Masonic signature

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  1. deltasec

    deltasec Guest

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    I heard there is a way that Masons sign their name by adding 3 dots in the form of a triangle at the end, can anyone clarify this?
     
  2. Beathard

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    Wikipedia quotes Mackey in saying:
    Masonic traditions the symbol is used for abbreviation, instead of the usual period. For example "R∴W∴ John Smith" is an abbreviation for "Right Worshipful John Smith" (the term Right Worshipful indicates that Brother Smith is a Grand Lodge officer).
     
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  3. Traveling Man

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    Symbols:

    An important subcategory comprises the graphic designs in Masonic documents, diplomas, summons,and the symbols utilized in Masonic writing, such as the three dots in a triangle or tripunctial mark ∴


    The three dots ∴ that are often found with abbreviated names like A∴ A∴ and G∴ D were originally intended to represent "Masonic Honor Points". In Masonry, a freemason who has received the first three craft degrees of initiation may put these three dots after his name. Organizations made up of Craft initiated Masons traditionally place these same three dots after the letters of abbreviation of their organization names, e.g. Golden Dawn: G∴ D∴ instead of G.D. The practice is not strictly observed anymore in mystical organizations, but is still used in the original way by regular Masons. Now days, the three dots are often used indiscriminately to represent "mystical", "once connected to masonry", "the Christian divine trinity" and almost anything else. Some organizations, like O.T.O., do not use the three dot triangle in abbreviations of their names even though they are derived from Masonry. The practice is often not followed when an abbreviation consists of exactly three letters, since three dots or periods are already in place.

    What are those three dots arranged in a triangular pattern?

    The three dots (or three points) were formerly fashionable in Masonic writing instead of the usual periods after initials. The practice was apparently started in France by the non-recognized Grand Orient of France in 1774 and Masons were sometimes called 'Three Point Brothers'. The usage became popular in the US and is seen today in some Scottish Rite documents. Any significance they had two hundred years ago is now long lost.

    Masonic Info… Thanks Brother Ed King.

    Also known in mathematics as there4.
     
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  4. dbindel

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    I really don't like seeing the corruption of the tripunctial mark into TWO dots as a colon (e.g., R:W: DDGM). That seems to smack of ignorance and/or laziness.

    Also, I wish we in GLoT followed the example of our brethren elsewhere around the world who use honorifics such as "[Very | Right | Most] Worshipful," but always include "Brother" when addressing any fellow Mason. A couple examples:

    Most Worshipful Brother T.E. Gene Carnes, Grand Master
    Right Worshipful Brother Elmer Murphy, Past Grand Master

    I do my best to consistently address each of my brethren as Brother, whatever his title may be :)
     
  5. S.Courtemanche

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    Brother travling man, may I ask how you created the triangle (upper) dot with your keyboard? Thanks
     
  6. Txmason

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    Are the three dots used today by masons? Is it allowed by Grand Lodge? Thank you for the very interesting post on that. What do the three dots represent? The three lesser lights in masonry?

    Best,
    Jerry
     
  7. Beathard

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    Not sure how you do it here. In Word you type 2234 place your cursor after the number 4, press the Alt key and the x keys simultaneously. You can then copy and paste it...

    Gerry
     
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  8. flttrainer

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    I am in awe that you would know such a shortcut. I couldn't name a single one lol.

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  9. Traveling Man

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    Sent pm
     
  10. S.Courtemanche

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    Thanks :001_smile:
     
  11. optargueta

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    Here in Brazil, 95% of Mansons put three points in the end of their signatures.

    Is a kind of easy identification between us.

    Of course, there are many people that put three points in the signature (women included) that aren't Mansons. But we have some ways to find who is a member and who isn't a member.

    Most of times we use symbol like .'. or :. when typing.
     
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  13. JTM

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    Triforce?

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  14. Bloke

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    I know this is an old thread but I searched to see if this had been covered...

    I am always seeming F:. A:. on this site and it drives me nuts... the correct form is .·.

    So I'm gonna reveal a masonic secret...... *hears inward take of breath from readers*

    The way you produce the middle dot is by holding ALT and typing the number using your number pad on your keyboard (not the numbers in the row above the letters but the numbers on the far right. This will produce the ..... so you type period (aka full stop) "." then hold alt and type 250 to get "·" then another period (full stop) and wahla ! .·.

    If that does not work... you can always just copy and past the above

    Cheers
    Bloke
    P.·.M.·. of the interwebs...
     
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  15. Bloke

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  16. MBC

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    Why you just don't use a therefore ∴ symbol :p

    S ∴ & F ∴
    Ben ∴
     
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  17. MBC

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    For the brethren using smartphone and don't know how to type it faster, you can put the therefore symbol or any other symbols that not in your keyboard to a shortcut list.
    Here's an example(iPhone)
    Settings>General>Keyboard>English>Text Replacement(I've seen it shown as shortcuts before)
    Then you can put the symbols there for a faster way to type it, I set when you ever type "tf" or "therefore", the symbol will come out ∴ ImageUploadedByMy Freemasonry Pro1453231750.694186.jpg ImageUploadedByMy Freemasonry Pro1453231757.411901.jpg
     
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    This explains it in legal terms: http://www.newstruth.co.uk/how-to-sign-your-name-without-assuming-liability/

    The use of three dots dates to Aegyptian hieroglyphs where the symbol translates as the word 'grain'. This is multi-contextual, it means both 'sand' and 'seed'. The first grain of sand in the desert, is the beginning of the desert. The seed is the beginning of the tree. Thus, the three dots means 'it begins here'. What this means is a duality; the signature authorizes the document, represents a living being has made conscious decision regarding the manuscript, that it is endowed with more value than merely a piece of paper plus words on it. It also means, everything before this point of the document is foundation, and is annulled because it happened before the beginning; we shall begin at the beginning, not before. The dualism is intentional because 'As Above So Below' is a famous masonic maxim.

    The same symbol of three dots is also witnessed on the decorative cloth for the Kaba at Mecca (Ka Ba Me are also Aegyptian words with precise meanings, relating to the lifetime, the soul, the manifestation journey). From this we may trace a direct conceptual lineage at work, dating from the ancient times through to present day, behind the facade of organized religions.

    The use of three dots arranged in triangular format as opposed to in a row is a variant on this, denoting Higher Aspirant and Stability rather than merely a Beginning.

    The most famous use of the triple-dots within a signature is of course that of the Pendragon, J R R Tolkien.

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  20. Warrior1256

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    Very interesting stuff.
     

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