Contemporary Masonic symbols can be traced to Ancient Egypt’s mystery system.
The following Masonic symbols from 16th Century Freemasonry are borrowed from Ancient Egyptian Freemasonry which began circa 3 000 BC with the construction of the first Egyptian Temples by Imhotep, the world’s first genius.
The Masonic Lodge
The Masonic lodge is a Masonic symbol from Ancient Egypt’s mystery system.
Although the popular conception is that the Masonic Lodge is based on the Temple Of Solomon, the layout and design of the Masonic Temple is actually based on earlier Egyptian Temples which predate the Temple of Solomon by at least Two Thousand years.
This is especially important to appreciate since to date there has been no Archaeological evidence found of the First Temple of Solomon.
The Temple of Solomon itself was probably modelled on earlier Ancient Egyptian Temples whose design featured, an entrance, central area followed by a Holy of Holies.
This Temple layout was first conceived in Ancient Egypt and has been the Blueprint used for the construction of all other Temples in the Ancient World.
As such, the Masonic Lodge is a Masonic symbol derived from Ancient Egypt because the Masonic Lodge design is actually based on Ancient Egyptian Temple design which is the oldest Blueprint known to man.
The Square & The Compass
The Square and Compass is another Masonic symbol from Ancient Egypt’s mystery system.
Along the Nile Valley, Ancient Egyptians used a Triangle in the Ratios 3:4:5 to make a Right Angle, which they used to construct Pyramids and Temples.
The Ancient Egyptians considered the right-angled triangle, with sides in the proportions 3:4:5 as the “Triangle of the Deity”.
It was a symbol of Nature, wherein the Female Principle Auset (Isis) was represented by the side of three units, the Male Principle Ausar (Osiris) was represented by the side of four units and their Child Heru (Horus) was represented by the Hypotenuse which represented Procreation.
This symbolism is important because 3, 4 and 5 were all considered Sacred Numbers by the Ancient Egyptians.
In light of the above, the Square and Compass is also a Masonic symbol with its origins in Ancient Egypt.
The Masonic Star
For this reason, one of the most important Egyptian symbols used in Freemasonry is The Masonic Star because it symbolises RA, the Supreme Solar Deity of Ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egyptian Temples such as Karnak were built and aligned in such a way that at certain times of the year the Sun would ‘rest’ in the Holy of Holies with its rays spreading across the entire Temple signifying the presence of God.
Thus the Masonic Star is a Masonic symbol from Ancient Egypt because it is a symbol of the Ancient Egyptian Solar Deity RA.
The Masonic Apron
Ancient Egyptian Freemasons were Architects, Philosophers and Warrior Kings who are frequently depicted wearing Aprons. Imhotep and many other Pharaohs such as Narmer are also shown wearing Aprons.
In Ancient Egypt, the Aprons indicated that the person wearing it belonged to the Brotherhood of Freemasonry or Architects.
The Masonic Apron is therefore another symbol of Freemasonry that dates back to Ancient Egypt.
The Masonic Gavel
The Masonic Gavel is borrowed from the Ancient Egyptian Mace that was used by the Warrior Kings to Smite enemies.
The Narmer Palette show a clear example of an Ancient Egyptian Mace that is the basis of the Masonic Gavel.
The Gavel of contemporary Freemasonry is therefore related to the Mace used by Ancient Egyptian Warrior Kings. As such, the Gavel can be considered another Masonic Symbol from Ancient Egypt.
The Masonic Eye
The last but perhaps one of the most distinctive Masonic symbols derived from Egypt is the All Seeing Eye of Heru (Horus) which appears on the American Dollar Bill.
Heru is one of the most important Deities of Ancient Egypt who represents Will according to the Egyptian Metu Neter Tree Of Life Spiritual System.
The Eye of Heru is thus another Masonic Symbol with its roots in the Ancient Egyptian mystery system.
The symbols of Freemasonry come from the Ancient Egypt’s mystery system which coded Technical information in symbolic language that an initiated Brotherhood/Priesthood could interpret.
Its important to appreciate that this Technical information dates back to at least 3000BC and was used by the Ancient Egyptians to build the Egyptian Pyramids and Temples.
For these reasons, the symbols of Freemasonry are derived from the Ancient Egyptian mystery system because Masonic symbols convey the same coded messages as the older Ancient Egyptian symbols on which they are based.