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The Hidden Hand that Shaped History



The Hidden Hand that Shaped History

Has the course of History been directed by a small group of people with common interests? The paintings and pictures of the great men of the past centuries reveal a common thread which links them together. Is it a coincidence that many of them hid one of their hands when posing for a portrait? It seems unlikely. We’ll look at the Masonic origin of the “hidden hand” and the powerful men who used the sign in famous portraits.

“Today’s thinking toward a democratic world state is neither a new trend nor an accidental circumstance; the work of setting up the background of knowledge necessary to the establishing of enlightened democracy among all nations has been carried on for many hundreds of years by secret societies.”
-Manly P. Hall, Secret Destiny of America

Is there a hidden force behind the world events of the past centuries? Are the fall of European monarchies, the bringing forth of the Age of Enlightenment and our path towards a world democracy part of a great plan lead by a “hidden hand”? Before the advent of mass media, portraits depicting their leaders in majestic poses were the only artifacts people had. Do these portraits have an occult meaning?

One of those poses is the “hiding of the hand”. I remember my history teacher trying to explain why Napoleon was often shown with a hand inside his shirt. The common explanation went along these lines:

“Many theories have been presented as to why Napoleon is traditionally depicted with his hand in his waistcoat. Some of these theories include: he had a stomach ulcer, he was winding his watch, he had an itchy skin disease, in his era it was impolite to put your hands in your pockets, he had breast cancer, he had a deformed hand, he kept a perfumed sachet in his vest that he’d sniff surreptitiously, and that painters don’t like to paint hands”
-Tom Holmberg

Unless all the individuals discussed in this article had a stomach ulcer or deformed hands, the gesture of hiding one’s hand simply has to have a specific meaning. It does. Most of the people using this sign are proven (and often enthusiastic) members of the Freemasons. Considering the great importance of this gesture in Masonic rituals and the fact that all of the elite were either part of Freemasonry or knew of it, it is simply impossible that the recurrence of this sign could be the result of a coincidence. The “hidden hand” can, in fact, be found in the rituals of the Royal Arch Degree of Freemasonry and the world leaders that use this sign are subtly saying to other initiates of the order: “This is what I’m part of, this is what I believe in and this is what I’m working for”.


The Royal Arch Degree

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The Triple Tau

The Royal Arch Degree (the 13th degree of the Scottish Rite or the 7th degree of the York Rite) is also known as the Mason of the Secret. During this Degree, initiates are said to receive great Masonic truths.

“The members of this Degree are denominated companions, and are “entitled to a full explanation of the mysteries of the Order”; whereas in the former Degrees they are recognized by the common, familiar appellation of brothers, and kept in a state of profound ignorance of the sublime secret which is disclosed in this Chapter. This accords with the custom of Pythagoras, who thus distinguished his pupils. After a probation of five years, as stated before, they were admitted into the presence of the preceptor, called his companions, and permitted  to converse with him freely. Previous to the expiration of that term he delivered his instructions to them from behind a screen”
-John Fellows, Fellows’s Inquiry into the Origin, History, and Purport of Freemasonry

“If we pass on to the Royal Arch, we receive a wonderful accession of knowledge, and find every thing made perfect; for this is the nec plus ultra of Masonry, and can never be exceeded by any human institution.”
-George Oliver, Lectures on Freemasonry

It is during this degree that the initiate learns the sacred name of God.

“A Degree indescribably more august, sublime, and important than any which precede it, and is, in fact, the summit and perfection of ancient Masonry. It impresses upon our minds a belief in the being of a God, without beginning of days or end of years, the great and incomprehensible Alpha and Omega, and reminds us of the reverence which is due to His Holy NAME.”
-George Oliver, Historical Landmarks

This holy name is Jahbulon, a combination of words meaning “god” in Syriac, Chaldaic, and Egyptian.

