Tracing Board

Image of Tracing Board Did you know....Tracing Boards are used to explain the principles and symbols of freemasonry to new members of the lodge....Tracing Board


What is a tracing board? What is the significance of a tracing board to the freemasons? Discover facts and information about the tracing board!  What is the significance of this board to members of the Freemasons?

Tracing Board - Definition
The Tracing Board is an important symbol used to represent members of the society of freemasons. A trace or tracing board is used to explain the principles of masonic beliefs to new members of the lodge. Different images are used for trace boards depending on the level of the freemason, the example below shows a first degree trace board, the image at the bottom of the page is an example of a second degree trace board.

 
Masonic Symbols

Tracing Board - Use
The image on the right is called a 'Tracing board'. It is an example of a first degree tracing board and contains a number of individual symbols which are used to explain to new members of the lodge the principles of freemasonry. Symbols on the tracing board including:

  • The All Seeing Eye

  • Jacob's ladder

  • The sun

  • The moon and Stars

  • Chequered Floor

  • Square

  • Masonry Rocks

  • Hammer

Tracing Board Masonic Symbol

Tracing Board - Facts
Tracing Board Facts....Did you know...

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Fact 1: The ladder which is shown in the tracing board is called Jacob's ladder and it symbolises the path between heaven and earth

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Fact 2: The compass is one of the main symbols of the freemasons, it is considered one of the essential tools of a stone mason and appears next to the square at the foot of the centre pillar

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Fact 3: The black and white squares on the floor of the tracing board symbolise the struggle between good and evil

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Fact 4: The three pillars which appear on the tracing board represent wisdom, beauty and strength, more commonly known as the 'rule of three'

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Fact 5: The all seeing eye which appears on the mason's tracing board also appears on the reverse of the United States dollar bill!

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Fact 6: The sun appears on the top left hand side of the tracing board and it represents the day

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Fact 7: The all seeing eye which appears in the centre top of the tracing board is a symbol of god and his ability to see everything we do and say

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Fact 8: The moon and stars appear at the top right hand side of the tracing board and represent night

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Fact 9: A square (instrument of measure for stone masons) is the emblem of the lodge master and represents moral code, it is shown resting against the base of the wisdom pillar

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Fact 10: The two stone blocks that appear either side of the centre pillar of the tracing board are particularly symbolic. The masonry block on the left symbolises unformed man whereas the block on the right is symbolic of perfection

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Fact 11: The plumb line which appears on top of the complete masonry block is a symbol or emblem of a junior lodge warden

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Fact 12: Tracing boards are also used by existing members of the masons to remind themselves of the different concepts they have been taught during their initiation to freemasonry

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Fact 13: The letters 'S', 'W' and 'B' which are engraved on the three pillars of the trace board symbolise Strength, Wisdom and Beauty

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Fact 14: A bible is shown at the foot of the ladder, symbolic that freemasons must follow the word of the bible to climb the ladder to heaven

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Fact 15: There are several different tracing boards used to explain the symbols of freemasonry including first and second degree boards

Tracing Board - Tattoos
Symbols from the freemasons tracing board and other masonic symbols are a great idea for tattoos. Looking for a unique tattoo design? Why not choose a masonic symbol or incorporate a selection of masonic symbols from the tracing board in your own design? A great way to show your interest in the fascinating world of freemasonry. Whether you are a freemason or not, a masonic symbol makes a great choice for a tattoo design! Browse through our selection of images and check out the meaning of each specific symbol on the tracing board.

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Pictures and Videos of Tracing Board
Discover the vast selection of pictures and videos which relate to the Tracing Board and illustrate each individual symbol on the tracing board . What is the significance of each symbol on the tracing board ? Why is the Freemasons considered to be a secret society? Find the answer to these questions about the tracing board and more! Lots of useful information and facts for anyone with an interest in the freemasons. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Signology Index - a great educational resource on the masonic tracing board for everyone!

 

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