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When Freemasons hold a lodge meeting, it is done in a very orderly and planned way, based on ritual and traditions going back hundreds of years. Non Freemasons do not get to see a lodge meeting because everyone in the room must prove themselves to be a Freemason during the opening ceremony, however this page will give an insight to the rough layout of a normal meeting in the South Australian and Northern Territory Constitution (every constitution will do things a little differently).
A lodge room is laid out East to West and North to South, with seating along the walls of all sides. In the middle of the room is a rectangular black and white tessellated pavement along with a few other objects central to the moral teachings of Freemasonry.
The Master of the Lodge sits on the East side where he presides over the entire meeting; next to him is the Immediate Past Master who, having been the previous Master, provides advice and support. Opposite the Master on the West side sits the Senior Warden, second in charge of the Lodge, while the Junior Warden sits along the South of the Lodge room. Each officer has moral reasons for sitting where he does, for example the Master is placed in the East to represent the sun, which rises in the East.
To demonstrate what a lodge room looks like during a meeting, see the interactive image below. It was taken at the April 2011 Grand Communication and so depicts a meeting of the Grand Lodge of South Australia and Northern Territory when the Grand Lodge officers for the year are installed in their respective positions. The bulk of the Freemasons in the photo are therefore Grand Lodge officers or representitives of lodges.
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The following version of the image highlights where the key officers in the lodge are placed:
(As this was a meeting of Grand Lodge, the officers in the positions are Grand Officers hence their titles would actually contain the word Grand, eg Grand Master, Senior Grand Warden etc.).
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