The Compass, Trowel, and the 24-inch Gauge

 

Masonic Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Masonic Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana

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 iconography to build a metaphor based on how these tools are used by operative masons and how a Freemason is to live his life.

The compass

The compass draws a circle—masons know that they are to keep their life in check and within the boundary of what is right.

The trowel

The trowel is one of the simplest tools in the masons’ bag, used to spread mortar to connect one layer of brick to another.  The metaphor with this tool is that it is an emblem to remind masons to spread a different kind of connector—brotherly love and affection.

The 24 inch gauge

The twenty four inch gauge is a reminder to all masons to make sure that they are wise about dividing their time.   Every day is to be portioned out so give time for God, Work and Rest.

Masonic Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Masonic Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s