Why is it called a Blue Lodge?

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  1. harveym

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    I've been wondering the same thing . this was useful information
     
  2. hanzosbm

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    Another theory I came up with recently is tied into part of the Lodge Furniture, specifically the I. T..

    http://www.masonic-lodge-of-education.com/mosaic-pavement.html

    If we assume that the I.T. was/is a cord that went around the Lodge and that in the book of Numbers that tassels were to contain blue threads, this could have the effect of having the color blue wrapped around the Lodge. Nothing definitive, but a theory.
     
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  4. JamestheJust

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    In my view the question is better framed: which color blue?

    And having identified the color reasonably accurately then it is easier to discover what it veils.
     
  5. dfreybur

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    I'm a guy. Put two patches before me and I can tell apart very fine gradations of color. What I can't do is *care* about very fine gradations of color. It's *blue*.

    To me your question about "which color blue" may as well be in Sanskrit. I don't know how many other guys feel that way. Probably a lot.
     
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  6. coachn

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    I: Why is it called a Blue Lodge?
    R: It's only called that when it gets depressed.

    :p
     
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  7. JamestheJust

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    Is it worth pointing out that the word "color" also means to alter or contaminate, as in "it colored his view of the world"?

    From this we might consider that the use of color in Masonry is a form of veiling.

    Here again we are considering the genuine secrets.
     
  8. Ripcord22A

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    We Aren't talking about the word color we are talking about a color. So once again you post makes no sense.....where do u hail from james the just?
     
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  9. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Are you asking what his Lodge and Grand Lodge is?
     
  10. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Or, it's merely another form of really effective mood lighting ;-)
     
  11. Ripcord22A

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    Yes
     
  12. STETSON

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    Very interesting, will share with my lodge.
     
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    Enjoyed the article. A comment on the color blue in regard to "The Hebrew for Blue". Tekhelet or T'cheleth referred to the blue thread in the Tallit or fringed Prayer Shawl worn during prayers and its aim in arousing direct awareness of Divine Presence. A single blue thread was to be sewn on each corner of the garment because this blue resembles the color of the sea, and the sea resembles the color of the heaven and the heaven resembles the "Color of G-d's Throne of Glory". The sight of this colors will thus induce a mental vision of the Divine Presence. The color is no longer used today in the Tallit because the dye for the blue referred to in the Torah was extracted from the chilozon which is presently unknown but thought to be a kind of sea life, but the significance of the color is still retained. This information was obtained from lectures by Rabbi Immanuel Schochet (1935–2013). I wish I was this smart.
     
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  17. Bro. S.Brown

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    Very informative...thanks, Brother!
     
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    It has been speculated that the reference to blue is related to the Scottish Blue Blanket, a banner which tradition claims was carried in the Crusades, this banner is the oldest known object with Masonic affiliation.
    It is also called the Craftsman's Banner, or Blanket depending on sources, and is mentioned in 1543 in documents. It is described in detail by Alexander Pennecuik in his work An historical account of the craftsman's banner 1722
     
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