“JEHOVAH. Of the varieties of this sacred name in use among the different nations of the earth, three particularly merit the attention of Royal Arch Masons:

1. JAH. This name of God is found in the 68th Psalm, v. 4.

2. BAAL OR BEL. This word signifies a lord, master, or possessor, and hence it was applied by many of the nations of the East to denote the Lord of all things, and the Master of the world.

3. ON. This was the name by which JEHOVAH was worshiped among the Egyptians.”
-Malcolm C. Duncan, Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor

The initiation ritual to this degree re-enacts the return to Jerusalem of three Most Excellent Masons who were held captive in Babylon. I won’t go through the whole ceremony and symbolism but at one point, the initiate is asked to learn a secret password and a hand sign in order to go through a series of veils. The following image depicts the hand sign required to go through the second veil, as documented in Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor:

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The hidden hand.

“Master of Second Veil: “Three Most Excellent Masters you must have been, or thus far you could not have come; but farther you cannot go without my words, sign, and word of exhortation. My words are Shem, Japhet, and Adoniram; my sign is this: (thrusting his hand in his bosom); it is in imitation of one given by God to Moses, when He commanded him to thrust his hand into his bosom, and, taking it out, it became as leprous as snow. My word of exhortation is explanatory of this sign, and is found in the writings of Moses, viz., fourth chapter of Exodus”:

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow”.
-Malcolm C. Duncan, Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor

As stated above, this hand gesture is said to be inspired by Exodus 4:6. In this biblical verse, the heart (“bosom”) stands for what we are, the hand for what we do. It can thus be interpreted as: What we are is what we ultimately do. The symbolic significance of this gesture might explain the reason why it is so widely used by famous Masons. The hidden hand lets the other initiates know that the individual depicted is part of this secret Brotherhood and that his actions were inspired by the Masonic philosophy and beliefs. Furthermore, the hand that executes the actions is hidden behind cloth, which can symbolically refer to the covert nature of the Mason’s actions. Here are some of the famous men who used this hand signal.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon, a known Mason in his study at the Tuileries, 1812

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a military and political leader of France whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century. He was initiated into Army Philadelphia Lodge in 1798. His brothers, Joseph, Lucian, Louis, and Jerome, were also Freemasons. Five of the six members of Napoleon’s Grand Counsel of the Empire were Freemasons, as were six of the nine Imperial Officers and 22 of the 30 Marshals of France. Bonaparte’s association with Masonry has always been played down in historical records. Masonic researcher J.E.S. Tuckett addresses the situation:

“It is strange that evidence in favor of the Great Napoleon’s membership of the Masonic Brotherhood has never been examined in detail, for the matter is surely one of interest, and – seeing the remarkable part that remarkable men played in the affairs of Europe, at a time when Continental Freemasonry was struggling out of chaos into regular order – it cannot be without an important bearing upon Masonic history”

In his essay on Napoleon and Masonry, Tuckett claims:

“There is incontestable evidence that Napoleon was acquainted with the nature, aims and organization of Freemasonry: that he approved of and made use of it to further his own ends”
-J.E.S. Tuckett, Napoleon I and Freemasonry (source)

Napoleon was also said to be aided by occult powers. In 1813 he was defeated at Leipzip and behind him was a “Cabinet of Curiosities” in which a Prussian officer discovered his Book of Fate and Oraculum. Originally this Oraculum was discovered in one of the Royal tombs of Egypt during a French military expedition of 1801. The emperor ordered the manuscript to be translated by a famous German scholar and antiquarian. From that time onward, the Oraculum was one of Napoleon’s most treasured possessions. He consulted it on many occasions and it is said to have “formed a stimulus to his most speculative and most successful enterprises.”

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Hidden hand.

Karl Marx

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Karl Marx is known today to be the founder of modern Communism. Despite being denied by some Masons, Marx is said to have been a 32nd degree Grand Orient Freemason. Marx became the spokesman of the atheist and socialist movements of Europe. He planned the replacement of monarchies with socialist republics, with the next step conversion to communist republics.

George Washington

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George Washington.

