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What are the hidden messages and symbolism in allegorical art?
Date: 3/16/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Tracy Leavey
Synopsis: Allegorical art was a frequent form of art used by artists to express religious beliefs, political opinions or personal experience without being forthcoming on their own beliefs and observations. The artist's opinion on such matters may not align with the common practices of the era, so painting with symbolism became a way of creating his story. The hidden message in his work would only become apparent with a deeper study of the artist himself and what symbol he used to represent a subject. Everyone loves a good story, right? Perhaps the story gets more interesting because we need to interpret the symbolism or maybe the work of art gets more interesting because we know there is hidden meaning. Is an allegorical work of art a good analogy of the journey of a Freemason? At this MPS we will dissect and discuss the story being told in several different pieces of art from Renaissance and Contemporary artists.

What would our founding fathers think about the Supreme Court today?
Date: 5/18/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: Many of the Founding Fathers of this country were either Freemasons, or their ideals aligned closely with Masonic principles. They defined a system of government with checks and balances consisting of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. All of these have evolved over time, but the role of the Supreme Court has changed significantly, some would say far beyond what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

What is average?
Date: 6/15/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Are you an average person? We are measured regularly against various averages such as grades, performance ratings, personality tests, physical characteristics, and many more. We assume that our comparisons to these metrics have a great deal of meaning about who we are, and we don't question these ingrained assumptions. But the reality is that none of us are average and the assumption that we are is "spectacularly- and scientifically wrong" according to Todd Rose, the author of The End of Average. Letting go of these assumptions about ourselves and others may allow us to unlock our potential rather than always trying to conform to a standard that may have little relevance to us as individuals. Freemasonry asks us to know ourselves and gives us tools to do so, but at times it is necessary to shake our foundations and see what lies underneath to really understand who we are and what we can be.

Is musical ability born in us, developed through practice, or inspired by Muses?
Date: 7/20/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Christina Galeassi
Synopsis: This discussion will focus on what musicians have had to say about their own experiences with music and lyrics. We'll explore why some musicians play by ear (especially children) while others rely on scales and notes to guide them, followed by a discussion on why there may be possible differences.

Was our National Capital built in alignment with the stars?
Date: 8/17/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Karen Phelps
Synopsis: Not only have stars guided the traveler on the earth and seas, but their constellations are archetypes that have been viewed as guides for the lives of men and nations. Is Washington DC a city of the stars? Does the alignment, position, and meaning of Washington DCs layout point to a relationship between heaven and earth? Perhaps Zodiacs were set in place within the city, to remind those who run the United States that the spiritual world is all around and may never be ignored with impunity. Many Masons assisted in the design of the Capital. We will see if they were leaving us a message from an embryonic nation to some future time when the stars will be seen as the living mysteries they truly are.

What does it mean to Grok or Understand in Fullness?
Date: 10/19/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Robert Heinlein's book "Stranger in a Strange Land" was highly controversial for its time in many ways. It introduced a concept of Grok, which can be defined in several ways including "to drink," "to understand in fullness," "to understand intuitively or by empathy," "to establish rapport with," and "to empathize or communicate sympathetically with," and also "to experience enjoyment". This term has been largely accepted in several communities to describe concepts that are difficult to explain in words. Yet, how can we apply this concept to our own lives and to Freemasonry in particular? Is this the same as Divine Knowledge?

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
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