From the Wise Master (December, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 8:51 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 8:51 PM ]

My Brothers,

December, the month of big holidays in most western religions, whether your belief is of one of the Christian or of Judean faith, and even some of the Muslims celebrate Mohammed’s birthday end of December. 
And it is the month of St. John’s Day. Saint John the Evangelist was the second patron of the old masonic guilds (after St. John the Baptist), added at a later time when speculative Masonry became more formalized & elaborate. 
It is also the time of Winter Solstice, the time with the shortest day in the year.  
As explained in an earlier article, the right one of the parallel lines of the ancient symbol of a “point within a circle” is said to represent winter solstice, and within Masonry Saint John the Evangelist. Like the other three cardinal milestones (equinoxes and solstices) that are based on astronomical understanding of time in order to understand the ups and downs of nature based on changing sun, it was celebrated in ancient times as such: a time of peace and rest to recharge, before the chores of Spring will once again require full attention and energy in order to make it a successful year, crowned by harvest in the fall.
From here on, our days again will again get longer, and while it is a time of slow-down in pace, it’s what allows us to recharge, and it is a message of joy – the darkest and coldest time is over, Spring is to come!. 
To all the Masons: Happy St. John’s Day! May the Light overcome the darkness! 
To everyone, Happy Holidays, whether this is part of your belief, or just some extra quiet days, working on the recharge. May peace be everywhere, and most importantly, in your life!

Fraternally,
Wolfgang Lochner 
Wise Master