the Anointment of Her Hair, the Acacia Branch and the Sacred Urn, the Sundered Column and the Book of Light – all of which is symbolic within the Masonic Order.”  
The California Freemason Magazine of June/July 2013 also features the building and statue, and summarizes it’s meaning to represent the credo that “time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things.”
For those interested in some of the deeper meaning, information is publicly available at 
The Lodge room itself also has beautiful wood carving decorations, statues and pillars - A feast for the eye for every Mason! If you get a chance to go to Mendocino, give the Lodge Secretary a call ahead of time. He was very accommodating and gave us a tour through the building and Lodge room. His phone number can be obtained via the Grand Lodge.
Well, back to speculative travel, and our normal lives. Soon we will be starting our preparations for the Fall Reunion, and we will be looking for new candidate applications. If you have someone in mind, please make sure they are being tuned in to allow for proper planning. If in the past they had said “probably some time in the near future”, remember that that time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things.

Wolfgang Lochner 
Wise Master