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Masons in regalia



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." [29]



2nd degree



3rd degree

(todo)


4th - 33rd degrees

(todo)

Grand lodges

Organizational diagrams

Drafting Compass and Square

  • Compass and Square:
  • Compass only
  • Square only

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.
    • todo: note Egyptian mythology origins (and perhaps even earlier)
  • Two pillars in logos:

Knighting

  • 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.

Arch

  • 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:

Cornerstone


  • Other cornerstones:

Keystone

  • 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:

Keys

  • 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.[30]

Squares

  • 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:

Checkerboard

  • 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?
      • The "Path of Life" is the eternal cosmic journey of your consciousness.
      • Associated concepts: Game of Life, "Pawns in the game", Grandmasters (in Freemasonry, Buddism, Chess, etc.)


  • Logo's:
  • Checkerboard in law enforcement:

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." [31]
      • 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." [32]
  • 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.
    • See also:
      • Saturn and the Black sun.
      • Blackballing: "a technique used in elections to elect a member of a gentleman's club (as well as similarly organised institutions such as Freemasonry and fraternities)."

Various black squares

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