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A Tale of Six Triangles

Our Federation is putting out green shoots

Growth in our Federation is vital if we are to survive and flourish, and there are many initiatives in hand at the moment, spearheaded by energetic and committed Brethren to found new Triangles and to grow recently formed ones. Below is a progress report on our six Craft Triangles. A Triangle is, in effect, an embryonic Lodge, without the necessary minimum number of M∴M∴s to be consecrated as such. Hence they cannot confer degrees, and when a candidate comes forward, the MPGC or another member of the Triangle of the 33° must confer the degree on behalf of the Triangle.

Kenilworth – Warwickshire

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The Kenilworth Golf Club in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, is the meeting place for the new fledgling Triangle. Their inaugural meeting will be on 13 January when they will interview their first candidate. Of course all are welcome. If all goes well, they hope that their first initiation will take place in February. The name of the Triangle is Love and Unity and their motto will be ‘We are all one divine image of your reflection’.

Glenrothes – Fife, Scotland

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Two esoterically minded people from this town are keen to become Freemasons. They are a couple in their early thirties who want to be initiated and establish a triangle in Scotland, the first LDH presence there for quite a few years since Lodge Osiris went into abeyance. They have been interviewed and the plan is to initiate them at a special lodge meeting at Hexagon House on 9 February. There will then be publicity and mar- keting initiatives in their home town and surrounding area to attract others who might wish to be involved in the formation of a triangle.

Norwich – Norfolk

Norwich

A male applicant from Norwich, not just content with being initiated into an existing lodge, is keen to become a member of the British Federation and spread the light of Freemasonry for Men and Women in East Anglia, by finding other like-minded people local to him and working with them to form a triangle. He has been interviewed and will be initiated along with others at the special event planned for 9 February. As a result of the above three initiatives, a special meeting will be held at Hexagon House on Saturday 9 February in order to initiate applicants from the three above embryo Triangles. The Consistory will be seeking the help of AIM members to provide officers to conduct this ceremony.

Brighton & Hove – Sussex

Brighton

On Thursday 29 November the Brighton & Hove Triangle was consecrated at the Village Hall, Ovingdean, Brighton. The Triangle first met in January 2018. One or two Brethren had been discussing the idea of re-establishing a Droit Humain presence in Brighton and Hove for a year or so but it wasn’t until August 2017 that a plan was agreed. The first step was to find suitable premises which was not easy. Eventually, by November 2017, they had found a Jewish Community Centre in Hove who were happy to let them meet there. They subsequently decided to move to the Ovingdean Village Hall in April 2018. They have now had requests from two non- masons for application forms and they hope to progress these in the New Year.

Y Ddraig – Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire

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Y Ddraig Triangle meets in Chipping Sodbury in the Orient of South Gloucestershire, and are planning to form a Lodge within the coming twelve months. While still small in numbers, its members are hugely committed to the success of this Triangle. They conducted an initiation and a passing in November – no mean feat in one day, but helped by members from Hexagon House, it proved to be a very enjoyable day. The fact of having to set up the Temple each time is proving to be useful instruction for younger members. They have had a range of enquiries over the year although, as ever, Freemasonry is not right for everybody and so they keep looking for more enquirers and symbolically open their doors – and always their hearts – to those who are genuine seekers and willing to join them. The Triangle is planning an Open Day for 2019. Meetings are on the third Saturday of the month and the Triangle welcomes visitors from other lodges.

Tir N’An Oige – London

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The name of the Triangle - Tir Na nÓg or Tir na hOige - means ‘Land of the Young’ or ‘Land of Youth’ in Old Irish. This is a revival of an old Lodge of the British Federation which went into abeyance and a distinctive feature of the Triangle is the working of the Irish Ritual, an ancient Masonic ritual which predates the Emulation ritual of 1816. Interestingly, the congenial venue of the Triangle is the Civil Service Club in the heart of London’s Westminster, which promises to make this Triangle an ideal Lodge for visiting members of other Federations of Le Droit Humain as well as other masonic Orders in amity with the British Federation. This is a Triangle which attracts people from very diverse backgrounds and disciplines, united in their common interest in esoteric subjects and the role of Freemasonry in the Western Mystery Tradition. The Triangle has five members and three candidates awaiting Initiation which is very exciting. It will soon become a fully fledged Lodge which, given its central London location, we hope will showcase the esoteric and spiritual model of Freemasonry practised by the British Federation of Le Droit Humain.

THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF FREEMASONRY FOR MEN AND WOMEN LE DROIT HUMAIN (International Order):

  • provides a path for personal spiritual growth

  • holds the keys to ancient secrets and mysteries

  • develops the mind, body and spirit

  • helps to connect us with who we really are – the real “me”.

The keys are experienced through a series of dramas and rituals designed to open up and deepen our awareness and understanding of the more hidden aspects of life.

Freemasonry is a not a religion, nor is membership based on religious beliefs; it is a fraternal organisation based on free-thinking, harmony and balance, tolerance and equality, admitting men and women equally.

The International Order promotes the following:

  • the universe was created for a purpose

  • freemasonry helps to develop that purpose by endeavouring to unravel universal truths

  • freemasonry is a force for good, with high principles and ideals, working to unify humanity but not to control it

  • spiritual experience and values without dogma

  • the use of symbols, to be interpreted according to wit, ability, vision and knowledge. Symbols are like words in a universal language

  • self-development. Participation in masonic work trains the mind, develops the personality and brings poise and confidence

  • fellowship – provides the opportunity to meet and work with others of like mind and spiritual aspirations

  • a broader understanding and belief in the higher nature of humanity

DEFINITIONS/USES OF WORDS IN BLUE

Keys opens, unlocks, allows access to something barred, not usually available. Specific keys for the right locks.

Ancient secrets and mysteries    Eleusian Mysteries, Ancient Egyptian Mysteries and others. Point us towards spiritual perfection (outside the context of religious dogma).

Experienced  involved, participation, presence. Active rather than passive. Use of more than one sense. Impacts at various levels, some little known or understood.

Dramas and rituals   -specially written playlets that convey different aspects of the ancient mystery traditions. Each stage or series is another part of the whole. One leads to the next

Open up/deepen– points to/indicates what was not previously apparent. Increase in knowledge and insight. Seeing something in a new light/seeing the same thing differently.

Awareness– gives the opportunity to become conscious of things above or below our normal sphere of consciousness.

Understanding– we can convey knowledge, but can’t teach understanding; that only comes from insight and intuition, applying what we learn, and all Masonic teachings help us in that application.

The more hidden aspects of life  mysteries of life and death, the universe, our position within the vast eternal plan. Evolution of the soul.

Freemasonry helps us to understand that the Big Bang was actually no more than a WHISPER.

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New Lodges forming

Esoteric study in Brighton & Hove We meet at Ovingdean Village Hall , Ovingdean Road, Ovingdean Brighton BN2 7BB. All are welcome. For further details and to confirm your visit, contact Martyn Yeats on mfy2405@gmail.com

Brighton & Hove

Forthcoming meetings will gather at the Civil Service Club, More details Contact the Secretary of the Triangle Bro∴Jane Austen-Young

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What makes the British Federation such a special and unique Masonic Order? As a recently affiliated member perhaps I can humbly offer an answer to this question being as I am new to the order and, in theory, totally unbiased. Maybe not totally unbiased since I do have a point of reference to which I can compare Le Droit Humain: my previous Masonic reincarnation. Read More

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"Withdraw within yourself, and examine yourself. If you do not yet therein discover beauty, do as the artist, who cuts off, polishes, purifies until he has adorned his statue with all the marks of beauty. Remove from your soul, therefore, all that is superfluous, straighten out all that is crooked, purify and illuminate what is obscure, and do not cease perfecting your statue until the divine resplendence of virtue shines forth upon your sight"

~ Plotinus

Esoteric

(es-uh-ter-ik)    "adjective

1.    understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.
2.    belonging to the select few.
3.    private; secret; confidential.
4.    (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras."

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