Secret societies and fraternities – chapter one

The Black Knights Londonderry of Nova Scotia

“The Royal Black Institution was once a popular Protestant fraternal group whose members were called Black Knights. The group began in Ireland but then spread to other countries in the British Commonwealth, and once had hundreds of members in Nova Scotia”.

Photo credit: Brian McConnell

“The Provincial Chapter ceased to exist in 2007, and there are no Royal Black Preceptories in Nova Scotia today”.

Photo of Gabriel Wortman’s Easy Rider chopper taken in 2007 when he set up shop in Portapique.

The Eagle’s Nest – Part 1


“The Orange Institution is a membership organization comprised of Protestants who are committed to the protection of the principles of the Protestant Reformation and the Glorious Revolution of 1688 which enshrined civil and religious liberty for all. Our members  celebrate these principles publicly through our annual colourful parades”.

Orangeism is not just found in Ireland. Lodges can be found in countries right around the world including England, Scotland, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand and in West Africa”.

Planter 2010 Celebration in Nova Scotia

“In 2010 we celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the arrival of the New England Planters (settlers) in Hants and Kings Counties in Nova Scotia”.

Falmouth Cemetery in Windsor NS.

Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia

“Welcome to the official website of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Freemasonry is the largest and oldest men’s Fraternity in the world. Nova Scotia is the birthplace of Freemasonry in Canada where in 1738 at Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia the first Masonic Lodge was founded in Canada. Since then, our Fraternity has developed a rich history in the province. One of our most famous Nova Scotia Freemasons was Alexander Keith who was a famous beer brewer and mayor of Halifax. This website will provide information to both the man who is interested in Freemasonry and to the Brothers of our craft here in Nova Scotia”.

Masonic Lodge locator for Nova Scotia

Natal Day 2019 – The Nova Scotia Freemasons march with Halifax Fire, Halifax Police, The Military, and Halifax Search and Rescue.

Masonic education

“In Freemasonry, an inquisitive mind is a necessary prerequisite to becoming a member. Therefore, the pursuit of education is of the utmost importance. This is not necessarily a formal education but lifelong learning for the purpose of serving Humanity better”.

Masonic videos

The Halifax Club – Founded in 1862

“The Halifax Club was founded in 1862 as a private social club for Halifax’s business and political leaders. The original handsome building on Hollis Street has survived economic upheavals, urban renewal and the Halifax explosion. Now, respectfully refurbished and renewed, the Club is a second home to today’s business and community leaders and tomorrow’s future-makers”.

The Halifax Club.

Welcome to the Halifax Club

“The Halifax Club was founded in 1862 as a private social club for Halifax’s business and political leaders. The original handsome building on Hollis Street has survived economic upheavals, urban renewal and the Halifax explosion. Now, respectfully refurbished and renewed, the Club is a second home to today’s business and community leaders and tomorrow’s future-makers.”

“The Halifax Club offers its members and their guests fine and casual dining options, as well as a variety of social events and networking activities. The club is a place for women and men to unwind and relax in elegant comfort with their fellow members.”

Explorers Club – Canadian Chapter

“Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members“.

What is Freemasonry?

The Grand Secretaries of The Grand Lodge of New York

Freemasonry: The Craft of Self-actualization A Western Path to Enlightenment

Aspotogan Sea Spa

Clean-up set to continue this spring at former Aspotogan Sea Spa site

Webber, now warden for the Municipality of the District of Chester, says the idea of a resort on the foggy peninsula didn’t make much sense to locals used to the view”.

Abandoned N.S. resort razed after sitting empty for decades

“It didn’t really seem like it fit in the location and in the context of Nova Scotia, but who were we to judge?” he says. “People in Europe think differently of us than we do ourselves, I guess. If you were a local you’d think, ‘Why would anyone want to go there?”

The Aspotogan Sea Spa

“History of the Sea Spa Nova Scotia, as it was called when first marketed in 1990, was privately financed by German siblings Brigitta Hennig and Wolfgang Spiegelhauer of the construction company Suwobau“.

Aspotogan Sea Spa – Propour Concrete services

The Production crew had originally wanted us to include a fire pit in the middle of the bowl as a feature, but as we began building the bowl we found that it would have been too tight to include.

Developers to give Nova Scotia spa new lease on life

“Its original owners, a German doctor and his wife who’d hoped to lure Germany’s Baden-Baden crowd to a made-in-Canada spa, spent about $20-million before running out of money in 1994, after putting up the stone and concrete shell”.

Aspotogan Sea Spa

“Not even five minutes had gone by, it came back, then it started to hover above us. We freaked out even more and started to run back. We were running and hiding it doing it like military style, little did we know they could see everything from so high up”.

