The Freemasons are a group that is surrounded with much controversy and allure. The secret nature of the organization has led to a great interest in their commonly used symbols. Through a great deal of investigation some agreed upon meanings of their symbols have been reached, but there are, to this day, still some symbols that only have speculative meanings.
The all-seeing eye is a popular symbols used in freemasonry. It is a well-known symbol, which can be found on the back of the American one dollar bill. It consists of a pyramid with the top triangle containing a single eye. The origins of this symbol lie far in the world's past and can be traced to the ancient Hebrews and Egyptians. At its core, this symbol represents the perpetual presence and watchfulness of a divine entity. The letter "G" is one of the Freemasons most common symbols. It is often paired with the compass or square in freemason crests. The meaning of this symbol goes far back into the early stages of freemasonry. It is said to represent geometry, which was one of the most used tools for a mason. Geometry is also said to represent a logical search for answers.
The compass is also related to the mason trade. It was used to create accurate and precise architectural plans and drawings. This purpose grew to represent more broad concepts such as rectitude and virtue. This is arguable one of the most easily recognized symbols of the Freemasons.
The square was another tool often used by masons and is often paired with the compass in freemason imagery. It is a common symbol of the freemasons. It is said to represent revelation, righteousness, virtue and redemption. The bee and beehive are two symbols often used by Freemasons. Beehives were an example of nature, where a large group of insects lived in one place and reported to a higher authority. For this reason, the beehive is a symbol of industry and regeneration, wisdom and obedience.
The Apron can be associated with the common practice of masons using them with their work. When freemasonry began, the apron carried over and was often decorated with symbolic designs. In present day, aprons symbolize membership into the Freemasons and represents fraternal virtues and innocence.