The direction of moments (no specific problem, just a confusion)

Hi.

For whatever reason I’m really struggling with figuring out the direction of a moment in two dimensional statics problems. How can I tell if it’s CW or CCW? The right hand rule just confuses me even more and I cannot find any explanation that breaks it down simply enough for me to understand.

I thought I understood it in that I could just base the direction of the moment on the quadrant it was located in, but that doesn’t seem to be consistent. I feel like I’m just missing something very fundamental about the way moments work in relation to their corresponding point and it’s throwing me off entirely. Please help! Explain like I’m five!

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