The Masonic Apron

The Masonic apron is one of the most iconic symbols in Freemasonry. It is the first gift that a Brother Mason is presented with after taking their obligation. We are taught that the apron was used by our ancient, operative Brothers who labored in the quarry and served a practical use at that time. In modern Speculative Masonry, it serves a different, symbolic purpose and is to be worn in the lodge setting and is to be placed upon our lifeless physical body as we prepare to move into the next stage of our existence.

We are taught that it is the most noble badge of a Mason and that it should never become soiled or impure and is made of white lambskin. The color and substance of the apron is symbolic of the purity and innocence that we are expected to live in harmony with as a Mason.  Much of the symbolism of the apron is explained to the new Brother Mason in the form of a lecture. However, as with all Masonic symbolism, there is more to it than is originally explained.

The apron is worn in a different manors, depending on which degree the candidate is receiving. Each one is distinct and different and is explained as such in the lectures. One of the more esoteric aspects of apron symbolism is the shapes that the apron consists of. The apron has gone through various incarnation over time, but has mostly consisted of a square with a triangular flap. This is significant in itself as the apron consists of two of the most simplistic, yet important geometric shapes that are used by operative builders. These shapes are also incredibly important in all Masonic teaching. The triangle and square appear time and time again throughout all Masonic symbolism and philosophy.

The serious student of esotericism will also note that the apron is representative of the Pythagorean theorem, which Masons (both operative and speculative) hold dear to their hearts. The triangular flap has three points, the square of the main covering has four points, and when combined, there are five points. These are the four corner points of the square and the point of the triangle as it lays upon the square. This is 3, 4, 5 of the Pythagorean theorem.

The apron is also used to subdue our passions. As the apron is worn at the waist and extends downward over the sex organs, it is a reminder that we must control our lower, sexual nature and not let it rule over us in our daily lives. It is imperative to the spiritual seeker to learn to subdue this lower, animal nature to purify the soul. It is also the location of the Root Chakra that we must all learn to overcome to advance on our spiritual path.

There are many more aspects to the Masonic Apron that can be studied and meditated upon. Check out the following links for further information, and while you’re there, check out some of the other great articles that they each have to offer. Enjoy!

Masonic Apron Symbolism by Greg Stewart of masonicinformation.com

The Symbolism and Design of the Masonic Apron by phoenixmasonry.org

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The Cornerstone and The Keystone

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Since modern Freemasonry has evolved from the Operative Stonemasons, it is important that we understand the importance of the symbolism of the Cornerstone and the Keystone. For centuries, the Cornerstone has been lain by Masons in public ceremonies. The Cornerstone is the first stone laid in the building of an edifice. It is placed in the northwest corner of what will be the future structure. There is a symbolic significance for this. As a Freemason, we learn to “build our Spiritual Edifice”, which is a metaphor for our quest for knowledge and for the betterment of self. Knowledge of the nature of our minds, spirits, and of the universe. In Freemasonry, the term “Light” is used for knowledge of these things. As the Northwest is the opposite area of where the Sun rises and shines throughout it’s traversal of the sky, it is obvious why it would be chosen as the beginning point or point of the least amount of light. Ancient stonemasons looked at a structure as a smaller representation of the universe or the microcosm of the macrocosm. The structure began as a single stone (or in ignorance and imperfection if you look at it esoterically). It will inevitably end in balance and completion of the whole (or enlightened and learned esoterically). This is what the Speculative (or philosophical) Mason is taught to do with their pursuit of Masonic knowledge. It’s not to say that since the Cornerstone is in darkness that it is unimportant. Quite the contrary. The Cornerstone is a beginning and we all have to have a beginning to also have an end. This is why Masons consider the Cornerstone to be so important. It is the departure point. The Cornerstone is imbued with information about the structure and it’s builders. Esoterically, we can look at this as information about our self in our rudimentary state. As we build our Spiritual Edifice (our Spiritual Being and Virtuous Life), we add knowledge and understanding (or perfected stones) until we reach the point of having a beautiful, balanced and completed structure.

This completion (or enlightenment) is where the Keystone comes in. The Keystone is the stone placed at the top of an archway which give the arch it’s stability. It completes the structure. Masonic legend harkens back to the time of King Solomon and the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. This was long before the arch existed in architecture. Despite this, it is for certain that there was a completion stone (called a capstone or copestone) that would have been placed when completing the Temple (the arch and Keystone symbolism was obviously added to Masonic ritual after it’s addition to architecture.) Regardless, the symbolism of the Keystone is highly important. As the Keystone completes the arch and gives it it’s strength and stability, so does the diligent pursuit of knowledge and living a morally upright lifestyle. As you can see, this concept of balance and structure is as important in Masonic symbolism as it is in the actual art of building a physical structure. It has a beginning and an end. An Alpha and an Omega. Both are equally important because you can’t have one without the other.