George Washington was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and is considered to be the “most important American Mason”. Charles Willson Pealed produced this painting when Washington was 52 years old. Notice the position of Washington’s feet: they form an oblong square. The position of the feet is of utmost importance in Masonic symbolism. Compare this with this excerpt from Duncan’s Ritual Monitor:

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered to be one of the most prolific and influential composers of music ever. He also was a Freemason and was initiated in the Austrian lodge Zur Zur Wohltatigkeit on Dec. 14th, 1784. Mozart’s creations often incorporated important Masonic elements. The Magic Flute opera was mainly based on Masonic principles.

“The music of the Freemasons contained musical phrases and forms that held specific semiotic meanings. For example, the Masonic initiation ceremony began with the candidate knocking three times at the door to ask admittance. This is expressed musically as a dotted figure: meanings. For example,

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Dotted figure.

This figure appears in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute in the overture, suggesting the opening of the Masonic initiation.”
– Katherine Thompson, The Masonic Thread in Mozart

The musical progression of The Magic Flute was based on the Golden Ratio (1,6180…), the proportion of everything that is considered divine by Mystery Schools.

Here are compositions created by Mozart for use in Masonic lodges:

  • Lied (song) “Gesellenreise, for use at the installation of new journeymen”
  • Cantata for tenor and male chorus Die Maurerfreude (“The Mason’s Joy”)
  • The Masonic Funeral Music (Maurerische Trauermusik)
  • Two songs to celebrate the opening of “Zur Neugekrönten Hoffnung”
  • Cantata for tenor and piano, Die ihr die unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt
  • The Little Masonic Cantata (Kleine Freimaurer-Kantate) entitled Laut verkünde unsre Freude, for soloists, male chorus, and orchestra

Marquis de Lafayette

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Marquis de Lafayette was a 33rd degree Freemason. According to Willam R. Denslow’s 10,000 Famous Freemasons, Lafayette was a French military officer who was a general in the American Revolutionary War and a leader of the Garde Nationale during the bloody French Revolution. Lafayette was also made an honorary Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of New York. More than 75 Masonic bodies in the U.S. have been named after him, including 39 lodges, 18 chapters, 4 councils, 4 commanderies, and 7 Scottish rite bodies.

Salomon Rothschild

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Salomon Rothschild was the founder of the Viennese branch of the prominent Mayer Amschel Rothschild family. The most powerful family in the world has greatly influenced the policies of Germany, France, Italy, and Austria. The Rothschilds are also the main players behind the creation of Zionism and the state of Israel.

The power of the Rothschilds went way beyond the confines of the Masonic lodge. They are said to be part of the 13 “Illuminati Bloodlines”. An analysis of the recently built Supreme Court of Israel (read the article here) confirms the Rothschild’s embrace of Masonic symbolism.

Simon Bolivar

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Known as “El Libertador” (the Liberator), Bolivar is considered to be the “George Washington of South America”. He joined Freemasonry in Cadiz, Spain, received the Scottish Rite degrees in Paris and was knighted in a Commandery of Knights Templar in France in 1807. Bolivar founded and served as master of Protectora de las Vertudes Lodge No. 1 in Venezuela. The country of Bolivia is named after him. Bolivar also served as the president of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia in the 1820’s. He belonged to the Order and Liberty Lodge No. 2 in Peru.

Notice in the image above the position of his feet (oblong square) and the checkerboard pattern of the floor, also Masonic. His stance might have been inspired by the Knights of Christian Mark Degree as depicted below in Richardson’s Monitor of Freemasonry:

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Knights of the Christian Mark.

Joseph Stalin

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After being shot in 1940, the young man on the right has been edited out by Stalin’s people.

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Hidden hand.

Stalin’s reign of terror in the Soviet Union lead to the deaths of millions of his own countrymen. He is often shown in pictures using the hidden hand gesture. No official records have been found that prove Stalin’s initiation into Masonry. Of course, dictators such as Stalin tightly controlled all information concerning themselves and their affairs, making it difficult to prove anything one way or the other. The hiding of his hand, however,  provides an initiate’s clue to his possible allegiance to an occult brotherhood.

