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Masons in regalia

  • Of masonic origins: white gloves


Masonic ritual

1st degree

  • Various notes:
    • Ritual for the Entered Apprentice or the First Degree of Freemasonry:
    • Oath of the Entered Apprentice: "All this I most solemnly, sincerely promise and swear, with a firm and steadfast resolution to perform the same, without any mental reservation or secret evasion of mind whatever, binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea, at low-water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever knowingly violate this my Entered Apprentice obligation. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same." [57]

2nd degree

3rd degree


4th - 33rd degrees


Grand lodges

Organizational diagrams

Drafting Compass and Square

  • Various notes:
    • To research: "(Masonic) speculation on the symbol of Square and Compasses"
    • The role of Saturn from Marsilio Ficino’s psycho-astrological perspective provides evidence for the assertion that the modern Square & Compasses may be derived from the Sigil of Saturn.
      • If scholars look for proof, it has been written in stone. Another instance of the Sigil of Saturn appears on the tomb of Robert Shaw, in Dumferline, Scotland (obit 1602). Shaw was master of works for his Catholic majesty James VI of Scotland. His role in the introduction of hermetic interests into existing ancient and medieval rituals of the craft guilds of Scottish stonemasons has been thoroughly documented by Scottish historian and professor emeritus of St. Andrew’s University, David Stevenson. The appearance of the Sigil of Saturn on Shaw’s tomb plants the question of its significance for him, given his interests. It becomes strong evidence that the sigil is the direct antecedent of the now familiar Square & Compasses of modern Freemasonry, in part because of the overlapping angles, and also because of the discernibly esoteric meaning they share. In form similar, in meaning the same, the Sigil of Saturn alludes to the limit of the mutable universe, whose solid is the cube. Beyond the mutable universe of the planets lies the immutable expanse of the celestial sphere – hence the compasses... In summary, beginning in the late sixteenth century and continuing through the seventeenth, Shaw, Moray and their brethren had opportunity, in the social and intellectual milieu that employed elements from the corpus of esoteric symbols; motive, as Stevenson shows in their deliberate incorporation of such interests into the lodges, as more men were “accepted” into the fraternity; and means, as has been seen in the Sigil’s similar form and identical esoteric references to that of the Square & Compasses, i.e., moving beyond the “square” of the earthbound and aspiring to the contemplation of the Creator, dwelling beyond the fixed stars, who had created the orbs and their orbits. [58]
      • The role Saturn played in the astrologically based proto-psychology of the Renaissance, further supports the view that the Sigil of Saturn was an immediate precursor to the Square & Compasses. Indeed, the heuristic labyrinth becomes especially curious, a most irresistible one for Western Europeans, when we recognize that the only hermetic tradition of Europe in which both of these symbols have played a part is Freemasonry. [59]
  • Compass and Square:
  • Compass only
  • Square only

The Letter "G"

The Blue Lodge Mason is taught that the "G" in the Masonic symbol represents God. Later on, he is told that it also represents "deity." Later still, he is told that it represents "geometry." In reality, this letter represents the "generative principle," the Sun-god and, thus, the worshipped phallus, the male "generative principle…" In its position (along with the Square and Compass) on the east wall over the chair (throne) of the Worshipful Master, it is the representation of the Sun, thus of the Sun-god, Osiris. Its earthly meaning, then, is of the sacred phallus; its cosmic meaning is of the Sun, worshipped since antiquity by pagans while facing the East. [60]

  • G Symbol within Compass and Square:

The "G" and the "YOD"

