A Regular and Well Governed Lodge
In every regular and well-governed blue lodge, there is the letter “G” suspended in the East. The meaning of this symbol is explained in numerous allegories of the Craft.
In this work, the symbol is placed in the upper right corner to signify suspension in the East. The photo is of the tin ceiling(a) on the first floor of the Masonic Hall in Thermopolis, Wyoming. The Malta Lodge #17(b), a member of the Wyoming Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, meets in the hall twice per month. WB Brooks and WM Beckwith were kind enough to allow the photograph of this important symbol and the beautiful tin ceiling that hosts it. This tin ceiling and the craftsman that created it reminds me of Bible passages in Genesis that are of particular importance to the Tyler of all Masonic lodges.
The phrase printed in the work eludes to challenges given in the opening of certain degrees of a Masonic Lodge. Freemasons worldwide will recognize the phrase and smile inwardly at the implications and relationships to the letter “G” and the surrounding symbols.
For those wondering what Gebodogs and Wyoming Geezer were shooting on the ceiling in posts from last week, this is your answer.
Nikon D200, 20mm, 1/160sec, f/2.8, flash, single photo. Adjustments in Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, which include:
a. Selective white and black level settings on the tin ceiling excluding the symbols.
b. Gradient to create negative space on the left and force the eye into the East.
c. Significant labor expended to obscure Masonic Secrets from cowans and eavesdroppers.