The secret hand signs of Illuminists are thought to work magic, to evoke supernatural beings, and, of course, to communicate messages. For example, the higher degree Mason, Rosicrucian, or other Illuminist can discern at what ritual level a brother in the Craft is ‘at by testing his handshake, or grip. It is, therefore, an important mode of recognition. The commonly used phrase, “Get a grip,” has Masonic origins.
The handshake, or grip, is a sign of unity, oneness of purpose and allegiance or devotion to joint cause. It is considered a bond, or seal, of acknowledgment between Illuminist brethren. The Masonic authorities speak of a “mystic tie” or spiritual union. Certainly, demon powers do congregate together and enjoy one another’s foul company.
The God of Fidelity
The Illuminist handshake, the clasping or joining of hands, can have many meanings. Its simplest is as a symbol of fidelity. Interestingly, Dr. Cathy Burns, in her informative expose, Hidden Secrets of the Eastern Star, notes that even at this basic level, the Illuminist is signifying allegiance to a deity other than the Christian God.
Notice that the candidate is asked, “How shall I know you to be a Mason?” His answer:
“By certain signs, a token, a word, and the perfect points of my entrance.”
Then, when he is asked,
“What are tokens?,” he replies, “Certain friendly or brotherly grips, by which one Mason may know another in the dark as well as in the light.”
(Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor, p. 42)
For example, Dr. Burns quotes Albert Mackey, 33°, former Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite, who admits:
The right hand has in all ages been deemed an emblem of fidelity, and our ancient brethren worshipped Deity under the name of Fides or Fidelity, which was sometimes represented by two right hands joined…
Numa was the first who erected an altar to Fides under which name the Goddess of Oaths and Honesty was worshipped.1
Burns points out that this reference to the worship of the Roman pagan Goddess is literally repeated by the initiate in the very first degree of the Masonic ritual.
In volume 1 of Albert Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, a large section is devoted to a discussion of the hand and hand signs. Mackey states:
“In Freemasonry, the hand as a symbol holds a high place…The same symbol is found in the most ancient religions and some of their analogies to Masonic symbolism are peculiar.”
Mackey revealingly says that the hand is deemed important “as that symbol of mystical intelligence by which one Mason knows another in the dark as well as in the light.”
He goes on to discuss the use of the hand in such ancient Mystery Religions as Mithraism and in worship of the Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian Gods. He notes that the tradition of the red seal attached to important documents is a throwback to the ancient use of the bloody hand as a way of authenticating documents.
Examples of Grips and Handshakes
I have included in this section of Codex Magica drawings of a number of Masonic handshakes taken from official Masonic publications and from other objective sources. In addition to Freemasonry, there are scores of Illuminati secret societies and many have their own unique handgrips and signs.
Moreover, the Mormon Church, the Sufi Muslim Brotherhood, and even the notorious Mafia have their own identifying handgrips and signs. In the pages that follow in this chapter, you’ll see a large number of well-known persons sharing handgrips and handshakes that clearly are Masonic and Illuminist.
Subject to Interpretation
It is true that a handshake can be a questionable thing in its interpretation. All of us have attempted handshakes when greeting old friends and meeting new acquaintances. Sometimes your hand and theirs do not quite meet and clasp as you and they intended. It might be the fit of the hands due to the relative difference in size of each person’s hands; or perhaps the distance between the two persons’ bodies, causing a longer or shorter reach; or some other factor (Maybe the individual is short or tall, is just not good at shaking hands, etc.)
I have done my best to take all these uncontrollable factors into consideration here and I include only what I believe to be indisputable Masonic and Illuminist handshakes, tokens, and grips. Naturally, one must especially consider who is shaking whose hand — and whether the person is known to be an Illuminist, a Mason, a Rosicrucian, an O.T.O. adept, or so forth. With these caveats in mind, let us take a look at the secret handshakes of the Illuminati. But first this brief article by Christopher Story.
(NOTE: The following article by Englishman Christopher Story was originally published in the Economic Intelligence Review, (Westminster, England) and was reprinted in Des Griffin’s Midnight Messenger (May/June 2004). It is reprinted here for the reader’s interest.)
Handshake Diplomacy: An Outbreak of the “Grips” “They are out of the gate, and nothing will stop them.” This description, by one of the sharpest of our informants, with the hectic pace associated with the imposition of the New Underworld Order, sums up the way the world is being turned upside down “as we speak.” That’s why the press is publishing all these “grips.” And the newspaper editors have shown themselves to be only too willing to oblige.
A huge photograph showed Tony Blair, our Fabian revolutionary Prime Minister, shaking hands with Adrian Nastase, the son of Illie, a leading Communist who “survived” the fall of Ceausescu. The Romanian Prime Minister is shown doing a five-knuckle grip (five-point degree), indicating to those whom Lenin called “the interested” that he’s “a member of the club.” Masons call their handshakes “grips” —hence the saying, “Get a grip.”
Let’s “get a grip” with what’s going on here. All of a sudden, newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic have taken to publishing large photos of our “chosen ones” indulging in various manifestations of Masonic “grips.” There was that Kerry-Clinton handshake published in The Washington Times in March.
In that instance, Clinton was demonstrating, for those “in the know,” just who was boss, and how high up in the geomasonic stratosphere he is (right at the top). The “grip” in question was a Ma-Ha-Bone Lion’s Paw Grip, which leaves the junior party in no doubt who’s in charge (and in pain as a consequence).
