Thank you for expressing an interest in Freemasonry by seeking out this information.
To become a mason you must meet the qualifications and be accepted by a Lodge.
There are a lot of myths surrounding Freemasons and their activities.
The following may answer some of your questions or worries.
is the world's oldest and largest fraternity dating back at least to
the Middle Ages. Its purpose is to promote the bonds
of friendship, compassion and brotherly love. Politics has no
role in it. Neither is it a religion as some would have you
believe but rather a friend and promoter of all religions which are
based on the belief in one God. Regardless of their position in
society, Freemasons meet as equals. One of the most fascinating aspects
of Freemasonry has always been how so many men from so many different
walks of life can meet together in peace, never discuss politics or
engage in religious debates, conduct their affairs in harmony and
friendship, and call each other "Brother".
you are reading this then that is indicative that Freemasonry is not a
secret society but lodge meetings, like meetings of many other social
and professional associations, are private occasions open only to
are encouraged to speak openly about their membership, while
remembering that they undertake not to use it for their own or anyone
The rules and aims of Freemasonry are
available to the public. The Masonic Year Book, also available to the
public, contains the names of all national office-holders and lists of
all lodges with details of their meeting dates and places.
The meeting places and halls used by Freemasons are readily
identifiable, are listed in telephone directories and in many areas are
used by the local community for activities other than Freemasonry.
Lodge meetings are advertised in the local newspaper.
rituals and ceremonies used by Freemasons to pass on the principles of
Freemasonry to new members were first revealed publicly nearly 3
centuries ago. They include the traditional forms of recognition used
by Freemasons essentially to prove their identity and qualifications
when entering a Masonic meeting. These include handshakes which have
been much written about and can scarcely be regarded as truly secret
today; for medieval Freemasons, they were the equivalent of a 'pin
number' restricting access only to qualified members.
thousands of books have been written on the subject of Freemasonry and
are readily available to the general public. Freemasonry offers
spokesmen and briefings for the media and provides talks to interested
groups on request. Freemasons are proud of their heritage and happy to
is not a religion. It has no theology and does not teach any route to
salvation. A belief in God, however, is an essential requirement for
membership and Freemasonry encourages its members to be active in their
own religions as well as in society at large.
every lodge meeting is opened and closed with a prayer and its
ceremonies reflect the essential truths and moral teachings common to
many of the world's great religions, no discussion of religion is
permitted in lodge meetings
are respectable citizens who are taught to respect and conform to the
moral laws of society and to abide by the laws of the country or state
in which they reside. They are men of charity and good works who strive
to support those less fortunate than themselves both inside and outside
is proud of its philosophy and practice of "making good men better."
Only individuals believed to be of good character are favourably
considered for membership. Every applicant must be 21 years of age or
more and respected in his locality.
Masonic meeting can be compared to a committee meeting with various
officers performing specific functions - Chairman (called the "Right
Worshipful Master"), Secretary, and Treasurer and so on. Items on an
agenda are taken sequentially and will typically involve a ceremony,
involving a candidate, which dramatises his inner growth in morality
and ethics, using the symbols and metaphors of Biblical mythology and
the tools of the mediaeval stonemasons. Announcements are made and the
business of the lodge dealt with. Proposals requiring assent are put to
a vote. The atmosphere is convivial, but dignified. The meeting is
usually followed by a ‘Harmony’ where members enjoy each others company
and light refreshment and sometimes a meal depending on the occasion,
which is again convivial. If this description appears limited, it is
not because Masons have sinister secrets to hide, but because to reveal
what goes on in detail would spoil the enjoyment of the ceremonies for
those who have yet to participate in them.
is a popular misconception that to become a Mason one needs to be
invited to join, that there is some cloak and dagger operation
involved. In fact the reverse is true - a longstanding convention
within Freemasonry is that it is the potential candidate who should do
the asking! Some American lodges have the phrase "To be one, ask one."
If you know a friend, or neighbour who is a Mason and you have a notion
of joining just ask him. He will be delighted to talk with you as all
Masons are proud to be members of their own Lodge.
If there is no one to whom you can turn why not just E-mail the Grand Lodge
for more details and they can provide you with the name of the
secretary of a Lodge near to you whom you can contact. Alternatively
you may wish to contact Lodge Albert
if, perhaps, you think you may wish to join our Lodge. No one will
twist your arm. Your name will be put before the Lodge. A committee (of
perhaps two or three) will talk to you to ascertain that you are a man
of good character and that you believe in God (Atheism and Freemasonry
are incompatible). The committee will report its recommendation back to
the Lodge. A vote will be taken and, if found acceptable, you will on
your way to being a fully fledged Mason and you will have joined the
oldest global brotherhood in the world.