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What is St. John's Masonry?

Originally there was only one kind of Masonry. But when the Scottish and other higher degrees were introduced, the first three degrees received the name of St. John's Masonry.

Of what is salt the emblem?

In the Helvetian ceremonies of Masonry, salt is added to the corn, wine and oil, because it was a symbol of the wisdom and learning which characterize Masons' lodges.

Of what is the setting maul an emblem?

It is a wooden hammer used by operative masons to "set" the stones in their proper positions. In Speculative Masonry it is a symbol of the death of the builder of the Temple. It is a symbol of death by violence.

What is the symbolism of the shoe in Masonry?

Among the ancients, "to put off the shoe" imported reverence, and was done in the presence of God, or on entering the dwelling of a superior. "To unloose ones shoe and give it to another" was a way of confirming a contract. In the Masonic First Degree it is a symbol of a covenant. In the Third Degree, it has other meanings.

What is the symbolism of the Tabernacle?

The Tabernacle Moses built for God, at his express command, contained veils of divers colors, viz: blue, purple, scarlett, and fine twined linen (white). It is from this that Masonry derives the emblematic colors of the degrees.

What does the word travel mean to a Mason?

In the symbolic language of Masonry, a Mason always travels from west to east in search of light - he travels from the lofty tower of Babel, where language was confounded and Masonry lost, to the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, where language was restored and Masonry found. He also travels into foreign countries in search of wages. All of this is pure symbolism.

What is a Masonic trestle board?

The trestle board is defined as the board upon which the Master inscribes the designs by which the Craft are to be directed in their labors. The trestle board is a symbol of the natural and moral law. Like every other symbol of the Order, it is universal and tolerant in its application. Masonry does not interfere with the peculiar form or development of any one's religious faith.

Of what is the trowel emblematic?

The trowel is appropriated to the Master's degree, because, in Operative Masonry the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft prepare and place the cement, while it is the Master Mason who applies it. Therefore, it is considered the appropriate working tool of the Master Mason. The Master of the lodge is the cement which unites the brethren, and binds them together in peace, harmony, and love.

What is the real aim of all Masons?

The real objective of Freemasonry, in a philosophical and religious sense, is the search for truth. This truth is, therefore symbolized by the Word. Truth is one of the great tenants of Masonry and is the foundation of every virtue.

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