And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. ~ Revelation 13:16
Raise the right hand...extending the two fingers like a fork...then draw it back over the right shoulder and with a quick motion dart the extended fingers forward in a horizontal direction. It alludes to the penalty of gouging out the eyes of a traitor. ~ Second Sign of a Super-Excellent Master Mason Richardson's Monitor of Freemasonry (p.91)
In Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia we read:
"The hand is important in Freemasonry for the purpose of giving and receiving modes of recognition."1 .
· Hand on Breast ~ submission and the attitude of a servant or slave· Crossed at wrist (X) ~ binding or being bound· Hand on neck ~sacrifice· Clenched fist ~ threat, aggression· Raised hand ~ adoration, worship, horror, amazement· Both hands raised, palm outward ~ weakness, supplication, acknowledgment, adoration, admiration· Raised to head ~ thought, care, intellect, wisdom
The International Secret Language
Is the occult hand sign, in its many forms and varieties, the international secret language of the Freemasons and other covert societies? Manfred Adler, in his German-language book, The Freemasons and The Vatican, says the answer to this question is, yes.3
"Ninety percent of the secret news is transmitted via the media, in particular the press, with the aid of coded texts and pictures."4
Others, too, besides Adler, have noted the frequent use of hand signs in the media as signals of secret society insiders. Juan Maler, Argentine author and Masonic researcher, explains that the use of the hand sign is for the uninitiated a completely trivial and inconspicuous gesture.
"But for the members of the Secret Societies, the hand sign is used as a sign of recognition by those who are in a leading position or who have a mission to fulfill and usually appears with a relevant text."5
"If one collects the photos of well-known personalities from the daily papers, then one possesses, in a very short time, a great number of conspicuous and ~ for those who understand the signs ~ also meaningful poses."6
A Symbol of Power
Why is the use of the hand considered to be so significant as a means of concealed communications by occultists? The Herder Dictionary of Symbols states that the hand is "a symbol of activity and power." It notes that finding oneself "in the hands of a ruler or God means being in that person's power, but also standing under that person's protection."8
The Herder Dictionary explains, too, that, "In antiquity, covered or veiled hands were generally customary when one approached high dignitaries." Hands with palms resting on one's knees express deep concentration and reflection.9
The hand can also be used as a threat to any would-be traitors or betrayer of the Illuminist cause. In the authoritative Richardson's Monitor of Freemasonry we find an example of this in the second sign of the Super Excellent Master Mason. The sign consists of raising the right hand, making the two first fingers like a fork, and simulating the gouging out of the eyes of a "traitor."
On the Other Hand...
There is a great symbolic difference between the use of the left and right hands. The right hand is said to be the hand of blessing, a good and positive influence, and those who use it in the occult world are known as those on the "right-handed path." This is considered "white magic."
Those on the left-handed path, however, are practitioners of "black magic." Full-fledged Satanists are typically of the left-handed path, though, in reality, it does not matter to the devil which hand is used!
The left hand is ever considered the sinister hand. It is associated with words like diabolical, witchlike, clever, deceptive, sly, cunning, evil, wrong, backward, and perverse. The evil eye is said to be the left eye. Some early Christians (for example, the writer of the apocryphic Gospel of Nicodemus) taught that of the two thieves crucified next to Jesus, the one at his left side rejected truth and was consigned to hell.
Witches throughout history have danced in ritual circles to the left, that is, counterclockwise. Druid priests do likewise as they dance and march around the holy stone at Tara, Shrine of Mother Earth. To blaspheme God, some Satanists and witches derive pleasure in giving the sign of the cross with their left hands.
But while witches and deep occultists are aware of the sinister nature and meaning of the left hand symbolically, one of the foremost Masonic authorities evidently has a more favorable view. Professor James Curl, author of the reference book, The Art and Architecture of Freemasonry, writes that, "The left hand is the symbol of equity."10
An Indicator of Attitude
According to most reference books of the occult, the positioning of the hand on a particular part of the body indicates one's mental attitude and inner meaning. A hand placed on the breast indicates a tender, loyal or sympathetic attitude. Placed on the neck, the hand denotes sacrifice and penalty, while the joining of hands signifies mystic marriage and fidelity.
The authors of A Dictionary of Symbols note that the hand expresses "ideas of action, as well as those of power and dominion." They say it is also a sign of royalty. The Jewish Kabbala (or Cabala) teaches that the left hand is the "hand of punishment," while the righthand is the "hand of blessing."11
The same reference guide explains that the word "manifestation" derives from the same root as "manus," the Latin word for hand. "What is manifest can be held in, or grasped by, the hand."12
The Fingers Can Be Revealing
The position of a specific finger, or fingers, of a hand may also denote great importance. Sammy Davis, Jr., the black entertainer and member of the infamous Sinatra "rat pack," confessed in his autobiography, Yes, I can, to being a Satan worshipper. The talented singer/dancer said that as a Satanist he painted the fingernail of his left-hand "pinkie" finger ebony black as a sign. "The chicks loved it," said Davis, "and found it really a sexual turn-on."
A hand with finger pointed to or touching the lip indicates, "Be silent." A finger touching or pointing to the head signifies "intellect or wisdom."
The pictures and illustrations in this section and the immediately following sections give evidence of the importance the Illuminati minions give to the use of hands, either in handshakes and grips, or in various poses. The old phrase, "a show of hands" certainly has a multitude of meanings to the members of secret societies.
Open to Interpretation?
A word of caution and advice is in order, however. Although I have used the best reference guides and the best knowledge obtainable from myriad investigative sources, it is sometimes very difficult to judge and evaluate a particular handshake, hand sign, pose or grip. For one thing, even though a Masonic reference book or occult textbook may clearly spell out the specifications for a type of grip or sign, the people who practice it are not always so precise.
I noted in a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force that while the military manuals and guidebooks clearly explain how to perform a hand salute, not all in uniform complied. Some high-ranking officers render a shoddy, confusing, lackadaisical salute while others give a snappy, precise salute exactly as the textbook prescribes. One can see a hundred different types of salutes at a typical Air Force Base exchanged on a given day, each a little bit different in one aspect or the other. And, of course, if you compare the way the U.S. military salutes with the salute of a British Sergeant Major, the difference is striking, indeed.
Still, even taking into account the human factor, it is possible to identify many of the hand signs and poses given and used by the elite. Check out my selection on the pages that follow and see if you agree.