The Freemasons' Fidelity Tartan was designed by Ian D. Greenwood (2023), a brother at Fidelity Lodge No.19 A.F. & A.M. in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. This tartan is for use by Blue Lodge Freemasons worldwide. A great deal of thought and time went into creating this beautiful design, resulting in a bold tartan that represents many layers of Masonic meanings and allegories of the Craft. Four unique patterned areas hold allegorical significance within each set of black & white accent lines...
The first section of the design represents the Masonic journey from darkness to light. Its pattern draws from a dark rich color of blue at the edges to a brighter tone of blue at the center. Light radiates out from the center, emanating towards the dark edge. The design also provides a reference to the directional aspects of Freemasonry found in the North, the South, the East, and the West.
The second section of vertical patterns represents the three degrees of Freemasonry. The Entered Apprentice Degree is found at each vertical edge in the single checkered dark blue patterns against the white accent line. The Fellowcraft Degree is represented by the lighter pair of checkered blue patterns containing the vertical set of light blue & black lines. The Master Mason Degree is represented by the three central checkered blue patterns containing the two vertical light blue lines.
The third section of horizontal patterns represents mortal life as described throughout the Masonic lectures, themed broadly by the hermetic phrase “as above, so below.” The trinity of Faith, Hope, & Charity, the stages of life, the Masonic funeral rites, and the allegory of Jacob’s Ladder each address these divisions. The pattern reflects across itself from the world above, to the Earthly plain, to the world below.
The fourth section of the pattern represents the Plumb, the Level, and the Square. The vertical pair of light blue & black lines denotes the Plumbline of Rectitude. The horizontal pair of light blue & black lines illustrates the Level of Equality. The nexus of these two symbols forms the Square of Virtue. The Square is duplicated in 90° sections, creating a 360° radiant or all-encompassing Masonic landmark.
The checkered background of alternating blue tones is circumscribed within darker shades to display how the instruments of Freemasonry necessarily draw our attention towards light. The black & white pairs of lines that divide each section are representative of the Mosaic Pavement of Freemasonry. The pattern is a simple and reserved checkered accent that brings order to the design. Each black & white cross-section is set within the darkest tone of blue and the mosaic only achieves true color within this small area of the pattern, where the light and the darkness find balance.