People are fond of everything enigmatic. It is one of the reasons why the popularity of secret societies grows. Freemasonry is a fraternal society with a long history and many secrets around it. You can find many fiction books written about strange ceremonies and conspiracy theories that Masons created. Are all the facts that we know about Freemasonry true? Some of them are massively romanticized to create an impression of something mysterious and frightful.
In reality, the history of Freemasonry dates back to the construction of the Temple of King Solomon. According to the legend, the architects who were involved in the project were divided into different grades and classes. It is safe to say that architecture and engineering played a key role at the beginning of this society. The first time the term "Freemason" is used appears in 1375 in the manuscript that introduces guidance for the society and duties to God. One of the essential requirements to all those who wish to become a part of the brotherhood is belief in Divine Creating God.
Today, the main qualifications for admission to this society include high moral standards, kindness, courtesy, honesty in business, and fairness in everything you do. However, these are more boring facts than the ones that talk about the sacred meanings of different geometric shapes. You can read a lot about the importance of triangles, for example. Math plays a significant role here as well as God is believed to be a geometer of the world. All in all, Freemasonry and science have a deep connection. If we take astronomy, for example, and look at the Big Bang Theory that states that everything appeared from a singularity, it resonates with the idea that everything came from God. Also, during the ceremony of initiation, a new member has to go around the Lodge in a specific order, according to the Sun movement. As you can see, it is also about the significance of the laws of physics.
What about chemistry? Does it also have a place in the minds of Freemasons? For sure, it does. However, here it is more appropriate to mention alchemy. One of the obvious connections can be found on a compass drawn by a Freemason called Lennhoff in 1782. You can see the masonic pillars from Solomon’s temple there. If you look at the smaller pillars at the bottom, you will see the alchemical symbols for the materials that were used, like sulfur. You can find many more facts that are interesting on the web about other fascinating correspondences.