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Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by Blake Bowden, Nov 29, 2008.

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What does the letter "G" stand for?

  1. God

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  2. Geomtery

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  3. I dunno, but it looks nice

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  1. ShadyGrove821

    ShadyGrove821 Registered User

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    The Fellow Craft lecture, like that of the EA and Master's, provides a basic explanation of some of the symbols of Freemasonry. I believe the lectures are designed to excite one's curiosity, and urge the new Mason to pursue a deeper study of the Craft.

    Why would the authors of the lectures emphasize a letter of the Latin alphabet? Why not a Hebrew letter, since our myths are tied to Solomon's temple?

    I believe that the "G" is a not letter at all, but rather a stylized rendering of the Ouroboros, a symbol of immortality.

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  2. ShadyGrove821

    ShadyGrove821 Registered User

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    Followup question: When was the "G" inserted into the Square and Compasses of American Freemasonry?
     
  3. Botex

    Botex Premium Member

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    ShadyGrove821, here is how Mackey writes to your question:

    "There is an uncertainty as to the exact time when this symbol was first introduced into Speculative Masonry. It was not derived, in its present form, from the Operative Masons of the Middle Ages, who bestowed upon Freemasonry so much of its symbolism, for it is not found among the architectural decorations of the old cathedrals. Doctor Oliver says it was in the old lectures; but this is an uncertain expression. From Prichard's Masonry Dissected, which was published in 1730, it would seem that the symbol was not in use at that date. But it may have been omitted. If Tubal Kain, which was published in 1767, is, as it purported to be, identical with Prichard's purpose, the question is settled; for it contains the lecture on the letter G. to which reference will directly be made.

    However, it is certain that the symbol was well known and recognized in 1766, and some few years before. The book entitled Solomon in all has Glory, the first edition of which appeared in that year, and which is a translation of Le Maçon demasque, contains the reference to and the explanation of the symbol. The work contains abundant internal evidence that it is a translation, and hence the symbol may, like some others of the system subsequent to 1717, have been first introduced on the Continent, and then returned in the translation, all of which would indicate a date some years prior to 1776 for the time of its adoption.

    In the ritual contained in Tubal Kain (page 18), or, if that be only a reprint, in Masonry Dissected, that is to say, in 1768 or in 1730, there is a test which is called The Repeating the Letter G, and which Doctor Oliver gives in his Landmarks (I, 454) as a part of the old lectures."
     
  4. MasonicTexan

    MasonicTexan Registered User

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    I have always considered the G for God, Geometry, Grand Architect or Great Architect
     
  5. Traveling Man

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    That's what I've been told; hence I voted, I dunno, but it looks nice... (since there is no both). :thumbup:
     
  6. LDSpears

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    What do they have in the middle where they don't use english as the primary language? Has anyone ever seen another letter in the middle from some of these places?
     
  7. Benton

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    If you read my post here I think I address that. :)
     
  8. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    Thread so old the frames (the forum template) are broken. Start a new one, fellas.
     
  9. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Fixed
     
  10. dhouseholder

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    The G is also allegorical to the number 3. Being the 3rd letter in the Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic alphabets. The number 3 also has many mystical connotations, being...

    1) EA, FC, MC
    2) 3 Ruffians
    3) WM, SW, JW
    4) 3 Knocks
    5) Father, Son, Holy Ghost
    6) 3 nails during the crucifixion of Christ
    7) Body, Spirit, and Mind
    8) Maiden, Mother, and Crone
    9) Past, Present, and Future
    10) Creator, Sustainer, and Destroyer
    11) Third Eye
    12) Three Dimensions of Space
    13) Earth is the 3rd Planet from the Sun (The Perfect World for Life)
    14) Protons, Neutrons, Electrons
    15) Three Jewels of Buddhism

    I could go on for a long time here...
     
  11. peace out

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    Albert Mackey wrote that the G is meant to be a symbol used to represent the name of God which, unknown in pronunciation, is the tetragrammaton YHWH.
     
  12. tom268

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    The greek grand lodge has the large letter Gamma [​IMG] in the center. Here in Germany it is also a G, which is not a language problem as God = Gott and Geometry = Geometrie and Great Architect = Großer Architekt.
    BTW, here in Germany, the G is shown in the middle of the star, not between S&C. The G inside the S&C came with the age of computers and computer graphics, as many masonic GIFs are coming from the USA and are used for german masonic websites and literature, too.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
  13. M.Prejean

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    Golly, Gosh, Gee...
    Perhaps its "G"overnor.
    What governs thee?
     
  14. coachn

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    The Symbol in the center of the S&Cs represents "Structure." Structure conveys the only possible link between any Symbolic Conveyance and the Objective World.

    I believe it is best encapsulated by the following quote:
    “If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone.†-- Alfred Korzybski quote
     
  15. Michaelstedman81

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    I voted God. I have been taught that it can be either God or Geometry. As I watched an informational Masonic video online the other day, it expressed how as Geometry is the central part of operative masonry, and that God is the central part of the speculative Masonry. Me being a speculative Mason, I am constructing the building of a better man for a better world, the same as operative masons would be constructing buildings. With that in mind, just as Geometry plays a central role in the construction of those buildings, God also plays a central role in my becoming a better man. It doesn't have to be the Christian God exactly (mine is...lol), but a God or supreme being that guides us. So, when I look at my Blue Lodge ring, the "G" represents God to me.

    To me, all things of the speculative and the operative sides mirror and represent each other. Lol, I hope that I have been interpreting things the right way...lol
     
  16. JJones

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    I've read and heard about it standing for a few things, God, geometry, and Grand Architect Of The Universe...though the last one may be a little bit of a stretch.
     
  17. jw21

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  18. brother josh

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    By studying geometry we a get a glimps into the mind of God


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  19. Michael Hatley

    Michael Hatley Premium Member

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    Love that, Brother Josh, and its how I see it as well.
     
  20. Jamarr/G\

    Jamarr/G\ Registered User

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    If not then that will make 2 of us lol. As I interpreted it the same exact way brother. Well said!

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