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The Masonic Compass and Square

Author: Ringmaster
02.04.2012

Masonic Compass and SquareOne of the most common symbols of Freemasonry would be the crossed compass and square. The compass and square are architect’s tools, and symbolize God as being the architect of the universe, as well as other things. As measuring instruments, the tools represent judgment and discernment. The compass, that is utilized to draw circles, represents the realm of the spiritual-eternity. It is symbolic of the defining and limiting principle, and also our infinite boundaries. The angle measures the square, the symbol of earth and the realm of the material. The square represents fairness, balance, firmness, etc., which is reflected in phrases such as “on the square” and “squared away.” Something that is squared is a thing that is stable, a foundation for building upon. Together, the compass and square represent the convergence of matter and spirit, and the convergence of earthly and spiritual responsibilities. The two symbols together form a hexagram, the union of earth with the heavens, matter and mind. A perfect example of the compass and square is shown on this Masonic Ring.

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