We can contrast the Fleur de Lis with the Masonic Square and Compass. The Square and Compass is the primary symbol used by and which identifies Freemasons. We proudly display it on our rings, regalia, clothing, cars, and pretty much anywhere we can put it. We adopted this symbol because we grew out of the medieval trade guilds of the operative Stone Masons, who were free to travel in these times because their craft was in such high demand.
Like Freemasonry, the Fleur de Lis can be traced back to ancient Babylon. The Sumerians worshipped three primary Gods, based upon Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz. These three gods represented a trinity for them. Nimrod was also known by several names. One of which was “Kronos”, which means ‘The Horned One’. The horn is a symbol of power or might. Genesis 10:8-10 tells us: “And Cush begat Nimrod: he bagan to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech and Accad, and Calneh in the land of Shinar”.
The meaning of the name, “Kronos”, “The Horned One”, as applied to Nimrod fully explains the origin of the Fleur De Lis. Three horns frequently occurred among the Nineveh sculptures, the gigantic Horned man-bull representing the great divinities in Assyria. The same word that signified a bull, also signified a ruler or prince… BAAL. BAAL was also know as Marduk, and was associated with the Sun and was a Solar God. Semiramis was Nimrod’s wife, and was associated with the name Astrate or Ishtar. Astrate put on her own head a bull’s head as a Symbol of Royalty. She being the consort of BAAL or Marduk was a “Moon Goddess”, and referred to as the “Queen of the Heavens”. After Nimrod’s death, Queen Semiramis gave birth to an illegitimate son. She claimed that he was Nimrod reborn, and named him “Nimrod – Tammuz”. Another name for him was “Cupid”, which means desire. He was named as such because Queen Semiramis lusted after him. She married him, and Tammuz was forever associated with being a child god. In the depictions of him, he was often seen holding the ‘heart shaped fruit of Persea in his hand.’ Thus, Tammuz or Cupid became associated with being the “God of the Heart”. This is where Cupid, who we associate with Valentine’s Day, got his start.
In Genesis 9:1, God told humankind: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.’ However, Nimrod was in opposition to this. Genesis 11:4-9 states: Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.’ But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Who would have been building this tower? Those who were adapt in working with Stone, ie: The Stone Masons who later would become known in Medieval times as Free-Masons, because as I explained earlier, they were allowed to move from city to city to practice their craft. The symbolic tools which we use to teach our lessons would have been first employed in the massive building projects of Ancient Babylon, including building the tower of Babel. Going back to the idea of the Fluer-De-Lis being the arrowhead which shows north on a map or compass, you see that it has a total of six points, 3 pointing up and 3 pointing down.
The Fleur-De-Lis connects to the Square and Compass, in that from above, it has the exact shape of the six pointed star. In Freemasonry, The blazing star (six pointed star) is described as one of the ornaments of a lodge, as being a hieroglyphical representation of Divine Providence. In more ancient traditions, the blazing star is represented as consisting of two equalateral triangles interlocked. The triangle with the apex pointed down was emblimatical of the creator, with the apex pointing down toward the created universe, whereas the triangle pointing up was representative of man, pointing toward God, the creator. When intertwined as a six pointed star, they would form a single figure, the symbol of unity between God and his creation. So the Square and Compass and the Fleur – de –Lis are both representations of the Blazing Star, and they both originated in Ancient Babylon. Is this a coincidence? I leave that to you to decide.