Following our June monthly activities, we go dark. Why? Some research shows that Lodges went dark in some jurisdictions as July and August was the prime time for farming. In other jurisdictions, the dark months were attributed to lack of air conditioning as many Lodges were formed over 100+ years ago without air conditioning or even decent air circulation. In addition to the lack of air conditioning and farmers working in the fields, another reason was that school was out and often families would go on vacations together in the summer. I wonder how many of these conditions still apply today in the Northeast.
Traditions are a hard thing to break. All of these situations may make it harder to confer degrees or get business done. Still, many things can be accomplished while dark. At Cincinnati Lodge, as in past years, we will do some of those things. Continue improving our physical building, work on ritual, and plan for the upcoming year are just a few. With no real reason in these times and geographic location to go dark, maybe spend a little time thinking about what others, meaning non-Masons, think about the dark.
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people. – Carl Jung
Sometimes it takes a walk through the darkness; to totally appreciate the light. – L.M. Young
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. – Og Mandino
When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. – Ursula K. LeGuinr
Before you can see the Light, you have to deal with the darkness. – Dan Millman
A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness. – Jean Genet
When darkness is at its darkest, a star shines the brightest. – Louise Philippe
Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. – Mary Oliver
Surely there is something in this handful of quotes that made you stop to think. Seems there can be a lot of useful if not educational thoughts about the darkness. So, until September comes for us Masons, and the darkness for NJ Lodges officially ends, we at Cincinnati Lodge will take the highway together until the end of the night. You fellow Doors/Jim Morrison fans will understand.
See you in September. Or maybe July, or August.
Brian K. Mandel, WM