From the Wise Master (June, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 6:51 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 6:52 PM ]

My Brothers,

June is the month of St. John’s Day. Saint John the Baptist was the first  Patron of the old masonic guilds, with St. John the Evangelist being added at a later time when speculative Masonry became more formalized and elaborate. 
It is also the time of the Summer Solstice, and it is an interesting detail that both St. Johns’ celebration days fall on days around the two Solstices. 
In olden days, Solstices, like the Equinoxes, were of particular cultural importance. Summer Solstice marks the longest day in the year, therefore sometimes called Midsummer. For the farmer, the hard labors of the Spring, for the most part, receive a short break before Fall harvest time starts. Summer’s seasonal crop is in full standing, and the bigger uncertainties of weather with late frosts in Spring are over. Not much can be done now, besides hoping for the sun to do its magic. Maybe this is one of the reasons why the Summer Solstice was celebrated with feasts and joy, and are celebrated with large bonfires to the sun. 
It feels strange that, from here on, our days will again get shorter, and we will have to think about the Fall and Winter to come. At the same time, it is the time of the most light in the year, and a good reminder to us to enjoy and make good use of it, while it lasts.
To all the Masons: Happy St. John’s Day! May the Light be our guide.

Wolfgang Lochner 
Wise Master