The Tao of Masonry

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve made my share of shameless ego posts on Usenet. I’m still making them because I like the interactive medium, but with the blogosphere growing daily, communities are becoming a more viable way to exchange ideas.

In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m a Freemason. And in case you were wondering, I’m also a Taoist. One of the translations of the word “tao” is the word “way”, which corresponds nicely to the idea that this blog is intended as a way for me to express my thoughts and ideas about my Masonic Travels. I originally thought about creating this back in the fall of 2005, when I was about to be installed as the Worshipful Master of Friendship Lodge. I found that I was much busier than I had anticipated I would be, and only now, as we break for the summer, do I have the opportunity to gather my thoughts… and hopefully create some more consistent habits.

And of course, the inevitable disclaimer:
My opinions are my own. This is my own web log, and I’m writing only as myself and not to advance any positions or opinions of any official Masonic body. And as for official Taoist positions? Well, you know…

  1. Christopher Glenn
    February 20, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Greetings, WB Tom! I found your site from your reply to my post on regarding Prince Hall Masons. I post under the name “Cable”. I still get a liitle nervous about having my name “out there” on the net.

    I was raised to MM last October at Temple Lodge #16 in Cheshire. I work nights, but at some point I would like to visit Friendship Lodge, as well as Dayspring in Hamden. Hope to meet you in person at some point. I didn’t make the Apple Harvest last year, but will next time.

    Take care


  2. February 20, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Chris!
    It’s amazing that you live so close. There have been a few Conn brothers on SOF. I’ve only met 2 of them, though. A few lurk, but don’t post.

    I’ve long since gotten over the bit about having my name out there 😉

    Cheshire has a great lodge. I haven’t been down there in a while, mainly because last year I was Master up at Friendship and didn’t get as much time to visit as I wanted. We went to watch a degree last spring, so I’m about due.

    Friendship is a small lodge in an old building. Quite a bit different from Cheshire 😉

    Glad that you stopped by. I write articles for the CT Freemason newspaper, and sometimes will have the article list my blog as a way to see more pictures or learn more of an event.

    Looking forward to meeting in person.


  3. Matthew Gillette
    February 28, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    WB Tom,

    I actually stumbled across this site and read about the Hatian Degree held at my own Sequin-Level Lodge. I’m currently in RI and attending work at Redwood Lodge in East Providence (a beautiful lodge and great people here too). It has been great to read up on some of the ongoings of masonry in the state of my mother lodge! Keep up the good work on this site!

    Hopefully I’ll get the chance to head back to CT soon.

    -Matt G


  4. February 28, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Matt! I hope school is going well for you.

    Sequin-Level is doing pretty well. I was just there on Feb 15th for an FC degree. It was right after a snow & ice storm, so most of the brothers stayed home. We had five (!) candidates, and they asked me to do the Letter G speech and to do the Answers to the Steward’s Lectures. I made sure to thank Mike Murray, the new WM for allowing me to show off a bit.

    You might also be interested to know that in the annual Sequin-Level vs Friendship Dart Tourney, your mother lodge managed to win back the trophy that was won in my year. Close one, though! And of course, it’s always a great time no matter who wins.

    Best of luck to you out there. Please let me know when you get out here next, so I can try to make lodge that night. My schedule for next year is going to be pretty cramped, but I try to make time for all of my 42 readers of this blog.


  5. annie thorne
    July 1, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    I have tried to retrieve some wages owed to me by a rather horrible company I had the misfortune to work for, for a short time. The customer that put in the large order through my salesmanship was a freemason, he was very ill and asked me to ask my bosses if they would be generous enough to see that his job was done as a priority….asking if I knew if the company was freemason or not. I asked and was laughed out of the office, however, since I left and they have not paid me my due money, we have gone to court on a few occasions. Each time they have made it quite clear that they have had previous conversations with the judges. I have to go to court once more and wonder how I stand a chance against such corrupt folk that neglect one of their brothers in desperate times, but use the lodge to gain carte blanche within the court system?
    If you can help in any way with advice I would be eternally grateful.
    Surely fremasonry should be for the good of people, not just to use as a GET OUT OF TROUBLE card when needed.

    I look forward to hearing from you……..this is a dificult and stressful situation for me, so any help will be gratefully received. People like this give masons such a bad name.


  6. July 6, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Umm, yeah.

    Look, “annie”, your story sounds a bit implausible. I see that you’re posting from the UK, and I know that a few years ago there was a big to-do over there about the memberships of many people in various cubs and societies. You could be making some assumptions that are not true. You would be simply making the entire thing up.

    I’m not sure what kind of help you’re expecting me to give you, especially since I have absolutely no details to go on. Perhaps you’re better off looking for an attorney who is also a Freemason?


  7. September 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I identify as a Taoist and plan to petition the local lodge for membership very soon.

    I’ve never heard of a Taoist mason (certainly not around here). My question is this – when you’re speaking in lodge, did you use the word “God” or “Tao” when going through the degrees?

    Did you use the Tao Ti Ching?


  8. October 31, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    USENet? You’re showing your age! Now FIDO & NetMail… Those were the days!



  9. cbovide
    May 8, 2018 at 3:53 am

    I am a Taoist and Mason as well. I have followed the way for 30 years now. One of my favorite lines for the Lao Tzu is his opening with “I am a fool”. Hmmm, I also like “Be like water, soft, humble, always falling down, parting, balanced, conforming, bending, flowing, flooding, sweeping, powerful, deep.” Say hello if you want. It is rare to meet another person on the path much less a Mason too.


  10. Aaron
    July 6, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Im glad to have found your blog, as I am a Taoist myself and have joined a local lodge just under a year ago. I appreciate many of your posts, newer and older. Thank you for taking the time to share many of your thoughts.


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