Hidden Hand Originates in the The Royal Arch Degree of Freemasonry, a degree introduced under Illuminati infiltration.
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:
“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 covert nature of the Mason’s actions. Here are some of the famous men who used this hand signal.
1900 to present
"Mother, Teacher, Destroyer" by The Hidden Hand, a heavy metal band
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)
Witchcraft's Hand of Glory
Mubarak & General Colin Powell
Todd Palin (b. 1964 - )
Husband of 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin
Aleksandar Karađorđević (b. 1945 - ) Born Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, Karađorđević is claimant to the throne of Serbia. [source]
Four early Soviet-era Gulag-camp commandants giving the hidden hand sign for the cameraman. [source]
Mikhail Levandovsky (center), gives the hidden hand for the photo. Flanked by Sergei Kirov (left) and Konstantin Mekhonoshin (right). These three men were deeply involved the bloody 1917 Communist Russian Revolution. [source]
Skull & Bones society In this photo of Skull & Bones secret society members, the man at the far left of the photo is seen displaying the hidden hand sign. Exact date of photo unknown, appears to be around the mid-1800's. [source]
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (b. 1881 - d. 1938) Atatürk at the Sivas Congress (held from September 4 to September 11, 1919). [source]
Vladimir Lenin (b. 1870 - d. 1924) Harbinger of the bloody 1917 Communist Russian Revolution.
Karl Marx (b. 1818 – d. 1883) German - Jewish revolutionary and communist icon. Marx authored The Communist Manifesto in 1848.
Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin (1862– 1911). The mason Stolypin, government representative of the Duma who stirred tensions between peasants and workers i, Stolypin gave way to Kerensky, another mason
Paul von Hindenburg (b. 1847 - d. 1934) Prussia-German field marshal and statesman (German President). [source]
Friedrich Nietzsche (b. 1844 - d. 1900) German philosopher and atheist. Nietzsche's concept of the Übermensch (superman) later served as an inspiration to Adolf Hitler and the teachings of the Nazi Party. Note: Feet [source]
Elisha Hunt Rhodes (b. 1842 - d. 1917) Freemason and famous Civil War Union Army Lieutenant. Rhodes was a Member and Worshipful Master of Harmony Lodge, #9, in Cranston, Rhode Island. He was also the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island in 1892-1893. [source]
John Wilkes Booth (b. 1838 - d. 1865) Freemason and American stage actor who assassinated U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. Younger brother of Edwin Booth, also a Freemason and stage actor. Note: Because of Wilkes' notoriety, the Freemasons have quietly removed his name from their membership records.
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (b. 1834 - d. 1904) Freemason and designer and sculptor of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. The Statue of Liberty is actually a representation of the Goddess Columbia and is coded full of secret society meanings and occult symbolism. Bartholdi was one of the early members of Lodge Alsace-Lorraine, Paris (Oct. 14, 1875) which was composed of prominent intellectuals, writers and government representatives. [source]
James A. Garfield (b. 1831 - d. 1881). Freemason and 20th President of the United States. (Assassinated)
Giuseppe Mazzini (b. 1805 – d. 1872) Prominent Italian freemason, mafia member and politician.
Franklin Pierce (b. 1804 - d. 1869) 14th President of the United States Photo circa. 1855 Possible Freemason. (unconfirmed)
Émile Maximilien Paul Littré (b. 1801 - d. 1881) French lexicographer and philosopher."In 1875, he applied for membership in the Masonic Lodge La Clémente Amitié (Grand Orient de France)." (...) "... his funeral was conducted with the rites of the Roman Catholic Church." [source]
Victor Hugo (b. 1802 - d. 1885) French poet, playwright, and novelist. Hugo was also deeply involved in the occult and mysticism. Hugo's demented mind wrote L'Homme qui rit (The Man Who Laughs), a story about a boy whose face had been horribly shaped into a permanent smile by fiendish cosmetic butchers. This grotesque tale was the basis for Batman's "Joker" character. It has been alleged that Hugo was not only a Rosicrucian but was also Grand Master of the occultic order known as the Priory of Sion. [source]
William Tecumseh Sherman (b. 1820 - d.1891) Ruthless American Civil War Union general. His total war polices of "scorched earth" against the South, have earned him the reputation as the first 'modern general'. [source]
Giacomo Antonelli (b. 1806 - d. 1876). Powerful and influential Cardinal and Secretary of the Papal States under Pope Pius IX. Antonelli was involved in the 1865 plot to assassinate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Antonelli also hid a murderous associate of assassin John Wilkes Booth in the Vatican State, where he had fled, to protect him from execution by American authorities who sought his extradition.
