Freemasonry first appeared in Europe in the 17th Century and since this time the organisation has been shrouded in an aura of mystery. Indeed, secrecy and discretion are some of its main features and those who do not belong to a Masonic lodge can never be sure of what takes place inside. Some believe that its members work for peace but others argue that Freemasons aim to establish a new world order in which the people are controlled by the rich. Indeed, some even argue that the Freemasons are already in control and seek to maintain their power. This slideshow will allow you to judge for yourself after shedding some light on Freemasonry's 10 biggest secrets.
\# 10 Freemasons cannot testify against each other in court
Witnesses in courts of law must swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. However, Freemasons consider the betrayal of another member of the lodge as worse than perjury and therefore some would rather hide the truth or lie than testify against a brother mason. Freemasons appearing in court will be familiar with one item used by the judge. The gavel is a symbol of authority among freemasons and it is used by significant figures within the organisation such as the Worshipful Master, the Senior Warden and the Junior Warden.
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\# 9 They use secret handshakes
The Masons have a number of greetings that they perform between themselves. Each greeting has a meaning, which can range from acceptance of another Freemason to a request for help. Indeed, you can also tell from the handshake what kind of relationship and what place in the hierarchy both members have in the organisation. There are also a series of Masonic gestures. These include the hand placed in the shape of horns, a triangle formed with both hands, the right hand placed over the left part of the chest and forearms raised with both hands outstretched. Many people have sought to highlight the use of such gestures and handshakes by certain world leaders.
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\# 8 Secret passwords help identify members
Freemasons use a series of passwords to let other members of the organisation know that they are also members. "Tubal Cain" is the most famous Freemason password and it is most frequently used by master masons. In turn, Freemasons also use secret words to talk about certain issues and subjects. One such word is "IAOM," which some scholars of Freemasonry have related to a deity.
\# 7 The hangman’s noose is used during initiation
The mandatory dress code for a “candidate” being initiated into the Freemasons is white clothes with one trouser leg rolled up, a piece of black cloth to cover the eyes and a hangman’s noose around the neck. Although the Freemasons claim the noose is a metaphor for the umbilical cord, some scholars see its use as a threat to the newly initiated member not to reveal the secrets of the organisation.
\# 6 Masons love the sun
Nature is a very important part of the belief system of the Freemasons and for this reason members usually worship the sun. The sun was considered a deity by ancient cultures as it represented fertility and life. The Freemasons also place it at the centre of worship and Masonic lodges are placed in the east and west of cities and towns in an attempt to control the sun’s power.
\# 5 They do not want atheists in their ranks
Masonic lodges do not allow atheists to become members because one of the main requirements of entry into the organisation is that “candidates” have faith in some form of supernatural force or power. In fact, you do not need to belong to a specific religion and you just need to explain your belief. Moreover, Freemasons have no problem with admitting social groups, such as homosexuals, that are sometimes discriminated against within wider society.
\# 4 Freemasons have infiltrated the police and army
Many argue that Freemasonry has infiltrated hierarchical organisations such as the military or police in certain countries. They suggest that the only way to rise up the ranks in such cases is to join the masons. For example, author Stephen Knight, who investigated the issue in the 1980s, argued that 60% of officers in the Metropolitan Police Force in the United Kingdom belonged to some kind of group linked to the Freemasons.
\# 3 Masonic messages are on the dollar bill
The next time you have an American dollar bill in your hand, be sure to examine it carefully as there are many details that can be associated with the Freemasons. Some people argue that there is a small image of an owl next to the numeral "one" located on the upper right-hand corner of the George Washington side of the note. This animal is representative of the Mesopotamian god Moloch and is the insignia of the Illuminati of Bavaria. The number 13 is also repeated several times on the bill. For example, the pyramid has 13 steps, the eagle's breast shield consists of 13 bars and it holds 13 arrows in one claw and a laurel with 13 leaves in the other. Some historians argue that this number represents the number of states that achieved independence from England, but others attribute the repeated occurrence of the number 13 to the fact that it is the number of alchemy. Finally, at the top of the pyramid is the eye of the Egyptian god Horus, or the all-seeing eye, which refers to the importance of deism for Freemasons.
\# 2 Anders Breivik was a Freemason
Anders Breivik committed a bombing and mass shooting which killed 77 people in Norway on 22 July, 2011. The killings shocked the world and journalists around the globe soon began to delve into the background of the perpetrator. One fact that emerged was that Breivik had been a member of the Masonic Lodge of St. Olaf at the time of the attacks. Following the massacre, the lodge stated that it had only had minimal contact with him. Ivar A. Skaar, Grand Master of the Norwegian Order of Freemasons, later threw Breivik out of the Freemasons stating that his actions had not followed the values promoted by the organisation.
\# 1 Freemasons have travelled to the moon
Not content with having an extensive network of contacts throughout the world, the Freemasons have striven to take their values and goals into outer space. Most of the astronauts who were part of the Apollo program were freemasons or their fathers had been members of a lodge. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, is said to have taken a Masonic flag with him on the Apollo 11 mission.
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