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Masonic Education: The Rough Ashlar

Compliments of Hornepayne Lodge #636

December 2012 Summons


The rough ashlar can be a symbol of man's ignorance & perhaps be seen as the foundation stone for the entered apprentice, upon which he begins to build his future character. The journey undertaken by the candidate from the rough to the perfect ashlar represents the drama of life & is made in the company of many other members, who will offer him support by their enthusiasm, energy & knowledge. The candidate represents the rough ashlar. It illustrates the mind of the candidate as he enters the world of Masonry. The stone is not casually picked up from the quarry, but is one that has been carefully selected. It is a good, but rough hewn stone, which can be made to fit into the structure of a magnificent building. The candidate, therefore, must be of a certain material that can be molded into a superbly finished product. Masonry is not a conversion society, it seeks simply to enhance the good that is already  present. We must ever keep this in mind when considering a new applicant.