The tools of the Master Mason are: skirret, pencil and compass. The skirret is a pointed tool that acts on a central pivot, where a straight line is drawn to circumscribe the ground floor of the expected structure. Metaphorically it focuses on the behavior and the way of Master Masons. The lessons of the religious beliefs should be used according to the rules of Freemasonry. The symbolism of the pencil: an architect or builder can use it in the design of a building, it also serves to pin the actions of a single Mason. The Master Mason should keep in mind that his actions toward a fellow Freemason are judged by God. The meaning of the compass: it is a tool used for complex calculations. And therefore it represents the role of the last Supreme Court of mankind. The ceremony of the Master Mason can be seen as a representation of the third stage of human life.
The student is a symbol of childhood and the beginning. The assistant symbolizes the maturity and majority. The Master Mason represents the mortality but accompanied by the comforting belief in the immortality of the human soul.
The ceremony of the third degree of Master Mason also has a number of different images and symbolic motifs whose meanings are explained to the candidate by the Venerable Master. A cup with incense represents an individual with a pure heart. Purity is a sacrifice to God, something that is true. From the biblical narrative in which Moses received from God the order to build a special altar for incense related to divine worship.
“Make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense (…). Overlay the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and make a gold molding around it (…). Put the altar in front of the curtain that is before the ark of the Testimony—before the atonement cover that is over the Testimony—where I will meet with you. Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps. He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the Lord for the generations to come (…). It is most holy to the Lord.”          (Exodus 30:1-10).
The Mason learns that the cup with incense should illuminate and burn as gratitude to God for life and his blessings. The depiction of the beehive is solidarity of Masonry and the Mason learns that the beehive symbolizes the hard work, the application and the importance of dedication to their work. The beehive motif reminds Masons to love, to support and assist those in need.
Masons are taught to be cautious in discussing private matters of Freemasonry and to pay attention to what they say. The symbol of the heart with a sword pointing to the naked heart is the divine judge who knows all and sees all our actions and our will, on the basis of reward or punishment. The symbol of the arc is drawn from the story of Noah and symbolizes a life that is well founded.
The candidate will be taught the Pythagorean theorem which is reminiscent of the importance of science and art. The Venerable Master asks the candidate the emblem of life, just like the sand in the hourglass, which runs until it ends.
Our life is short and we have to appreciate and make good use of our time. Similarly, the scythe is a reminder that all human life is growing and is cut.
But the dark images of death and mortality, followed by the symbol of the acacia reminds the Mason that our soul lives and survives, while our bodies may die and be lost.


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