Prytaneion Lodge

 NÂș 9340 in the Register of the Grand Lodge of England
 
 

An Explanation of the Lodge Emblem or Logo

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The emblem of the lodge takes the form of a classical building of ancient Greece and is meant to represent the Temple of Vesta at Hellas, which was called the Prytaneium. At the centre of the emblem is the eternal flame, which was tended by the Prytanes (pronounced pry-tay-nees). All business was conducted by the warmth and light of the flame.
The Portico over the flame is supported by columns of the three noble orders of architecture namely Ionic, Doric and Corinthian, denoting Wisdom, Strength and Beauty and in allusion to the three who rule the lodge. The eternal flame is set upon five steps representing the five who hold a lodge arid the Portico is adorned by seven stars signifying the seven who make it perfect. At the base of the columns on each side of the steps is the Sun and the Moon. The Sun to rule the day and the Moon to govern the night. At the centre of the Portico is the Square and Compasses. The square to regulate our actions and the Compasses to keep us in due bounds with all mankind, especially our brethren in Freemasonry. The emblem is mounted upon a radiated star of St. John, which is adopted by all of the British Fire Services. The points of the star signify in order from the top and clockwise: Tact, Sympathy, Gallantry, Observation, Perseverance, Explicitness, Loyalty and Dexterity.