Monthly Archives: January 2014

Male Angels

Most angels depicted in sculpture in cemeteries are female.  There is the occasional St. Michael, standing tall clothed in armor and carrying a sword to fight Satan’s hordes. But the male angel depicted in the Mount Olivet Cemetery at Nashville … Continue reading

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A Candy Empire

The Mars family seems to have had chocolate running through generations of their blood.  The founder of the Mars candy empire was Frank Clarence Mars (September 24, 1883 – April 8, 1934), whose mother taught him how to hand dip … Continue reading

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The Compass, Trowel, and the 24-inch Gauge

  In front of a Masonic society tomb in the Masonic Cemetery at New Orleans, established in 1865, is a small white-marble step with three symbols—the compass, the trowel, the 24 inch gauge.  Each symbol is used in the Masonic … Continue reading

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Double-Eagle, Part 4

  The incised design of the double-headed eagle is centered inside a variant of the Maltese cross, a version known as a Formee Pattee. This version is on found on a light-gray granite obelisk monument erected to honor the Ancient … Continue reading

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Double-Headed Eagle, Part 3

  The double-headed eagle with a crown and a small triangle with the letters 32 inside also represents the 32-degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.  Again the eagle clutches a banner with the motto: “SPES MEA IN DEO … Continue reading

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Double-Eagle, Part 2

  The double headed eagle without the crown and the triangle represents the 32-degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.  The banner being clutched by the eagle has a different motto: “SPES MEA IN DEO EST”.  That is Latin … Continue reading

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Double-Headed Eagle

  The double headed eagle is an ancient symbol that has been associated with many empires including the Byzantine Empire as early as the 1400s, the Seljuk Turks, the Holy Roman Empire, the Russian Empire, and more recently, the Albanian … Continue reading

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