The Freemasons are one of the most famous organizations in the world. Freemasonry dates as far back as the 16th century by some accounts. Today, there are approximately six million freemasons, including around two million in the United States. The masons are an important fraternal group, and as such they have several traditions and symbols. One of those traditions is the Masonic ring. The ring has a significant meaning, and is an important symbol for all freemasons. The Masonic ring is called a signet ring. Many famous people have worn signet rings, including Julius Caesar, Michelangelo, and various kings and popes. Here is a guide to the Masonic ring and what it means.
Even in the 21st century when science has long since replaced mysticism as the one true source for answers to questions like, “Why are we alive?”, Freemasonry retains its hold on men’s imaginations. Bestsellers like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and its follow up The Solomon Key are chock full of arcane Masonic references, while blockbuster movies like Nicolas Cage’s National Treasure popularize the relationship between our founding fathers and the mysterious fraternal order.
The history of the Freemasons is steeped in mystery and intrigue. Not that the Masons are not forthcoming with facts; it is more that facts are not so forthcoming where the Masons are concerned. The early history is based on theory and myth. It is only after the early 1700’s that documents evidencing the existence of the Masons surface.
The Order of DeMolay is an international youth fraternity with strong ties to Freemasonry for boys between the ages of 12 and 21. Recognizing that young men in their late teens and early twenties seek out learning and recreational activities that may be very different from those that interest their more youthful cohorts, in 1946 the Order established the Chivalric Knights of the Holy Order of the Fellow Soldiers of Jacques DeMolay, more popularly referred to as the Order of the Knighthood, an appendant organization for Older DeMolays.
Most people who have heard of the Masonic Lodge have heard conspiracy theories and lies about our work. We are supposed to be a secret society, bent on ruling the world. We are supposed to engage in black magic or blood sacrifices. We kill those who go against us—they say—and plot for all sorts of evil. Books, films, websites and fringe radio talk shows have all been produced to slander the Lodge, and Masons have come under heavy persecution around the world.