FreeMasonry in Cartoons

Finals week is upon me, so of course, all of my downtime is spend vegging out and watching cartoons, so join me! Please remember that these are all simply based on Freemasonry or other “secret societies”, and are not intended to be accurate. Sometimes writers and/or artists are Masons themselves, other times it is simply what they imagine it to be. Enjoy!

I have no idea what this is or where it comes from, but it certainly is silly, as well as mildly NSFW. If you happen to know the source, please let me know!


The Flintstones start us off with the Loyal Order of the Water Buffalo. If you’re interested in watching specific episodes with the order, check out this link for a list.

While not directly Masonic, in this Disney short, Donald Duck learns about geometry. It’s a bit like Disney does the middle chamber lecture. I remember watching this in high school math class!



From the “Good Neighbors” episode of Spongebob Squarepants. I believe there is also an oath and song in it, but I cannot share that here.

An interesting cartoon from 1931 called Bimbo’s Initiation. Remember that clubs and lodges of all types were very popular at this time.


If you’re looking for a smart cartoon with lots of Masonic symbols, Gravity Falls is for you. There is some question if the creator is a Mason, but it has only been reported that his uncle is.


The Simpsons has a lot of Masonic and “Illuminati” references. This is from the Episode Homer the Great.

Have you seen any Masonic images or symbols or even more in another cartoon? Please share!

Myths about Masonry, Part II

Alright! It’s time to wrap up last week’s article on myths about Masonry. If you missed last week’s article, please check it out for a small intro to the topic, as well as some other myths.

Myth #4- Masons worship the devil, or are involved in witchcraft

I was thinking about where this comes from the other evening in chapter, and came to the conclusion that there are a couple of major contributing factors. As I said last week, Masonry is not a religion, does not take the place of anyone’s religion, and actually requires that someone already have a faith before joining. I think that the first major influence that lead people to believe that Masons were devil worshipers came from G.O.A.T. As you know, goats, or goat heads, are often seen as symbols of devil worship or witchcraft, usually for the purpose of animal sacrifice. You may have seen many Masonic jokes or postcards that show Masons with a goat, or may have heard someone talk about “riding the goat” at a meeting. The Masonic phrase for God, the “Great Architect of the Universe”, or G.A.O.T.U., used to be referred to as “God of All Things” or G.O.A.T. This was changed quickly after the rumors began. In Chapter, I sit at Esther, which is the middle point of the star, and the point that causes so much controversy. I was thinking of why Rob Morris chose an inverted star, also called a pentagram, to represent the order. The traditional line used is that the star “points down to the manger”. This may have some truth, as OES tends to be very Christian oriented. I think that there may be simpler reasons, however. A Chapter room with all officers in attendance is 18 people. That alone can make for a crowded room, and the layout of the officers doesn’t help. If Esther’s point were at the top of the star, it would put three people in a row- the Chaplin, Esther, and the Marshall, which not only would make for a crowded front of the room, but would also result in a very empty back of the room. On top of this, another thought came to me as I sat at this point. If the star was not inverted, and the top point was Esther, this would have the star “point” to the East, and to the Worthy Matron. This may have given people the wrong idea, and think that the Worthy Matron and Patron were those that were meant to be worshiped and revered instead of God. Unfortunately, we may never know the true reason Morris chose this symbol. In addition to these points, someone who is a Satanist could become a Mason, and many have. Often hysteria about a topic begins when someone takes one example and begins to apply it to everyone else that fits even some of those same characteristics.

