Since we are in the formative stages of our conversion to Observancy, I thought we could briefly cover the Four Element and how they, esoterically and symbolically, relate to Freemasonry and our Lodge in particular.
There exists, across a variety of ancient beliefs that the universe is made up of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Each element is symbolic of a large number of things from directions to color to animal to a letter of the Hebrew Alphabet.
We will begin with Fire. Most systems of magick today attribute the symbol of fire to the South while some older material assigns it to the East. The East makes some sense if you consider that the first light of the day comes from the East. Masonically you could say that it is the Worshipful Master in the East whose duty it is “to open & govern the lodge, giving proper instruction for their labor” that is responsible for providing light to the lodge. Typically, though as mentioned, Fire is aligned with the South.
Correspondences for fire include:
Greek Letter: Pi
Hebrew Letter: Shin
I chose Fire as the first element based on correspondences given in “An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols” by J.C. Cooper (1978).
Renewal of Life
The means of devouring all created things to return them to original unity
Alchemic: Fire is the central element as unifier and stabilizer
That’s where we, Seneca River Lodge No. 160, Free & Accepted Masons, stand this night. In the South, in the purifying, transforming heat of Fire, here we, as Brethren, will strive to unify, stabilize and renew the life of our Lodge. The flame has been lit, let us fuel that fire and rise like the Phoenix from the ashes.