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FREEMASONRY  101

HISTORY AND ORIGINS

OTHER MASONIC LINKS

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WHAT IS FREEMASONRY

FREEMASONRY 101

MY INTENTION

This web site began a personal inquiry to gain knowledge of and appreciate what is known as Freemasonry. At the outset, let me state that I am not a Freemason. Als, this is not a site that will disclose any "secrets" of the Craft. You will not find the text of any of the Rituals or ceremonies revealed as they belong experientially in the Lodge and not in the public eye. Nor will it indulge in the fanciful conspiracy theories that are often promulgated--- unless it is to dispel and/or correct this information. Instead, it is my intention to bring to light relevant and practicle information regarding Freemasonry. In order to accomplish this task I have used as many tools and resources as I could find including books, the Internet and current Freemasons. I shall endeavor to do my best for all those whom are interested in this subject, but especially for those Truth-seekers. . . you know who you are.

Joining Freemasonry

One of the most common misconceptions about Freemasonry - and there are many such misconceptions - is that you have to be invited to join. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is absolutely no reason why you should not ask to join. In fact, that is the more correct procedure! The first and most important step is to satisfy yourself that Freemasonry is an organisation you really want to join, and that you have no expectations that will not be met. You should be aware that those who have joined because they had been misled into thinking it would give them business or career advantages, have invariably been disappointed and resigned their membership after a short time.There are certain things that are formally required, before an application for membership can be accepted:

Belief in a Supreme Being: That belief will, of course, depend upon your own religion. There is absolutely no bias or preference in favour of one religion or another.

Freedom of choice: You are acting entirely of your own volition, and that you are under no pressure from anybody else.

You are male and over 21 years of age: Although in some circumstances, admission can be gained from the age of 18.

You are known to be of good character.

A suitable Lodge has to be selected. The choice depends on where you are already known, and on practical things such as the convenience of the meeting dates, and the ability to get to the meeting places. A proposer and seconder must be found in the selected Lodge. While it is preferred that these people have known you for a long time, there are cases where a person can be vouched for by members of other Lodges (perhaps in other parts of the country), and can be proposed on comparatively short acquaintance on that recommendation.The Lodge will require any prospective member to be interviewed by members of the Lodge Committee.It is intended to ensure the following things before you finally make up your mind:

That you do not have unreasonable expectations in terms of benefits of membership.

That you have discussed it with your immediate family, and they support your decision.

That you know what it will cost, and what is expected by way of charitable contribution.

That you understand the genuine principles of Freemasonry, and will support and uphold them.

That you are in a position to make a regular attendance at Lodge meetings.

That you can ask any questions that may be on your mind, and receive frank and helpful answers.

There may be others, according to the circumstances of particular Lodges.If you wish to proceed, and if the Committee are satisfied that you are clear about what you propose to do, there will be a ballot among the Lodge members, normally within a couple of months. If you know of any reason why any existing member may not wish you to join, you should discuss this frankly with the Committee beforehand. Your views and comments are treated with strictest confidence, and they may be able to help you overcome the problem.Subject to an acceptable ballot, you will be advised of the arrangements for you to join.






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