Myth#5- There are Masonic symbols hidden everywhere, if you know what to look for

Like many myths, this is one that is rooted in some truth. There are Masonic symbols everywhere, if you know where to look. All seeing eyes, double headed eagles, pentagrams, the square and compass, even the cornerstone of a building are Masonic symbols, and can be found almost anywhere if you look hard enough. Many older buildings may have served as a Masonic Lodge, and still bear their symbols. Money, movies, and more things that start with M (as well as those that don’t) can be hiding Masonic symbols “in plain sight”. The important thing to remember here is- many of these symbols are not exclusive to Masonry. Many people claim that the all Seeing Eye on the back of a US dollar is proof that Masons control the government. This symbol actually came from the artist Pierre Du Simitere, who was not a Mason. The concept can be traced back at least as far as ancient Egypt, where the eye of Horus was used as a symbol of power and protection. The pentagram, the symbol for OES, did not acquire any occult meanings until the 19th and 20th centuries, well after Masonry was established. Funnily enough, there is little argument about where the symbols of the Order of the Knights Templar came from. As far as there being a secret square and compass hidden in Washington D.C. that is the secret to the map of the super-secret Masonic treasure? Wishful thinking and often a cause of pareidolia, the scientific word for the psychological phenomena when we perceive vague stimuli as being significant. It has been theorized that humans are hard wired to see patterns like this, to make sense when there is none, in hopes of processing the information a bit easier. This is also the same phenomena that cause someone to see Jesus in a piece of toast.

Myth #6- Freemasonry is a secret society

This one we kind of did to ourselves. A lot of the idea of Masonry being a secret society came about during the 1950’s and 1960’s, its last real big boom. During the obligation, initiates swear that they will not let known any of the secrets presented to them during their initiation. The trouble is, it’s never explicitly stated what is a secret, and what is not. As T says, the only secrets are handshakes, and words of recognition. In our state, anything that is secret is written in code in the ritual book. In OES, all secrets are omitted from writing, and only given by word of mouth (which makes them that much harder to learn). You can learn all you want about Masonry, learn about each officer and what they do, much of the degree work, and even some of a Lodge’s actual business and never even graze learning a secret. The biggest secret in Masonry is that much of our meetings consist of paying the bills, and arguing over who has what percentage share of the building (my Chapter is going through this now, it’s not much fun to deal with, or to listen to). Nothing I ever write here will be a secret, and I have gone fairly in depth on a number of topics. If someone realty wanted to learn the secrets of Masonry, a quick Google search would probably do the trick. I would not, however, recommend doing so if you are, or are ever planning on being involved in the Masonic family. Freemasonry is not a secret society. A secret society would keep its existence hidden, and its membership secret. If Masonry is a secret society, we are doing a terrible job at it. We are very open, not only about our existence, but also about what we stand for, and the work that we do. Freemasonry isn’t a secret society, it’s a society with secrets.

There are a ton of myths and misconceptions out there surrounding Freemasonry. I may return to this topic in the future, simply because there are so many. These are kind of the common ones that you may come across in your lives. If you have any questions about any of these, or have a myth I did not cover that you would like to know about, please feel free to send me an email at  We will be kind of continuing this theme a bit next week, when we look at the sutble ways that Masonry affects the world around us. Have a wonderful week!

A Masonic Dictionary (A Work in Progress!)

With the end of the year approaching, I wanted to both tie up some loose ends, as well as review the information I put up this year (which was a lot!). One of the items that has been on my to do list for a while, is to start creating a Masonic dictionary of sorts. There is one out there, but it tends to be more like an encyclopedia, and I wanted to create something short and sweet, and easier to digest. I hope to be updating the layout of the website after the holidays, so this will be something that will be permanently available, and always being updated.

Mason- A member of any Masonic Lodge that is recognized by its respective Grand Lodge. Also called a Freemason, or a speculative Mason.

Blue LodgeEncompasses the first three degrees of Freemasonry. This is what most people think of when they hear the word “Freemasonry”.

Lodge- Can refer to going to meetings for Blue Lodge, a collective group of Masons that meet together, or the building that they meet in.

Worshipful Master- Acts as president and presides over all Lodge meetings for their respective Lodge. Is traditionally elected to the position. It is usually abbreviated as WM. For more on Lodge officers, look here.

Degree- A set of lessons, lectures, and floorwork presented to a candidate, that involves an oath.

Entered Apprentice- The first degree of Blue Lodge. Usually abbreviated as EA.

Fellowcraft- The second degree of Blue Lodge. Usually abbreviated as FC.

