The Master’s Emblem Explained for Masons

In the News

Marshall Kern's book explains emblem used by Masonic Lodge
- The Observer, Sarnia

In the Libraries

Brock University Special Collections.
Call # HS 425 K47 2016 (restricted for use in the library only)

Library of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario
Call # M61.4 K47m (Available for Lending)

Canadian National Library
Kern, Marshall, 1956-. The Master's emblem explained for Masons / by Marshall Kern -- [Sarnia, Ontario] : Grafiks Marketing & Communications, [c2016.] -- -- ISBN 9780973933925 -- AMICUS No. 45117321

Manitoba Masonic Library (Grand Lodge of Manitoba)
Call # M21.1 K39m 2016

Book Review

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

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