Warren G. Harding Lodge #260

How to become a Mason.


WB Chris Gunnell

Salutations from the East.

In my remarks during Warren G. Harding Lodge's recent Installation of Officers, I presented a picture of a cairn:

A cairn is defined as a heap of stones piled up as a memorial or as a landmark. This particular cairn can be found in the desert of Moab, Utah on the Turret Arch Trail in Arches National Park. In this instance, the cairn is marking the route to the arch. In the desert, the weather can cause any normal trail to disappear in a matter of hours. This being the case, cairns are used to mark trails and the hiker just follows them along like a three dimensional connect-the-dots. Cairns have been used for millennia to mark a special spot or route where a traditional trail or other marker would not be feasible.

In masonry, we follow landmarks that have been laid down from the beginnings of the fraternity. We use many symbols to express meaning (both public and private). When we see a cairn in the wild, we understand two things: One, we are on a path that, hopefully, leads us to our destination and two, the consolation that someone has been here before. We are fortunate, as Masons, to be on a path marked by landmarks, or cairns that are well formed and have stood the test of time. Many Masons have gone before and paved the trail that we now follow. Conversely, we Masons are also pathfinders. We must guide Masonry through the times in which we labor. We shape the Freemasonry of today and build cairns for others to follow. The cairns we construct today may look like those of the past, however, they can lead wherever we choose.

This year, we at Warren G. Harding #260 are definitely laying down a new path. Where will it lead? That is up to us…


WM Christopher C. Gunnell