Seek The Light...

Lodge De Goede Verwachting has a proud reputation as a "Thinking Lodge", and our Masonic library is open to everybody: whether you're part of our Craft, or merely a visitor who's interested in finding out more about Freemasonry. Scroll down to select from a wide range of articles, research papers and poems. 

Introduction

Suitable for all Freemasons, and for anybody interested in learning more about our Craft

Freemasonry: Some Questions Answered
By The Most Worshipful Brother Geoff Edwards (OSM)

Symbols of Freemasonry

By Right Worshipful Brother Brian Rossouw

Misconceptions of Masonry
By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Rozen


What Can We Tell Our Friends About Freemasonry?
By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Rozen

 

History

The rich heritage of the Craft in South Africa

An Overview Of The History That Lead To The Grand Lodge Of South Africa
By Right Worshipful Brother David Duncan (OSM)

Freemasonry in South Africa Prior to 1863

By Right Worshipful Brother John Smith (OSM)

A Review Of Lodge De Goede Verwachting After One Hundred Years
From The Centenary Brochure

The Cape House of Assembly and Lodge De Goede Hoop
By Worshipful Brother Alan A Cooper

Integrating the Prince Hall Lodges

By Brother Desmond Lemmon-Warde

South Africa's First Muslim Mason?

By Worshipful Brother Alan A Cooper

Sir Christoffel Brand

By Right Worshipful Brother John Smith (OSM)

Freemasonry and the Anglo-Boer War
By Right Worshipful Brother Rodney Grosskopf

Royal Arch Freemasonry in South Africa

By MEC William (Bill) Prentzler, Past Grand First Principal

Research

The history, mythology and broader cultural influences of the Craft  

The Regius Manuscript

By Right Worshipful Brother Brian Rossouw

The Double-Headed Eagle of Lagash

By Brother Mark van Dijk

Abide With Me

By Worshipful Brother Peter Brown

The Masonic Bible

By Right Worshipful Brother Brian Rossouw

Rosslyn Chapel

Author Unknown

London During The Early 1700s

By Worshipful Brother Sean Morony

The Feminine and the Magic Flute

By Brother Marius Redelinghuys

The Name on the Board

By Worshipful Brother Craig Pedersen

 

Who Was Albert Pike?

By Worshipful Brother Sean Morony

Were King Solomon’s Pillars Hexagonal?
By Brother Alan Bergin

 

Temple or Lodge Room?
By Very Worshipful Brother Sydney Raymond

 

The Masonic Gavel

By Worshipful Brother Jacques Maritz

A Mason's Mark

By Right Worshipful Brother John Smith (OSM)

 

A Master-criminal and a Mason

By Worshipful Brother Alan A Cooper

Buzz Aldrin: First Mason on the Moon

By Most Worshipful Brother Geoff Edwards (OSM)

The Forget-Me-Not
By Right Worshipful Brother H. Selke

St John's Day

By Brother Manny de Freitas

 

The Grip

By Worshipful Brother W.A. Ramsden

My Masonic Journey
By Right Worshipful Brother Ernest Borgnine

The Odd Fellows

By Right Worshipful Brother Mark A. Tabbert, 33º

Who Are The Shriners?

By Right Worshipful Brother John Smith (OSM)

Present-Day Masonic Symbols in Ancient Times and the Lost Continent of MU
By Very Worshipful Brother J. Brown

Masonic Thoughts

Installation addresses, pieces of architecture and other notes

 

 

The Violinist

By Most Worshipful Brother Geoff Edwards (OSM)

The Importance of Tolerance

By Right Worshipful Brother Avron Jacobson

Freemasonry: Elite or Elitist?

