Freemason

This gravestone in Melaten Cemetery, Cologne, Germany is the resting place of Dr. Franz Leuffen, a medical doctor who wrote a book in the 1860s on the subject of post-mortems. He was also a high ranking Freemason which explains the reason for Masonic symbols on his headstone.

The top of the gravestone is adorned with foliage and a snake. Although religious groups consider it a symbol of sin and Satan, a snake also represents everlasting life. The sprig of Acacia, an evergreen whose leaves fall neither in summer nor in winter, is also symbolic of everlasting life.

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Engraved letters beneath the snake are from the Greek alphabet and spell the word GNOSIS meaning inner knowledge.

A five-pointed star, also known as a pentagram, represents the five senses. This symbol has been adopted throughout the world with different meanings, one of which is a protection against evil.

During the Renaissance period in Europe, it was common to illustrate the Eye of God surrounded by a triangle to represent the Holy Trinity. The 25 radiating rays of the sun are used to symbolize the holiness of the Supreme Deity.

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Symbolism of a Circle

It’s commonly known that a circle has no beginning and no end, and therefore represents eternal life.

An image within a circle identifies that the memory of the loved one will never end.

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A circle that contains a dot in the center is the Boy Scout trail sign for “I have gone home”.

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