Masonic rings and attaining Masonic degrees are somewhat mysterious to many
Masonic rings make a statement about the person who wears one.
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Men who seek non-university degrees and who may refuse to wear any
other jewelry, (sometimes even their wedding ring), may seem strange to non-Masons.
- Q: Why do Master Masons wear these rings?
- A: To be forever bound to your obligation, which is your
solemn promise, made of your own free will, before the Great Architect of
the Universe, as well as your family, friends and brothers signifying your
true and heartfelt desire to be forever bound in unity with the fraternity.
What is it about this circlet around a Freemason's finger that provides
such an emotional feeling of wholeness, of stability, and inner completeness
which each man craves in his very soul?
The Eternity of the Circle: Marriage, too, is the heartfelt
promise before the Great Architect to be forever bound in unity with another.
Marriage is a legal and emotional bond which ties 2 people together before
their family, friends and our Creator,...but it is only in the act of the
promise that true marital unity begins.
Therefore, within Freemasonry, the only thing that sets a Freemason apart
from other men is his heartfelt desire, his promise,...his oath...his obligation,...his
word... which bonds him to the fraternity...because he is, technically, free
to leave the fraternity at any time he so chooses.
As our Creator has bestowed Free Will upon each of us, so, too, does the
Cable Tow: Masonic rings are a visual sign to the world
(no Masonic secret, here)...of the Cable Tow binding you to the brotherhood
and the brotherhood to you. It is the newly found desire, ... the intense
inner and intrinsic need of every man to be a part of a group of others who
hold similar beliefs and purposes.
Seal of Authenticity: Your Masonic ring is an outward
sign of your authenticity as a Master Mason within the brotherhood.
The Promise: Therefore, as you can see, it is only in
the act of the “promise” before the Creator from which brotherhood
derives its true strength and beauty.
- Q: When did men begin wearing a Freemason ring?
- A: No one knows, exactly, but they are not of new origin.
- Q: How should I wear my Masonic ring?...with the points
of the legs of the Compasses facing toward me or with the points of the legs
facing away from me?...which is correct?
- A: This question is, apparently, one of the most frequently
requested items of information that is asked of M.S.A.N.A.& Masonic Service
Association of North America). Their response is that it may be worn either
way. ..the 2 points of the compasses may point to the brother to remind him
of his obligation or the 2 points of the compasses may point toward others
to show an outward sign of the wearer's authenticity as a Master Mason.
Respectfully, I disagree. If you have not read the information on my page, Freemason
Masonic Signet ring, please feel free to do so. After you are aware
of additional historical facts, you may decide, yourself, on how best to
display your ring.
- Q: Why are most (not all) of these rings, gold?
- A: The short answer is that it is because of the high
value and esteem with which gold has enjoyed across the millenniums (thousands
of years). For a more complete answer, you may find more information on the Masonic
Rings - Gold page.
- Q: Which symbol is most commonly found upon the face of
a Masonic Lodge ring?
- A: The Square and Compasses.
- Q: Why?
- A: The symbols of the square and compasses denote several
Masonic ideologies, but historically... somewhat analogous (like) to Boaz
and Jachin, they symbolize 2 triangles, one pointing upward into the Heavens
toward our Creator, and one pointing downward toward Earth ...and to man,
our Creator's creation.
- Q: Are there other types of Masonic rings in addition
to Masonic lodge (Master Mason) rings?
- A: Yes. There is no absolutely correct standard face
which belongs to any of these rings, as craftsmen create them in many different
In addition to Master Mason rings, there are rings for Past Masters, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Knights Templar, Masonic Military Rings and Eastern Star Rings, etc.
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