Secrets, they have surrounded humankind ever since, when one group of people realized that it was not necessary for the other to know what they were talking about. And the more mysteries wind around secret societies, the more society thinks that everything is controlled by them. It also reinforces the fact that, for example, the sign of masons can be found very often, even walking through the city.
History of Freemasonry
Many people know that the second name of the Freemasons order is freemasons. But few know why they are so called. In ancient times, when grandiose objects of architecture were built, there was such a profession, which was called “mason”. If we draw a parallel with modernity, then we can say that they were foremen. The idea of the foundation appeared when people realized that the construction of cathedrals and castles could take not ten and not thirty years, but one hundred and even more. Construction equipment was not there then. In order to not lose the knowledge of how to build this or that building, a method was invented, because, oddly enough, architects, like other people, have the tendency to grow old and die. If the architect died, then all the drawings and documents were transferred to the foreman, who was finishing the construction. Sadly, the foremen, too, were not immortal, and the construction is associated with certain dangers to life. Then the principle of dualism teacher-student appeared. While the teacher is alive, he teaches the one whom he took under his care. When the teacher’s death occurs, the student becomes the apprentice himself and takes it. So, knowledge and secrets are not lost and not forgotten. And in order that cunning scammers did not steal them, it was decided to classify all the talk about building outside the circle of masons. And the name “free” is connected with the fact that only masons and artists had the privilege to leave their lands while moving around the country. After all, construction was carried out not only in a single province. Initially, the sign of the Masons was a compass and a square - a couple of the basic tools of the architect. Later others were added to it, including the most famous - the radiant delta.
Signs of Masons and their meaning
Today, there are many symbols and signs with which it is customary to associate masons. Next will be considered the most popular secret signs of the Masons. Only symbols of the main boxes will be taken into account, almost without touching the signs of the order of the Rosicrucian and Illuminati. Since neither those nor others had their beginning as builders. And therefore, we will not take their symbols and treat them as facts. The most popular secret signs of masons will be presented, photos of which will be posted in the article.
Compass and square
Since it is rather difficult to call Freemasonry an order that uses certain dogmas, then the meanings of this symbol differ from box to bed. Most often, the compass is associated with the sky, and the square - with the Earth. Often the letter G has a dual interpretation. It can be God, from the English God, and geometry, in English, respectively, Geometry. The mutual arrangement of these two objects is also of significant importance in various ceremonies and ceremonies. There are three variations of this:
- First degree - both ends of the compass are placed under a square.
- The second degree - one of the ends is on top.
- The third degree - both ends are free and are above the triangle.
There is also a variation with a rose and a cross placed instead of the letter G, which is a distinctive sign of the Rosicrucian order, a side branch of Freemasonry, which, unlike the Order of the Illuminati, was not persecuted by the church and society. This is one of the two most popular sign of masons, whose photo is known even to those who are completely unfamiliar with this topic, has earned its place in world culture and history.
Two columns with symbolic images of Earth and space. Are the equivalent of Yin and Yang, meaning order and chaos, creation and destruction. Often as elements in Gothic cathedrals. Also participating in the ceremonies. Their value is the passage between them and you receive a warning that human differences in Church masons invalid. This also applies to material goods, skin color, and religion. A man is a man, and it is not necessary to divide into classes according to certain characteristics, because then those who are in society above others will think of themselves as standing over all and can begin to decide their fates.
Book of the Sacred Law
This is not a code of laws, as can be inferred from the title. This is the main Scripture of the religion, which preaches the members of the Lodge. Often it is not only the Bible, in fact in the box can veroispovedaniya several different religions at the same time. Therefore, it is impossible to say that it is a sign of the masons. It is usually a compass and try square. Symbolizes the will. It is possible that this symbol was introduced in order not to spoil relations with the clergy who had and have considerable power in the world.
Plummet and level
Two similar tools of the architect. They perform similar tasks - adjusting the degree measure of the vertical and horizontal object for plumb and level, respectively. Like all non-dogmatic signs of masons and their meanings sometimes differ from each other.
