[identity profile] erik-j-meyer.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] argamon
With the poll about what night works best for a meeting night something came to mind.

What about a Lunar Lodge?

In Massachusetts currently there are less than a handful of Lunar Lodges. They do not meet on the night of the full moon. Looking at the Grand Lodge proceedings they meet on the 'Thursday before' or the 'Monday after' the particular lunar occurence.

So, would potential members be interested in having the meeting based around the phase of the moon, as was done in ages past? Looking at the poll that would have it as the Wednesday or Thursday before the full moon. Would that lend to the atmosphere of esotercism? Or would it change the meeting night too much and make it an annoyance on the members?

Personally I like the idea. Hence me bringing it up here. Anyone else?

Date: 2007-10-09 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baron-steffan.livejournal.com
Well, consider that not everyone works a set M-F 9-5 schedule. I never have. I'm on a fortnightly schedule (M,Tu,Fr,Sa,Su one week; W,Th the next: lather rinse and repeat ). So having a lodge night that wanders around the month would ensure that I could get to lodge *some* nights. I'd suggest "on the full moon except on [before|after] if the full moon is on a weekend".

Date: 2007-10-09 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lawful.livejournal.com
I like the lunar lodge idea. My only draw-back on Thursdays is that I am an instructor for the Lodge of Instruction in Boston and would need to be there if the lodge night fell on the same night. Probably a small chance of that coincidence happening all too often, though.

a rural idea

Date: 2007-10-10 01:16 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Lunar lodges were convenient in rural areas, in the days (or nights, really) before widespread electrification, to provide the illumination of a full or nearly-full moon for travel home after lodge meetings. Now just because we don't need them for that purpose anymore doesn't make it a bad idea, but there is one possible drawback. For most of us, this new lodge would be our affiliated lodge, and we'd already be a member somewhere else. Whichever week-night was chosen, it would migrate around through the months and would occasionally conflict with our other lodges, chapters, councils, etc. So, for instance, I wouldn't want the new lodge to meet on a Wednesday, because both my mother lodge, and another lodge where I am secretary, both meet on Wednesday, and the lunar lodge would float around and occasionally bump them.

In short, with a lunar lodge, it would be easy for a small group to rule out all four or five available nights (Mon-Thu, and maybe Friday) right from the start. At least with a fixed-night lodge, there are 16 and maybe 20 possible open nights. Also, for a lot of people, keeping track of the lunar calendar and knowing when to mark in the meetings, yes, that could be an "annoyance".

It's a highly cool idea, and I'm not saying it should be ruled out, but that problem did occur to me and I thought I should mention it.

-- Gary

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Re: a rural idea

Date: 2007-10-10 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frommy.livejournal.com
If we bear in mind that we're also going to need rehearsals, officer meetings, etc. we'll actually be using more nights of the week than simply one lodge night. We could bump those around to the different Thursdays (and I think it will be Thursday based on polling results here and elsewhere) of the month depending on where the main meeting falls. Basically, it would let the officers know that they need to keep any Thursday free and the other members who don't even have to make it to every meeting can have the flexibility to come most of the time when some might not be able to come at all were it a fixed Thursday.

Date: 2007-10-10 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierceheart.livejournal.com
Similar to why Frommy can't meet on a Friday night, I am unavailable ON New or Full Moon nights, as, i suspect, a few more of the men we are trying to attract might be.

Date: 2007-10-10 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frommy.livejournal.com
I think due to the notion of keeping it on the same night of the week, it would only be on the *actual* full moon night slightly more frequently with a "lunar" schedule than with a static schedule, but you bring up a good point we should keep in mind.

Date: 2007-10-10 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tranari.livejournal.com
My night-time schedule is a little hectic, so I'm going to be pretty much catch as catch can no matter what's done.

Question: Is there any particular reason to meet on a lunar basis, or is it more of an "oh, that's a neat idea" thing? I'm all for it either way, but I'm just wondering if meeting based on the lunar phases has any particular significance to Masons on the whole.

Date: 2007-10-11 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frommy.livejournal.com
The original historical reason is that before things like, say, electricity and cars, everyone had to walk to lodge without necessarily having a good source of light. Since there is the most natural light when there is a full moon, many lodges originally met on the full moon to make it as easy as possible for men to travel there.

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