T.V Show episode of ‘Haven’ – Friend Or Faux

Season 2 – Episode 8 is filmed at the Aspotogan Sea Spa in Nova Scotia

The Aspotogan Sea Spa in Nova Scotia

Ron Rosenbaum – American Journalist Who Filmed A Skull And Bones Ceremony

15 Common Freemason Symbols You’ve Never Noticed Before

“You may know that the eagle with two heads and the big fat letter “G” play important roles in the world of Freemasonry, but there are Freemason symbols you never knew existed, like the etchings that you won’t be able to stop seeing once you read about their meanings”.

The Hourglass

“It acts as an analogy of the upper and the lower, and the need to turn the hourglass from top to bottom at times to continue the process symbolizes the continuous cycle between life and death and heaven and earth”.

Halifax NS.

The Acacia Tree

“Intimately connected with the legend of the third degree is the mythical history of the Sprig of Acacia, which we are now to consider”.

Irishtown – Lower Water Street in Halifax NS.

The Two-Headed Eagle

“Albert Pike believed that the two headed eagle was derived from Alchemy. The name most likely drives from the Greek Khemeia, the transmutation of metals.”

Masonic Blazing Star

“The Blazing Star, which is not to be confounded with the Five-Pointed Star, is one of the most important symbols of Freemasonry, and makes its appearance in several of the Degrees. It undoubtedly derives this importance, first, from the repeated use that is made of it as a Masonic emblem; and secondly, from its great antiquity as a symbol derived from older systems”.

Terrence Bay, Halifax NS.

The Gavel

“The Masonic gavel is an emblem of authority used by the Master of the lodge to show his executive power over the assemblage by punctuating its actions”.

Nova Scotia Masonic lodges.

The Letter ‘G’

“One of the most debatable Freemason symbols that you will find is the square and compass that is often depicted with the letter “G” in the centre”.

Google’s ‘G’ ship in Halifax Harbor May 2020.

The Beehive

“In any collection of Masonic glass, pottery or other curios, a number are usually to be found on which the straw beehive, or skep, as it is technically termed, occurs as a decoration. If the young Mason enquires of his brethren what the beehive has to do with Masonry he is usually informed that the bee, or beehive, represents Industry and was used with that significance by our Masonic forerunners”.

Bees Buzzing Around The Portapique Memorials – April 25 2020

I was told by Tom Taggart while visiting the Portapique memorials that bees are a sign of life.

The Moon

“While astronomers view the moon with the analytical eye of science, the moon has been a focal point for cultures around the world throughout history and has inspired music, poetry and religion alike. However, for Masons and particularly Vermont Masons, the moon has not just been a symbolic light in our ritualistic teaching but also a literal light to our brethren of long ago”.

“The coffin is an obvious image to identify with the emblems of mortality. But its depiction is open to much interpretation. Almost uniformly shown with a sprig of acacia, the coffin will also be marked with either a Pentagram or a fivepointed star“.

The Number Seven

“The point must be stressed that the number seven is not a “sacred” number in masonic ritual, it is a “significant” number. The sacredness or importance of the number seven in many belief systems, mythologies and cultures is recognized by knowledgeable freemasons but the number itself is not specifically masonic“.

The Two Pillars

“In being associated with the construction industry, and being in our lodges is a representation of King Solomon’s temple“.

The two pillars can be seen in most of the Nova Scotia Government and Halifax Government logos.

A Sheaf Of Corn

“Today, it is used as a symbol of that time, long ago, mostly during the dedication, constitution and consecration of a new lodge and in the laying of cornerstones“.

The 47th Problem Of Euclid

“Most Masonic books, simply describe it as “A general love of the Arts and Sciences“.  However, to leave its explanation at that would be to omit a subject which is very important… not only of Pythagoras’s Theory, but of the Masonic Square“.

The Square And Compass

“The Square and Compasses (or, more definitively, a Square and a set of Compasses which are joined together…each leg of the compass pointing in opposite directions) is the single most universally identifiable symbol of Freemasonry“.

The All-Seeing Eye

“The eye in the pyramid (emblazoned on the dollar bill, no less) is often cited as “evidence” that sinister conspiracies abound which will impose a “New World Order” on an unsuspecting populace”.

11 Interesting Theories Historians Have Proposed About The Knights Templar

“The original Knights Templar were a Christian military order during the Crusades, and were feared by many. These knights were famous among people living in the Middle Ages, but disbanded in the 1300s after King Phillip IV of France arrested them for heresy. Many were burned alive and their deaths were shocking – so much so their legacies lived far beyond the two centuries they fought for Christianity“.

The Druids

Secret societies and fraternities – chapter two

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