by J. Paul Gomez July 24, 2020
As an artist, it is my duty to research the subject. I know that the Doric Order is the oldest and simplest of the ancient Greek and later Roman architecture. I also know from the writings of Vitruvius that the Doric order obtained its proportion, its strength, and its beauty, from the male human figure.
But there are some hidden facts that I discovered that completely blew my mind. Things such as its ancient Egyptian origins stretching back to pre-dynastic times and its deep connection to quintessential ancient Egyptian symbols such as the jackal, papyrus bundles, burial rites, and the ancient axiom "As Above, So Below".
I designed the logo with my findings in mind. Look at the logo and take note of the subtle details such as the way the lines of the Square and Circle intersect- the lines don't touch but they become connected through the Square and Compasses. The Square and Circle figure is also the cross-sectional view of the Doric column from above.
As I have illustrated on our issue 29 of DidJahKno Masonic facts (December 2014), I firmly believe that the Square and Compasses, the well-known emblem of #freemasonry, the tools used to make a perfect square and a perfect circle, is an elegant way to present to a human being the difficult-to-believe concept that a person can literally do the impossible once he or she finds a way to unite his or her material and spiritual self.
I'm pleasantly surprised to discover that this United Person idea is perfectly embodied by the Doric column. But I'm also saddened by the fact that our beautiful S&C emblem has been misappropriated by the anti-Freemasons and the "Illuminati brotherhood" scam who force upon it either a sinister or a materialistic meaning.
On part 2 of this article, I will talk about the ancient Egyptian roots of the Doric column.
W. Bro. John Paul Gomez (aka Paul, JP, JPG) is an artist by trade and a full-time father-of-4. He currently serves as the W.M. for Doric Lodge No. 316 AF&AM in Ontario, Canada. He is a Senior DeMolay and an honorary member of Harmonie Lodge No. 699 F&AM in Buffalo, New York. He likes to cook and is a big fan of Muaythai.
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