2017-18 Installation Of Officers

Join the officers, Brethren, family, and guests of Lakewood Lodge #601 for our annual installation of lodge officers. Get a rare glimpse inside the workings of a Masonic Lodge, and the beautiful and historic Lakewood Masonic Temple. Dinner will be served at 6:00p with the installation ceremonies beginning @ 7:30p.

Dress attire for the installation ceremonies.

Please RSVP through Eventbrite here. While payment is not required to attend and dine, a recommended $10 voluntary donation is appreciated and can be made either in person at the event or via Eventbrite with the donate ticket option.

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An Old Friend Returns


by Midnight Freemason Managing Editor
Robert H. Johnson

When I became a Freemason back in 2007 (became an EA), I was a hard working guy who worked with my hands, winter or summer, cold or hot. I was outside 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. This is no big deal to many of you reading this, as I’m sure many of you are the same. When I finally became a Master Mason, I was still in that job and I wanted ring, but one that would withstand ANYTHING.

Enter the world of stainless steel rings. The market is flush with them now, but back then, there was really one dude who was the genesis of the trend, Bro. Gordon Spurlock. My lodge had a custom ring with him, and it was only $100. I know, now days, you can get a ring for about $25 if you really want to.

But this one was made by a bro, cut from steel, hollowed, ground, and the individual iconography placed and glued by hand. I liked that touch. I bought it and wore it every day. It had been “gold fired” as well, but that wore off after a year. That thing got beat to hell on the regular. Being steel, it even saved my finger from a few incidents.

About three years ago I started a new gig and started working in the office. I became a little more Masonic, I gained weight. All kidding aside, that ring became too tight to wear. Being steel, I can’t resize it either. Insert long story about inspirational healthy living here. I was walking around the house last week and my current ring was noticeably loose. I thought, “Huh, I wonder if my old ring would fit again.”

Turns out, it did. I smiled, and kept it on. It’s nice to have it back.

Oh, I almost forgot, “Points Out” 😉


RWB, Robert Johnson is the Managing Editor of the Midnight Freemasons blog. He is a Freemason out of the 1st N.E. District of Illinois. He currently serves as the Secretary of Waukegan Lodge No. 78 where he is a Past Master. He also serves as the District Deputy for the 1st N.E. District of Illinois. Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts weekly Podcasts (internet radio programs) Whence Came You? & Masonic Radio Theatre which focus on topics relating to Freemasonry. He is also a co-host of The Masonic Roundtable, a Masonic talk show. He is a husband and father of four, works full time in the executive medical industry and is also an avid home brewer. He is currently working on a book of Masonic essays and one on Occult Anatomy to be released soon.

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Whence Came You? – 0323 – Arturo Reghini and Italian Freemasonry


Join us this week as we dive into Italian Freemasonry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Philosophy, esotericism and fascism all played a part. Ill. Bro. Steve Harrison also stops by with another great Masonic minute about the Masonic cliches. We wrap up with some modern research on memory. App extras include the paper we read as well as a Masonic wallpaper for your mobile device. Thanks for listening and have the best week ever!!!


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Light Up Lakewood 2017

Join Lakewood #601 for Light Up Lakewood.  This is a great opportunity to get our Lodge more involved in the community.  See your inbox for details on how and when you can help out!

Lakewood Lodge will be involved in both the Parade and the Vendor Village in our temple.

Schedule of Events for Light Up Lakewood 2017:

  • 11a – 1p – Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza
  • 11a – 4:30p – Ongoing performances at Lakewood Baptist Church
  • 12p – 4p – Santa visits Lakewood Baptist Church
  • 3p – King and Queen Ceremony at Plantation Home
  • 4p – Festival Kickoff with Vendor Village at the Lakewood Masonic Temple (inside both floors)
  • 5p – Start of Parade at Manor Park and Detroit Avenue, headed westbound on Detroit
  • 5:30p – 8p – Ongoing performances at Lakewood Public Library
  • 5:30p – 8:30p – Santa visits Lakewood Public Library
  • 6p – 6:30p and 7p – 8p – Performance by The Sellouts
  • 6:30p – Lighting Ceremony at Main Stage at City Center Park (in front of Marc’s Plaza)
  • 7p – Fireworks Show

