Except for the seven pointed star
interpretation of the emblem of Foundation Lodge is fairly straight
forward. The Worshipful Master, on the left - indicated by the square
-and his Junior and Senior Wardens laying the foundation stone of a
building. With them are the ‘tools’ of their trade – a square, level
and plumb rule.
In Freemasonry we often
refer to three, five and seven. Our emblem has three Freemasons. Then there are
five other Masonically related items – the square, level, plumb rule, the
building cornerstone and the foundation stone. The seven is then represented by
the seven point of the star or bright Star in the East.
In the top of the suspended block of ashlar stone is a
lifting device called a 'Lewis' which enables the stone to be lifted without
damaging its surface.
The line under the emblem states CONSECRATED 1753. That is
the date in which the lodge was constituted. The number 82 reflects the number in of the Lodge on the
register of Lodges held at Grand Lodge in London. More details on Foundation Lodge on the page devoted
to its history.
Not much more add really except; what is the
significance of the seven pointed star? Masonically there
are the seven liberal arts and sciences. While no reference to the number of
points in the First Degree Tracing Board the ornaments of the lodge are the
Mosaic Pavement, the Blazing Star and the Tessellated Border. In the Third
Degree Charge reference is made to ‘that Bright Morning Star’.
More specifically there are
the seven liberal arts and sciences namely Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Arithmetic,
Geometry, Music, and Astronomy. Also King Solomon was seven years in building
Astrologically, everything on Earth is under the governance of seven influences.
There are seven planets, as they appeared to the Ancients; seven colours of the
rainbow; seven stars in the plough (The Great Bear);
days in 1 week; seven nights in each quarter of the moon; seven chief glands in
the human body; seven ‘power’ centres of the body; seven notes of the musical
scale. Then there are the seven continents, the
seven ages of man; the seven seas and the belief that the seventh child of a
seventh child has supernormal powers.
We have a seven-day
week, each ruled by one of the planets, which goes back to ancient Chaldea and
Babylon as in the diagram. The signs of the seven planets are in the order of
their apparent motion, from Saturn the slowest moving to Luna, which has the
swiftest apparent motion. By tracing along the lines of the star one sees the
order in which the planets rule the days of the week, beginning with Sunday (the
Sun) passing to Monday (the Moon), and so on ending with Saturday (Saturn).
Traditions also connect
it with the seven qualities, Humility, Respect, Trust, Kindness, Truth, Honour
Finally our principles
BROTHERLY LOVE :: RELIEF :: TRUTH