Our Emblem

Except for the seven pointed star interpretation of the emblem of Foundation Lodge is fairly straight forward. The Worshipful Master, on the left - indicated by the square -and his Junior and Senior Wardens laying the foundation stone of a building. With them are the ‘tools’ of their trade – a square, level and plumb rule.

In Freemasonry we often refer to three, five and seven. Our emblem has three Freemasons. Then there are five other Masonically related items – the square, level, plumb rule, the building cornerstone and the foundation stone. The seven is then represented by the seven point of the star or bright Star in the East.

In the top of the suspended block of ashlar stone is a lifting device called a 'Lewis' which enables the stone to be lifted without damaging its surface.

The line under the emblem states CONSECRATED 1753. That is the date in which the lodge was constituted. The number 82 reflects the number in of the Lodge on the register of Lodges held at Grand Lodge in London. More details on  Foundation Lodge on the page devoted to its history.

Not much more add really except; what is the significance of the seven pointed star? Masonically there are the seven liberal arts and sciences. While no reference to the number of points in the First Degree Tracing Board the ornaments of the lodge are the Mosaic Pavement, the Blazing Star and the Tessellated Border. In the Third Degree Charge reference is made to ‘that Bright Morning Star’.

More specifically there are the seven liberal arts and sciences namely Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy. Also King Solomon was seven years in building the temple.

Astrologically, everything on Earth is under the governance of seven influences. There are seven planets, as they appeared to the Ancients; seven colours of the rainbow; seven stars in the plough (The Great Bear); seven days in 1 week; seven nights in each quarter of the moon; seven chief glands in the human body; seven ‘power’ centres of the body; seven notes of the musical scale. Then there are the seven continents, the seven ages of man; the seven seas and the belief that the seventh child of a seventh child has supernormal powers.

We have a seven-day week, each ruled by one of the planets, which goes back to ancient Chaldea and Babylon as in the diagram. The signs of the seven planets are in the order of their apparent motion, from Saturn the slowest moving to Luna, which has the swiftest apparent motion. By tracing along the lines of the star one sees the order in which the planets rule the days of the week, beginning with Sunday (the Sun) passing to Monday (the Moon), and so on ending with Saturday (Saturn).

Traditions also connect it with the seven qualities, Humility, Respect, Trust, Kindness, Truth, Honour and Dignity.

Finally our principles


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