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Learn how to become a Freemason

Updated on March 27, 2014

Not as secret as you may think

Media and movies today like to sensationalize the Freemasons as a secret organization bent on overthrowing the world. In truth the Freemasons are the largest and oldest men's fraternity in the world. A fraternity of upstanding citizens chartered on making their community and each other better. While they may not be a secret organization, they are still however an organization with secrets.

So why all the secrets? Freemasons place a lot of trust in their brother masons. They work to help, support and work with other Freemasons under a commitment of Brotherly Love. In order to maintain that trust and have assurance they you are dealing with someone of similar values they guard their process of identification so that unscrupulousness others do not take advantage of their good name. It is an organization that operates well when everyone knows you can count and trust on your brother Freemason.


Masons in History

If you live in the United States you are surrounded with Masonic influence and may not even realize it. The Masons were fundamental to the founding of this county. So much so that the United States most likely would not exist today if not for them. There is a long history of key figures involved with our founding; that though the bonds of fraternity and trust shaped this nation.

George Washington: Joined Freemasonry in 1752. As you know he went on to lead our troops to independence and become the 1st President of the united states.

Benjamin Franklin: Joined Freemasonry in 1731. Well know for a variety of contributions Franklin is also know as the "First American". A title bestowed for his tireless work on Colonial Unity.

The Declaration of Independence: Nine signers of the declaration of independance are confirmed Masons. There names are:

  • William Ellery, RI
  • Benjamin Franklin, PA
  • John Hancock, MA
  • Joseph Hewes, NC
  • William Hooper, NC
  • Robert Treat Paine, MA
  • Richard Stockton, NJ
  • George Walton, GA
  • William Whipple, NH

There are eleven other signers who are thought to be Masons or became Masons soon after. The problem arises in a shortage of documentation that confirms the time line.

  • Elbridge Gerry, MA
  • Thomas Jefferson, VA
  • Richard Henry Lee, VA
  • Thomas McKean, DE
  • Robert Morris, PA
  • Thomas Nelson, Jr., VA
  • John Penn, NC
  • Benjamin Rush, PA
  • Roger Sherman, CT
  • James Smith, PA
  • John Witherspoon, NJ

Daniel Carter Beard: The founder of Boy Scouts was a freemason

A long list of others: Paul Revere, Gen. Douglas McArthur, Davy Crockett, Charles Ingalls, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Winston Churchill (not American, but worth a mention), Lewis & Clark, Buzz Aldrin, John Glen, Henry Ford, Charles Lindberg, J.C Penny and the list goes on and on...

Should you decide to become a Freemason your name to a long list of great figures in history, and a even longer list of great men whom never once sought the spotlight. The masonic work that helped make these good men to achieve great things is still happening today in lodges across the county and around the world.

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Why do you wish to join the Masons?

This is a valid question to ask yourself when you are considering joining the masons. Forget what media has told you about the organization and research what they actually do in your community. While there is a brotherhood, it is centered around Faith, Friendship and Charity. Do these values line up with you as a person? I only ask you this question now so that you will have a well thought out answer when you are asked this later in your interviews.

The requirements to become a Mason

The requirements to become a Freemason are simple and straight forward.

You must believe in a singular supreme being:

The belief in God instills a moral compass into men. While the lodge acknowledges God and his works, Freemasons do not discuss religion beyond this level. To quibble of such differences would be counter productive.

You must be joining of your own free will:

Pretty straight forward, this must be something you wish to do, for you, by you.

You must be a man:

Sorry, but this a men's fraternity. There are however sister organization for spouses such as Easter Star,

You must be of lawful age:

Depending on the governing body or Grand Lodge for the lodge you wish to join the minimum age can vary between 18 - 25 years old. There is an expected maturity for men joining the lodge and age restriction are to reduce the foolishness of youth.

You must be recommended by at least two other Freemasons from the lodge you wish to join:

For your petition for membership there must be two signers, for your petition to be brought to the body of the lodge.

Steps to obtain membership

The first step is so obvious that most people do not think of it. In order to become a Freemason you have to ask. A Freemason can not ask you as that would not be of your own free will. If you know someone who is a Freemason this simple question asked on your part is all you need to start you on your way,

So what if you don't know a Freemason "I'll bet you do and don't know it!". The process is a little more complicated but still pretty easy to get started.

  1. Research the local Masonic lodges in your area. They are public record and are in the phone book or have web sites.
  2. Contact the lodge and tell them you are interested in petitioning for membership.
  3. They will arrange for a lodge officer to meet and talk with you about why you wish to join.
  4. If the meeting goes well the lodge officer will offer you a petition and to be your first signer. He then may recommend a few brothers to contact and meet with. These brothers will be your second signer.
  5. You submit you petition with fees to the lodge.
  6. The lodge will send out a commission of inquiry to meet with you and your family at your home. The meeting is causal and friendly and can answer questions that you and your spouse might have about being a Freemason.
  7. You petition is voted on in a lodge meeting. Have you ever heard the term Blackballed? It gets it name from this process. A candidate can not receive any blackballs in the voting jar.
  8. At this point you are cleared for becoming a member. You will receive correspondence on when and how to show up to start your degree work.

Famous Freemasons through out history

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