The Sun in the East
From The Grand Lodge Of Texas
Of the three symbolic lights found in the Lodge there is no one
more important or meaningful than that of the Sun. As a source of light and
life, the Sun is a constant reminder to the Mason of his search for spiritual
and moral improvement. Each new day brings an opportunity to see His Light and
To the Ancients the Sun was a symbol of life and authority. Life was seen in the
constant renewal found as the Sun warmed the earth after each winter and
reclaimed the day from the night, while authority was recognized in the Sunís
power to rule the day. The Grand Architectís powers flowed through the Sunís
rays and His glory was evident for all to see.
Many early civilizations took the Sun to be their chief deity, notably Ra of
Egypt, Brahma of India, Ormund of Chaldea, and Ashtaroth of Phoenicia. So
powerful was this symbol of life and regeneration, that it was worshiped as a
god. As the night brought darkness and fear of death upon the earth, the day
brought light and life. It is easy to understand the fear that an eclipse of the
sun would have upon such people.
For the Mason, the placement of the Lodge is modeled after King Solomonís Temple
and the seat in the East is occupied by the Worshipful Master for several
reasons. As the Sun rules the day as an absolute master, so is the Worshipful
Master understood to hold mastery over the Lodge and its affairs. As the Lodge
is symbolic of the world, each Lodge meeting represents a new Masonic day in
which Light can be gained.
Through his office as Master, light symbolically flows into the Lodge and to the
Brethren. The Masterís rule is exercised through his principal officers, the
Senior and Junior Wardens. They, too, are representations of the Sun at two
critical phases, namely at the close of day and at high twelve. All three
officersí charges direct serving the Craft, are found clearly in the opening and
closing ceremonies, and are constant reminders of their duties to the Craft.
While it maybe easy to recite the opening and closing ceremonies, more attention
should be paid to the inner meanings of placement, symbolism, and roles found
therein. Each Brother should reflect upon carefully upon the opportunity that
meeting offers him. Looking to the East is not an idle charge for a Mason within
the Lodge, for there is found Light, Life, and Leadership.
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