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One of the most debatable Freemason symbols that you will find is the square and compass that is often depicted with the letter “G” in the center. It is this letter “G” that has garnished the most speculation from outsiders, and even initiated members of this Secret Brotherhood. In this article I would like to focus on what this letter actually symbolizes to help dispel the myths, and let you, the reader decide, if what I write is truth.
The most common explanations that you will find for what the letter “G” represents run the gambit from God, who would also be the Great Architect of the Universe or Geometry since as Pythagoras had said, all is number. In both operative and speculative Masonry the use of math and mathematical symbols has always been at the forefront in the teachings of the craft. Therefore, it would only be natural for people to assume that the G could possibly represent Geometry since it is one of the “most ancient and noblest of sciences.”
The letter “G” in Greek and also in the Semitic tongues is not seven but three. “G” is the third letter of the Hebrew (Phoenician) alphabet in which the builders of King Solomon’s temple, which is also the number three, is among other things they had used; three is the age of an Entered Apprentice. The number three degree (3rd) is the highest degree that you will find in the Blue Lodge, but in Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the honorary highest degree of the Supreme Council is the 33rd degree which is 3×3=9, which is the power of creation and the God of All or Truth.
In the bible, the number three is seen in Genesis 3 that describes “The Fall.”
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The Number 33 is a Master Number (Master Teacher), it is Christ consciousness. Jesus was crucified at Golgotha (place of the skull) at age 33 in the year 33 A.D. 33 is the number of The God Amon (AMEN) which is the numerical equivalent of AMEN: 1+13+5+14=33; Amen is the God of Truth and God corresponds to 1/3 (33.3%) as seen in Revelation 12, where the great red dragon is sweeping 1/3 (3.33) of the stars from heaven.
Hence, when you become an honorary 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason you will have been voted by your fellow Masons as a worthy related Brother who is both a Gnostic and understands the secrets of procreation, the universe, truth, love and immortality.
You will have been deemed by the Supreme Council to have what may be called a “Christ consciousness” or a “Reincarnated Buddha” Astral Body, where you may walk as both Jesus and Buddha had done by knowing THYSELF and also by using the knowledge you have gained for wisdom and reason in order to operate in the current moment of Truth.
This is what being a Gnostic is all about.
Therefore, the letter ‘G’ in Freemasonry signifies Gnosis, Generation and the Grand Architect. Gnosis (Greek for knowledge) in its simplest form is “knowledge of thyself” or the Great Arcanum, Daath (Da’ath – Hebrew for knowledge). Philo also refers to the “knowledge” (gnosis) and “wisdom” (sophia) of God. This fact we find in the biblical passage Proverbs 2.6; “The Lord gives wisdom (sophia), from his face come knowledge (gnosis) and understanding (sunesis).”
Generation (from the Latin generāre, meaning “to beget”), also known as procreation in biological sciences, is the act of producing offspring. Hence, it is from the blood that Gnosis or knowledge is transmuted through the act of procreation that then passes the knowledge encrypted within our DNA to our offspring.
33rd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason, Albert Pike and Master Occultist, Eliphas Levi agree with the Masonic facts I have stated, that the letter ‘G’ in Freemasonry signifies Gnosis, Generation and the Grand Architect.
In the Mysteries of Magic by Eliphas Levi and interpreted by Arthur Edward Waite, it is written; “All these magical theorems, based on the unique dogma of Hermes, and on the analogical inductions of science, have been invariably confirmed by the visions of ecstatics and by the convulsions of cataleptics under the supposed possession of spirits. The G which Freemasons place in the centre of the Burning Star signifies Gnosis and Generation, the two sacred words of the ancient Kabbalah. It also signifies Grand Architect, for the Pentagram, from whatever side it may be looked at, always represents an A. (Also See Eliphas Levi, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, vol. II, p. 97.)
Albert Pike had reconfirmed this fact by quoting Levi in his book, Liturgy of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: IV to XIV; “In the centre of this Blazing Star Freemasons place the letter G. It signifies Gnosis and Generation, the two sacred words of the ancient Kabala; and also the Grand Architect; for the Pentagram, whichever way we view it, presents the letter A.”
It is written in the History of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons edited by Henry Leonard Stillson, William James Hughan;
“The G which Freemasons place in the center of the blazing star signifies GNOSIS and GENERATION, the two sacred words of the ancient Kabala. It also means the GRAND ARCHITECT, for the Pentagram, on whatever side we view it, represents an A. All the Mysteries of Magic, all the symbols of the Gnosis, all the figures of Occultism, all the Kabalistic keys of prophecy, are summed up in the sign of the Pentagram, which Paracelsus pronounces the greatest and most potent of all signs.(De la Haute Magic, Vol. II. pp. 55-62.)”