Most often they symbolize Truth and Equality for plumb and level, respectively. They are also personal signs of the first and second guards of the lodge, which monitor the fulfillment of all conditions during rites and sacraments.
Here it is, the most popular sign of the Masons, the most mysteries hover over him. First of all, it should be noted that this sign of the Freemasons, the photo of which is presented in the article, has no connotation denoting control. It symbolizes the wisdom, the truth that the student learns, the absolute victory of good over evil.
And the reason why everyone considers this sign of the Masons to be something like a total control over all the events in the world is related to the fact that it is found on banknotes and coins of various countries of the world. And this happened due to the fact that once upon a time, Masons realized that they were surrounded by the aura of the sacrament and many people wanted to join them. And some had a lot of money. And a lot of money, as you know, especially in a large organization, does not happen. Here, not only masons and architects began to join the ranks of masons, but also those who have impressive material wealth. These are nobles, and businessmen, kings, lords, bank owners. And then they began to place the sign of the Masons - the eye - not only on the buildings, as an indication that this order built it, but also on many other things. Thereby showing the vastness of the order.
Marks of Excellence
On the question of what the insignia of the Masons, the answer can not be given. It is impossible, because the order is secret. After all, if a member of the order showed everyone that he is in it, the sacrament could be broken. In the Middle Ages, the situation with the calculation of secrets was easy - torture. And the secrets of the masons included not just drawings, diagrams, the basics of mastery, but also the designation of secret passages in palaces and cathedrals. And this is already quite weighty information, possessing which, you can literally make history. This required high conspiracy. Therefore, one of the rules of entry into the order reads: "Do you want to become a mason, ask the mason." And at least it is not easy, because there is not a man on the street with a banner that says "I am a mason."
Influence in the world
Sometimes mainly because of the secrecy, people assume that the order of Freemasons is indirectly or directly connected with the situation in the world and historical events. This understanding could arise because of the signs that the Freemasons left in many places and on many subjects. Significant historical events, participation in which is attributed to the Freemasons:
- The French revolution mainly take into account the influence of one of the Grand lodges (or Grand East) of the Grand Orient of France. The assumption that revolution with up to date was planned for twenty-years before the revolution.
- The February Revolution - there is also an opinion that was planned by the Freemasons. However, things did not go farther than the revolution itself - they did not have time to react, and the Bolsheviks obtained the reins of power by creating a superpower.
- The society that emerged in Russia under Peter the great, collected mostly nobles, who had to build any relationship, and in fact it was a private club of the upper classes. However, after the French revolution, they drew the attention and began to oppress the fear of such.
- And many more events, including war of modern times: in Vietnam and in Iraq, revolution in America, the war between the North and the South. However, this may not be entirely true, since most of the presidents of the United States of America is not very secret as they regularly remind us of this, fraternity "Skull and Bones", which to the Freemasons.
It should not be forgotten that these facts are mainly conjectures of conspiracy theorists and do not have any documented or verbal confirmation. And the society of masons is shrouded in a dense veil of secrets, which is unlikely to be dispelled. In mass culture, the debate about the influence of Freemasonry on history never ceases.
Undoubtedly, you can say that the Order of Masons successfully uses the principle of "you want to hide something, put it in plain sight." And this they get more than one hundred years. You can endlessly build any theories around this secret organization. However, the fact that masons, signs and symbols have firmly entered into world history, culture and, in particular, into architectural structures, remains a fact. On most of the great architectural structures you can see the sign of the Freemasons, which means that they are directly involved in the project. You can also say thank you to some extent, because before people who had nothing to do with construction began to join their ranks, the principle of a teacher-student worked non-stop and thanks to this we have tremendous facilities that amaze with their beauty and complexity. . Who knows, if everything was in their ranks as before, the Temple of the Holy Family, which is almost the most complicated architectural creation of modern times, would be ready, despite the death of Anthony Gaudi-and-Cournet. Or, for example, many architectural ideas that were not implemented for one reason or another, could become a reality.