Each of the nine tools has a moral significance: the Twenty-four Inch Gauge, the Common Gavel and the Chisel of the First Degree are the tools of preparation; the Square, Level and Plumb Rule of the Second Degree are the tools of proof; the Skirret, Pencil and Compasses of the Third Degree are the tools of plan.
by the late W. Bro. Lt.-Cdr. C. R. MANASSEH, P.M. London Grand Rank – London Grand Chapter Rank Lodge No. 3549 (Old Bradfield); P.Z., Chapter No. 2233 (Public Schools) 1027 (Shanghai Tuscan), 2060 (La France) The title of this paper does not imply that mysticism is confined in Masonry to the Royal Arch alone, and … Read more
The address to the Immediate Past Master and the depiction on his jewel refer to the 47Th proposition of Euclid. It also refers to “our brother Pythagoras”. The Master’s jewel is the square, two sides 90 degrees apart which will form the base needed for the 47th problem (in many jurisdictions the square has the … Read more
The Mark is a ceremony or degree [sometimes called the ‘friendly’ degree], conferrable today only to Master Masons and forms part of a hierarchical organization. In Craft Masonry it was quite a late innovation making its appearance during the mid-1700s. However we do know that Operative Masons, without any kind of ceremony, were taking marks 150 years before the Mark came into use as part of that particular ceremony.