A clouded horizon and starry field of shimmering twilight jewels are often the embelishments aloft above the altar of a masonic lodge.
Skulls, architectural tools, mallets, aprons… all of these things can we weird. So why does Freemasonry use so many odd symbols? This question is at the heart of many detractors who like to speculate on their nefarious meanings. Freemasonry is a system of symbol and allegory. By using such symbols, it conveys specific meanings or […]
What makes something a “ritual?” Is it an evil connotation? Is it something sinister? Why then is Freemasonry considered a ritual practice?
Freemasonry is grounded in three specific virtues which are at the core of Masonic teachings. And are these virtues really at the core of the Masonic connection to faith, religion and the divine?
A common connection with Freemasonry is that it is a patriotic organization. While it suggests certain attributes of patriotism, the multi-national spread of the fraternity would suggest something other than a direct form of nationalistic adherence. So then, is Freemasonry a patriotic body? The answer is a challenging one. Simply put, it is and it […]
A philosophical exploration of the meaning of God in the esoteric practice of Freemasonry.
In this episode of Masonic Symbols and Symbolism, we explore the meaning of the Free and Accepted.
In this episode, we explore the significance of Geometry as it relates to Freemasonry. An old attribution, its scientific and philosophical connections hold greater resonance than its computational counterparts with paper and pen. More Masonic Symbols, here. In the modern rituals, geometry is said to be the basis on which the superstructure of Masonry is […]
In this episode we look at the definition of what the masonic apron represents. Of the many emblems of Freemasonry, none is more iconic that the lambskin apron.
In this episode of Symbols and Symbols we examine the Masonic symbol of the beehive, a symbol that Mackey, in his Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, calls a symbol of an obedient people. In masonic parlance, the symbol is more recognizable as an emblem industry. The Master Mason degree says of the beehive that it is an emblem […]