Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world. The ultimate goal of the freemasonry fraternity is to improve the character of its members. Character is a man’s most valuable possession. Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote these poignant words of wisdom, “It is not enough merely to exist…..Every man has to seek in his own way to make his self more noble.” This motto captures the essence of what freemasonry aspires to achieve in every aspect of their lives. Freemasonry members are men from all walks of life, and they are from every race, creed and nationality. Freemasonry, as a group, is committed to making each member a better man. They are committed to attaining spiritual enlightenment so they can attempt to achieve moral perfection. Freemasonry strives to make the world a better and more humane place for all mankind.
There are many tales about the history of Freemasonry and how it got started. A popular myth about the group is that it can trace its origins back to the days of King Solomon. According to the tale, the Freemasons helped Solomon build his famous temple in Jerusalem. Another myth, though this one is not quite so well-known, is that the pyramids in Egypt were built by Freemasons. While myths and legends make great twists in movies and books, they should not to be taken as facts. It is true that the Freemasons have been around for a very long time; however, nobody really knows just how long because there are no written records that have been discovered which say for sure. The earliest record found mentioning the Freemasons was the Regius Poem, in 1390. Another story of the origins of Freemasonry is that it came from the stonemason’s guild that was around during the Middle Ages. This is by far the most widely accepted and version of how Freemasonry came about.
Freemasonry has many symbols passed along through a rich heritage. These symbols are a visual teaching aide for members, and many are related to the craft of architecture. The Level is one of the most important Masonic symbols of fraternal equality. The meaning of this symbol has several dimensions, with the foremost being that it is a reminder that all men are equal. They are on a level playing field with other members and with other men in general.
The Freemasons are one of the most famous organizations in the world. Freemasonry dates as far back as the 16th century by some accounts. Today, there are approximately six million freemasons, including around two million in the United States. The masons are an important fraternal group, and as such they have several traditions and symbols. One of those traditions is the Masonic ring. The ring has a significant meaning, and is an important symbol for all freemasons. The Masonic ring is called a signet ring. Many famous people have worn signet rings, including Julius Caesar, Michelangelo, and various kings and popes. Here is a guide to the Masonic ring and what it means.
Even in the 21st century when science has long since replaced mysticism as the one true source for answers to questions like, “Why are we alive?”, Freemasonry retains its hold on men’s imaginations. Bestsellers like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and its follow up The Solomon Key are chock full of arcane Masonic references, while blockbuster movies like Nicolas Cage’s National Treasure popularize the relationship between our founding fathers and the mysterious fraternal order.