THE FOUNDATION OF MASONIC
Since the true meaning of
Masonic symbols (and, thus, the true meaning of Masonry itself)
is to be known only by the Prince Adepts of Masonry, we must
hear what they say concerning them. They (Albert Pike, Albert
Mackey, J.D. Buck, Daniel Sickles and others) teach us that
Masonry is but a revival of the Ancient Mysteries (the mystery
religions of Babylon, Egypt, Persia, Rome and Greece).
These ancient religions had two meanings, or interpretations.
One was the apparent (exoteric) meaning, known to the
uninitiated, ignorant masses; the other (esoteric) meaning was
the true meaning, entirely different, known only to a small,
elite group, initiated into their secrets and secret rituals of
worship. These mystery religions were forms of nature-worship,
more specifically and most commonly the worship of the Sun as
source and giver of life to the Earth. Since ancient times, this
worship of the Sun (and of the Moon, stars and of nature in
general) has been sexual in its out workings and rituals. Since
the Sun's rays, penetrating the Earth and bringing about new
life, have been central to such worship, the phallus, the male
"generative principle," has been worshipped as representing the
Sun's rays. In this way, the phallus has been worshipped and the
rituals climaxed with sexual union in the mystery religions of
Isis and Osiris, Tammuz, Baal, etc. In summary, then,
since the Ancient Mysteries (especially those of Egypt) are in
fact the "Old Religion" of which Freemasonry is a revival, the
symbols of Masonry should be expected to be phallic in true
meaning. This, in very fact, is the case. A thorough treatment
of this unpleasant reality is beyond the scope of this brief
summary; however, some examples, with references to the Masonic
authorities, will suffice to illustrate this astonishing fact.
a. THE SQUARE AND COMPASS
Blue Lodge Masons are taught that the Square is to remind them
that they must be "square" in their dealings with all men, i.e.
to be honest. The Compass, they are taught, is to teach them to
"circumscribe their passions," i.e. to control their desires and
to be temperate. The real meaning of these "great lights,"
however, is sexual. The Square represents the female (passive)
generative principle, the earth, and the baser, sensual nature;
and the Compass represents the male (active) generative
principle, the sun/heavens, and the higher, spiritual nature.
The Compass, arranged above the Square, symbolizes the (male)
Sun, impregnating the passive (female) Earth with its
life-producing rays. The true meanings, then are two-fold: the
earthly (human) representations are of the man and his phallus,
and the woman with her receptive eteis [cteis] (vagina). The
cosmic meaning is that of the active Sun (deity, the Sun-god)
from above, imparting life into the passive Earth, (deity, the
earth/fertility goddess) below and producing new life.
b. THE LETTER "G"
The Blue Lodge Mason is taught that the "G" in the basic Masonic
symbol represents God. Later on, he is told that it also
represents "deity." Later still, he is told that it represents
"geometry." In reality, this letter represents the "generative
principle," the Sun-god and, thus, the worshipped phallus, the
male "generative principle..." In its position (along with the
Square and Compass) on the east wall over the chair (throne) of
the Worshipful Master, it is the representation of the Sun, thus
of the Sun-god, Osiris. Its earthly meaning, then, is of the
sacred phallus; its cosmic meaning is of the Sun, worshipped
since antiquity by pagans while facing the East. (See c, below).
|c. THE "G" AND THE "YOD"
The English letter "G" in Masonic symbolism is inseparable from,
and identical with, the Hebrew letter "YOD." This "YOD" is the
symbol on the Scottish Rite ring. "YOD" represents deity in
general (its cosmic meaning), and the worshipped phallus in
particular (its earthly meaning). Albert Pike wrote that the "G"
displayed in English speaking lodges is merely a corruption of
the "YOD" (with which it should be replaced), and that "the
mysterious YOD of the Kabalah" is the "image of the Kabalistic
Phallus." The "Kabalah" he refers to here is a medieval book of
the occult, a highly mystical and magical interpretation of the
Bible, and important sourcebook for sorcerers and magicians.
|d. THE POINT WITHIN A CIRCLE
The Masons of the Blue Lodge are taught that the Point within a
Circle represents the individual Mason (the Point), contained
and restricted by the boundary line of his duty (the Circle).
Its real meaning, however, is that of the phallus, positioned
within the female generative principle (sex organ) in sexual
union, the climactic act of Sungod worship.
Dr. Albert Mackey,
already quoted herein, also writes in his classic work
"Symbolism of Freemasonry," page 352, "Phallus, a representation
of the virile member, which was venerated as a religious
symbol... It was one of the modifications of sun worship, and
was a symbol of the fecundating power of that luminary. The
Masonic point within a circle is undoubtedly of phallic origin."
The cosmic meaning of this symbol is that of the Sun, surrounded
by the Universe; on the following page (353) he writes, "Point
within a circle. It is derived from Sunworship, and is in
reality of phallic origin. In his "Manual of the Lodge," page
156, Mackey writes, "The point within a circle is an interesting
and important symbol in Freemasonry, but it has been debased in
the interpretation of it in the modern lectures and the sooner
that interpretation is forgotten by the Masonic student, the
better it will be. The symbol is really a beautiful but somewhat
abstruse allusion to the old Sun-worship, and introduces us for
for the first time to that modification of it, known among the
ancients as the worship of the phallus."
e. THE VERTICAL LINES
The two vertical lines touching the sides of the circle are
represented to the Blue Lodge Mason as "the Holy Saints John."
By this is meant John the Baptist and John the Apostle. In
reality, the two vertical lines represent the Summer and Winter
Solstices, the shortest and longest nights of the year,
respectively. These nights are, and have been since antiquity,
important periods for pagan worship.
Concerning these two lines, Albert Mackey has written
("Symbolism of Freemasonry," page 352), "The lines touching the
circle in the symbol of the point within a circle are said to
represent St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, but
they really refer to the solstitial points, Cancer and
Capricorn, in the Zodiac."
f. THE BIBLE
The Bible, only one of the "Three Great Lights" of Masonry
(along with the Square and Compass), is represented to Blue
Lodge Masons as symbolizing truth. In reality, the Bible may be
replaced with the Koran, the Book of the Law, the Hindu
scriptures or any other "holy book," depending on the
preferences of the men in the Lodge. In most American Lodges,
the members are told that all the Masonic system and its rituals
are "based on the Bible." Such, however, is not the case. In
Chase's "Digest of Masonic Law," pages 207-209, it is clearly
written that "Masonry has nothing whatever to do with the
Bible," and that "it is not founded upon the Bible, for if it
were it would not be Masonry, it would be something else."
Albert Pike, in writing on the subject of Masonry's
source-book said, "Masonry is a search after light. That search
leads us directly back, as you see, to the Kabalah." (Morals and
Dogma, page 741). The Kabalah, then, seems to be the actual
source book of Masonry and the Bible merely (as it is spoken of
in the ritual) a piece of the "furniture" of the Lodge.
NOTE: For more information concerning Masonic symbols and their
true meanings, see McQuaig, C.F., "The Masonic Report," Answer
Books and Tapes, Norcross, GA 1976; Storms, E.M., "Should a
Christian Be a Mason?," New Puritan Library, Fletcher, NC 1980;
and Mackey, Albert G., "Symbolism of Freemasonry," Charles T.
Powner Co, Chicago 1975.