In Conclusion

As seen above, thee leaders using the “hidden hand” gesture had a great influence on world history and many were confirmed Masons. This gesture is an obvious yet widely overlooked detail that hints at the leader’s embrace of occult philosophy. By understanding this fact and by recognizing the IMMENSE influence these leaders had on the course of history, we can begin to realize the hidden force which is currently steering the world toward international democracy.

Members of these brotherhoods might have maintained different opinions and even adhered to different factions (communism vs. capitalism), but the fundamental philosophy, beliefs, and ultimate goals are still the same: the coming of an “Age of Reason and Enlightenment”. Of course, any serious researcher is already aware of the role of Masonry in the unfolding of world history. The “hidden hand” gesture, so often used by historical figures is simply the outward expression of this little-known fact. As  Confucius said, “Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.” These people’s words and policies will eventually be twisted and forgotten, but their image will remain for the ages.

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The United States were an experiment of these secret societies, a step forward to the global New World Order.The U.S. represents The New World Order at reduced scale.For all of those who belive in the patrotic crap that your leaders fed you with, i'm sorry to inform you, but you're not americans.You're irish,polish,africans,hispanics,arabs,chinese,japanese etc. and mixtures of these races.You represent nothing but a social experiment, a starting point for the globalist New Order. For crying out loud, your federal reserve is privately owned, your institutions are privately owned , your firms are privately owned and above all, you are privately owned.That's why on your birth certificate is written U.S. Department of Commerce.You're nothing but a property, a merchandise of the european barrons.Your first president and the ones that followed were not placed there to serve you, the people, they were placed there to serve the masonry that was/is controlled from Europe.Now, thanks to the stupidity of your concitizens, your country is making way to the new elite power of the world (that will replace the United States and other Global Powers – France,Germany,Italy,Rusia,China,Japan), the country from where the Antichrist is prophecized to rule from:Israel.After they finish their plans with the… Read more »


I'm a great admirer of your analysis VC, and thanks to you I'm aware of how today's world is ruled. But just a remark which I point to out of my respect and admiration to you and it's about Bolivar. Sure, he was inspired by Napoleon who was Freemason to the bone. But later on, Bolivar left Freemasonry and banned all secret societies from Colombia and later on he was assassinated, most probably by the secret societies themselves who saw him as going against their interests. Just don't say only half of the truth because it might mislead people and make them hate him. Watch the movie "The Liberator" it tells the whole thing about how he found out the truth of those who supported him in the first place. Anyway thanks for keeping us enlightened 🙂 greetings from Lebanon!


Marx was a member of the Bavarian Illuminati (founded 1 May 1776) of Adam Weishaupt.This organization pushed him from behind and almost all of his doctrines arose from this organization.That's why the communist labour day is celibrated on May 1.And that's why i feel reductant to admire the teachings of these ''geniuses'' and ''powerfull'' men of the world:Marx,Einstein,Darwin,Hitler,Washington,Franklin,Caesar,Napoleon,Pythagora and many other intelectuals and political leaders.They're just the spoke-men of these secret organizations.As far as i'm concerned, many of them would have been anonymus without their occult affiliations. The informations they provided to the ignorant population were just a few of the ones that these organizations withhold.These informations (how to control a certain social,political or military system,how to create an invention that will revolutionize the world) come from the world of the occult and are provided to them by demons(in the Genesis, replace the word snake with demon/Lucifer and the Tree of Life with The Tree of Knowledge, and see what kind of meaning you get from that story).These people are bridges that link the theoretical occult knowledge of the secret societies with it's practical use on the ignorant masses.These systems (monarchy,communism,fascism,democracy) were nothing more than a step-by-step program (planned by… Read more »


By that logic with a username like ‘Phoenix33’ you must be Satan himself…


In accordance to the principles of Doublethink, it does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, that victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous. The essential act of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labor. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects. And its object is not victory over Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the very structure of society intact. Julia? Are you awake? There is truth, and there is untruth. To be in a minority of one doesn't make you mad.

