Symbols are an essential part of Freemasonry. the formation of a Freemason and his development is linked with the knowledge and interpretation of symbols, each time a Freemason meets in his Lodge (which itself is another symbol), the practiced rituals are recreations of historical, biblical passages or legend. and where these stories, Masons must interpret its symbols to understand, individually, their meaning
A symbol (From the Latin simbŏlum, and this of Greek σύμβολον) is the visible representation of an idea, with characteristics associated by a convention socially accepted. It is a sign without similarity or contiguity, which only has a conventional link between its significant and denoted besides an intentional class designee.
We call symbol to a term, a name or an image that can be known in daily life but possesses specific connotations in addition to its ordinary and obvious meaning. Carl G. Jung.
( Carl Gustav Jung was a psychiatrist, psychologist and Swiss essayist, key figure in the initial stage of psychoanalysis)
Social groups often have symbols that represent them: there are symbols referring to various cultural, artistic, religious, political, business, sports associations, among others. The symbol is the way to externalize a thought or idea and the sign or means of expression attributed to a conventional meaning and whose genesis resemblance, real or imagined, with what meaning is. Aristotle said that no one thinks without images, and symbolic is science, constituting both the most obvious manifestations of intelligence.
The symbols accorded to members of Freemasonry is a particular language with expressions that only the Freemasons can understand them fully. They are educational mechanisms that enable knowledge of Masonic teachings, so they say that they are not written but contained symbols, giving them the possibility of permanence and current
These symbols have a dual decoding system: one is based on tradition and gives each one of the symbols and the same set of certain meanings, which are a short message-traditional teaching; the other is the free philosophical speculation, based on the exercise of rationality and human freedom in the interpretation of symbols.
In both cases, the Masonic symbols function as communicating ideas through visual messages. The receiver of the symbolic message must decode, ie rebuild their sense, or give one, which implies knowledge of the code or hermeneutics used in another sense, it is the system of socialized conventions used to interpret a symbol system, which typically involves a social agreement on the allocation, more or less detailed than one meaning to a signifier, which is a constantly evolving process.
Many Masonic traditions constitute rigid interpretation codes and detailed, usually loaded with moral, esoteric and religious elements, while philosophy is a hermeneutics (or code weaker and less detailed) that allows free symbolic interpretation, from an ethical and humanistic perspective, considering socioeconomic, cultural and personal factors that influence that interpretation.
The Masonic symbolism is an applied symbology that with traditional methods produced similar effects, especially psychological and behavioral, which currently gets the television and advertising communication: the influence on the actions of human beings. Their basic differences lie in the technology used and its objectives. In television programming and advertising are contingent commercial, chrematistic, typical of the consumer society purposes, while Freemasonry seeks the ethical-moral human being from an idealistic perspective improvement.
This article was written by Psalm Triginta