Today's post is a bit random, but I'm going to share with you some shots from a recent trip to Dublin... where I found myself sleeping with the Masons... :-O
'Tis not enough to help the feeble up,
But to support him after. ~ Timon of Athens
Only that part of the building in the middle (with the tower) is original. Notable Dublin Architects John McCurdy and William Mansfield Mitchell were responsible for designing the building which went on to act as a school at this site for the next 90 years.
In its day this building was right up there in terms of innovative engineering. It now forms the centrepiece for a larger hotel with extensions on three sides.
Here's different type of star with a different meaning.
The pentagram is often used for protection and more likely in this context to represent the race of Man created by God.
The letters around the circle represent different things to different people but they all essentially boil down to the same message. One interpretation is "Hiram The Widow's Son Sent To King Solomon". Another interpretation is "He That Was Slain Soars To Kindred Spirits". Both remind the Masons of the sanctity of brotherhood and the importance of loyalty to one another.
The tale of Hiram Abiff as passed down in Masonic Lodges underpins the third degree. It starts with his arrival in Jerusalem, and his appointment by Solomon as chief architect and master of works at the construction of his temple. As the temple is nearing completion, three fellowcraft masons from the workforce ambush him as he leaves the building, demanding the secrets of a master mason. Hiram is challenged by each in turn, and at each refusal to divulge the information his assailant strikes him with a mason's tool (differing between jurisdictions). He is injured by the first two assailants, and struck dead by the last His murderers hide his body under a pile of rubble, returning at night to move the body outside the city, where they bury it in a shallow grave marked with a sprig of acacia. As the Master is missed the next day, Solomon sends out a group of fellowcraft masons to search for him. The loose acacia is accidentally discovered, and the body exhumed to be given a decent burial. The hiding place of the "three ruffians" is also discovered, and they are brought to justice. Solomon informs his workforce that the secrets of a master mason are now lost. He replaces them with substitutes (based on gestures given and words spoken upon the discovery of Hiram's body).Such is the general legend as related in the Anglo-American jurisdictions. ~ Wikipedia
Isn't this great! A Masonic stained glass window.
Again, it's from an extension rather than the main building. I don't know how old this is, but to my eye it doesn't look that old