The English letter "G" in Masonic symbolism is inseparable from, and identical with, the Hebrew letter "YOD." This "YOD" is the symbol on the Scottish Rite ring. "YOD" represents deity in general (its cosmic meaning), and the worshipped phallus in particular (its earthly meaning). Albert Pike wrote that the "G" displayed in English speaking lodges is merely a corruption of the "YOD" (with which it should be replaced), and that "the mysterious YOD of the Kabala" is the "image of the Kabalistic Phallus." (Pike, Albert, "Morals and Dogma," pp. 5, 757, 758, 771, 772.) The "Kabalah" he refers to here is a medieval book of the occult, a highly mystical and magical interpretation of the Bible, (Cabala (Kabalah) is a medieval and modern system of theosophy, mysticism and thaumatology (magic), "Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary." P. 53.) and important sourcebook for sorcerers and magicians. (Baskin, Wade, "The Sorcerer's Handbook," New York, Philosophical Library, 1974.) [61]

Two pillars

  • Various notes:
    • Alternative names: Boaz and Jachin
      • 1 Kings 7:21 "And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz."
      • 2 Chronicles 3:17 "And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz."
    • See also: Pillars of Hercules
    • Note how often II spheres (or globes) rest on II pillars. These two spheres are sometimes the Sun and Moon, which represent the active and the passive (and thereby reflective) forces of the universe. They want to claim these two realms of the world as theirs.
    • The pillars with the globe on top may also represent a phallus.
  • Two pillars in logos:

Third Pïllar

  • The Masonic Occult Trinity
    • Masonry like nearly all other religions is based upon a symbolic foundation. The true religion, or salvation was designed, created and carried out by the triune God—God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,—three in one. Masonry, a false religion, also has a trinity. Ancient idolatry had its trinities, and modern idolatry has its trinities. Satan, the arch-counterfeiter, is the father of all lies as well as false systems of worship. Now in order to deceive people, and especially an intelligent people, his device, or plan, or counterfeit must be built likewise, so as to appear genuine. [62]
    • Incredibly, the symbol used for Satan in Islam is three pillars. During the Hajj, a pilgramage which all Muslims are required to make at least once in their lifetime, they must particpate in the 'Stoning of the Devil' ceremony, who is represented by three giant pillars. The pillars symbolizing the Devil are at the center of giant ramps built to accomodate the huge crowds of pilgrams who must complete the ritual by dusk. Muslim tradition says it was here that the Devil tried to tempt the Prophet Abraham to disobey God when he appeared before him and Ishmael suddenly. Yet, one of the most widely used devices inside Freemasonry to instruct new Masons on the 'Craft' is none other than the 'Three Pillars Tracing Board'... [63]
  • Two two/three pillars in Kabbalah:


  • Various notes:
    • When a person is knighted he/she submits to - and becomes part of - a specific knighthood-masonic order. In this investiture ceremony, the knight-elect kneels on a knighting-stool in front of the master (eg. the queen, master mason, etc.), who then lays the sword blade on the knight's right shoulder, and arches it over the persons head to the left shoulder.


See also:

  • Jacob’s Ladder appears in the Tracing Board and is reaching into the Heavens. Jacob was the grandson of Abraham and Sarah, the son of Isaac and Rebecca. Jacob's 12 sons were the ancestors of the 12 tribes of Israel. The 12 tribes of Israel is a reference to the twelve houses of the zodiac, just like the 12 apostles of Jesus are. That’s why Leonardo Da Vinci portrayed the apostles in 4 groups of three in his painting of the Last Supper separating the zodiac into four seasons. Jacob dreamt of the Milky Way as a ladder with angels ascending and descending it. The ascending angles of course are the up and down moving stars in the sky.
Gen 28:12
And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!
  • Todo: Kabbalistic concept of the Ladder [64]


  • Various notes:
    • When a person is knighted he/she submits to - and becomes part of - a specific knighthood-masonic order. In this investiture ceremony, the knight-elect kneels on a knighting-stool in front of the master (eg. the queen, master mason, etc.), who then lays the sword blade on the knight's right shoulder, and arches it over the persons head to the left shoulder.
  • Arches in logos:


  • Other cornerstones:


  • Various notes:
    • The Keystone is the locking stone of the Arch. Therefore, the "copestone," being located at the top, is the cap of the entire arch. Consequently, the Royal Arch of Freemasonry, is symbolically regarded as "The Copestone of Ancient Craft Masonry;" otherwise referred to as the "Capitular Rite."