-Winston Smith, 1984


The Pope Francis did the same gesture when he was elected….why?


Because he is a Mason




Wrong: Before he was Pope he did it in his Black Dress in the Metro too when he saw the Camera. Same did Herman Goering (Knight of Malta) in the Railway joining Hitler when he saw the Camera……


PF1 is the most outspoken critic of the masons; he has trashed them as “diabolical”. His hand is put inside his coat only when carrying the Holy Eucharist. This is so that persons will see that he has Jesus with him and will be respectful of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (real presence of Jesus)

Man from Modesto

I'm glad I found this. I am currently putting together an article titled "Why did Napoleon put his Hand in his Jacket?" I have a long collection of Civil War generals with their hands in their coats, Allen Pinkerton, leader of the Salvation Army, the current pope, and others.


PF1 is the most outspoken critic of the masons; he has trashed them as “diabolical”. His hand is put inside his coat only when carrying the Holy Eucharist. This is so that persons will see that he has Jesus with him and will be respectful of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (real presence of Jesus)


''Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.''That's an interesting declaration because it represents the values of Lucifer and his angels(signs,symbols=disguise,deceit,hidding,lies,subversive information) vs. the values of The Creator (the word and the laws= truth, reality is what it is and nothing more, no hidding, no disguising)


The Rotschilds are not part of the 13 Illuminati bloodlines.They rule them.Let's analyse the Illuminati pyramid:

The capstone is the Rothschild Family or Tribunal that rules the Illuminati, they were the creators of it. The eye is Lucifer, their god and their voice. The first 3 top blocks are on every pyramid.

The Top block is The Council of 13, also called The Grand Druid Council.They only take orders from the Rothschilds and nobody else. They’re their private priesthood.

The Council of 33 is directly under them, that is the 33 highest Masons in the World.

The Council of 500, some of the richest people in the World–there are 500, actually, some of the richest people and conglomerates in the World–it’s their real financial power.

The Golden Dawn is the 4th block and it’s the Rothschild’s private coven in England.


I have a photo of the newly elected pope "Pope Francis,"and in this pose. See my post, The Black Pope pdf, a Summer Read. Htpp://


PF1 is the most outspoken critic of the masons; he has trashed them as “diabolical”. His hand is put inside his coat only when carrying the Holy Eucharist. This is so that persons will see that he has Jesus with him and will be respectful of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (real presence of Jesus)


Yesterday I saw a photograph of the new Pope. I don't know if it is a coincidence but on this photo of him sitting in a bus or a metro, he has his left hand in his coat.


I mean right hand


PF1 is the most outspoken critic of the masons; he has trashed them as “diabolical”. His hand is put inside his coat only when carrying the Holy Eucharist. This is so that persons will see that he has Jesus with him and will be respectful of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (real presence of Jesus)


just to reply to Danny Kelly's claims that Catholic religious orders have masonic roots – oh please! It was an automatic excommunication before Vatican II for ANY Catholic to join the lodge. Just because certain communists and freemasons infiltrated the clergy does not mean that the Church per se ENDORSED the lodge – the masons have written numerous diatribes AGAINST the Church including the papers of the Alta Vendita that Pope Pius IX released after they were obtained by a courier that was intercepted, bragging that they were going to put a man either of the lodge or who was sympathetic to the lodge's ideals in the papal chair. I submit AS a Catholic faithful to the PRE Vatican II FAITH that they succeed with this by displacing the real pontiff, Giuseppe Siri, in 1958, and putting a Rosicrucian by the name of Angelo Roncalli on the papal chair, who took the name of a former antipope, John XXIII and to the world was warmly welcomed as 'Good Pope John" whose encyclicals were made required reading by masonic lodges. The Church BEFORE Vatican II never endorsed masonry – was heartily opposed to it – have you never read Leo XIII's… Read more »

