Monday, September 2, 2013

St. Johns Day - Redux

Ok, so it is not midsummer. The unofficial final weekend of Summer in the US has just past, and I'm as inclined to push the clock back a month or two as the rest of you are - unless you have school age children. My son teaches grade school, so it's no longer an issue for me.

However, totally unrelated to all of that, I just came across a great film of a midsummer bonfire recorded by the Brethren of a lodge La Parfaite Sincérité de Couers Reunies No.4 in Jacmel, Haiti.

Freemasonry is historically closely tied to the veneration of Saint John the Baptist. However, as Tobias Churton notes in his book, The Mysteries of John the Baptist: His legacy in Gnosticism, Paganism, and Freemasonry (2012), "There are in the world two prinicple groups of people for whom John the Baptist has significant spiritual meaning, though in the case of Freemasons, I should say a group for whom John ought to have spiritual meaning; Masons have mostly forgotten why they were once "St. John's men.

Well, in Haiti, a land where the spirit has exceptional power, perhaps precisely because there's little opportunity for people to chase that nightmarish chimera we call here "the American dream", it appears that at least some Freemasons have not forgotten.

I apologize if this has been posted elsewhere, and will excuse myself by noting that this material is worth repeating.

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