  • Keystone in masonic imagery:

  • Logo's:

  • Other:


  • Various notes
    • The "key" symbol is used in a variety philosophical schools... Simply seeing a "key" by itself isn’t necessarily something of concern. Within the New Age, the key represents those properties which unlock the mystical "wisdom" of the occult. It also represents the unlocking of "latent physic powers," thereby opening the doors to the world of the supernatural. In Freemasonry, the symbol of the key is used to convey the importance of the order’s secrets, which are to be kept within the brotherhood alone.[66]
  • See also

  • Logos
  • Catholic


  • Historical Non Masonic


  • Various notes:
    • The square symbolism (in part) seems to symbolize that which is formed by the human intellect - nothing in nature creates such a shape. More specifically, in freemasonry the square stands for the perfect molding of a person against its natural shaping. A state-of-mind which fits more easily into a control structure together with the other 'square minded' masons. In their culture no individual mason is truly important, its the overall social structure and execution of "The Great Work" or "The Plan" that is important. The Jesuit Order and many other fascistic orders follow a similar path of molding the individual (a spiraling cyle of: fear -> hurt -> neurosis -> self destruction (dishonesty and deceit) -> group-think alignment, until the Mason denies his personal sovereignty by assimilating all the indoctrinated value dogma's and the constricted thought and emotional mechanisms.
      • In Freemasonry, you are a "square man" and you do things "by the square".
    • Square mathematics:


  • Various notes:
    • Most masonic lodges have checkerboard floors. This goes back to King Solomon's Temple having a checkerboard floor. It is known in freemasonry as the "Checkerboard of Joy".
    • Many board games (which are games of the mind - mind games!) consist of black and white squares (often forming a larger square!). These game have overlayed rules which dictate the allowed movement by the players. Who makes the games? Who makes the rules? Who is allowed to play?
  • Catholic usage

  • In FreeMasonry
    • “The mosaic pavement in an old symbol of the Order. It is met with in the earliest rituals of the last century. It is classed among the ornaments of the lodge along with the indented tessel and the blazing star. Its party-colored stones of black and white have been readily and appropriately interpreted as symbols of the evil and good of human life.” - Albert G. Mackey, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry [68]
    • “The checkerboard floor upon which the modern Freemasonic lodge stands is the old tracing board of the Dionysiac Architects, and while the modern organization is no longer limited to workmen’s guilds it still preserves in its symbols the metaphysical doctrines of the ancient society of which it is presumably the outgrowth.” - Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages [69]
    • The juxtaposition of opposing colors on the mosaic pavement is a visual representation an important principle of hermetism: duality: “The pavement, alternately black and white, symbolizes, whether so intended or not, the Good and Evil Principles of the Egyptian and Persian creed. It is the warfare of Michael and Satan, of the Gods and Titans, of Balder and Lok; between light and shadow, which is darkness; Day and Night; Freedom and Despotism; Religious Liberty and the Arbitrary Dogmas of a Church that thinks for its votaries, and whose Pontiff claims to be infallible, and the decretals of its Councils to constitute a gospel.” - Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma [70]

  • Logo's:

  • Checkerboard in law enforcement:

  • In the media
    • Movies and Music videos are inundated with this symbol

  • Other usages

Oblong square

  • Various notes:
    • The oblong square is well-known in masonic circles.
      • "The form of a masonic lodge is said to be a parallelogram, or oblong square; its greatest length being from east to west, its breadth from north to south. A square, a circle, a triangle, or any other form but that of an oblong square, would be eminently incorrect and un-masonic, because such a figure would not be an expression of the symbolic idea which is intended to be conveyed." [71]
      • In Freemasonry, you stand before the "Worshipful Master" with you body erect and your feet forming the angle of an oblong square.
    • Sassanid architecture: "The principal peculiarities of the style are, first, that the plan of the entire building is an oblong square, without adjuncts or projections" ... "The oblong square is variously proportioned. The depth may be a little more than the breadth, or it may be nearly twice as much."
    • Geometry/Mathematics:
      • "Pythagorean Figured Numbers: Oblong, Square, Triangular"
      • "The 47th Problem of Euclid"
        • "It might also be considered that the oblong square, which is two 3, 4, 5 triangles sharing a common diagonal, may express a reflective relationship between the celestial and the earthly, such as that embodied in the Hermetic theosophy that the earthly plane is a reflection of the Divine ("That which is above is like to that which is below, and that which is below is like to that which is above."

