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Posted on 09/17/2009 4:10:25 PM PDT by JoeProBono
The Freemasons' square-and-compasses symbol adorns a wall in Washington, D.C.'s Masonic House of the Temple--the scene of strange rituals in Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol -
The square-and-compasses symbol has its roots, as modern Freemasonry may have, in the craft of stonemasonry. Most of the trade's tools are represented somewhere in the symbols of the Freemasons, the world's largest international secret society, founded in 17th-or-18th century Britain.
Masonic scholars explain that the square reminds Masons to ensure that their actions conform to a "square of virtue," while the compasses symbolize self-control over their passions.
The symbol-rich House of the Temple, designed by Jefferson Memorial architect John Russell Pope, is one of two national headquarters for the United States' 550,000 Scottish Rite Masons. A decidedly non-secretive attraction, the Masonic temple hosts regular children's concerts, public tours, and the Burl Ives Collectionartifacts of the 20th-century singer, actor, and narrator of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special.
The Great Seal of the United States' all-seeing "Eye of Providence"like the pyramid, a symbol adopted by Freemasonsstares from the back of the U.S. dollar bill. To some of the society's detractors, the symbol is proof of a powerful Masonic conspiracy with its roots in the founding of the United States.
But Masonic scholar Jay Kinney, author of The Masonic Myth, stresses that Freemasons weren't the first to use the eye. And it was a non-Mason, artist Pierre Du Simitiere, who introduced the eye to the seal.
On the seal, the eye represents divine guidance of the U.S. ship of state, or, as Secretary of the U.S. Congress Charles Thompson put it in 1782, it alludes "to the many signal interpositions of providence in favour of the American cause."
There was one known Mason on the seal-designing committee, Benjamin Franklin. His proposed design was eyeless--and rejected.
The Masonic square-and-compasses symbolin its familiar, though enigmatic, "G" iterationoccupies a prominent place on a Washington, D.C., building.
On this Masonic symbol, the letter "G" has been said stand for both geometrycentral to stonemason knowledgeand for God, who Masons say should be central to the life of a Mason, no matter what his religion.
In an 1860s Masonic print, U.S. Founding Father and Freemason George Washington is surrounded by portraits of Masons Andrew Jackson and the Marquis de Lafayette, as well as biblical scenes and Freemason symbols.
Washington wears the ritual Masonic apron, modeled on those of stonemasons. To Freemasons, the apron symbolizes innocence and sacrifice. The trowel in his right hand, another traditional masonry tool, symbolizes the spreading of brotherly love.
Washington himself has become something of an symbol to the brothers of his order, said Mark Tabbert, director of collections at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.
"From the Masonic point of view, he exemplifies the virtues and morality that Masons strive to live up to."
Though Freemasons are said to be accepting of all major religions that worship a single god, Masonic symbols are often biblical--as is the case with Jacob's ladder, pictured in a detail of an 1861 Freemason membership certificate.
In the Bible patriarch Jacob dreams that his ladder allows angels to ascend and descend from heaven. To Freemasons, the ladder's seven rungs represent faith, hope, charity, justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude.
Holding up the sky above Jacob are the three symbolic Great Pillars of every Masonic lodge--columns representing wisdom, strength, and beauty.
My dad says that Washington DC is laid out in a Masonic symbol of compass and square.
Freemasons? You’ve got it all wrong . . . the Tri-Lateral Commission, Illuminati, the Beatles, and the vampire underground society run everything. I know this is true because I read in on the interwebs.
Gawed, I remember as a little girl, rolling down the green grassy hills at the Masonic Temple, I am so distraught as to where or what this place represented.
The Beatles? damn, and all this time I thought it was the Stones...
the beatles created by some group called tavistock right?
That lower map is in a book I’m reading now “The Book Of Fate” with the “A” in Fate the Masonic symbol. The ‘star’ looks like from The Eastern Star, Masonic woman’s group.
In the Freemasons' hundred-foot-tall (30-meter-tall) Temple Room, The Lost Symbol's villain--a muscular, tattooed, eunuch named Mal'akh ("angel" in Hebrew)--clasps a wine-filled skull during his initiation into the Masonic rite's highest ranks.
Did Dan Brown mention the Silly Straw?
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You know, the Ark is in the Memorial. I can show it to you. And I have pics of my kids in the 33rd Temple...
Actually, I had to tell my kid to get out of the chair. LOL.
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They represent Freedom, and a safeguard against our present fascist Junta under illegal president Obama.
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A Masonic Square & Compasses adorns my left bicep
The Masons are a fine group of civic minded men. You can go back to your fond memories, they are not tarnished.
Hey don’t laugh too hard. Last night from the Masonry is bad all the time History channel, I learned that all us Masons adore the Knights Templars. And of course the Templars are really the ones behind establishing the second kingdom which is now know as the United States. Whoaaaaaa!