Category Archives: Symbolism

Symbolism of the Veils

The symbolism of the veils must be considered in two aspects. First in, reference to the symbolism of the veils as a whole and next as to the symbolism of each veil separately. As a whole the four veils consisting … Continue reading

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Who Was Hiram Abiff?

Hiram Abiff, we know, was a widow’s son. He was the son of a man of Tyre, but his mother was an Israelite, said in one record to have been of the tribe of Napthtal, and in another, of the … Continue reading

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The Rubbish of the Temple

In the Entered Apprentice Degree, we learn that at the building of King Solomon’s Temple, there was no cutting of the materials on site. All of the materials were prepared in some other location, brought to the site, and assembled … Continue reading

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The Cable Tow

Freemasonry has been defined as “A system of morality, veiled in allegory and taught by symbols.” The “Cable Tow” is a symbol that should excite serious reflections in our profession as Freemasons. The Dictionary defines “cable” as: “as strong, thick … Continue reading

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The Beehive

The beehive is a rather curious symbol, and it has always posed a problem for the Craft. The problem doesn’t lie in what the beehive symbolizes – industry and cooperation, two perfectly good Masonic virtues. The thing that sets it … Continue reading

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Golden Fleece – Roman Eagle

A frequent Masonic question is “What is the legend of the Golden Fleece and what is its relation to the lambskin apron and Roman Eagle?” The legend of the Golden Fleece has been handed down from time immemorial. Mythology tells … Continue reading

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Chapter Penny

Prior to 1797, in the United States, the Mark Degree was conferred in Craft lodges operating under a grand lodge warrant. After that date, the majority of Mark lodges were warranted by a number of Grand Chapters and occasionally by … Continue reading

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