Cabletow, cable tow (Masonic)

The cabletow is an element of initiation introduced into the rites of Freemasonry in the early eighteenth century. In the form of a rope hung from a candidate’s neck, the cable tow originally symbolized the penalty for breaking the Masonic oath.

Today, it symbolizes an initiate’s humility, and their commitment to Masonic ideals.

 

Related Symbols:

Masonic square and compass

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