Brother Mackey disagrees with you, and specifically notes this power of the GM as -his- Eighth Landmark. President Taft (Ohio) and McArthur (D.C.) are listed as made at sight.Must be a price hall thing. No one can be a made a regular mason on sight, without been given the 3 degrees of ritual.
So my guess is Mr. Shaq is not a Mason.
It’s prohibited in Utah as well.
The GLofTX prohibited a Masonic Landmark?
Mackey sounds like a lawyer in this oneIn Mackey’s opinion (Encyclopedia, 941-943), it is done in this manner:
“ It is not to be supposed that the Grand Master can retire with a profane into a private room, and there, without assistance, confer the degrees of Freemasonry upon him. No such prerogative exists, and yet many believe that this is the so much talked of right of "making Masons at sight". The real mode and the only mode of exercising the prerogative is this: The Grand Master summons to his assistance not less than six other masons, convenes a Lodge, and without any previous probation, but in sight of the candidate, confers the degrees upon him, after which he dissolves the Lodge and dismisses the brethren. Lodges thus convened for special purposes are called occasional lodges. This is the only way in which any Grand Master within the records of the institution has ever been known to "make a Mason at sight". The prerogative is dependent upon that of granting dispensations to open and hold Lodges. If the Grand Master has the power of granting to any other Mason the privilege of presiding over Lodges working by his dispensation, he may assume this privilege of presiding to himself; and as no one can deny his right to revoke his dispensation granted to a number of brethren at a distance, and to dissolve the Lodge at his pleasure, it will scarcely be contended that he may not revoke his dispensation for a Lodge over which he himself has been presiding, within a day, and dissolve the Lodge as soon as the business for which he had assembled it is accomplished. The making of Masons at sight is only the conferring of the degrees by the Grand Master, at once, in an occasional Lodge, constituted by his dispensing power for the purpose, and over which he presides in person.“
In Mackey’s opinion (Encyclopedia, 941-943), ....called occasional lodges.
Only when it's followed 9 months later by an unexplained pregnancy being sought by three wiseguy.JustJames said:>I sometimes wonder about the "occasional lodge" in the modern world, esp for Freemasons who don't have rules around them.
Sometimes at a practice some of the brethren notice that the energy in the room changes quite distinctly when the brother in the chair says something like: I declare this practice lodge duly open - then gives the knocks. This is particularly obvious when practising the opening in the third degree.
It is as if the Light responds to the knocks regardless of the event being a practice.
Could the same occur with any group of worthy brethren, regardless of GL authorization?
Depends upon if there are any wiseguys ruling the jurisdiction, or not...Is "worthy" defined by the GAOTU and not the GL?
Thanks Bro GlenIn my view, it is a power of the GM......