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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In this installment, I delve into the symbolism of the inverted triangle. This triangle is one of the most important mystical symbols there is. While most people are familiar with the triangle as a symbol, many don’t realize that the position of the triangle makes a major difference in it’s interpretation.

 

The Inverted Triangle

 

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The Inverted Triangle

The triangle is an ancient symbol of Deity or the divine union. It being the culmination of mind, body and spirit, or Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Mathematically and scientifically it is also of great importance in that it is the point at which dimension one becomes dimension two. In the genesis of life itself lies the triangle. As protons come together to create matter, the tetrahedron is formed. Consisting of 4 triangles, the tetrahedron forms the fundamental Platonic Solid. From here, all matter is created. When this tetrahedron spins within the vacuum of space, it polarizes and creates the Star Tetrahedron. This is where the magic happens. As these formations come together, matter is given birth to.

This Star Tetrahedron is found in religion and mythological symbolism going back to time immemorial. The Star of David, The Sign of Solomon, the hexagram. This symbol gives us the missing piece to the puzzle of our existence. Made up of one right-side up equilateral triangle and one inverted, equilateral triangle, the hexagram is perfectly balanced.

When you look at interpretations of the triangles when separated, you often find mention of the significance of the direction in which each one is pointing. One pointing up, the other down. As above, so below? Heaven and Earth. Ascending and descending.

The triangle with it’s top pointing up is rising up. It can also be looked at as a symbol for the masculine part of consciousness. Phallic in the sense that it points up. This would also allude to the downward pointing triangle being the feminine side of our consciousness. It is essential in a path os spiritual awakening to find balance between the masculine and feminine sides of our consciousness. When broken down into emotional and psychological aspects of personality, it could be said that the masculine aspects control our aggressive side and reasoning. While the feminine aspect relates to our emotions and spirit. In our male-dominated, war-obsessed culture, it is blatantly obvious that our aggressive, animalistic mentality is what is running the world currently. It is also obvious that this way of thinking and living is driving us in the wrong direction. We are headed for disaster if we continue on our current path. It’s not that the masculine aspect of our consciousness is inherently bad. Not at all. It is equally essential to our existence. It’s just that it is completely our of balance with the feminine. The feminine aspect, that of love and nurturing, is being suppressed by our addictions to our animalistic tendencies. This is where the inverted triangle comes in. When you have an upright triangle as a symbol, it is not a completed symbol. It is half of the equation. When you bring the inverted triangle of the feminine together with the upright triangle of the masculine, you find balance. This is what the inverted triangle is. It is the answer to the response. It is the missing piece to the puzzle of our puzzling times. Where do we see reference to this inverted triangle? I don’t know, let’s take a look.

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