Exploring the craft

Chico-Leland Stanford № 111

Working Tools Group

Receiving the degrees of Masonry is just the first step in any brother's Masonic journey.  As seekers of Light and Truth, and in the spirit of bettering ourselves as Freemasons, we are encouraged to continue our moral, intellectual, and spiritual growth through the reading of Masonic literature, as well as other non-Masonic literature that is aligned with Masonic teachings and values and has a clear nexus with Masonic formation. These may include Rosicrucian, Templar, alchemical, Anthroposophic, hermetic, ancient Greek/Roman/Egyptian mysteries and history, as well as other esoteric and non-esoteric material. 

To facilitate this ongoing quest for knowledge, Chico-Leland Stanford Lodge № 111 has a Masonic Working Tools Group that explores Freemasonry from many different angles.  Some of the readings, podcasts and movies will delve into the more speculative and esoteric topics of Freemasonry.  Other times we will explore the rich history of our ancient and honorable Fraternity. Still others will show us how to apply the teachings of our Craft to our everyday lives and conduct.  All readings will endeavor to make us better Masons.

There is no need to sign up for, or become a "member" of, the Working Tools Group.  To participate, a brother may simply obtain a copy of the book or other reading material, listen to the podcast, and show up at the announced meeting having done the reading or listened to the podcast or watch a movie with us and be prepared to discuss it with an open mind and brotherly love.

While most of the readings will be restricted to Master Masons, we will on occasion cover material that is suitable for the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Mason.  Bro. Dean Fairbanks, will be directing the Working Tools Group. He will either be rotating it between the Lodge library, a local cafe/restaurant, or other brothers homes. Our goal is to try and meet every other month.  These will be convivial as well as an educational gathering so please feel free to bring a favorite beverage to share, if you like.

What is the Working Tools Group?

We get together on a regular basis in order to help each other become the greatest version of ourselves in our business / work / personal lives. We provide you with an opportunity to discuss challenges you may be facing with ideas on how we can apply Masonic principals, both practical and esoteric. Together we help fulfill a Mason’s mission to be a seeker of knowledge, truth, and Light. Our aim is to make our lodge a better place for all our brothers.

Do you want to deepen your Masonic travels? Do you have questions after rising up through the degrees? This is your chance to ask questions and to discuss topics of interest in the fraternity.


The next meeting of the Working Tools Group will be:

When: Thursday October 17th, 2019

Time: 6:00-8:30

Where: Lodge Library

READING: “Know Thyself: Using the Symbols of Freemasonry to Improve Your Life” by Michael Schiavello

From Amazon:

There is a system of teaching that traces its roots to pre-Biblical times and counts Pythagoras, Aristotle, Plato and Socrates among its forefathers. Some of the most successful people in history, from Mozart to Churchill, George Washington to Walt Disney, Cecille B. DeMille, Henry Ford, Ty Cobb, John Wayne, Buzz Aldrin, Mark Twain, Arnold Palmer, John Elway and Clark Gable used it to improve their lives and enable their success. The system of teaching is Freemasonry. Now you can learn how to use the symbols of Freemasonry to improve your life. Discover why generations of successful individuals, from billionaires to astronauts, and presidents to pop stars have long-coveted this information. Through understanding Masonic symbolism, you will begin to: Expand your mind * Take control of your life Achieve self-mastery * Ignite your divine spark Attract success * Master your emotions This ages-old system of self-knowledge, long shrouded in mystery and secrecy, is now in your hands. "Profound and powerful. Will challenge and change the way you think, act and feel." - Pat Miletich, UFC Champion.

MICHAEL SCHIAVELLO is a best-selling author, award winning feature writer and international television broadcaster. He is a Past Master and 32nd Degree Freemason, and holds a Certificate in Masonic Studies.

Purchase here

Questions to consider:

  1. Is Freemasonry relevant to my daily life?

  2. Do other people regard my being a Mason as affecting my attitudes and actions, which proves it’s relevance to me?

  3. Has man’s need to socialize with others changed?

  4. Has the need for close fraternal feelings completely give way to a need of personal achievement only?

Even if you choose to not read the book come join the discussion, brotherly support, and a cool autumn beverage and light food. Email any questions to Bro. Dean Fairbanks, dhfairbanks@csuchico.edu

2019’s Book Read for the Year

Famous Masonic author W. Kirk MacNulty. Bro. MacNulty has been a Freemason for over forty years and is a member of three lodges in the U.S. and UK. According to the Southern California Research Lodge he is one of the ten all-time best Masonic authors to read.

The Way of the Craftsman: A Search for the Spiritual Essence of Craft Freemasonry

Links for each chapter in PDF format:

These are among the best discussions you’ll ever have with your Brothers!

We hope to see you there!

Interesting Magazines for you to read

Magazines to read and discuss from the Fraternal Review (publication of the Southern California Research Lodge):

Where to get the magazines: Your in luck!  We have FREE PDF copies of both magazines right HERE and HERE.