The square &lifier compass
- The square &lifier compass are most likely the very best known indication of freemasonry New people aren't told initially what this symbol means.
From 'Morals &lifier Dogma from the Ancient and recognized Rite of Freemasonry' by Albert Pike, 1871, 1906
In explaining the much deeper concept of symbols within the teaching from the 32nd degree Albert Pike hearkens to the sculpted pictures of the ancients. Unpacking the hermetic indication of Azoth, Pike states
'Upon it the thing is a triangular upon a square, these two contained inside a circle, and above this, standing upon a dragon, an individual body, with two arms only, but two heads, one male and yet another female. Through the side from the male mind may be the Sun, by those of the feminine mind, the Moon, the crescent inside the circle from the full moon. And also the hands around the male side holds a compass, and that around the female side, a square..
The hermaphroditic figure may be the indication of the double character anciently designated towards the deity, as generator and producer, as Brahm and maya one of the Aryans, osiris and Isis one of the Egyptians. Because the Sun was male, therefore the moon was female and Isis was both sister and wife of Osiris. the compass therefore, may be the Hermetic indication of the creative deity, and also the square from the productive Earth or Universe'