Letter of the month: November 1998
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 16:00:03 -0700
I am a 14 year old girl who recently found out that her father was a
member of the mason fraternity. I asked him about it and of course he
would not tell me anything about the group or answer any of my
questions. One question I did not ask him was about some of the symbols
I have seen. One especially is a picture of a compass with a "G"
inside. Does the "G" stand for something or is it just there? The
information would be greatly appreciated.
Subject: Re: Questions
In-reply-to: Your message of "Tue, 10 Nov 1998 16:00:03 MST."
Don't feel too bad. Most men who join the Masons think that most
everything they are told in lodge is something they have to keep secret.
Actually, there are only a few real secrets. Nearly everything else in
Masonry is open to anyone with the respect and interest to learn.
The letter G stands for several things, including Geometry
and the grand Geometer who designed and made the Universe.
The G in our emblem is shown inside two of the tools used by
architects and stone-masons: the square and the compasses.
- The "operative" (stone-working) masons of the Middle Ages used the
SQUARE to get the angles of their stones and walls just right (proper
squares and rectangles with good "right angles") and Freemasons today
use the square to remind us that we should keep our actions "square and
- As you know, COMPASSES are to draw circles and to lay off distances
in a drawing. That's how operative masons used it. In your father's
lodge (and mine) we use the compasses to draw boundary line around
ourselves, between what is proper to do or have and what is "out of
bounds". It helps us remember to keep our temper, to not act greedy,
and so on.
You can probably think of other ways that those tools could teach
moral lessons for yourself. If you do, and then you try to live by
those moral lessons, then you are practicing the real Masonry, whether
or not your dad or anyone else knows it!
You should ask your father to get a copy of the book The Craft
and Its Symbols by Allen E. Roberts, and that after he has read it,
he should let you read it. It was written by a fine Masonic author who
wanted Masons to have a better idea of what their Craft was about, and
to know which parts of it weren't a secret. If he can't find the book
through his own lodge or grand lodge, he can get it on-line from Macoy
Publishing -- you can find their page from my Pointers page. And if your
dad wants to know who says that you are allowed to read it, you can tell
him that "a qualified instructor from a Massachusetts lodge of
instruction and six-time past master" says so. :-)
If you, or your dad, would like to ask more questions about Masonry,
I would be glad to hear from either of you. I think it's great that you
want to know more about your dad's interests. There are probably men
all over the country who would love it if their kids showed interest and
curiousity about their lodges and similar activities.
Also, you might care to know that there are two organizations for
girls your age that are sponsored by Masons:
If you were interested, you could find out if either one has a chapter
in your area.
| Gary L. Dryfoos <firstname.lastname@example.org>| PM: Ocean Lodge AF&AM, Saugus GL Mass.
| P.O.Box 425400, Camb, MA 02142 | & Mt. Scopus Lodge AF&AM, Malden ""
| http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/ | MPS; B'hood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;
| w: 617.253-0184 f: 617.258-6875 | Internet Lodge #9659, East Lancs UGLE
| "...one sacred band, or society of Friends and Brothers, among
| whom no contention should ever exist, save that noble contention,
| or rather emulation, of who best can work and best agree."
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