Many of us recognize that Masonry is often referred to as ‘The Blue Lodge of Freemasonry,’ but we’re not sure exactly why this is the case. It’s just accepted that this is one of the ways in which the Craft is referred to.
However, if we scratch beneath the surface, we learn that the color blue in the title is symbolic, as are many other elements of Freemasonry.
The origins of the use of blue as the color of Freemasonry stem from a reference made to ‘the canopy of heaven.’ This phrase signifies the universality of Freemasonry and is also a constant reminder that the Supreme Being, or Grand Architect of the Universe, is watching down on brothers and casting judgment throughout their lives.
Blue, as it happens, is also the color of the Ancient Craft Degrees. Historically, blue is a universal symbol of benevolence and friendship. For Masons, it serves as a reminder of the importance of the core Masonic values of friendship and brotherly love.
In Ancient Egypt, the color blue was an esteemed sacred color that signified divine nature. It seems that Freemasonry has continued this representation of the color by associating it with the existence of the Supreme Being. But it wasn’t just the Egyptians that used blue as a symbol of a higher power.
In Chinese philosophy, blue is the symbol of the deity, and in Hinduism, Vishnu was always dressed in blue. It appears that there’s a common theme throughout history of blue representing spirituality, and it’s no coincidence that Freemasonry has continued this symbolism.
So, when we hear the term ‘Blue Lodge of Freemasonry,’ it’s appropriate to associate it with a higher power, and a constant reminder that the Supreme Being is watching over the actions of Masons the world over.
A reminder of the existence of something bigger than the self is important to all men, and it’s certainly in-keeping with the Masonic teachings about humility and brotherly love.