Letter of the month: March 2003
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 23:46:07 -0500
Name:: Trina Michel
RQFC-topic: What do the compass, square, and "G" represent in the
RQFC Details: I am doing an Anthropology project on Cemetery symbols and
I am having a hard time trying to find what the compass,
square, and "G" represent. I would really appreciate to
find out from a mason what these actually mean.
sent by: firstname.lastname@example.org
The square is a builder's square, and lets a builder or stonemason or
builder measure and verify perfect right angles (90 degrees). In
Masonry, this is a symbol of our ability to use the teachings of
conscience and morality to measure and verify the rightness of our
actions. It is a symbol of the Golden Rule. After all, to deal
"squarely" with someone is to treat them honestly, as we ourselves would
want to be treated.
The compasses are used by builders to draw circles and lay off
distances along a line. In Masonry, this is a symbol of our intention
to draw a proper boundary around our desires and to remain within that
boundary line. It is a symbol of self-control, which is the foundation
of morality and wisdom.
The letter G stands for a number of things. The first is "Geometry"
-- which means the artful order of the universe, which is Humanity's
first instructor in the arts and sciences.
Pretty cool, huh?
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