St. John’s Men and the Passion of the Corn
Why did Masons meet on June 24?
June 24 was St. John the Baptist’s Day.
Unusually for a saint’s day, June 24 was the date Christian tradition allotted to John’s birth, not his death. In fact, John’s birthday was the accepted date of Midsummer, close to the summer solstice, when the Earth receives her most intimate embrace from the visible source of light and life at our system’s center. Seventeenth-century Freemasons called the sun the “jewel” of the Lodge. The Jewel was said to rest first on the Lodge’s Master,...