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Letter of the month: March 2006

Message-ID: <20060324003701.y9uuwrojavuo48g4@webmail.mit.edu>
From: "Nick" <ndacloush@myclearwave.net>
To: <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
Subject: Ring
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 21:26:40 -0600

Dear Brother,

What is the proper way to wear the Masonic Ring, should the point be facing you or not?.

Thanks in advance

Nick J. Dacloush


Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 00:37:01 -0500
From: "Rt. Wor. Gary L. Dryfoos" <dryfoo@MIT.EDU>
To: Nick <ndacloush@myclearwave.net>
Subject: Re: Ring

Dear Bro. Nick,

Many Masons believe there is some kind of code or significance to how you are supposed to wear your ring. There really isn't -- not in any set of landmarks or constitution or by-laws that I have ever heard of or come across, at least.

Now that doesn't mean there aren't local customs. If you're in a lodge and there's some old guy who says "we've always done it such-and-such way" and everybody believes him, then that's the way they do it in those parts. And that's what they will teach their new members. But that doesn't mean he was right, just convincing.

There's no "right" way to wear a ring. Decide for yourself how you want to wear it. I always wear mine with the points of the compasses facing me. It reminds me of how and where I'm supposed to be in relation to those two points. I have a friend in lodge who wears his ring with the apex of the compasses facing him -- he says he likes other people to be able to see it right-side up.

How about this? -- The proper way to wear a Masonic ring is to remember that the ring tells people that you are a Mason, and that they will get their ideas about what a Mason is from seeing how you act. So wearing your ring is really harder than it looks, no matter which way you decide to have it face.

fraternal regards,

-- Gary L. Dryfoos
A Page About Freemasonry
now at http://MasonryPage.org/


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