A fraternity illustrated by symbols, Freemasonry has countless different symbols to put its message across to its members and to remind them of the teachings of the fraternity.
One that is often misunderstood and which has, over the centuries, been debated over and over again is the letter G, which appears in the most widely recognized symbol of Freemasonry.
In this article, we will explore various possible meanings and take a look at the meaning which is most often attributed to it.
The most widely recognized emblem of Freemasonry is without a doubt the square and compasses with the letter G in the middle.
While the square and compasses symbolize virtue in all our actions and wisdom of conduct respectively, the meaning of the letter G is quite often unclear to many.
God / Great Architect Of The Universe
The letter G in Freemasonry could possibly stand for God.
However, Freemasonry is not a religion and does not force its members to have certain beliefs. More specifically then, the G stands for the Great Architect of the Universe.
Members of Freemasonry can belong to any religion they want if they want to, but to become a Freemason one must believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, which is often referred to as the Great Architect of the Universe.
The letter G reminds us that we are constantly under the eye of this Supreme Being and all our actions are being watched.
The letter G together with the square and compasses, therefore, means that we must always be virtuous in our actions and act wisely as the Great Architect of the Universe is omnipresent and is constantly watching us.
The Geometry Theory
Another possible meaning of the letter G in Freemasonry is Geometry. Freemasonry was born from this science and all its symbols are ultimately based on Geometry.
In the past, Geometry helped the Masons obtain perfection when building. Today, it symbolically indicates that we must strive to make ourselves as perfect as possible, always improving and becoming more wholesome.
A very widely accepted meaning of the letter G incorporates both the meanings we have looked at.
The letter G in Freemasonry means Geometry under the Great Architect of the Universe, and therefore it is used to remind members of the fraternity to act right and work on improving themselves as we are all under the Great Architect of the Universe.
Geometry under the Great Architect of the Universe is the meaning most often attributed to the letter G.
Freemasonry is based on the science of Geometry which therefore cannot be left out and belief in a Supreme Being is what is required to join the fraternity and become a Freemason, and this is all englobed in the letter G, which is one of the main symbols of Freemasonry.
What Does The “G” Mean To You?
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