The Master’s Emblem Explained for Masons

The year 2017 marked the 300th Anniversary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons. It is also just over 200 years since the emblem to distinguish Worshipful Masters and Past Masters of a Lodge became official in a Constitution. Since that description of the emblem in the Constitution there have been many efforts to explain “What is that emblem?” Only now, with the publication of The Master’s Emblem Explained for Masons is there an answer based on the dictates of right reason.

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What is that metallic symbol on the Master Mason’s apron? Brethren will tell you it is a Greek Tau, a level, or two squares back to back, but through diligent research W. Bro. Marshall Kern has determined its true provenance.

In this short but fascinating book W. Bro. Kern, a Past Master of Victoria Lodge No. 56, Sarnia District, takes us through his researches, starting with a blinding insight he had while attending a lecture on a totally unrelated subject. He delves into the standard resources, noticing that nothing pertinent can be found in any American resources. He finds confirmation of his thesis in the history of the Union of the Ancients and Moderns in England. Included are two talks of different lengths, both suitable for presentation in lodge as Masonic education, as well as a bevy of endnotes so that you can pursue further research yourself. Enquiries about the book may be made to W. Bro. Marshall Kern at

M.W. Bro. David Cameron, FCF
Source: REFLECTIONS – Masonic Education Articles For Ontario Masons – By Ontario Masons; Vol. 30, No. 4, June 2017

The term “esoteric” has been getting a lot of flak lately due to misuse of the word. What exactly is the meaning of it?

Merriam-Webster defined it as something that is…

“designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone”


“requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group”

If you’re a Freemason who has attained the rank of a Worshipful Master and perhaps you’re looking for a deeper meaning in your journey- something that is truly esoteric, I strongly recommend this book by my good friend Worshipful Brother Marshal Kern. He is a Past Master of Victoria Lodge No. 56 and a Fellow of the College of Freemasonry

I have known brother Kern since 2012 when I was still an assistant officer. Although we haven’t personally met each other at the time, one can tell that he is one of those people who are just genuinely warm, friendly, and generous. He’s always there to give advice and assistance, especially during difficult times. He is the embodiment of Freemasonry. 

On the 3rd Wednesday of September 2019, he drove for over 3 hours covering the distance of almost 300 km to attend my Installation (and another 3hrs drive to go back home). He brought me a special personal message and a copy of his book. I consider the book and his friendship treasures that I will keep in my heart forever. 

To get a copy of the book, please visit brother Kern’s website at

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Who is Marshall Kern?

The author of The Master’s Emblem Explained for Masons is Marshall Kern. Marshall Kern is a Past Master of Victoria Lodge No. 56, and honoured as a Fellow of the College of Freemasonry by the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario.