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Masonic Handshake

The process of grabbing and shaking the other person’s hand is known as a handshake. Handshakes are typically considered as a mark of respect since they signify the establishing of a special relationship or a partnership. 

In this post we will discuss the many types of “freemason handshake.”

Masonic handshake meaning:

The Masonic Handshake is an essential sign that is used to symbolize members of the Freemasons organization. Based on the mason’s rank, there are numerous distinct handshakes. Without saying anything, the gesture of shaking a Mason’s hand will reveal one’s Masonic degree! Masonic handshakes are mostly used as a sign of social acknowledgment.

Different types of Freemason Handshake:

Following are the several types of Masonic handshakes:

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1. Masters Grip:

The Master’s Grip  is offered by grasping the other person’s hand almost like shaking hands, then inserting the nails of each of your fingers into the joint of the other person’s wrist where it joins the hand. If the individual you’re shaking hands with is a Freemason, he’ll usually reciprocate by applying the same strength to your hand.

2. Pass grip of master mason:

It is performed by grasping the other’s hands and pushing the tip of the thumb forcefully into the gap between both, second and third knuckles, just like in normal handshaking. If the individual you’re shaking hands with is a Mason, he’ll usually match the pressure you put on his hand.

3. Real grip of fellow craft:

The actual grasp of a fellow craft is provided by shaking each other’s right hand and pushing the tip of your thumb firmly on the second knuckle, like in regular handshakes. If  you’re shaking hands with a Freemason, he’ll normally apply the same pressure to your hand.

4. Pass grip of fellow craft:

The pass-grip of fellow craft is offered by grasping the other’s hands and pushing the tip of the thumb hard into the gap between the first and second knuckles of the right hand, just like conventional hand-shaking. If you shake hands with a Fellow Craft, he will match the same pressure you put on his hands.

5. Grip of entered apprentice:

The hold of an entered apprentice is delivered by grabbing each other’s hands and pushing the tip of the thumb tightly on the first knuckle-joint of the first finger close to the hand. If the person you’re shaking hands with is a Mason, he’ll usually reciprocate by applying the same pressure to your hand.

3 Interesting facts about masonic handshake:

  • Foot to foot, knee to knee, breast to breast, hand to back, and either mouth to ear or cheek to cheek are the five points of masonic communion.
  • The hand is a depiction of human deeds in freemasonry. Unclean hands represent impure deeds, and clean hands represent pure actions.
  • The following defines the significance of a masonic handshake- This gesture is the visible evidence, or emblem, of the thoughts and hearts coming together.

This concludes our discussion on the different types of freemason handshake and the meaning of the masonic handshake. Also read about the famous freemasons in America.

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