Our official logo
Masonic Year 2019-2020
Every cause requires an icon or a symbol behind which its ranks can rally behind. This year, our Grand Master, has adopted the swan as the symbol for his administration.
In the official logo, which will be featured in the official lapel pin of the Grand Master for this Masonic Year, we can see a blue swan with its wings spread and cradling the logo of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines.
This union of elements denote that the Grand Master, MW Agapito S. Suan, Jr. represented by the blue swan (which is an interesting wordplay of his family name), is protecting the GLP logo which symbolizes the Grand Lodge of the Philippines as well as the membership it represents. This will be the primary directive of MW Suan’s term and the solemn cause of his obligation while occupying the Grand Oriental Chair---to protect the interest of the Grand Lodge.
The swan as an icon
Not known as a masonic symbol, the swan in some cultures is perceived as a symbol of light in many parts of the world owing to its usual white color.
As a dream symbol, the swan can signify self transformation, intuition, sensitivity, and even the soul, the ‘higher self’ within each person.
In England, the swan is a symbol of loyalty and strength. On a related note, swans are associated with fidelity, loyalty in marriage, and monogamy, because they mate for life.
“the swan can signify self transformation, intuition, sensitivity, and even the soul, the ‘higher self’ within each person.”
The swan is also seen as a traditional symbol of beauty and grace in Greek mythology.
The swan is one of the most powerful and ancient totems. Even the word swan is one of the oldest names in the English language, coming from the Anglo-Saxons. Most of swan’s associations come from its appearance—it is a graceful, white bird, and the largest of the waterfowl. But swans are also powerful birds. From this, they reflect the power and longevity that is possible when we awaken to the power and beauty within ourselves. Swan is not only a widely known symbol, but also a very personal one to the individual.
Why the color blue?
Aside from being a prevalent color in masonic culture (it being the symbolic color of Ancient Craft Masonry), blue represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence.
The color blue has positive affects on the mind and the body. As the color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility. Blue helps to slow human metabolism, is cooling in nature, and helps with balance and self-expression. Blue is also an appetite suppressant.
Blue can be strong and steadfast or light and friendly. Blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity in heraldry. The color blue in many cultures is significant in religious beliefs, brings peace, or is believed to keep the bad spirits away. It also communicates significance, importance, and confidence without creating somber or sinister feelings.
With the blue swan and the GLP logo being the dominant elements, the official logo for Masonic Year 2019-2020 A.L. underlines the importance of peace, harmony and humility during his term. This is how swans move and go about their business and in the same wise, the members of our Craft through this logo, are enjoined to labor in peace and harmony---disturbing as little as possible, the water that surrounds them.