Oblong squares in freemasonry

  • Oblong squares in Masonic literature:
  • Masonic oblong square foot pattern:

Oblong squares in history

Oblong squares in logos

Various oblong squares

Square logos

  • Various notes:
    • In Freemasonry, you are a "square man" and you do things "by the square", you like a "square deal". Is it then any wonder that we find perfect squares making up the logos of these very powerful, wealthy and influential corporations?
  • Red square:

Double square

See: Occult symbolism: Double square

City square

  • Various notes:
    • Masons often refer to "being square", doing things "by the square", getting a "square deal".
    • Note that the word "square" does not necessarily refer to only a physical square, it can also refer to a metaphysical square (ethical, emotional, mental, ideological, spiritual, energetic).

Black square

  • "The biretta is a square cap with three or four ridges or peaks, sometimes surmounted by a tuft, traditionally worn by Roman Catholic clergy and some Anglican clergy." ... "The medieval academic hat is also the ancestor of the modern mortarboard hat used today in secular universities." [72]
  • Square academic cap (or "mortarboard")
    • Note how the square academic cap looks like a 2D/flattened/deflated and less complex Biretta. Does the Biretta shape represent (more) knowledge and intellectual power?
    • The tassel: "In U.S. graduation ceremonies, the side on which the tassel hangs is important. Sometimes it is consistent among all students throughout the ceremony, in other cases it differs based on level of study with undergraduate students wearing the tassel on the right, and graduate student wearing them on the left. In some ceremonies, the student wears the tassel on one side up until reception of the diploma, at which point it is switched to the other. At the high school level,the tassel is usually either the school's primary color or a mix of the school's colors, as many as three colors in a tassel. Universities in the United States might use tassels in black or the school's colors, usually for higher degrees. For Bachelor degrees the tassel may be colored differently from the traditional black or school colors to represent the field in which the wearer obtained his or her education. In 1896 most colleges and universities in the United States adopted a uniform code governing academic dress. The tassel may be adorned with a charm in the shape of the digits of the year."

Black cube

  • Various notes:
    • A cube has 6 square sides.
    • The only cube mentionned in the Bible is the futur "New Jerusalem"
      • In Revelation 21:16, the angel measures the city with a golden rod or reed, and records it as 12,000 stadia by 12,000 stadia at the base, and 12,000 stadia high. A stadion is usually stated as 185.4 meters, or 600 feet, so the base has dimensions of about 2225 km by 2225 km, or 1500 miles by 1500 miles. In the ancient Greek system of measurement, the base of the New Jerusalem would have been equal to 144 million square stadia. If rested on the Earth, its ceiling would be inside the exosphere. (wikipedia)
    • See also:
      • Saturn and the Black sun.
      • video: The Black Cube - Movement (Black Cube/Saturn symbology) Part I Part II Part III
      • Blackballing: "a technique used in elections to elect a member of a gentleman's club (as well as similarly organised institutions such as Freemasonry, SMOM and fraternities)."
      • The symbolism of man by a square is not new idea: it is implicit even in the form of his body, for if a man stand with feet together and arms outspread, he will define the limits of a square, his height being equal to his reach; and if, thus standing, he swings his torso half-way around, he will have inscribed himself within an imaginary cube—for it is as Kepler says, “Artful nature has give to the most perfect animal the same six limits as the cube has, most perfectly marked. . . Man himself is, as it were, a cube.” [73]

Cubes in popular culture

Various black squares

Magic square

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