Many researchers believe that the symbolism of Freemasonry has its origin from the tools of masons, builders of medieval cathedrals in Europe, who were allegedly the first "brothers" of the movement. However, this is not the case. Let me explain this with examples.
The compass and square in the ancient Chinese symbols
One of the main symbols of the Freemasons is a compass and square, which is used to represent the moral and ethical system masons use to indicate the universality of the Masonic society.
The significance of these characters to the Mason is so great that at the end of the ceremony of initiation each Masonic initiate commits a solemn obligation to the Holy Book (Bible, Koran, Torah, etc.) of the religion which he professes, and in it puts a pair of compasses and square.
To explain themselves Freemasons say the compass represents the Firmament (Heaven) and the square represents the Earth (Land). Land is a place where people get their work done and Heaven is symbolically linked to the place where man's plans are drawn by great builder of the universe. The square is also seen as a symbol of law and conscience and the compass of eternity.
These Masonic symbols have a long history and are widely used in ancient symbolism. Many images of ancestors of humans show them holding these symbols - one is the legendary Chinese ruler Fusi and Nuva, who ruled, according to Confucian philosophy, from 2953 to 2852 BC (In my book "Earth before the flood - the world of sorcerers and werewolves," I have shown that their rule is likely accounted for during the Oligocene epoch of the Paleogene period, 34-24 million years ago) In their images Fusi holds a square and Nuva a compass.
Fusi and Nuva survived the flood and represent the sun-god and moon-god of the earth, revived humanity
Let's see now who Fusi and Nuva were and how these symbols are designated in ancient China.
The cycle of myths about Fusi has not been preserved in it's entirety. Nevertheless, more than a hundred ancient monuments and evidence of the numerous comments of the last two thousand years of Chinese mythology made it possible to Professor Yuan Ke to reconstruct the picture of the semi-legendary personality, "and Fusi and Nyuyva are depicted from head to waist in the form of human beings with hats and coats, and below the waist they have the form of a snake (sometimes a dragon), with tightly twisted tails and faces facing each other, or they are back to back. Fuxi holds a square, Nyuyva holds a compass. In some images it keeps the sun, which is inscribed as a golden crow (from other sources, the eagle - AK), and in her hands is the moon with the image of a toad."
According to ancient legends, hundreds of thousands of li (an ancient Chinese unit of a distance) to the north-west of China was a country called the Land of the genus Huasyuy (Yuan Ke said it was the country of the Far North called Chzhunbeygo, according to some myths, it was hardly possible to reach even in thought - in other words it was a very long distance away) . In the country there were no rulers or leaders, the people were not subject to undesireable passions and they lived in harmony with nature for a long time, happily, and never had to work. According to Yuan Ke, Chzhunbeygo inhabitants did not need to work nor did they need "to be fed and clothed". The inhabitants of the country could walk on water, pass through the fire and fly through the air. They could see thru the mist and darkness. They were both divine and earthly beings and comprehended the secret of immortality. In this country lived a girl named Huasyuy-shi, which means she was born in Huasyuy country. Once she went for a walk to a huge lake (which was more like swampy lowland, overgrown with bamboo) and saw the footprints of a giant with his toes spread far apart. Wanting to measure how big the giant paw was, she put one of her feet into the footprint. Huasyuy-shi stepped into the next giant footprint and immediately felt something penetrate inside her. After a while she gave birth to a creature. It was not a child and not an animal - it was some kind of a half-man half-animal hybrid creature. She called this creature Fusi.
Read my work "The Promised land - the reminiscences of remote past"
There is a second very different version of the origin of Fusi. According to another ancient Chinese legend there was a time when heaven and earth were separated, but connected by an unusually long set of stairs woven from vines. On them people and gods could be raised to the sky and back down to earth. One such ladder was lowered into the center of the earth then it came back out and raised Fusi up who then ruled from Heaven. From another ladder climbed down Nuva, who ruled the Earth.
Fusi was the first (remembered) tribal culture hero, who had a totem bird that was perhaps presented in the form of a man-bird (another hybrid creature). It was not until many years later, during a later era of Chinese history that these images of Fusi and Nuva were entered into the commom Chinese mythological system.
According to oral tradition of Fusi and Nuva from the Chinese Sichuan, they were brother and sister, who survived the flood, and then entered into a marriage, to revive the lost humanity.
