Universally accepted Freemason symbolThe Square teaches us to square our actions with all mankind and the Compasses teach us to circumscribe our desires and keep our passions in due bounds. Basically, the square symbolizes the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you," and the compasses symbolize Aristotle's advice, moderation in all things.

 

Masonic square and compasses with letter GThe Square and Compasses  with the letter "G" in the middle. The letter G symbolizes geometry because by the science of geometry we may be better enabled to unravel the mysteries and wonders of nature.
The letter G also stands for God because an unfeigned belief in God is the primary requirement for membership.  No atheist can become a Freemason, and the letter "G" is placed at the center of the symbol to represent God at the center of one's life.

 

Masonic apron clip artThe Lambskin or White Leathern Apron which every Freemason is presented with as an Entered Apprentice is an emblem of innocence and the badge of a Freemason. Its pure and spotless surface is to be an ever present reminder of purity of life and rectitude of conduct, a never ending argument for higher thoughts, for nobler deeds, for greater achievements.

 

Masonic Lodge Furniture The Furniture of a Lodge consists of the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses. However, the universality of Freemasonry teaches that all men are free to follow the religious doctrine of their choice. The Holy book of the candidate's chosen religion may be substituted for the Bible during the obligation.

 

Masonic 24 inch gaugeThe twenty-four inch gauge is used in operative masonry to measure and lay out the work, but speculative Masons are taught to use it for the more noble and glorious        purpose of dividing their time. Being divided into twenty-four equal parts it is emblematic of the twenty-four hours of the day, whereby are found eight hours for the service of God, eight for one's usual vocations, and eight for refreshment and sleep.

 

 The common gavel is used in operative masonry to break off the corners of rough stones, Masonic common gavelbut in speculative Masonry it is symbolically used to divest one's heart and conscience of all the vices and superfluities of life, thereby fitting the mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

 

The SMasonic Squarequare, besides teaching us to square our actions with all mankind, is also the emblem of the Master of the Lodge because it is the proper Masonic emblem of his office. Freemasons are taught to, "act upon the square." By this is meant to make virtue the rule and guide of your actions.

 

Masonic LevelThe level is an instrument made use of by operative masons to lay horizontals, but in specualtive Masonry it serves to remind us that we are traveling upon the level of time. Time, like all things in nature, passes equally for all men. It is neither inclined nor graded in preferrence to any, and the choices we make determine its relative value. And for each and all, time will lead us to that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns. The Level is the emblem of the Senior Warden of a Lodge.

 

Masonic PlumbThe plumb is an instrument used in operative masonry to raise perpendiculars, but as a Masonic symbol it admonishes us to walk uprightly in our several stations before God and man. It is a reminder to live our lives in a rectitude manner with uprightness; integrity; honesty; justice. The Plumb is the emblem of the Junior Warden of a Lodge.

 

Masonic TrowelThe trowel is an instrument used by operative masons to spread the cement which unites the individual stones of a building into one common mass. As Free and Accepted Masons we symbolically use it to spread the cement of brotherly love and affection; that cement which unites us into one sacred band or society of friends and brothers.

 

Masonic ChiselThe Chisel, in the hands of the craftsman, is used to transform the gemstone from its original rude and unpolished state and reveal the latent beauties within. As a symbol in speculative Masonry it morally demonstrates the advantages of discipline and education. Just as the brilliance of the diamond is revealed by the skillful use of the chisel, so too will the beauties of the human mind be revealed through knowledge.

 

Masonic MalletThe Mallet is used by operative masons to correct irregularities and create uniformity within a structure. In speculative Masonry the Mallet morally teaches to correct irregularities, and reduce man to a proper level; so that, by quiet deportment, he may, in the school of discipline learn to be content.

 

Masonic perfect and rough ashlars

The rough ashlar is a stone in its rude and natural state, and reminds us of our rude and imperfect state by nature. The perfect ashlar is a stone made ready by the hands of the workmen and represents that state of perfection at which we hope to arrive by a virtuous education, our own endeavors, and the blessing of God.

 

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