Letter of the month: March 2006
From: "Nick" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 21:26:40 -0600
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 <email@example.com>
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.
-- Gary L. Dryfoos
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