In An Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences, Albert Gallatin Mackey claims that many middle age stone masons used Gnostic symbols and the letter G can be traced to a Gnostic source. Mackey writes:
“The architects and stone-masons of the Middle Ages borrowed manv of the principles of ornamentation, by which they decorated the ecclesiastical edifices which they constructed, from the abstruse symbols of the Gnostics.
So, too, we find Gnostic symbols in the Hermetic Philosophy and in the system of Rosicrucianism; and lastly, many of the symbols still used by Freemasonry — such, for instance, as the triangle within a circle, the letter G, and the pentacle of Solomon — have been traced to a Gnostic source.”
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Well hallelujah! Yep G, for Gnosis. Unfortunately for far too many “masons”… it’s “Gnosis? What’s that?” William Henry had joked that the masons call what they do “the craft”, which William figures stands for Can’t Remember A Friggin’ Thing.
Now, do you know why, in the mason symbol, the square and compass are oriented to each other the way they are / what that symbolizes?
The letter G means many things to many people. I’ve heard God, gnosis, geometry, etc. As for anything in masonry or really the occult, it means what it means to you. It is for you to investigate your SELF and not someone else’s self. That is why no one can speak for freemasonry, but you can speak for yourself and help to evoke thoughts into others.
Another possibility is Gematria. This is the use of numbers to signify words. It also derives from the word geometry which is the use of numbers to signify the earth. They say it’s hidden in math and numbers.
No, it does not. I stated what it meant and with proof from other leading Masonic authorities. All other claims and or definitions are either wrong, propaganda, and or lies to mislead those with no Gnosis.
This indeed is perhaps one of the better modern interpretations of the meaning of “G” in Freemasonry. However, predating this understanding in the much older origins of the Free Masons is in what we find discussed in Genesis as “The Watchmen”. The Watchmen are in fact immortals and were placed on Earth as witnesses to mortal evolution for God. These immortal beings co-mingled with human women and begot what the Bible calls giants, which may be a physical aspect but more likely is simply a way of describing those who were far and away vastly superior in every aspect to normal man and thus became their leaders. This pissed God off royally and he swept the Earth clean of all half-lings, and in the process most humans. Interestingly there is modern genetic proof of a moment in time when the human gene pool shrank down to a very few individuals, near extinction – perhaps as few as 3000. Anyway, the Watchmen – again, immortals – survived but were thus roundly spanked and reminded to behave themselves. The Watchmen eventually formed what we now understand are the Freemasons. It’s easy to understand why they were such a secretive organization in the first place. The name Gregory derives from the ancient Greek Gregorius and literally means Watchman. In fact the name became so popularly identified with the Watcher’s power, wisdom, knowledge and divinity that a Roman Pope finally bastardized and stole it for himself in 590 A.C.E. Typical Roman thing to do – steal the best of other cultures and then claim it their own. Like spaghetti, which came from China. In closing, the “G” simply stands for the founders of the Free Masons – those watchers who later became known by the name Gregory. Guess what? They are immortals here on Earth, since the dawn of man. Which means they are still here. And do not believe anything you read in the New Testament. It was all made up in the fourth century by the Romans to control the masses and keep collecting taxes. Like that lie about Jesus being the “only” son of God. What a laugh. Read Genesis, it’s all there. It clearly states there were MANY immortal sons of God roaming the Earth – including the Watchmen. Sheesh. It’s all there in black and white if people would just sit down a read it. If any Freemason tries to tell you the G stands to Geometry and the Grand Poobah of the Universe, just turn around a walk away. It isn’t worth the time & trouble to argue with them. Mainly because even the Freemasons have lost some of the truth of their own origins. Hey, see ya next go-around! I wonder if Sally is going to marry me in my next turn at this life? Huh, hope so. She’s #1 on my call list. Sure glad I dont’ have to abide by that Watcher’s “No babies” law!
I left something very obvious out. That “All Seeing Eye”, right? That’s there for just in case it ever got forgotten or rewritten what the “G” stood for in the first place. Now I’ll bet you’re slapping yourself on the forehead, saying “Doh!” and looking for donuts.
I believe the letter “G” symbolises both Gnosis and the Generative principle. I also firmly believe it represents the Oroboros, or the symbolic emblem of wisdom of the infinitly recurring Generative principle so the Grand architect may see its creation through as many life forms over as many life times as possible to better understand itself from all perspectives. All of this symbolism is found inside the square and compasses that I believe represents the vagina, the portal men enter so life my be created and then released from. The fascination with the square and compasses/ vagina is why the fraternity accepts only men, it teaches them that women are the true creators and we simply lend them our working tool/s so they may do the real magic. 😉
The capitol G also represents the number 33.