Richard Wagner (b. 1813 - d. 1883)
Robert Anderson (b. 1805 - d. 1875) Freemason and Major General in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War. Anderson was in command of Sumter at the time of the Confederate attack. Raised in Mercer Lodge No. 50, Trenton, N.J. May 27, 1858. He was also an honorary member of Pacific Lodge No. 233 of New York City.
Napoléon III (b. 1808 - d. 1873) Freemason and Emperor of France, 1852-70. Member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of France. Note: also known as Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte [source]
Andrew Johnson (b. 1808 - d. 1875) 32° Freemason and 17th President of the United States. Johnson pardoned 3 of the 8 men charged in the Lincoln assassination. Initiated May 5th, 1851 in the Greeneville Lodge No.119, Greeneville, Tennessee. First U.S. President to be impeached. His close association with Freemasonry was one of the factors that led to his impeachment trial. [source]
William Ewart Gladstone (b. 1809 - d. 1898) British Liberal Party statesman and four times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1868–74, 1880–85, 1886 and 1892–94). [source]
Stephen A. Douglas (b. 1813 - d. 1861) Freemason and U.S. Senator from Illinois, who gained fame by his debates with Abraham Lincoln. Initiated on June 11th, 1840 Springfield Lodge No. 4, Springfield Illinois. Upon his death, Douglas was buried Masonically, per his request. A monument was dedicated to him Masonically in Chicago on Sept. 6th, 1866. Fellow Freemason and then - U.S. President Andrew Johnson attended the ceremony.
Richard Wagner (b. 1813 - d. 1883) Anti-Semitic German composer, conductor, theater director, and essayist. Wagner was greatly admired by Adolf Hitler. [source]
Mikhail Katkov (b. 1818 - d. 1880) Russian occult publisher of Moscow Gazette. Katkov brought Hindu and Theosophy teachings to Russia. He also published some books of the Russian occultist and mystic, Helena Blavatsky [source]
John Ruskin (b. 1819 - d. 1900) Tutor to illuminated students such as Cecil Rhodes. Advocated a world empire. Spent his later years in an insane asylum. Rumored to have been a pedophile.
Rutherford B. Hayes (b. 1822 - d. 1893) Freemason and 19th President of the United States. Only president whose election was decided by a congressional commission.
George B. McClellan (b. 1826 - d. 1885) Freemason and Major General during the American Civil War. McClellan was the Democratic nominee opposing Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election. Received all three degrees of Freemasonry Dec. 9th, 1853, in Willamette Lodge No. 2, Portland, Oregon.
James A. Garfield (b. 1831 - d. 1881) 14° Freemason and 20th President of the United States. (assassinated) nitiated in Magnolia Lodge No. 20 of Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 22nd, 1861. The third degree was conferred to him by Columbus Lodge No. 30, Nov. 22nd, 1864. Garfield received the 4-14° ASSR (Southern Jurisdiction) on Jan. 2nd, 1872 from Albert Pike, in Washington D.C. At his funeral, nearly all the officers of the Grand Commandery of Ohio, 14 commanderies of that state, and 8 commanderies from adjacent jurisdictions were present and participated in the funeral cortege.
