SQUARE AND COMPASSES
The Square and Compass is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compass are architects tools and are used in Masonic rituals as emblems to teach symbolic lessons. Some Lodges and rituals explain these symbols as lessons in conduct: “The square, to square our actions; The compasses, to circumscribe and keep us within bounds with all mankind”. As measuring instruments, the tools represent judgment and discernment
In some jurisdictions the Square and Compasses are often depicted with the letter “G” in the center. The letter is interpreted to represent different words by jurisdiction. Among the most widely accepted interpretations are that: [G] stands for God or Great Architect of the Universe (a reference to God). In a different context it may stand for Geometry, described as being the “noblest of sciences”, and “the basis upon which the superstructure of Freemasonry is erected.”
The four million Masons worldwide continue to help men and women face the problems of the 21st century by building bridges of brotherhood and instilling in the hearts of men ideals for a better tomorrow.