Someone appears to be grasping an unseen ball in this gesture. An old religious symbol that is still utilized by several religions today is also used as a symbol of recognition by freemasons. Sarkozy of France making the masonic OK sign. Why is this gesture deemed so significant that it must be repeated so frequently?
The Masonic OK sign was first adopted as a military signal during the American Revolution. It is considered a very high honor for a fellow soldier to be given the right to give this sign. When someone earns this privilege, they have "ok'd" themselves into the fraternity of Freemasonry.
Modern Masons use the word "okay" when giving or receiving permission. This is because the original sign meant "I agree." For example, if a master Mason gave his subordinate permission to speak, he would say "May you be allowed to speak." The subordinate would then respond with the Masonic OK sign, which means "Yes I may."
In modern times, the Masonic OK sign has been adopted as a general greeting or farewell. So, when someone sees this sign they know they are permitted to go ahead with their activity.
There are different ways to perform the Masonic OK sign.
Masonic symbolism is used to convey the ideas that Freemasonry promotes. Masonic ritual has featured in a variety of literary situations, including Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King" and Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace." It has also been used as a metaphor for various concepts in art, such as representation within republicanism or democracy within the fraternity system.
Freemasons use symbolism to convey ideas through allegory, analogy, and template designs. For example, an English Freemason in 1717 would have understood that taking another man's life was equivalent to stealing from him. This concept is conveyed through the use of phallic symbols in the ceremony for entering into Masonry. The candidate is asked to remove his shoe and place it before him. Then he is told to kill his superior by hitting him with the heel of his shoe. The idea being that killing another human being is the same as destroying part of oneself; therefore, a man who joins Freemasonry should not fear death.
Another example would be the use of torches during rituals to represent enlightenment. When British settlers first arrived in North America they often used torches to guide themselves at night because there were no streetlights back then. Today, when Masons perform ceremonies outside of Europe and Africa, they usually use torchbearers to show how ancient traditions are still important today.
The "Ok" sign is also used to signify a good reply, although it implies "zero" or "worthless" in France. Furthermore, the gesture is really disrespectful in Venezuela, Brazil, and Turkey, particularly to LGBT+ persons. In those countries, it would be considered as an offensive gesture.
In Canada, when someone gets a message on their phone, it means that they will get a text message back. If you send someone an email and they don't respond right away, it can be assumed that they received it and are just not interested in talking with you at this time. You can always try again later though.
In Japan, when someone sends you a message on Facebook, it means that they like your page. This is called "ogling" and it is very popular among young people.
In Israel, if someone passes you on the street and makes the same hand signal you did when messaging them on Facebook, it means that they want to meet up with you for coffee or something similar.
In India, the "ok" sign means "okay". When you see this sign next to someone's name on social media, it means that they have agreed to talk with you or have given their consent to do so.