I was not taught to not identify myself as a mason nor taught TO identify myself. Nor how.
I do know this, I recently had a new supervisor (who is no longer my supervisor) that was a Shriner PHA. He was talking to me about contacts in this corporation that may be interested in donating raffle type items to Shrine events and fundraisers.
At that point I revealed to him I was a newly initiated EA (blue lodge), working on my first proficiency. He seemed very pleased to learn that. And proceeded to “try” me in a few simple things. I was really set back by this as I told him I was newly initiated. Surely he’d understand that I knew very little about being tried and proper responses.
After browsing (not participating in the discussion) another Masonic forum I learned that this seems to be kind of a thing with PH masons in some areas that like to try other masons. And it seems most Blue Lodge Masons refuse to take the bait. Their attitude being SORT OF ” I told you that I am a Mason that is all you need to know unless you want to meet and discuss further in a tiled lodge meeting”.
Basically there is nothing to discuss or prove by trial in an unsecure setting where some one may hear or see your communications. Even secret communications, words and grips shouldn’t be tried in the open….. or even what seems private without being properly tiled.
I am still newly meeting Masons aside from my lodge brothers and it seems generally accepted that if I said I was an EA then “ok” and that’s the last of it with these new Blue Lodge brothers I am being introduced to. <shrug>