The outside world has long been obsessed with uncovering the truth behind Freemason traditions and other Masonic secrets, but the organization remains largely shrouded in mystery. Occasionally, articles come out with titles like “How to Identify a Freemason!” or “Freemason Secrets Revealed!” but they rarely, if ever, reveal anything of actual interest. Truthfully, all of these secret Masonic rituals aren’t nearly as creepy and satanic as the news media would have the public believe, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t super weird and interesting.
What is Freemasonry? It’s a loose organization of various fraternal groups that trace their origins back to stonemasonry guilds from the Middle Ages. Since then, Freemasons have diversified their interests, and are now essentially community organizations that focus on fraternity, charity, and good will towards mankind, like a more secretive version of a Rotary Club. Or at least, that’s what they’d like you to believe. Dedicated conspiracy theorists continue to disagree.