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A square and a set of compasses linked together, commonly known as the Square and Compasses, is the most identified mark of Freemasonry. The square and compasses on the symbol are representations of the tools used by an architect. The Masonic ritual uses these tools as emblems to educate symbolic lessons to the brotherhood. Most Lodges around the world and Masonic rituals identify these symbols as lessons of conduct.

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Every Masonic Lodge either elects or appoints Lodge Officers to carry out the functions and responsibilities of the lodge's work. The actual list of officers may differ from one jurisdiction to another, though certain variables are standard for all. The duties of the Officers in a lodge are entirely established by the lodge's leaders. Much like any organization, the officers are unable to effectively function if there is no leadership team that the training needed to do the job right. The future of the lodge is determined by how good this team of officers operates together to deliver the right kind of training required for the needs of the lodge.

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A Provincial Lodge (or a Provincial Grand Lodge) is an administrative sub-division of a Freemasonry Grand Lodge. Under the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) jurisdiction, Provincial Grand Lodges are the regional authorities of the organization all over England and Wales, as well as in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. At this time, the number of Provincial Grand Lodges regulated by UGLE is 47. The majority of these lodges have boundaries that mainly overlap with the ones from the historic England counties. A Provincial Grand Lodge is commandeered by a Provincial Grand Master.

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If there is one piece of Freemasonry jewellery that's equal parts fascinating and confusing to a lot of people, it is the Masonic Ring. Even those who are members of the brotherhood have different opinions about it. The topic is often that the ring means a variety of things to different people. Some connect it as a representation of their own Masonic journey as well as their dedication to the fraternity and their craft, while others see it as a chance to share the virtues of Freemasonry with the world and enlighten others about the organization.

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The manifestation of true Masonic etiquette is rarely confined to Lodge assemblies conducted by the organization. Certain social manners fit for each member of the Freemasonry, such as when a member thinks of giving a present to another member. Etiquette for giving Masonic gifts is likewise relevant for non-Masonic guests who wish to give a gift to a Freemason. Though there is no stringent or specific rule on gift-giving, here are a couple of social manners that should be observed when presenting a token or gift to a Mason.

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Composed of specific clothing and insignia, regalia is a legitimate traditional practice that is a manifestation of chivalric organizations during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Today, numerous self-styled organizations use specific regalia to provide a more orthodox feel and setting for their members. The prominent ceremonial regalia traditionally used by resurgent groups, commonly associated with the Knights Templar Regalia, is authentic to Freemasonry. Below are basic facts about the Knights Templar Regalia.

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