One of the more commonly seen Masonic symbols is the “square and compass”, which will be seen on the headstones of Master Masons. While there are many interpretations of this symbol, it is known to have originated within Free Masonry.
The following symbol of the “square and apron” is seen on the headstones of Past Masters of Masonic Lodges. A Master of a lodge is the leader of that lodge for a period of 1 year.
The “sword, half moon, star, and sphinx” is symbolic of the Shriner’s who are a division of the Masons. (note: the rose has been added as a decorative element and is not a part of the symbol ordinarily. It obscures the 5-point star.)
The following two shots depict what is know as a 32nd Degree Mason.
Photos courtesy of Brian Kloock