George Washington Masonic Aprons. Brother George Washington's Masonic Apron on display at the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia On October 26, 1816, the legatees of the Washington estate presented a Masonic apron to the Washington Benevolent Society of Pennsylvania.
A short note, currently framed with the apron, was presented, reading: To the Washington Benevolent Society. Brother Washington's Masonic Apron - Masonic Library and Museum. The affection each man held for the other is legendary.
So, too, is the legacy of Masonic history developed through that affection. For many years Masons and non-Masons believed that the white silk apron known as the Lafayette Apron, had been embroidered by Madame Lafayette and presented to Bro. Freemasonry. Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that traces its origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of masons and their interaction with authorities and clients.
The degrees of freemasonry, its gradal system, retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, journeyman or fellow (now called Fellowcraft), and Master Mason. These are the degrees offered by craft, or blue lodge Freemasonry. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are now administered by different bodies than the craft degrees. The basic, local organisational unit of Freemasonry is the lodge. Www.masonicdictionary.com. Of the five human senses, the three which are the most important in Masonic symbolism are Seeing, Hearing, and Feeling, because of their respective reference to certain modes of recognition, and because, by their use, Freemasons are enabled to practice that universal language the possession of which is the boast of the Order. - Source: Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry Four is the tetrad or Quaternary of the Pythagoreans!
And it is a sacred number in the advanced Degrees. The 47th Problem of Euclid. A Symbol of Geometry; of exact science.
Passed over with but a few words of ritual, it is Masonically most interesting. It appears on the frontispiece of Anderson's Constitutions, published in 1723; Street states it is the earliest example of a printed symbol of Freemasonry. FREEMASON SYMBOLS - The Meanings of Freemasonry's Masonic Symbols. Freemason Symbols Represent the Heart of Freemasonry Freemason Symbols And Their Masonic Symbolism Acacia Anchor and the Ark Ark of the Covenant Master Mason Apron,...of Unspotted White Lambskin.
Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret - Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike. MORALS and DOGMA by: Albert Pike Index Previous p. 839 XXXII.
SUBLIME PRINCE OF THE ROYAL SECRET [Master of Royal Secret.] THE Occult Science of the Ancient Magi was concealed under the shadows of the Ancient Mysteries: it was imperfectly revealed or rather disfigured by the Gnostics: it is guessed at under the obscurities that cover the pretended crimes of the Templars; and it is found enveloped in enigmas that seem impenetrable, in the Rites of the Highest Masonry. Mckaig. Freemasonry: The Great Cross and the End of Time. I had originally posted this last January (2009).
Now that the 2012 theories are picking up steam, and even Hollywood is interested, I thought I should bring back this post that seemed to interest alot of people. So I'm giving this as a theory (once again) of what the elite think of 2012, and its potential! Nüwa and Fuxi in Chinese Mythology: Compass & Square - NothingWavering.org - LDS & Mormon Blog Portal. An ancient painting of Nüwa and Fuxi unearthed in Xinjiang, holding the tools of creation - compass and square.
Hugh Nibley gave a lecture in 1975 on “Sacred Vestments” which was later transcribed and included in the collected works volume Temple and Cosmos (pgs. 91-132). The entire paper is fascinating, and highly recommended reading. One of the things he wrote about were certain Chinese artifacts which had been found depicting two mythological gods, Nüwa and Fuxi, and the tools they hold: Most challenging are the veils from Taoist-Buddhist tombs at Astana, in Central Asia, originally Nestorian (Christian) country, discovered by Sir Aurel Stein in 1925… We see the king and queen embracing at their wedding, the king holding the square on high, the queen a compass. University of Bradford : Web of Hiram. This website began when Dr Robert Lomas of the University's School of Management, decided to create an electronic database of the Masonic material held in many of the University's Special Collections as part of his on-going research into the cultural origin of scientific ideas.
As other material has been donated to this work it has been added to the archive. None of the rituals and statutes recorded in the data are currently in use. It is in effect a scrap heap of discarded ritual and belief.