Square and Compasses


Square and Compasses

The Square and Compasses (or, more correctly, a square and a set of compasses joined together) is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compasses are architect's tools, and are used in Masonic ritual as emblems to teach symbolic lessons. Some Lodges and rituals explain these symbols as lessons in conduct: for example, that Masons should "square their actions by the square of virtue" and learn to "circumscribe their desires and keep their passions within due bounds toward all mankind". However, as Freemasonry is non-dogmatic, there is no general interpretation for these symbols (or any Masonic symbol) that is used by Freemasonry as a whole.cite journal
last = Gilkes
first = Peter
year = 2004
month = July
title = Masonic ritual: Spoilt for choice
journal = Masonic Quarterly Magazine
issue = 10
url = http://www.mqmagazine.co.uk/issue-10/p-61.php
accessdate = 2007-05-07
]

As measuring instruments, the tools represent judgement and discernment.

References

Additional References

Curl, James Stevens, The Art and Architecture of Freemaasonry, Overlook Press, New York, 1991

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