The secret hand signs of Illuminists are thought to work magic, to evoke supernatural beings, and, of course, to communicate messages. For example, the higher degree Mason, Rosicrucian, or other Illuminist can discern at what ritual level a brother in the Craft is 'at by testing his handshake, or grip. It is, therefore, an important mode of recognition. The commonly used phrase, "Get a grip," has Masonic origins.
The handshake, or grip, is a sign of unity, oneness of purpose and allegiance or devotion to joint cause. It is considered a bond, or seal, of acknowledgment between Illuminist brethren. The Masonic authorities speak of a "mystic tie" or spiritual union. Certainly, demon powers do congregate together and enjoy one another's foul company.
The instructions issued the candidate of the Entered Apprentice, or First Degree, of Freemasonry include these given here. Notice that the candidate is asked,
"How shall I know you to be a Mason?"
"By certain signs, a token, a word, and the perfect points of my entrance."
"What are tokens?"He replies, "Certain friendly or brotherly grips, by which one Mason may know another in the dark as well as in the light." ~ Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor, p. 42
The right hand has in all ages been deemed an emblem of fidelity, and our ancient brethren worshiped Deity under the name of Fides or Fidelity, which was sometimes represented by two right hands joined...
Numa was the first who erected an altar to Fides under which name the Goddess of Oaths and Honesty was worshiped.1
In volume 1 of Albert Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, a large section is devoted to a discussion of the hand and hand signs. Mackey states:
"In Freemasonry, the hand as a symbol holds a high place...The same symbol is found in the most ancient religions and some of their analogies to Masonic symbolism are peculiar."
He goes on to discuss the use of the hand in such ancient Mystery Religions as Mithraism and in worship of the Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian Gods. He notes that the tradition of the red seal attached to important documents is a throwback to the ancient use of the bloody hand as a way of authenticating documents.
Examples of Grips and Handshakes
I have included in this section of Codex Magica drawings of a number of Masonic handshakes taken from official Masonic publications and from other objective sources. In addition to Freemasonry, there are scores of Illuminati secret societies and many have their own unique handgrips and signs.
It is true that a handshake can be a questionable thing in its interpretation. All of us have attempted handshakes when greeting old friends and meeting new acquaintances. Sometimes your hand and theirs do not quite meet and clasp as you and they intended. It might be the fit of the hands due to the relative difference in size of each person's hands; or perhaps the distance between the two persons' bodies, causing a longer or shorter reach; or some other factor (Maybe the individual is short or tall, is just not good at shaking hands, etc.)
I have done my best to take all these uncontrollable factors into consideration here and I include only what I believe to be indisputable Masonic and Illuminist handshakes, tokens, and grips. Naturally, one must especially consider who is shaking whose hand ~ and whether the person is known to be an Illuminist, a Mason, a Rosicrucian, an O.T.O. adept, or so forth. With these caveats in mind, let us take a look at the secret handshakes of the Illuminati. But first this brief article by Christopher Story.
(NOTE: The following article by Englishman Christopher Story was originally published in the Economic Intelligence Review, (Westminster, England) and was reprinted in Des Griffin's Midnight Messenger (May/June 2004). It is reprinted here for the reader's interest.)
Let's "get a grip" with what's going on here. All of a sudden, newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic have taken to publishing large photos of our "chosen ones" indulging in various manifestations of Masonic "grips." There was that Kerry-Clinton handshake published in The Washington Times in March.
In that instance, Clinton was demonstrating, for those "in the know," just who was boss, and how high up in the geomasonic stratosphere he is (right at the top). The "grip" in question was a Ma-Ha-Bone Lion's Paw Grip, which leaves the junior party in no doubt who's in charge (and in pain as a consequence).
On 26th March, British newspapers carried an enormous picture of Tony Blair's "grip moment" with Libyan dictator, Muammar Qadhaffi. For his part, Blair looked extremely uneasy, his eyes watery, and his faced tensed up after what may have been some unspeakable encounter or other about which the record is silent (worst case scenario). Beneath the main picture, The Times had taken the trouble to provide us with three smaller close-ups of the "grip moment" ~ the newspaper's management being clearly signed up, in advance, to the significance of these New Underworld Order handshakes.
"Clearly he (Blair) has not read Emily Post, the doyenne of 20th Century etiquette."The proper handshake,' she wrote, 'is made briefly... and one should look into the countenance of the person whose hand one takes' (Blair was looking at the camera instead of course). But more to the point, this gratuitous reference to Emily Post was intended, our U.S. based expert writes, 'to show compatibility with the USA Scottish Rite. The palmetto in the background (there was a garish green wallpaper behind the pair ~ Ed.) reminds me of the State Flag of South Carolina (Charleston, on the 33rd parallel is the headquarters of the US Scottish Rite masonry ~ Ed.), and also relates to the prominence of the Middle East in all things occult."
"PLEASED TO MEET YOU: THE HISTORIC HANDSHAKES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD."
· Gerry Adams and Clinton, 12th December 1995: Shibboleth· Kim Jong-Il and Kim Dae-Jung (of the two Koreas), 12th December 2000 (Ma-Ha-Bone Grip (master masons)· Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin, with top Mason Clinton looking on, 13th September 1993: Ma-Ha-Bone Grip (Lion's Paw, master mason· Pervez Musharraf and Atal Vajpayee, 6th January 2002: Shibboleth Grip ("friendship")· and most revealing of all Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, meeting for the first time in Versoix, Switzerland, 9th November 1985
"Some Christians have wondered why Pope John Paul II seemed to use a hand gesture when photographed with Gorbachev in 1989 that was similar to the real grip of the Master Mason (a grip shown in Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor, 3d edition, 1976) and Star Trek Spock's 'Vulcan Salute.'" ~ (Dr. Dennis Cuddy, Now Is the Dawning of the New Age New World Order, Hearthstone Pub., Oklahoma City, OK, 1991, p. 387)