In my book "Earth before the Flood - the world of sorcerers and werewolves" I have shown the list of beneficial things Fusi taught the "people" (the invention of writing, music and musical instruments, the discovery of the laws of harmony, etc.) and his image in some of the legends was as a human-bird hybrid. This has similarities to Indian myths as his form of a half man-half-bird draw him closer to their stories of Adityas, Gandharvas, Vidyadharas, Charanas and Siddhas. His attribution as a lord of heaven was not imaginary, as he is now listed among the Chinese emperors who lived in heaven after his separation from the Earth.
So, Fusi, despite the description of his demonic nature, apparently was one of the survivors of the flood and was a sun or celestial god or at least a descendant of a mixed marriage of a god or goddess of the sun and the earth goddess (god), which included dragon-people. Then who was his "sister" and wife Nuva who is also shown in all ancient images and in modern Chinese sculpture? Is she also considered a Semi-woman -Semi-Serpent? She was the goddess of the earth. Fusi and Nuva were married. That much seems to be established.
Marriage between the Sun and the Earth was a very common motif of most traditions of different peoples.
Read my work "Origin of the Sun and Moon dynasties of Indian kings"
Compass and square - the image of foundations and principles of the universe
According to ancient Chinese tradition, the compass (sometimes instead of a compass - a plumb line) is a symbol of the circle - TAI CHI, and the square - the symbol of the square - LO SHU (magic square).
The symbol "Tai Chi", first mentioned in one of the most ancient Chinese books - "The Book of Changes", is the supreme principle of existence. The tai-chi states there is an alternation of rest and motion and an alternation of light and darkness. It describes the rules by which the system builds the relationship between natural and social components of the universe. "Qi (energy permeating the universe - AK) generates chi, living matter, which is a result of the interaction of light and darkness being converted into Five Elements - wood, earth, fire, metal and water" - that describes the principle of Tai Chi, A.V.Nesterov (http://falundafa.udm.ru/_pages/a_2_2/fldfii_a_2_2.htm). The term "Tai Chi" is translated as the Great Limit and reflects the cosmic principle, the generating force of yang (masculine) and yin (feminine).
According to the Taoist views, the whole universe is a unified, harmonious and perfect system and all of it's components operate under the same laws. The shape of a perfect circle is its optimal symbolic expression. Black and white personify the forces yang (white) and Yin (black), each of which is the mirror image of the other.
Magic or the magic square is a square table filled with numbers, such that the sum of the numbers in each row, each column and both diagonals are all equal and is called the magic constant.
In ancient China Lo Shu has been widely distributed and has been known since 2200 BC - The only normal (filled with integers from 1 to n) 3x3 magic square. The sum of the numbers in each column, each row and along the diagonals of Lo Shu is 15, but the result of dividing the number 15 on the number of rows or columns (3) is 5. The number 5 is in the center of the diagram, representing the principle of equilibrium the middle (the Earth). The remaining numbers are organized around nine in the sectors that represent the country of the world, under the control of different elements of nature or the basic elements (http://www.x-sila.ru/lo_shu_fs.html).
In the Lo Shu square is a set of hidden patterns and relationships with regards to the surrounding space and time, an understanding of which is the key to understanding the laws of the universe. So far, we study the properties of the magic square but it does not fully disclos all of its secrets.
A variant of the Lo Shu magic square is a magic cross, He Tu. It is a scheme of ten numbers, which are arranged so that at the center and the four directions of space difference of two numbers is equal to 5 (the middle of the principle of equilibrium - the Earth).
D.R.Ionescu concluded that between the Lo Shu and Tai Chi, there is a relationship. If each of the Lo Shu number subtract 5, then the resulting negative and positive numbers form a band that can compare with the drawing of Tai Chi. A possible combined image of Tai Chi and Lo Shu grid is a Ba Gua (http://www.x-sila.ru/lo_shu_fs.html) with sectors that indicate the country of the world and living areas.
© A.Koltypin, 2010
© L Fitzpatrick, 2013 (translation)
We, A. Koltypin the authors of this work, and L.Fitzpatrick the translator of this work, give permission to use this for any purpose except prohibited by applicable law, on condition that our authorship and hyperlink to the site http://earthbeforeflood.com is given.
Read my works "Symbols of sun gods in the Church of the Sacred Tomb (the Holy Sepulcher) in Jerusalem", "Cross, ankh, swastika. Cross as a symbol of the sun", "Yahweh (Jahveh) and Huitzilopochtli - who are they? Reflections on the similarity of outcomes of Jews and Aztecs and nature of gods who guided them", "Outcome of white gods. From Hyperborea to Easter Island", "Emancipated female society: a view from time immemorial (remote ages). About a leading role of women in the development of human civilization and the existence of states and nations, leaded by women" and "Patriarchy and polygamy: a view from time immemorial"