In explaining the deeper meaning of symbols in the teaching of the 32nd degree Albert
Pike hearkens back to the sculpted images of the ancients. Unpacking the hermetic symbol
of Azoth, Pike says on Pages 850, 851 of 'Morals and Dogma'..
'Upon it you see a triangle upon a square, both of these contained within a circle, and
above this, standing upon a dragon, a human body, with two arms only, but two heads, one
male and the other female. By the side of the male head is the Sun, and by that of the
female head, the Moon, the crescent within the circle of the full moon. And the hand on
the male side holds a compass, and that on the female side, a square.. The hermaphroditic figure is the
symbol of the double nature anciently assigned to the deity, as generator and producer, as
Brahm and Maya among the Aryans, Osiris and Isis among the Egyptians. As the Sun was male,
so the moon was female; and Isis was both the sister and wife of Osiris. the compass
therefore, is the Hermetic symbol of the creative deity, and the square of the productive
Earth or Universe'
All masons and Orangemen take the
square & compass as their symbol.
It is emblazoned upon Masonic Aprons
and upon the aprons given to those who reach the very top of the Orange
Instituition, that is the highest degree of the Royal Black Preceptory.
This pagan bisexual symbol
of Azoth is therefore hung over the sexual areas of millions of males
throughout the world.