On 26th March, British newspapers carried an enormous picture of Tony Blair’s “grip moment” with Libyan dictator, Muammar Qadhaffi. Before proceeding, it needs to be said that these close-ups of Qadhaffi’s face reveal this man to be burdened with the most evil physiognomies on record —far nastier than those of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein combined: in fact Saddam looks quite benevolent beside this creature.
For his part, Blair looked extremely uneasy, his eyes watery, and his faced tensed up after what may have been some unspeakable encounter or other about which the record is silent (worse case scenario). Beneath the main picture, The Times had taken the trouble to provide us with three smaller close-ups of the “grip moment”-the newspaper’s management being clearly signed up, in advance, to the significance of these New Underworld Order handshakes.
Our expert geomasonic handshake analyst writes that “the Blair-Qadhaffi handshake” is a Shibboleth Grip which denotes fellowship and total agreement. The purpose of these photographs is to tell fellow Masons that these two are ‘one.’ Beneath the photograph was a caption containing the following odd language:
“Clearly he (Blair) has not read Emily Post, the doyenne of 20th Century etiquette.
“The proper handshake,’ she wrote, ‘is made briefly… and one should look into the countenance of the person whose hand one takes’ (Blair was looking at the camera instead of course). But more to the point, this gratuitous reference to Emily Post was intended, our U.S. based expert writes, ‘to show compatibility with the USA Scottish Rite. The palmetto in the background (there was a garish green wallpaper behind the pair—Ed.) reminds me of the State Flag of South Carolina (Charleston, on the 33rd parallel is the headquarters of the US Scottish Rite masonry — Ed.), and also relates to the prominence of the Middle East in all things occult.”
On the same day (i.e., the photo research had been done well in advance), The Independent newspaper carried a double spread entitled:
“PLEASED TO MEET YOU: THE HISTORIC HANDSHAKES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD.”
It showed the following geomasonic grips:
- Gerry Adams and Clinton, 12th December 1995: Shibboleth
- Kim Jong-Il and Kim Dae-Jung (of the two Koreas), 12th December 2000 (Ma-Ha-Bone Grip (master masons)
- Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin, with top Mason Clinton looking on, 13th September 1993: Ma-Ha-Bone Grip (Lion’s Paw, master mason
- Pervez Musharraf and Atal Vajpayee, 6th January 2002: Shibboleth Grip (“friendship”)
- and most revealing of all Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, meeting for the first time in Versoix, Switzerland, 9th November 1985
In this picture, Reagan is shown gripping with the Supreme Master Grip with a pronounced Ma-Ha-Bone Lion’s Paw. Gorbachev attempts the same but Reagan won’t allow the same grip. This shows that Reagan demanded (and kept) the “upper hand.”
As reported in The New York Times, November 25, 1963, New York City’s Mayor Wagner welcomes Ireland’s President Eamon de Valera to the “Big Apple.” The Irish leader was at New York’s Idlewild Airport on his way to Washington, D.C. for the slain President John F. Kennedy’s funeral. Strangely, the smiling Mayor looks in high spirits, though most of America was in deep mourning.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientist who oversaw development of the first nuclear bomb in Project Manhattan, receives a Masonic handshake from President Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson earned only the 3rd degree of Master Mason.
Oppenheimer, a Jewish cabalist, held the 33rd degree. Andrew Jackson (“Old Hickory”), the historical figure in the painting on the wall, was also a 33rd degree Mason. Oppenheimer lost his security clearance when it became clear to security officials that he was most likely a Communist espionage agent and certainly was a Communist sympathizer. Both the Soviet Union and the nation of Israel were given secret plans to the atomic bomb weapon by Jewish spies burrowed deep inside the United States military science establishments.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), left, and a fellow legislator in a Masonic grip. (USA Today, May 19, 2005, p. 6A)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Afghani leader Karzai prominently display their Masonic grip. (Newsweek, May 12, 2003, p. 32
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Both men are Masons.
Freemason Shimon Peres, who was educated by Jesuits as a youth in Poland and was the Prime Minister of Israel and that nation’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, is being welcomed to the Council on Foreign Relations, based in New York’s Harold Pratt House, by its Chairman of the Board, fellow Illuminist, Peter G. Peterson.
Pat Robertson meets with Red Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji in 1998. The 700 Club host has invested millions of dollars in Red China and supports its policy of forced abortions, all the time pretending to be “pro-life.”
The cover of Stephen Knight’s expose, The Brotherhood—The Secret World of the Freemasons. This book caused a sensation and a furor upon its publication because Knight revealed that the police, judiciary, and government of Great Britain are riddled with Freemasons who give job preference and show official favoritism to their Masonic cohorts.
Pope Pius XII greets Cardinal Spellman of New York.
New York’s powerful Cardinal Spellman shakes hand of Pope John XXIII, who succeeded Pope Pius XII.
Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law and Catholic Priest Paul Shanley exchange greetings. Subsequently, Shanley, a founding member of NAMBLA, was exposed as a pedophile criminal and convicted of molesting young altar boys. Meanwhile, Cardinal Law, forced by public scorn to leave the United States, was promoted to a top position inside the Vatican. At the death of Pope John Paul II in April 2005, Law surfaced once again, being given the high-visibility role of conducting a mass for the dead Pontiff that was viewed around the world on TV. This was the Vatican’s way of retorting to those angered or concerned over priest pedophelia: “Get Lost!”