Shriners

shriners fez

Shriners, or as they are known by their full title “The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” (A.A.O.N.M.S.)” are one of the best known masonic organizations. Members wear red fezzes and use middle easter titles and themes. In order to join one has to be a 3rd degree Master Mason.

The Shrine was started in 1870 and has become the social arm of freemasonry. They encourage fellowship and offer many opportunities for their members to socialize in their many diverse clubs. Clubs will be formed around the interests of the members of that local shrine, and can include hobbies such as hunting, craft brewing, board gaming, fishing, motor bike riding, music, star gazing, wood working, or many more.

Shriners are known for their fun circuses and the tiny cars in local parades. These, along with the Shriners Hospitals Golf Tournament, are used as fundraisers to finance the many charities they support. But the main charity are the Shriner Children’s Hospitals. These hospitals will treat the patients free of charge and offer world class services.

Masons who are interested in charity, or enjoying the more social aspects of the fraternity, would be well advised to join the Shrine.

Point within a circle

Just like most symbols in Freemasonry, this popular symbol has many layers. For the benefit of the uninitiated candidates we will focus on the most basic one.

As the saying goes: “Keep your passions within due bounds”. The point represents an individual person. The circle represents the boundary line of that person’s passions. A man should stay within this circle. Whenever one gets too close to the edge or might even go beyond it, then he is no longer centered and straying from his purpose. He is letting his passions control him.

The two upright lines represent the two saints John. Masonic Lodges in North America are also referred to as St Johns lodges, and these two saints are representing their core values. John the Baptist represents leniency and compassion, while John the Evangelist stands for strictness and severity. They remind the mason never to be too lenient or too strict, but instead to lead a moderate and centered life.