Meaning Of Masonry
by W.L. Wilmshurst
THE MASONIC APRON
From what has been said in
these pages the full significance of the Apron will now be perceived and may
be summarized thus:-
1. The Apron is the symbol of
the corporeal vesture and condition of the soul (not so much of the temporal
physical body, as of its permanent invisible corporeity which will survive the
death of the mortal part).
2. The soul fabricates its own
body or " apron " by its own desires and thoughts (see Genesis III, 7, " they
made themselves aprons ") and as these are pure or impure so will that body be
correspondingly transparent and white, or dense and opaque.
3. The investiture of the
candidate with the Apron in each Degree by the Senior Warden as the Master's
delegate for that purpose is meant to inculcate this truth; for the Senior
Warden represents the soul which, in accordance with its own spirituality,
automatically clothes itself with its own self- made vesture in a way that
marks its own progress or regress.
4. The unadorned white Apron of
the First Degree indicates the purity of soul contemplated as being attained
in that Degree.
5. The pale blue rosettes added
to the Apron in the Second Degree indicate that progress is being made in the
science of regeneration and that the candidate's spirituality is beginning to
develop and bud through. Blue, the colour of the sky, is traditionally
associated with devotion to spiritual concerns.
6. In the Third Degree still
further progress is emblematized by the increased blue adornments of the
Apron, as also by its silver tassels and the silver serpent used to fasten the
apron-strings. In the First and Second Degrees no metal has appeared upon the
Apron. The candidate has been theoretically divesting himself of all base
metals and transmuting them into spiritual riches. With Mastership he has
attained an influx of those riches under the emblem of the tassels of silver,
a colourless precious metal always associated with the soul, as gold by reason
of its supreme value and warm colour is associated with Spirit. The silver
serpent is the emblem of Divine Wisdom knitting the soul's new- made vesture
7. The pale blue and silver of
the Master Mason's Apron become intensified in the deep blue and gold
ornamentation worn by the Grand Lodge Officers, who in theory have evolved to
still deeper spirituality and transmuted themselves from silver into fine
gold. " The king's daughter (the soul) is all glorious within; her clothing is
of wrought gold," i.e., wrought or fabricated by her own spiritual energies.