The accepted symbol of our Rite is the
Double-Headed Eagle of Lagash. It is the oldest crest in the
world, according to fraternal scholars and was a symbol of power more
than two thousand years before the building of King Solomon's Temple.
The double-headed eagle was
probably first accepted as a symbol of Freemasonry in 1758. In
that year the body calling itself the Council of Emperors of the
East and West, was established in Paris. The double-headed eagle
was in all probability adopted by this body, which claimed a
double jurisdiction. The eagle, one head inclined to the East
and the other to the West, to guard any and all who might
approach from either direction.
double-headed eagle features the white-ribboned motto, pendant from the
hilt to the point of the sword, containing the words SPES MEA IN DEO
EST, which translates My Hope Is In God.