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The Proper Way to Wear a Masonic Ring

by fanssteel

Q.  "What is the proper way to wear a masonic ring?  Should the points of the compasses be toward or away from the body? 

If you were hanging the American flag, would you put the stars down?  The same holds true of the masonic ring.  Usually it is a gift, and has sentimental value for the wearer.  It should  look right side up to him.  masonic ring are therefore worn with the points of the compasses toward the wearer."

A.  This subject is one on which Grand Lodges have made no regulation and popular opinion is divided.  We must therefore reason from analogy.  When the emblem of the square and compasses is displayed on a building, pennant, button, watch charm, etc., universal custom requires the points of the compasses point downward.

     When displayed on the Altar they point away from the Master.  As the Master from his station views the compass from the Altar of his Lodge, the points are from, not towards him.  As the wearer of a compass watch charm views it, the points are down adn away from his eyes.  In a similar way as he views the emblem on his masonic ring the points should be down or away from his eyes.


     The square is the symbol of earthly, the compasses of heavenly perfection.  As a combined emblem the ends of the square point up as a symbol of man's aspirations toward God; the points of the compasses are down to represent heavenly qualities coming down from God to earth.  Therefore it would seem that the proper way to wear a ring would be that in which its symbolism is best expressed: namely, that in which, when the hand is held in its usual position the points of the compasses are towards the earth and away from the wearer's eyes.

     Thus it will be seen that our conclusion does not agree with the writer in Temple Topics.  He truly says that in hanging an American flag we would not put the starts down, but in hanging a compasses or a square and compasses he surely would put the points of the compasses down.  When so worn they all serve the same purposes, and by no means the least of these purposes is to announce to the world the proud wearer is a Mason.

The meaning of a masonic ring

by fanssteel

What is the meaning of a masonic ring ?

Masonic rings are popular among men because they have been a seal of distinction for centuries. Modern day Freemasons wear their rings as a symbol of loyalty to their Mission and their Values.

To understand the true meaning of these handsomely crafted rings it is important to explore a bit more about their Mission and Values. As a curious minded person, one should never hesitate to ask the wearer of a ring about it's meaning so that you can receive a personal explanation, but in a nut shell the Mission is that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while still being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity. The Values of the Freemasons which reflect their Mission are comprised of high ethics, a tolerance for differences in religion, cultures, ethnicities, and social / educational backgrounds.

In addition, one should strive for personal growth, philanthropy, a strong sense of family, and freedom as described in the United States Constitution. The ring of a Freemason is one way that they can recognize each other in public. It is an outward sign that they are a part of the world's oldest fraternity and that they share similar values of this brotherhood. Simply put, the ring is kind of like a discrete version of a secret handshake!

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