There are many reasons people may opt for Masonic tattoos, not least because they are really cool and symbolic designs but more likely because they have personal connections with Freemasonry that they wish to express through body art. So what exactly do the Freemasons stand for? Masonic TattoosThis is one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the world that is shrouded in mystery and legend however Freemasonry is believed to have originated with those who built King Solomon’s Temple in ancient Jerusalem. The stonemasons who built Medieval castle and cathedrals honed their skills from the European craft guild. They began to build temporary lodges next to the building they were working on as a place to meet and socialize, plan their work and train new apprentices. Freemasonry spread around the world thanks to the colonization of the New World as British, the French and Dutch colonists brought it around the globe with them. Many of the Founding Fathers in the USA, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklyn were among the first US Masons.

In modern society the Mason’s meeting place is still known as the Grand Lodge and these
Freemasons believe that each man can make a difference in the world by improving himself, and taking an active role in his community. It is a charitable, benevolent, educational fraternity however Freemasonry forbids the discussion in Masonic meetings of religion, creeds, politics or other topics likely to excite personal animosities. Many of the symbols associated with Masonic tattoos stem from their initiation ceremonies which use three rituals, referred to as degrees in Freemason circles. These include symbols such as the Hiram Key, or the Key of Solomon as it is also referred, the All Seeing Eye, and symbol of the Illuminati, the Masonic five pointed star. Many believe that these symbols stem from the Occult and the Esoteric interpretation or hidden meanings behind them add much to the mystery and magic associated with them.

Masonic TattoosThis mystical eye is a symbol which is shared by many false religions, cults and occult bodies today has always been used as a symbol of ‘deity.’ However as body art in conjunction with the pyramid, another popular shape often associated with Masons it makes a stunning Masonic tattoo in large and small designs, in color or monochrome. Other popular images in Freemasonry often used for body art designs include the square, the compass and the letter G. Like many of the symbols associated with the Masons, its meaning seems to be open to interpretation and has been deemed to signify God, the Supreme Being, Goodness and of course Geometry.

To return to the Square, Compasses and Letter ‘G’. In many countries the Letter ‘G’ is taken to mean God, the Supreme Being, and whilst it is an interpretation held by many Freemasons it is not a universal view. There are some faiths which have an aversion to depicting the Supreme Being in any physical form whatsoever. For such individuals the Letter ‘G’ simply cannot stand for the God of their faith.

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