Ignatius L. Donnelly (b. 1831 - d. 1901) U.S. Congressman, populist, and writer. In 1882, Donnelly published Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, which detailed his theories concerning the mythical lost continent of Atlantis. Donnelly is credited with initiating the Atlantis mania that became such a feature of popular literature in the 20th century and contributed to the emergence of Mayanism. (non-codified eclectic collection of New Age beliefs)
Edwin Booth (b. 1833 - d. 1893) Freemason, Shakespearean actor, and older brother of American stage actor and assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Initiated in New York Lodge No. 330 on Sept 11th, 1857. Edwin once declared, "...to be Worshipful Master and to throw my whole soul in that work, with the candidate for my audience, and the lodge for my stage, would be greater personal distinction than to receive the plaudits of the people in the theaters of the world." [source]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Freemason and Austrian composer. Poisoned, died at age 35. Mozart's involvement in Freemasonry may have played a role in his death. Initiated in Austrian lodge Zur Wohltatigkeit on Dec. 14th 1784. Painting c. 1777. Note: Mozart's father Leopold Mozart, was also a Freemason and composer.
Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834). 33° Freemason and 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 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 (1774-1855) - Vatican treasury banker. Wealthy Jewish(?) founder and overseer of the Vienna, Austria branch of the Rothschild clan. Salomon Rothschild was quite possibly the paternal grandfather of Adolf Hitler. Hitler's father's mother was a maid in Salomon Rothschild mansion, and Salomon was a well-known womanizer. After she had become pregnant, she was abruptly dismissed. Interestingly, since this would have made Hitler part Jewish, investigating Hitler's family tree was illegal in Nazi Germany on pain of death.
Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) Freemason. Known as the "George Washington of South America" Bolívar used genocidal terror tactics to achieve his aims. He joined Freemasonry in Cadiz, Spain and received the Scottish Rite degrees in Paris and was knighted in a Commandery of Knights Templar in France in 1807. Bolívar founded and served as master of Protectora de las Vertudes Lodge No. 1 in Venezuela. The country of Bolivia is named after him. Bolívar also served as the president of Columbia, Peru, and Bolivia in the 1820's. Belonged to the Order and Liberty Lodge No. 2, Peru. Note: the Chequered floor.
Napoleon I (1769-1821) . Freemason and Emperor of France, 1805-14. Napoleon's four brothers - Joseph, Lucian, Louis, and Jerome, as well as his stepson, Eugene Beauharnais, his brother-in-law Murat, and nephew, Jerome, were all Freemason's. Most of them held high Masonic rank. Those who were chosen by Napoleon for high honor and office in the state were usually Freemason's. Of the six, who, with the emperor himself, formed the Grand Council of the Empire, five were certainly Freemasons, including Arch Chancellor Prince Jean Jacques Regis Cambaceres, an enthusiastic and active Mason. Of the nine lesser imperial officers of state, six at least were active Masons. Of the marshals of France who served under Napoleon, at least 22 of the first 30 were Freemasons.
Goethe (b. 1749 - d. 1832)
Paul Whitehead. (1710-1774) English satiric poet and prominent member of the infamous Hellfire Club. [source]
William Dawes (1745-1799). Freemason  and one of the three men who alerted colonial minutemen of the approach of British army troops prior to the Battle of Lexington and Concord. British POWs from the Battle of Saratoga complained to Parliament that he gave them short supplies.
John Jay (1745-1829). Co-wrote the Federalist Papers, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. There is no direct proof that Jay was a Freemason. However, in a letter to George Washington on April 21st, 1779 he wrote the following text which appears to have Masonic significance: "The dissolution of our governments threw us into a political chaos. Time, Wisdom and Perseverance will reduce it into Form, and give it Strength, Order and Harmony. In this work you are (in the style of your professions) a Master Builder, and God grant that you may long continue a Free and Accepted one.
Seth Read (1746-1797). The man Instrumental in putting the Latin motto and popular Masonic phrase: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (Out of Many, One) on U.S. coins. [source]
Baron von Knigge (1752-1796). Freemason and member of the Bavarian Illuminati.
Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794). One of the best-known figures of the bloody French Revolution. Involved in perpetuating the Reign of Terror (1793-1794). On July 28th 1794, Robespierre was executed by guillotine, without trial in the Place de la Révolution. (according to legend, the only man to be guillotined face-up).
Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860) Royal Navy officer and radical politician. [source]
Abraham Whipple (b. 1733 - d. 1819). American revolutionary naval commander
Francisco Pizarro (1471-1541). Spanish conquistador and murderer of indigenous peoples in South America.