How to Do Freemasonry Hand Signs

Updated November 21, 2016

The Freemasons are a fraternal organisation, steeped in tradition, that promotes morality, religious tolerance, charity and the study of philosophy. The Freemason organisation has a rich history that dates back to the 18th century. Freemasons are required to take an oath pledging their allegiance to upholding the principles of the Freemasons. Part of the Freemason tradition includes secret handshakes and hand signals that demonstrate what level of Mason you are.

Stand straight and raise your right arm. Bend your arm at the elbow and hold your right hand under your chin.

Move your hand back and forth under your chin repeatedly.

Drop your arm to your side. This hand signal represents having your throat slit and your tongue cut out.

Hold your right arm across your chest.

Cup your right hand and place it over the left side of your chest.

Bring your right arm, with your hand still cupped, sharply across your body.

Drop your arm to your side. This signal represents having your heart ripped out if you betray your fellow craft.

Stand straight and raise your right arm to waist height.

Keep you hand flat, palm facing down, and extend your thumb out toward your body.

Pull your hand quickly across your body until you reach your right hip.

Drop your hand to your side. This signal represents having your body cut in two as a penalty for betraying your Masonic duties.

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