Why is it called a Blue Lodge?

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  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Why have we adopted blue into the lodge name? Where does it come from? What does it represent and mean? I’m glad you asked!

    The mother of all Freemasonry. The place where every man begins his journey into the Ancient Craft of Free and Accepted Masons. “The Blue Lodge” - It has been here in America that the term “Blue Lodge” has become popularized and so widely used. Originally, it was frowned upon, and Lodges were called, Craft Lodges or Ancient Craft Lodges, some were even called a St. Johns Lodge. 


    According to Coil’s Masonic Encyclopedia, there may be a number of reasons why symbolic lodges are called Blue Lodges. Since ancient times, the color blue has been associated with immortality, eternity, and fidelity. References to the color blue in the Bible emphasize the special place blue has as a color symbolizing goodness and immortality. The Druids also honored the color while the ancient Egyptians used the color to represent Amun, one of their most important gods. The ancient Babylonians associated the color blue with the gods. In Medieval times, Christians saw blue as the symbol of perfection and hope, and well as of immortality and fidelity.

It is not known when blue first came to be associated with Freemasonry, although some historians think that initially the color was used in Craft Masonry to represent the sky. Today, blue for Masons symbolizes brotherhood and symbolizes the fact that Masons should seek out virtues as extensive as the blue dome of heaven.

    Albert Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry under “Blue” has further light to share. He says “Blue is emphatically the color of Masonry. It is the appropriate tincture of the Ancient Craft degrees.


    The Hebrew word for blue when referring to spiritual matters is tekhelet התכלת derived from a root word meaning perfection.

    It is well known that among the ancients, initiation into the mysteries and “perfection” are synonymous terms and this is why blue is the appropriate color for the greatest of all the systems of initiation the world has ever known, The Ancient Blue Lodge Craft.”


    Beyond the allegory and symbolism of the color blue, there is the reality of millions of men who have experienced things beyond themselves, transformed and evolved into their highest potentials, reached even further to give the same to other men, while standing in and being a member of a Blue Lodge. 


    It is said over and over again, “There is no other degree “higher” than the third degree and being a Master Mason. There is no higher distinction in our entire institutional Fraternity! ” With that being said, we all should remember, support and love our Blue Lodges, where we began as good men and through the motherly love of our Ancient Craft Lodge, we were brought into the world anew….literally brought from the dark to the light, to rise as GREAT MEN!

    Source: Sotoyome-Curtis Masonic Lodge
     
  2. Montana_Mason3777

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  3. bighap

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    Very informative brother.
     
  4. brother josh

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    Like wise I to enjoyed reading this


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  5. Joey

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    Thanks for sharing. That was quite informative.


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    Good information. Thanks

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  7. jdcortlandt268

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    Ily it

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  8. ARizo1011

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    Very informative! Thanks brother! Definitely will share at lodge. I'm sure most brothers would love to here this thread read aloud. ;)
     
  9. Warrior1256

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    Thanks for the continuing Masonic education. As an new MM I need all the help that I can get.
     
  10. amaya14

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    Thank you brother,

    great educational for mr also being a new MM as well.. hope this will help to bring back the upsent brothers in the lodge that only want to get the title and not support their blue lodge where they were raised..
     
  11. bezobrazan

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    Thanks for posting that, the more I learn about the Craft, the more I love being a part of it.
     
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    Another piece of wisdom added to my collection........thank you. For more on FM in South Africa visit www.glsa23.co.za
     
  13. Bro. Staton

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    Very good read and thanks for sharing.....
     
  14. Sammcd

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    Thank you Brother, great information.
     
  15. JamestheJust

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    I recall reading that the mummies of pharaohs were wrapped in strips of linen with a blue edge. This is reflected in some Scottish versions of the Hiram legend where the body was wrapped in a ribbon of blue - potentially indicating that Hiram was entitled to the honors of a pharaoh.

    And in the Old Testament there is at least one reference to a garment cloth with four tassels of blue.

    And of course the Widow Isis is associated with a pale blue.
     
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  16. Ghost

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    Good information. Thanks
     
  17. dlee12882

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    Great article. It is imperative that we, as members of the Craft, continue to dedicate time and effort into the Blue Lodge. There are many distractions nowadays that can quickly shift the focus of the most dedicated Brethren therefore providing a strong, educated, ritual perfect, Blue Lodge is crucial to the future of our fraternity. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  18. Roy Vance

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    Good article, Brother Blake. May I share with my lodge?
     
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  20. Ripcord22A

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    In OR the CHs place is.on the north side if the lodge. However he doesnt sit in the north even though the layout of the.lodge shows that he should
     

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