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How to Wear a Masonic Ring

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you'll find the link my name is Jared

and I am a master mason in the state of

Mississippi in the United States of

America this is the ty of our Grand

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Mason both which are done by Edgar over

at Masonic revival today we are going to

tackle the most difficult question that

has ever seemed to plague Freemasonry

today's viewers question is what are the

do's and don'ts of Masonic rings now if

that made you chuckle then I understand

why but this actually is a rather

serious question the reason it's a

serious question I learned over time

myself is because this actually is a

issue in some jurisdictions in some

jurisdictions there is a correct and a

wrong way to wear your Masonic ring

depending on your particular status so

typically here's what you're going to

see you're going to see people asking

compass points in or points out and

they're just referring to whether or not

when you look at your Masonic ring do

you see it right-side up or do you see

it upside down the idea being if you see

it upside down then maybe it's for other

people to look at I have always worn

mine like this is just a preference I

suppose but it wasn't until I had been a

master mason for a couple

years and I started talking to those

outside of my jurisdiction that I

understood that this wasn't just

nonsense that happens to come up on

social media time and time again where

people seem to want to argue about the

right or wrong way to wear a ring you

know so should I have it like this or

should I wear it like that where I can

see the symbols myself it seems so silly

and I promise you it always comes up and

it always devolves into some nonsensical

fight between men that are supposed to

be freemasons and brothers but in some

jurisdictions there is a practice that

if you are a master Mason but you have

not served in the chair of being the

master of a lodge that you would be

required and expected to wear your ring

in this fashion so that you when you

hold your hand up would see the square

and compass is facing you just as you

might when you had knelt at the altar

but when you are elected and elevated to

being the master of the lodge and are

positioned in the east as you look out

to the lodge and your brethren where you

might see the compass and square in this

configuration that at that point it is

proper for you to turn your ring around

and face the compasses in that direction

so as it happens this seemingly

innocuous and ridiculous little

bickering thing that always happens on

social media may have some validity

depending on how you interpret things I

like the idea I happen to be a past

master so in that jurisdiction me

wearing my ring like this would be

appropriate but for me it's also just a

preference I like the practicality if

people go oh man let me see what's on

your ring and you hold your ring out and

they can actually look at it without a

being upside down to them of course more

often than not I'm likely to just take

my ring off and hand it to them because

it has symbols all the way around and

there's even an etching on the inside

that I'm not going to show you so

brethren the purpose of this video is to

try to inform I do want you to

understand that there are jurisdictions

out there that teach this that depending

on what station you have held and

therefore what angle you have seen the

square encompasses that that should be

reflected in how you wear your ring so

the do's and don'ts

the only other and I think perhaps

unnecessary to recite thing here is if

you are not a Master Mason don't wear

the ring plain and simple

there are jurisdictions I have learned

that as soon as you are initiated they

will happily allow you to wear whatever

Masonic emblem that you wish to show

that you are a member of the fraternity

I think that those are in the vast

minority I think the majority of

jurisdictions and the majority of

Brethren are going to say you should not

be wearing a Master Masons ring until

you are actually a Master Mason now can

you find rings that are situated as such

that would make them appropriate for and

entered apprentice or a fellow craft yes

you can should you wear them there's no

reason not to accept that chances are

you are going to spend a significant

amount of money over your time in

Freemasonry buying apparel pins ties and

other things typically one may be an

entered apprentice or a fellow craft for

no longer than one year each in most

jurisdictions in the United States it

may only be one month each so the

question comes of are you being frugal

are you using your MA

in the correct way if you are buying

something that you know going into it is

only going to be used by you for one

year that's up to you that's your choice

and based on the rules of your Grand

Lodge in your jurisdiction for my money

it's not worth it

I I would not want to go out and buy a

ring that's not going to be used very

long now that's being said this is a

silver ring this is an expensive Masonic

ring you can find stainless steel ones

for 10 15 bucks a pop and maybe that is

something that you feel justified in

spending so take that for what it's

worth but let's circle back around I

think the more common do or don't when

it comes to Masonic rings is which

direction to wear them in and as we have

learned there is not only opinion in the

matter but there are also jurisdictions

with the regulations on the matter as

well so look into it ask somebody if

your jurisdiction has those rules I

would assume that if your jurisdiction

has those rules it would be explained to

you at least at the time that you're

raised to being a Master Mason but hey I

don't think it ever hurts to ask

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