Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest secular fraternal order, crossing all religious boundaries to bring men of all countries, sects, and opinions together in peace and harmony. Major religious figures, kings, and presidents have all been members. To join the brotherhood, you must demonstrate the values that millions of Masons have shared for hundreds of years.
Method 1 Basic Requirements
1. You must be a man of at least 21 years of age. Most Grand Lodge (the centre of authority for Freemason groups) jurisdictions require this as the most basic requirement.
Nota bene: Some jurisdictions accept men over the age of 18, while others make exceptions for members’ sons or university students.
2. Believe in a higher power. There are a few jurisdictions that do not require members to believe in a deity, but most Freemasons do. You must have faith in one god or deity above all others. As long as this is true, people of all religious backgrounds are welcome.
3. Have strong morals. As a potential Freemason, this may be the most important quality to possess. The fraternity’s motto is “better men make a better world,” and it values honour, personal integrity, and responsibility. You must be able to demonstrate your character as a man in the following ways:
Have a good reputation, so that those who know you can attest to your character.
Be a good family member who can support your family.
4. Have a well-informed understanding of Freemasonry. Many people want to join the fraternity because they saw it in movies, books, and other forms of mainstream media. Freemasonry is frequently portrayed as a secret society attempting to take over the world, with clues to this effect hidden throughout Paris and Washington, DC. The truth is that Freemasonry is made up of ordinary men who work together to support one another in fellowship, friendship, and good citizenship. When you become a member, you gain access to the following benefits:
Entrance to monthly gatherings at Freemason lodges, where you can socialise with other Masons.
Initiation into the teachings of Freemasonry’s history.
Participation in ancient Freemasonry rites such as the handshake, initiation rituals, and free use of the Masonic square and compass symbol.
Method 2 Petitioning
1. To be one, you must first ask one. Asking someone who is already a member is the traditional way to join Freemasonry. If you know someone who is a member, tell him you want to join and that you’d like to petition for membership. He should direct you to the proper venue to file your petition; you’ll be asked some questions about why you want to join. If you don’t know anyone who is a member, you can try the following:
Look for a sign that says “2B1Ask1.” This is printed on bumper stickers, t-shirts, hats, and other items worn by Freemasons who want to welcome new members.
Keep an eye out for the Masonic square and compass symbol. This is a little more difficult to spot, but you might see someone wearing it on a t-shirt or other item.
Look up the location of your local Freemason lodge. Call the lodge and inquire about how to become a member of that jurisdiction.
2. The Freemasons were interviewed. When you submit your petition to a specific lodge, the Freemasons there will review it and decide whether to invite you in for an interview with an investigative committee. A date and time will be set if they wish to call you in. You can expect the following during the interview:
You’ll be asked why you want to become a Freemason, as well as to describe your life storey and your own character.
You’ll be able to ask them questions about how things work at the Lodge.
3. Keep an eye out for their decision. Following the interview, the Freemasons will conduct an investigation into your life, including calls to people close to you who can attest to your moral character. They may also run a background check to see if you’ve had any problems with crime, drugs, or alcohol.
4. Accept an invitation to participate. You will receive a call and an official invitation to join the fraternity once the investigative committee has made their decision. You will be given more information about meetings.
Method 3 Joining the Fraternity
1. Begin your career as an Entered Apprentice. This is the first stage of initiation, during which you will learn the fundamental principles of Freemasonry. After gaining enough knowledge and putting in enough time, you will progress through two more symbolic degrees.
You must demonstrate proficiency in understanding the degree work you completed before you can advance to the next level.
Keep in mind that you must maintain your good character throughout the apprenticeship period.
2. Ascend to the level of Fellow Craft. You’ll delve deeper into Freemasonry’s teachings, particularly as they relate to the arts and sciences. To complete this degree, you will be tested on your understanding of everything you’ve learned thus far.
3. Obtain a Master Mason diploma. This is the highest level that you can attain, and it usually takes several months to get there. To obtain the degree, you must demonstrate proficiency in Freemasonry’s values. A ceremony will be held to commemorate your completion of the degree.
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