By Right Worshipful Brother Avron Jacobson

 

The Forces of Freemasonry
By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Rozen


Innovations and Deviations
By Very Worshipful Brother Gary Muir, Past Grand Lecturer

 

Daedalus's Warning

By Brother Mark van Dijk

A Reflection on Change

By Brother Dirk Lombard

Respect for our Elders

By Worshipful Brother Evangelos Doucas

Reflections from the East

By Brother Anthony Hawthorn

Wisdom, Strength & Beauty

By Brother Julian Rees

The Meaning of Brotherly Love

By Worshipful Brother Jacques Maritz

Some Thoughts On Leadership

By The Most Worshipful Brother Geoff Edwards (OSM)

A Challenge For Masons

By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Rozen

The Abiding Power and Influence of Masonry

By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Rozen

Living Freemasonry

By Right Worshipful Brother Geoff Ludowyk

Unselfish In Our Actions

By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Rozen

 

What Should New Masonic Candidates Be Wanting?
By Worshipful Brother Justin Buirski

 

Into The World Outside

By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Rozen

 

Quality is Fractal

By The Most Worshipful Brother Geoff Edwards (OSM)

 

Masonry And Its Tenets

By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Rozen

 

Freemasonry Is A Way Of Life

By Right Worshipful Brother J.E.A. Salem (P.P.G.M.) (N.C.)

 

Purpose in Life

By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Rozen

 

The Assessment of a Candidate Before and After Admission to the Craft
By Right Worshipful Brother Morris Levin, 33º

The First Degree

Suitable for all Apprentice Freemasons

 

The Builders of Temples

By Brother Mark Anthony Collins

Impressions of the Entered Apprentice Degree

By an Anonymous Apprentice

Deliberating On The First Degree
By Brother Carel Cornelissen

Impressions Of The Entered Apprentice Degree
By Brother H.A. Kotze

 

Trial By Fire
By Brother Mark van Dijk

The Masonic Widow
By Brother Anthony Hawthorn


Musings Of A First Degree Apprentice
By Brother Martin Jansen van Vuuren

Musings Of An Apprentice
By Brother Greg Swanepoel

 

Rethinking Symbolism: Traversing Ignorance, Embracing Enlightenment
By Brother Dr Dirk Lombard

 

Supporting A Brother In Need

By Brother Anthony Hawthorn

The First Degree and the Journey in the Wilderness

By Brother Marius Redelinghuys

The Second Degree

Suitable for all Fellowcraft Freemasons

The Fellowcraft's Journey Towards Geometer

By Brother Marius Redelinghuys


What Are The Wages Of An Entered Apprentice?
By Brother Carel Cornelissen

My Thoughts As A Fellowcraft
By Worshipful Brother Jacques Maritz

Impression of the Second Degree
By Brother Greg Swanepoel

Musings of a Fellowcraft
By Brother Martin Jansen van Vuuren

A Thought On The Fellowcraft's Duty To Study
By Brother Carel Cornelissen


 

The Third Degree

Suitable for Master Masons

 

Holding The Key Of Wisdom

By Brother Carel Cornelissen

 

Symbolism of the Winding Staircase

By Brother Martin Jansen van Vuuren

Poetry

Thoughts and musings about the Craft

By The Work You Did Today
By Charles L Mead

Banquet Night

By Rudyard Kipling

The Thousandth Man

By Rudyard Kipling

A Mason

Carl W Mason

The Little Lodge of Long Ago

By Douglas Malloch

The Lambskin Apron
By Edgar A Guest

A Labour of Love
By Benjamin Franklin


Symbols

By I V Perry

My New-Cut Ashlar
By Rudyard Kipling

A Pilgrim's Way

By Rudyard Kipling

Equipment
By Edgar Guest

Why Did You Knock?

By Ezekiel M. Bey

The Man In The Glass
Author Unknown

Are You A Man?
By W R Shields

A Brother’s Hand
By George B Staff

What Makes A Man A Mason?

By George M Free

The Old Master's Wages
By Neil Neddermeyer

Labour
By Silas H Shepherd

Three Candles

By Walter Marshall MacDougall

Thy Brethren

By Tulsidas

If-

By Rudyard Kipling

Is It Masonry?

By FG Oliver

The Mother Lodge

By Rudyard Kipling

The Festive Board

After the Working

Working Tools Of The Fourth Degree

Author Unknown

The Proving of a Steward

Submitted by Brother Ike Ezeudugi

A Toast To The Ladies

By The Most Worshipful Brother Geoff Edwards (OSM)

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