Dr. Jim Tresner's
Frequently Asked Questions
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Why is the Lodge called “Blue Lodge?”
The short answer is that no one knows. There are probably three leading theories among Masonic scholars, but no definitive answer has ever been found.
One theory is that it comes from the color of the sky, and relates to the old ritual line that the dimensions of a Lodge reach from the earth to the sky.
A second theory is that because blue is a traditional color symbolic of loyalty (e.g. true blue) the name was adopted by the Fraternity.
A third theory is that it comes from the blued steel legs of traditional architect’s compasses, which had steel legs and brass tops. Such compasses were often called “Yellow Jackets” because of the brass tops, and may be the source of an old Masonic catechism question and answer.
“Have you seen your master today?” “I have”
“How was he dressed?” “In blue and gold.”
Are Lodge officers the same in all states?
No. Some states have officers not found in the Oklahoma work, including:
Master of Ceremonies
Musician or Organist
Outer Guard and others
What is the “Rite of Discalcation?”
The Rite of Discalcation is the removing of one or both shoes. It is a very ancient ceremony, suggesting either an entry into a sacred space or a binding agreement.
Is the G always suspended in the East?
No, in spite of the language in the lecture on the letter G in the Fellowcraft Degree, placing the G in the East is not universal but is primarily an American custom. In most of the rest of the world the letter, or its equivalent, is suspended in the center of the Lodge or placed elsewhere in the Lodge room.