No Longer Blind

You are so blind to catholicism. I came out of it. It is the universal cult. History alone reveals Constantine merged Deus Sol Invictus worship with Christianity to make a pagan-laced pseudo religion.


you are probably a mason trying to destroy Christianity; PF1 is the most outspoken critic of the masons; he has trashed them as “diabolical”. His hand is put inside his coat only when carrying the Holy Eucharist. This is so that persons will see that he has Jesus with him and will be respectful of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (real presence of Jesus)


Did Hitler ever use the hidden hand?


Hitler wasn’t illuminati


Hitler was a Rothschild so he was part of the illuminati!




His older brother was also a mason and did this sign in photos, too.

monserrat veloso

Mr. Vigilant,

Sometimes, when i read your articles, i can't help but feel that what I am pursiung in life is somehow shallow than what you are doing. I am studying Political Science and in this article, I realized that there is really more, a deeper, thing about the 'political' stuff we study in school.

I thank you for making me realize that. 🙂

They Kill Me Instant

PLEASE COME!PLEASE COME!PLEASE COME! Rescue me from this hell!-From Tehran,Iran ********IRAN & WEST CONSPIRACY EXPLAINED******* Dear Readers, As you may know,The world is controlled by a single entity, you can call it Illuminati or Antichrist. Soviet Union and Eastern Block was staged so to divide the world into 2 sections that BOTH worked on improving a Military-Industrial Complex.As a "Create Problem-Offer Solution" pattern, they used the fear of Soviet Union to mobilize Western resources & personnel to create a huge EXTERNAL military power. When this was achieved(in mid seventies) now they needed another false enemy to create an INTERNAL military power ( police state, surveillance society, FEMA. etc.) in the West so the Soviet Union EXPIRY DATE is reached and it is dissolved and almost joins NATO. Now another block- a TERRORIST BLOCK in nature that fits the agenda of creating police state in West- takes its place. So almost simultaneously in 1979 there is an Afghanistan invasion (by our Russians allies), Saddam rule over Iraq AND Iranian Islamic Revolution.These geographically connected countries become the playground of Arab/Palestinian terrorists who were basically created by British Intelligence in the beginning of 20th century; so by another "Problem-Solution" pattern the West must… Read more »


masonry subordinate to the Church/Jesuits by the way… don't expect the comment to stay but it is absolutely true


baloney; PF1 is the most outspoken critic of the masons; he has trashed them as “diabolical”. His hand is put inside his coat only when carrying the Holy Eucharist. This is so that persons will see that he has Jesus with him and will be respectful of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (real presence of Jesus)

Stuart Göltner


I have a question about the freemason-books of Dunkan and Richardson, which are used as an evidence, that the "hidden hand", the hand on breast and other hand-signs are masonic signs. If freemasonry is a powerfull secret society which wants to rule the world, why should they allow some members to publish their rituals and secret signs in books, which can be purchased or read in libraries by normal persons, so everybody can detect masons on pictures or in public and can know which level? This makes no sence to me. Is it possible, that Dunkan and Richardson published false informations in service of the lodge to confuse people?

Best regards and god bless you
Stuart Göltner


Everyone? This will never be believed by everyone.


Why was George Washington using his left hand instead of the right, in that lower painting? Also, what level masons use the hidden hand sign? Is there a certain degree required for them to use it?

and I'm convinced that world elites/rulers are involved in high level masonry and the differing sects of groups involved in the occult "Mystery" religions. I think these people are carrying on from Egypt and Babylon.

Josh Seibert

Hey I found this photo of Nietzsche sportin' the hidden hand, Anything to it?


yes; he inspired Hitler; Nietzche was a mason; Hitler ordered all german officers to read Nietzche’s main philosophy book


DONT FORGET,–not all people commenting here are's their duty to supposedly block our eye opener in vigilant citizen.

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