Masonic Square and Compass Kilt Pin
Hand Cast .925 Sterling Silver Masonic Blue Lodge Kilt Pin.
Beautifully detailed square and compass with blue enameled "G" overlaid on a sword.
Measures 4" in length.
Worn by Scottish Masons on Kilts and can also be worn with other regalia or on the lapel.
The Square and Compass
-Two Thirds of the Three Great Lights of Masonry.-
A symbol of restraint; of the principle tenets of the Order; of Skill and knowledge, since without their use, a square cannot be erected and without a square, a temple cannot be built.
The Square and Compass are universally the symbol of a Master Mason; of Freemasonry. A thousand devoted symbolists have read as many meanings into both these tools of a Mason. Both symbols are much older than Freemasonry; Chinese manuscripts give them a Masonic significance (although there was no freemasonry in that country) two thousand years ago. No symbols in Freemasonry offer so many possible interpretations. But, many symbols may be different things to different men; each interprets what he can from a symbolism so deep as to be almost embracing.
In modern Masonic rituals, the compass is “dedicated to the craft” and is emblematic of restraint. Years ago, the philospoher Burke said :men of intemperate passions cannot be free; passion forge their fetters.” It is passions in the larger sense; intemperance, excess temper, unjust judgement, intolerance, selfishness, that the spiritual compass circumscribes.”