(English alphabet) Counting from 1 to 26 the lowercase letters (a-z) then count the uppercase letters to G. (26+7=33).
“G” was also used to distinguish meanings of a similar sounding letter “J” and was also used in place if “i” and distinguish from “Y” This was a slowly developed separation that is Phoenician, Greek, Etruscan; but is based on work done by Phrygi’s; i.e. “ygji” all in one name related to freedom
Congratulations for your interesting website. I have tried to confirm your sources you mention regarding your statement that the letter “G” means Gnostic. Such statement is not found in Eliphas Levi, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, vol. II, p. 97.). I was wondering if you verify such reference. Thank you.
Thanks for the kind words Brother. Sure, you can find it in the chapter of the blazing pentagram. Here is a link: https://books.google.com/books?id=lPfQ1U4to-0C&pg=PT47&dq=g+freemason+eliphas+levi&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEYQ6AEwB2oVChMIlYSg-I6byAIV0KKICh38ewi0#v=onepage&q=g%20freemason%20eliphas%20levi&f=false
Here is the book “Liturgy of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: IV to XIV By Freemasons. United States. Scottish Rite. Supreme Council for the Southern Jurisdiction, Albert Pike quoting the same : https://books.google.com/books?id=-p8wAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA106&dq=g+gnosis+albert+pike&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBWoVChMIlszlx4-byAIVzJqICh3b1w00#v=onepage&q=g%20gnosis%20albert%20pike&f=false
French Freemason and author, René Guénon said the same thing “This is Perfect Gnosis, which in Masonry is symbolized by the letter G.’. within the Blazing Star, applies simultaneously to the program of intellectual discovery and to the moral training of the three grades of Apprentice, Fellow, and Master.”
ORION constellation (8 stars) triptych encrypted= 7= G= GPY (Pythagoras)= 777= 3= Orion. Blue Lodge Masons are an ORION construct and conflicted with Illuminati, which is why they routed consummate radical rationalism pervert, Adam Weishaupt.
For the record, Peirs Morgan is a BES Weishaupt clone. In effect, Morgan is a BES lab produced Adam Weishaupt.
g for gravity, a universal metric system is the key to calendar, clock, all life….to create need fixed laws like gravity & pendelum….
hi there…thanks for this. its a complicated subject. love your pictures. god bless.
Lion it is a lot more complex than that have you ever heard of squaring the circle? The “G” stands for many things, it’s the ambiguity that gives the symbol it’s power. With ambiguity comes doubt which leads to further contemplation, thus increasing the symbols power. If one knows something then we have understanding if one has doubt then those outside of the circle fear it more.
The G, at its core, does not represent a word. It is the physical appearance of the symbol itself that matters here. The ultimate Creator (God) is completion. The universal symbol for completion is “O”. The full circle. Being that Masons wish and try (through black sorcery) to overcome the universal law of Karma and to defeat God (and thus, to achieve a “freedom” from divine justice), they take God’s symbol O, and “break” it. Hence, the letter G is the broken O. Sounds too simplistic to be true, but therein lies the perverse genius of the Dark arts.
Never heard that interpretation of the G. Do you have any supporting research to back this claim up?
Check out the Esoteric Alphabet by Ellis Taylor. I hope that this helps you out. Great article
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Very interesting dark occult interpretation there, striking at the very core and goal of dark occult thought itself.
What a load of Tosh!
The letter G in Craft Masonry means GEOMETRY and the letter DOES appear in all lodges.
There is no ‘debate’ about what it means as it is clearly stated in one particular part of the ritual.
I do appreciate much of the material on your site but this particular item is a complete error.
Another Mason had emailed me about the G being in all Lodges. So, this may be true and I stand to be corrected. However, the G is for Gnosis, Generation and the Grand Architect, NOT Geometry.
Whilst I do not debate the information have I would like to add something. In the Lodges I attend here in Oz as a Scottish Constitution Blue Lodge, no absolute meaning is given for any aspect of the craft, A general meaning and practical explanation is given then the candidate/Brother is encouraged to explore the symbols and the symbolism to see what comes from his inquiry, No different to if one would study the Tarot or Qabalah.
I would also question the interpretation of the password for the 3rd degree to which you refer. Do you not think “The first artificer of Metals” is a curious figure to use at such a point within a lodge of Stonemasons? The explanation feels a little shallow to me and whilst I cannot give you anything additional it is a question that I certainly inquire into.