In September, NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, debuted a new television adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol which touched off a sudden explosion of interest in Freemasonry and provided a mysterious backdrop to the plot of the story.
In this special issue of California Freemason Magazine, we delve into the unique power of music—the power to heighten the ritual, to find and make meaning, and to bring people together.
As master of his not-so-nearby lodge, Barstow Boron Lodge 682, Miguel Vazquez makes the long trip into the Inland Empire numerous times each week to sit in the East. Still, you won’t hear him complain. Neither will the other 122 members of the Masonic lodge.
Could a hiding-in-plain-sight Masonic icon change the way we understand a Diego Rivera masterpiece?
For many lodge leaders, navigating the tangles of intralodge conflicts and beefs isn’t just challenging—it can feel totally outside their skill set. Yet a lodge master’s greatest responsibility isn’t just balancing the books or organizing events; it’s maintaining lodge harmony.
When Bob Sachs first peered inside the vault in the basement of his lodge hall, he wasn’t totally sure what he was looking at, but there, wrapped in canvas, was a five-foot-tall painting of George Washington dressed in a Masonic apron.
What started as an idea to turn a quick buck on a national holiday morphed into a million-dollar idea for North Bay Mason Jim McCullough.
During lockdown, the usually reserved Rio Santonil was compelled by an urge for action. And so, in September, he resolved to fulfill a lifetime goal and go skydiving. And then he did it again. And again. And again.
Fraternal organizations played a historic and civic role within Filipino American communities. Learn more about the rapid growth of Fil-Am Freemasonry.
In the latest issue of California Freemason, we explore that special bond and celebrate the many ways Filipino American Masons have and continue to strengthen the fraternity.
Shrouded in equal parts mystery and merriment, Ye Antient Order of Noble Corks is a bit of an outlier even within the sometimes bewildering world of Freemasonry.
A curious thing happens at the close of many Masonic lodges. Drinks are poured. Glasses clink. Mirth swells. The lodge is “at refreshment,” an important if unofficial custom that encapsulates so much of what #Freemasonry is all about.
The Orinda Masonic Hall is an active center for community events as well as formal events including weddings and award ceremonies.