Masonic Symbolism in the Matrix Part 2


by Midnight Freemason Contributor

WB Darrin A. Lahners

*Editors Note* WB Lahners originally sent this to me in one post. I thought it best to split this up into a few pieces. Deciding where to break it apart was difficult, however I feel that we accomplished this so that one can read a part and contiue the next one without a refresher. Just the same, there will be links to each previous piece as the come out. I hope you enjoy!

After taking the red pill, Neo is brought to another room and hooked up to electrodes. He begins to see the façade of the fake reality of the Matrix collapse. He awakes in a pod attached to wires and pulls a hose out of his throat. He looks around and sees thousands of other people in similar pods. A giant flying apparatus comes and grabs Neo by the throat with one arm. Another arm unplugs Neo and he’s flushed down a tube. He’s picked up by a giant metal claw and brought into a ship.

After his rescue, and his recuperation, Neo is literally brought to light by Morpheus. Morpheus explains that Neo is on a hover ship called the Nebuchadnezzar and that the actual year is around 2199, instead of 1999. He introduces Neo to the crew of the ship, and he and Neo enter into a program called a ‘Construct’, in which Morpheus explains the nature of reality and the Matrix.

It is at this point, that Neo is brought to light. He was in darkness (ignorance) of the nature of the Matrix, but Morpheus serving as the defacto Worshipful Master brings him to light (knowledge) by giving him the nature of reality and the Matrix. Also interestingly, the ship that Morpheus pilots is named after the King who destroyed King Solomon’s Temple.

Neo is unfortunately unable to handle the nature of reality and gets violently ill. Morpheus explains that it was risky for him to rescue Neo because of his age. He explains that it’s difficult for the brain to adjust once it has been in the Matrix for long period of time. He explains that he believes that Neo is ‘the One’ who is prophesied to save the human race. Neo then gets to have a discussion with Tank, who teaches Neo about Zion, which is the last human settlement buried deep underground. Zion refers to a hill in Jerusalem which was located south of Mount Moriah, but later became a metonym for King Solomon’s Temple. Esoterically, Zion is the point in the holy of holies located in King Solomon’s Temple from which reality emerges.

Neo then sits down in a chair and plugs into the mainframe construct. At this point, Tank goes through the process of uploading certain knowledge directly into Neo’s brain. The first thing he uploads into Neo is a ju-jitsu program, to which Neo remarks: ‘I know Kung-Fu.’ He then faces off against Morpheus in the construct. Morpheus defeats him because Neo doesn’t understand that he can manipulate the simulation. He’s not bound by any real physics. He can run faster, jump further, etc. Tank then loads up a program where Neo is forced to jump from the roof of one skyscraper to another. Once again, Neo’s ability to not understand that he’s not in a real place causes him to fail. He falls and when he lands he notices blood coming from his nose. He then learns that the mind cannot exist without the body, so if the mind dies in the Matrix, then you die in the real world. 

In Masonic terms, Neo is an entered apprentice. Like the candidate who is taught about what constitutes a lodge in his explanatory degree, Neo is taught about what constitutes the Matrix. However, he is still just taking his first steps in this new world of the real as well as understanding the new knowledge of the Matrix as being a facsimile of what was real. 

To be continued….

Next week Neo visits the Oracle! What happens and what symbolism will be revealed? Come back next week to find out!


WB Darin A. Lahners is the Worshipful Master of St. Joseph Lodge No.970 in St. Joseph and a plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), and Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL). He’s a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, a charter member of the new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter U.D. and is the current Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club No. 768 in Champaign – Urbana (IL). He is also a member of the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. When he’s not busy enjoying Masonic fellowship, Darin spends his time as a DM for his children’s D&D campaign, reading, golfing, watching movies and listening to music. You can reach him by email at [email protected].

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