Demystifying the Masonic Gavel among Other Masonic Symbols
We have interacted with symbols used in Freemasonry at one point in our lives. Most of us are probably ignorant about what they mean. Nearly all those symbols were used in ancient times.
Tools of trade used by the ancient freemasons and stonemasons were associated with most masonic signs which we see today. Some of the most popular tools include trowel gauge, compass, square, mallets, and masonic aprons.
The Masonic philosophy is based on the Biblical narrative that God rules the world authoritatively and not forcefully. Freedom and the rule of law that is so naturally experienced would be unknown if freewill was suppressed. One is granted the freedom to either believe or not to believe in the authority of God.
The master of a freemasons lodge represents the same authority. One of the things taught to a Masonic student in training is that the east is the master’s station while that of the senior and junior wardens is the west and south respectively.
One of the tools handed to the lodge master during his official installation by the installing officer is the Masonic gavel. He is then told that it is an emblem of his authority. The authority conferred to him through the gavel can be used for acts of good or evil as he chooses. The masonic philosophy on authority is that it should be meted out forbearingly rather than forcefully. King Solomon referred to as the best grandmaster by the freemason, is seen as the father figure of Freemasonry.
The common gavel, which is used by stonemasons, has one pointed end. It is used to shape stones and bricks. The Masonic gavel, on the other hand, is used as a symbol for chipping the superficial undesirable vices away from the heart.
The implication of the Masonic gavel is that the bearer does not replace divine authority but rather, restrains his own will in order to be used as a conduit for the order of divine authority. The sceptre symbolized by the gavel serves as a reminder of the same to the master. When a master lacks self-control and exercises his authority through force, he is deemed to have failed in his mandate.
The respectful leadership exercise by a self-controlled master points to the same authority and guidance in a loving God. This kind of master uses the message behind the gavel’s sceptre for his subject’s good by keeping his naturally impulsive side under control.
In training, a Masonic student is also educated about the message in the compass. While interacting with other people, especially fellow masons, he is to subdue the desires and passions of his heart.
The general intention of freemasonry teachings is to teach the students on how to live and interact with others peacefully through restraint of the natural unregenerate man.