History of Helion Lodge #1 F&AM
The name “Helion” comes from the Greek god Helios, an important god in Greek mythology. Helios was the sun god, son of two of the original Titans, Hyperion and Theia, and father of Phaethon. Each morning Helios left his palace in the East and crossed the sky toward the West in a golden chariot. He then returned to the East each night along the river Oceanus. He was the national god in Rhodes where a statue was erected to him. This statue is to this day believed to be the largest ever built. It was called the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Romans later referred to him as Sol. Our sun is still often times referred to as “sol” (i.e, “solar”). The word “parhelion” refers to a bright spot sometimes appearing on either side of the sun, often on a luminous ring or halo.