Thursday, November 22
Mark Master Masons Symbolism And Why This Year Is 6012
I was walking past this Masonic Hall in Cornwall on Sunday and realised I had never properly looked at the building previously and all of it's outward symbolism.
The hall is of the Mark Master Masons, more of this later.
One of the things I noticed straight away was that the hall was built in 'AL 5900' - see photo below.
AL stands for 'Anno Lucis' and this translated from the Latin means 'Year of Light' and is a calender often used by Freemasons.
As I understand this, the Year of Light refers to Genesis in the Bible where God supposedly said, "Let there be light." Creationists and many old Bibles give this as happening in the year 4004 BC but the Mason's calendar places the 'event' at the year 4000 BC, which ties in with the theory that Jesus was actually born in 3 AD or 4 AD.
Whatever the reason AL is 4000 years different to the calendar popularly used today, so we are now in 6012 AL.
The Mark Master Masons have been on record since 1756 when a 'brother' was first mentioned as being made a Mark Mason at the Newcastle Masonic Lodge.
As with Freemasons the Mark Masons have a degree - for those interested in such things the full ritual for this can be seen here.
So why would anyone want this Mark Master Mason's degree? On literature I have seen they give three reasons.
"Firstly, it greatly enhances his knowledge of Craft Masonry. Secondly, it teaches, in a delightful way, many important practical lessons about life. Thirdly, it gives a greater appreciation of the Royal Arch and provides an essential qualification to other Orders in Masonry."
For more information go to History of Mark Master Masons.
Above and below are photos of some of the symbolism on the Masonic Hall in Cornwall.
Other Freemason Posts:
Freemasons: The Solemn Obligation Of A Master Mason
A Secret Freemasons View Of Old Age And Death
Freemasonry And Good Stewardship