[Square & Compasses]

Letter of the month: October 2002

Subject: Masonic Logo
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 14:44:39 -0400
From: "Paul Olt" <Paul.Olt@sprint-canada.com>
To: <masonry-ask@MIT.EDU>

Dear Sirs,

I am a curious non-member... Can you kindly explain me the three elements of the Masonic Logo?

First, at the top, I believe a compasses. Is it correct? Second, capital letter "G". What is the meaning? Third, at the bottom, something like wide letter "V". What is the meaning?

Where on the Internet can I learn more about the logo?

Thanks and all the best from

Paul OLT

To: "Paul Olt" <Paul.Olt@sprint-canada.com>
Subject: Re: Masonic Logo
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, 18 Oct 2002 14:44:39 EDT."

The emblem is called a "square and compasses". (The "v" thing is a builder's square")

The square is used by architects and stone masons to verify that corners are a proper (90 degrees) square. Freemasons use it as an emblem of honesty and "square dealing" -- being fair and trustworthy.

Architects and stone masons use the compasses to lay off distances along a line and to draw circles. For Freemasons it is an emblem of self-restraint and moderation.

The G stands for several things, first of all "Geometry" -- the study of order and beauty in mathematics and nature.

(You can see also a previous letter for more about the square and compasses.)

And now you know.

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