Symbolism and Color

posted May 23, 2015, 2:57 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 2:57 PM ]
Use of symbolism in Masonry is extensive and not always well understood. The following is a quote made by Albert Pike:
“Everything in Masonry is symbolic. Nothing in [the forms and ceremonies of Masonry] itself the Truth; but everything is the emblem of a great Truth. The meaning of the symbols has been obscured because the necessity of holding them and passing them on by memory has led to confusion and over-simplification, and people with neither knowledge nor good sense have said and written some remarkably silly things about them.”
A full investigation of the symbolic significance of colors used in masonic rituals would fill many books, but I do want to briefly look at the basic colors used in our degrees and their meanings. One must remember that different cultures have differing views on the meaning of color. The initial feelings from color may dissipate after a short period of time.
White is the main color of our aprons and shows continuity of these degrees to the symbolic degrees. It also shows the innocence of those wearing white aprons. White projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality. It is the color of light and may signify the beginning. In some eastern parts of the world, white is associated with mourning. 
Red is recognized as a stimulant and is the symbol of life, movement, excitement, energy, and fire.
Green is frequently used as a sign of nature, life, renewal, and rebirth. 
Black reflects authority, power, strength and intelligence.  It is the shade of night and may indicate mourning. Black also indicates sorrow, ignorance and error. Blue is the color of the sky, life, motherhood, eternity and the heavens. It refers to spirit. 
The masonic symbols and colors appearing in the rituals have been selected with a purpose and should add more meaning to each degree.