|1. RED symbolizes
courage, zeal, the blood of life, and fire. It is the color of Royal
2. WHITE has throughout the ages represented purity and
3. BLUE has been
esteemed since antiquity as a beneficent color, denoting immortality, eternity, chastity
and fidelity. It is the color of Symbolic Masonry, "the Blue Lodge."
4. ALL-SEEING EYE, a
symbol of watchfulness and the Supreme Being.
5. RAYS or Glory,
symbolic of the power of the Supreme Being to penetrate the innermost reaches Of the human
6. RAINBOW is
sometimes associated with the Royal Arch. It is also part of the architectural arch,
being the 9th arch under Solomon's Temple. It is supported by two Pillars (see
7. MOON, one of the
Lesser Lights in Freemasonry. The Moon governs and rules the night.
8. PILLARS OF ENOCH, Enoch,
fearing that the principles of the arts and sciences might be lost, erected two pillars,
the one of marble to withstand fire, the other of brass to resist water. On each he
engraved that which he feared would be lost. The Gloves are
symbols of Unity and Peace and Plenty. (See also No 37)
9. PILLARS B. and J.
were within the porch of King Solomon's Temple. Boaz the name
of the left pillar means "in strength"; the right pillar, Jachin, means
"God will establish"
(see also No.38). The globe on the left pillar represents earth; that on the right,
These brazen pillars with their globes are today the columns of the Senior and
10. DOVE in early Masonry
is a symbol of Noah's messenger. In ancient symbolism, the
dove represented purity and innocence.
11. FORTY-SEVENTH PROBLEM OF EUCLID'S
first book of geometry. It is said that when Pythagoras solved the problem he
exclaimed. "Eureka!," which signifies "I have found it." It is,
however, not a problem, but a theorem. It has been adopted as the symbol on
the Past Master Mason's Jewel in Pennsylvania (The Ahiman Rezon, Art XVI, Sec. 3
12. HOPE is sometimes
shown as a female with an anchor, also as an anchor near the ark.
ANCHOR, an emblem of a well-grounded hope and a well-spent life. With hope, an
Anchor holds the soul both sure and steadfast.
13. PLUMB, the proper
Masonic Jewel of the Junior Warden, admonishes us to walk uprightly before God and
man. It is one of the working tools of operative Masons, used to try
14. JACOB'S LADDER without
a clouded canopy or star-decked heaven, which he saw in a vision ascending from earth to
heaven. The three principal rounds are denominated FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY.
15. SQUARE WITHIN BOUNDS
is a symbol formed by four stonemason's squares of equal arms superimposed one on the
other to form a central square. This symbol has not been found in American or
English books of Masonic symbolism and therefore may well be of French origin. There
has been no interpretation found for it to date.
16. LIGHTS or BURNING TAPERS,
like the three principal Lodge officers, refer undoubtedly to the three stations of
the sun, its rising in the East (Worshipful Master), its meridian in the South
(Junior Warden), and its setting in the West (Senior Warden). (See also Nos. 30 &
17. TROWEL, a working tool
of the operative mason, is used symbolically for spreading the cement of Brotherly
love and affection.