Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"His Column is Broken"


Although I'm not sure what quasi-architectural rigamarole the phrase refers to, "His Column is Broken" is apparently something traditionally said among Freemasons when one of their brethren dies unexpectedly and prematurely.

4 comments:

Melissa said...

The Masonic tradition of the Broken Column can be interpreted on many levels, but primarily indicates a Masonic community leader whose life was cut short before completing his Works. The concept was first illustrated by Amos Doolittle which can be seen at the following link:
http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/broken_column.htm
(the accompanying explanation, however, may leave something to be desired).

Melissa said...

Post Comment: I believe the Broken Column to also represent the impermanence of all things physical.

Tim Gilson said...

In interesting expression within freemasonry. I also believe it means that a brother freemason's life was cut short.

Melissa said...

I have also seen monuments expressing this concept which consist of a broken-column or broken-tree sculpture/casting. These monuments frequently feature a drape over the broken top & I have wondered whether this was merely decorative or also held symbolic import.

Anyone?