This concept permeates not only Freemasonry, but other mystical traditions as well. To close this article, we will visit one more concept that uses this same analogy. The Chakra system is prevalent in many Eastern religions. It also has found it’s way into Western thought through various means. The body has multiple energy centers within it. Starting at the base of the spine, or in the reproductive organs and going up, sequentially to the top of the head. These Chakras can be “opened up” or activated through meditation and yoga. The Root Chakra (or Muladhara) is located in the reproductive organs of the body. This is symbolic of the lower self or base-emotions. In other words, one who only has an active Muladhara Chakra is living in and acting in a low vibration of consciousness. Not capable of enlightenment. This can be likened to the Cornerstone. If the Cornerstone were the starting and ending point of a structure, there would be no structure. Just a cold stone sitting in the darkness of the Northwest. As an individual learns to activate each Chakra up the body, they gain more spiritual and life knowledge (this is likened to the building process of building our Spiritual Edifice.) The activation of the Chakras is capped off with the activation of the Crown Chakra (or Sahasrara). Activation of this Chakra is said to create a moment of enlightenment and understanding. This can be likened to the placement of the Keystone. This is the completion of the journey. As a building must start with the Cornerstone and end with the Keystone, the activation of the Chakras must start in the dark northwest corner so-to-speak of our lower emotions of the Root Chakra and end in the Crown. This is not to say that the Root Chakra is unimportant. Again, as in Masonic allegory, you cannot have one without the other. You must have the progression from lowest to highest. This creates balance with the Chakras which is necessary for mastery.

As a student of the Mysteries of Life, we must all apply these concepts to our lives and remember that we are all progressing through life toward the unknown realm of beyond. What we do in the present is as important as what we do in the future. We must spread love, beauty, balance, and light to the world!

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The Suppression of the Pineal Gland

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There is an underlying current in all of the worlds major religions relating to the Pineal gland in the brain and it’s activation. It is veiled in allegory and is not immediately obvious, but it is definitely there.

The concept is well known in Eastern religions, but is also well represented in Christianity. The Pineal gland is the spiritual center of our minds and if the gland is activated it can unlock the doors of mysticism. It is often referred to as the “third eye”, due to physiological similarities that it has to an actual eye. In Luke 11:34, it is stated that “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when your eye is single, your whole body also is full of light; but when your eye is evil, your body also is full of darkness.” Most biblical scholars take this statement at face value and assume that it is a statement about spiritual health and well being, however those who study the various religions of the world view this statement differently. All Eastern religions talk of this “third eye”. It is located at the center of the forehead and when an individual is enlightened, it is thought that this “Third Eye” is activated and becomes usable. The individual can now “see” all realms of existence. No longer is their vision regulated to the physical world. With this new spiritual enlightenment, the individual has clairvoyance and can see beyond ordinary reality.

The chakra system is a series of energy centers within the body. These centers can be activated by doing various rituals and meditations. The chakras are seven in number and begin with the Root Chakra in the sexual organs of the body and go up in succession to the pinnacle of the chakra system, which is the Crown Chakra at the top of the head. When the Chakras are activated in a quick sucession, this is called a Kundalini experience. This Kundalini energy is thought to lie dormant in all beings and with the proper activation can bring true enlightenment. The 6th chakra in the series is known as the Ajna Chakra. It is located within the Pineal gland of the brain. It must be properly activated to illuminate the Crown Chakra. It is the final step in the chakra activation before the physical becomes spiritual. The Pineal gland is our physical link to the spiritual world.

The Pineal gland releases melatonin into our systems to aid with sleep and dreaming. When we are born and when we die, the Pineal gland releases large amounts of natural compounds into our bodies. If the individual is trained how, or can tap into their own psyches enough, they can learn to activate the gland at will. This is a very powerful thing for someone to have. This potential, in and of itself is the key to all of our personal freedom. If we could obtain this key, we would all be free.

Therein, lies the danger for the Establishment. If the Pineal gland is the key to our freedom and is within everyone of us, how could this potential possibly be controlled by The Powers That Be, you might ask? The answer to this question is found in our drinking water. It is also found in the way we have been programmed to assess the world around us.

During the reign of the Third Reich, the Nazi scientists found that adding sodium fluoride to the drinking water caused the Jews to be more docile, obedient and easier to control. Studies have found that the gland in the human body most heavily effected by sodium fluoride is the Pineal gland. This build-up, or calcification, causes the gland to become hardened and useless. The melatonin production in the body is lessened, and the end result is lethargy.

This very same practice continues today in America. Seventy four percent of Americans receive fluoridated water. Why is this happening??? It’s all part of the War on Human Consciousness. It is all part of keeping the spiritual within in us from radiating out of us. It is a plot to try and destroy our God-given right to embrace our inner-divinity. We don’t have to sit back and take it. It is our responsibility, as well as our right to take back what is rightfully ours. We must stop drinking fluoridated water. Stop using fluoridated toothpaste, and stop poisoning your Pineal gland! Buy reverse-osmosis treated water, or get a r.o. system for your home. Stop buying fluoridated toothpaste. There are plenty of brands out there that offer non-fluoride based toothpaste. These products are out there and it is up to us to take advantage of them, and to take back our Pineal glands!
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