Master Mason- The third degree of Blue Lodge. This is often called the highest degree of all Masonry, due to its lessons. Usually abbreviated as MM.

The East- Historically a place of honor, as it is the direction the sun rises. In a Masonic Lodge, all business is conducted facing the East, and the WM sits in the East, facing the rest of the Lodge room.

Supreme Architect- This is how God is referred to most of the time within Masonic ritual. The idea is that it allows for Masonry to not be constrained to any one religion.

G- Often seen within the square and compass, G refers to many things within Masonry, the two major one being God, and geometry, the sacred art of Masons.

Square and compass- The universal symbol of Masonry. To learn more about its meaning, look here.

Sign of the good shepherd- Arms crossed, left over right, palms on the chest. This is the way that Master Masons and other Masonic groups pray. It is a symbol of a shepherd carrying a lamb on his back.

One rap of the gavel-The gavel, used by the WM in Lodge or other functions, helps communicate what needs to be done to those present. One rap of the gavel is a signal for all standing to be seated, or for everyone to be quiet and pay attention to the WM.

Two raps- Two raps of the gavel is a signal for all officers to stand.

Three raps- Three raps of the gavel is a signal for everyone in the Lodge, Masons or not, to stand if they are able.

So mote it be- This is the response given by Masons after the word “Amen” is said by the WM or chaplain. It simply means, “so may it be”, and is an affirmative of the prayer.

Grand Lodge- This group works as sort of an administration for all Lodges that belong to it in the state. It has its own officers and office.

Prince Hall- A branch of Freemasonry that is populated mostly by African Americans. There may be visitation between Prince Hall Lodges and Blue Lodges in your state. This varies from state to state.

York Rite-  A branch of Freemasonry that started in England. The degrees pick up where the MM degree left off, and include Royal Arch, Cryptic Masons, and the Knights Templar.

Royal Arch- The first set of degrees within York Rite. It includes the Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and Royal Arch Mason (sometimes called Holy Royal Arch) degrees.

Cryptic Masons- The second set of degrees within York Rite. It includes the Royal Master, Select Master, and Super Excellent Master degrees.

Knights Templar- The third set of degrees within York Rite, referred to as orders. They include the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross, The Passing Order of St. Paul, The Order of the Knights of Malta, and the Order of the Temple.

Scottish Rite- A branch of Freemasonry that started in France (despite the name). It too picks up where the MM degree left off. It includes four bodies.

Lodge of Perfection- the first set of degrees of the Scottish Rite. It includes degrees 4-14.

Chapter of Rose Croix– The second set of degrees of the Scottish Rite. It includes degrees 15-18.

Council of Kadosh- The third set of degrees of the Scottish Rite. It includes degrees 19-30.

Consistory- The fourth set of degrees of the Scottish Rite. It includes degrees 31 and 32.

Court of Honour- A court within Scottish Rite where membership is through invitation only, usually after it is felt someone goes above and beyond for Masonry in the area. It contains the 33rd degree.

Shrine An appendant body of Freemasonry, once called the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Members must be Master Masons.

Temple- The building in which Shriners meet, akin to a Lodge.

Divan- The board of directors for a specific Shrine Temple.

Shiners Hospital- The major charity for the Shrine, a network of 22 hospitals in North America, that provide children with care for burns, orthopedic issues, and more, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

Order of the Eastern Star The Blue Lodge auxiliary group whose membership is extended to women related to a Master Mason, as well as Master Masons. Commonly abbreviated OES, or Star.

WM- Worthy Matron, head of a chapter of OES. Not to be confused with a Worshipful Master.

Daughters of the Nile- The Shrine auxiliary group whose membership is open to women related to a Master Mason, or another member of Daughters of the Nile. Usually shortened to Daughters.

DeMolay– A Blue Lodge auxiliary group for young men 12-21. Relation to a Master Mason is not required.

Rainbow for Girls– A Blue Lodge auxiliary group for young girls 11-21. Relation to a Master Mason is not required.

Job’s Daughters A Blue Lodge auxiliary group for young girls 10-20. Relation to a Master Mason or a member a women’s auxiliary is required.