The Masonic Eye is symbolic of the Eye of God. It is the symbol of His Divine watchfulness and His ever present care of the universe.
The All Seeing Eye, like many other Masonic symbols, has
been borrowed from the past from the nations of antiquity.
Hebrews and Egyptians:
Both the Hebrews and Egyptians appear to have derived the use of the Masonic Eye
from the natural inclination of figurative minds to select a human organ as the
symbol of its closest matching function...much as the foot denotes swiftness,
the arm, strength and the hand, fidelity.
Psalm 34:15: "The eyes of the Lord are upon
righteous, and his ears are open unto
Psalm 121:4: "Behold, he that keepeth
neither slumber nor sleep."
From the Book of Conversation of God with Moses on Mount Sinai,
translated by the Reverend W. Cureton, taken from an Arabic manuscript of the
15th century and published by the Philobiblon Society of London:
"Then Moses said to the Lord, O' Lord, dost thou
sleep or not?
The Lord said unto Moses:
"I never sleep: but take a cup and fill it with
Then, Moses took a cup and filled it with water, as the
Lord commanded him.
Then, the Lord cast into the heart of Moses the breath
of slumber; so he slept, and the cup fell from his hand and the water which was
therein was spilled.
Then Moses awoke from his sleep.
Then God said to Moses:
"I declare by my power, and by my glory, that if I were
to withdraw my providence from the heavens and the earth, for no longer a space
of time that thou hast slept, they would at once fall to ruin and confusion,
like as the cup fell from thy hand."
The Egyptian God, Osiris: The Egyptians represented Osiris, their
chief deity, by the symbol of an open eye and placed this hieroglyphic of him in
all their temples.
His symbolic name, on the monuments was represented by
the eye accompanying a throne to which was sometimes added an abbreviated figure
of the god and sometimes what has been called a hatchet, but which may as
correctly be supposed to be a representation of a square.
Solomon in Proverbs 15:3
Solomon alludes to this when he says: "The eyes of
the Lord are in every place, beholding (keeping watch upon) the evil and the
The Creator is without beginning and without end because He always is and has
always been. He is both Omnipotent (having unlimited universal power) and
Omnipresent (the quality of being everywhere at the same time).
The Masonic Eye of God watches over each of us.
The information on this page is credited to Mackey's
Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Volume 1, page 52, 1929.