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While neither the snake nor serpent appears in masonic symbolism or ritual, many regalia-makers have used it to fashion the belt hook on masonic aprons. Intended as a symbol of wisdom, the eternal, the universe, the world or regeneration and rebirth, this usage has been singled out by some anti-masons as "proof" that the "Brotherhood of the Snake" worships Satan. All they have proven is their ignorance of its historical usage. Regalia makers have simply adopted a common belt-hook used by manufacturers of clothing for British schoolboys; Metropolitan London police (as seen above) until the early 1960s; and many military uniforms worn in England and the Commonwealth.
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The snake as a belt-clasp
Photograph detail: England, circa 1942. Found at <cyber-heritage.co.uk/history/evac2.jpg>.

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