Among the Masonic tests of the eighteenth century was the question, "How blows a Mason's wind?" and the answer was, "Due East and West." Browne gives the question and answer more fully and assigns the explanation as follows: How blows the wind in Masonry; Favorable due east and west. To what purpose? To call men to, at, and from their labor. What does it further allude to?
To those miraculous winds which proved so essential in working the happy deliverance of the children of
Israel from their Egyptian bondage, and proved the overthrow of Pharaoh and all his host when he attempted to follow them.
Krause very correctly thinks that the fundamental idea of the Masonic wind blowing from the east is to be found in the belief of the Middle Ages that all good things, such ss philosophy and religions came from the East.
In the German ritual of The Three Saints John's Degrees of the Mother Lodge of the Three Globes, the idea is expressed a little differently. The Catechism is as follows:
Whence comes the wind?
From the East towards the West, and from the South towards the North, and from the North towards the South, the East and the West. What weather brings it? Variable, hail and storm, and calm and pleasant weather.
The explanation given is that these changing winds symbolize the changing progress of man's life in his pursuit of knowledge--now clear and full of hope, now dark with storms. Bode's hypothesis that these variable winds of Freemasonry were intended to refer to the changes of the condition of the Roman Catholic Church under English monarchs, from Henry VIII to James II, and thus to connect the symbolism with the Stuart Freemasonry, is wholly untenable, as the symbol is not found in any of the advanced Degrees. it is not recognized in the French, and is obsolete in the York Rite.
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