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How to become a Freemason

Step 2: How to become a Freemason.

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Do your research.
This isnt a thing to take lightly. Go onto wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/freemasonry  , look at official freemason websites. Gather your own opinion if it is correct for you. Does it suit you as a person?
You need to be male (there is co-freemasonry for females) a man of good morals, believe in a higher power of your choice. Be over 18/21 depending on your location. There is only so much I can say without breaking my oath. So the best research tools you have are, united grand lodge england webpage. you states grand lodge web page. for those americans reading this be careful there is no such thing as the united grand lodge of america. 

Co-freemasonry isn't a recognised path of the masons. Men should join a regular lodge. But women if you want something like freemasonry the closest you will get is Co-.

If you feel that Freemasonry is your path. Then you need to do one of 2 things.

1. Approach a Mason you know. 1-2 masons within your knowledge can make initiation a lot faster and easier. They will be your mentor and you will be able to go through with someone you know.

2. Approach a lodge. If you don't know a Mason you must approach your nearest lodge. They will ask the Grand lodge to appoint someone your mentor. This step takes longer because you need to be "investigated" by the Grand Lodge.

After you have approached you will fill in some paperwork. Which is your name address and a few references.

Once that is completed you will be "investigated"
 
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ojnyams1 year ago
Joining Freemasons
"I congratulate you on having advanced thus far......."

Whether you are interested in joining Freemasons or just curious about the requirements of membership we appreciate your interest and hope we can help. The Masonic fraternity and its appended bodies exist in almost every corner of the world. And, where it does exist the process of applying for membership is pretty straightforward. The list below delineates the general procedure for joining the Freemasons. However, each jurisdiction may differ slightly in their own requirements.
1. Contact a Brother

The first step toward joining Freemasons is to make contact with one or more members in your locality and express your interest in becoming a Brother.if you need my help contact me on +254723127546. This can be as easy as picking up the local telephone directory, or it can be quite difficult. In some parts of the world Freemasons are still, out of necessity, very secretive. Those in power, both politically and religiously, may be uneasy with Freemasonry's teachings of universal brotherhood and unbridled freedom. Confused societal opinions sometimes dictate that Freemasons meet and act discreetly. Regardless of the situation, the first step is to contact a Brother in your locale.
2. Getting to know you

Before you can petition for membership at least two members of the Order must be willing to recommend in favor of your acceptance. This may take some time unless you have a previous relationship with members of the lodge and they know you to be a person of honor, decency, and good moral character. One thing you should know up front: no atheist can be made a Freemason. This point is universal the world over. You must believe in and be willing to express your unfeigned belief and trust in God. However, your chosen religion and relationship with God is a personal matter and of no bearing in Freemasonry.
3. Petitioning the Lodge

Once you have gotten to know some of the Brethren, and they have come to know you as an honorable man you will officially petition the Lodge for membership. Your petition will have to be signed by those recommending you. There will likely be a residency requirement that requires you to have been a resident within the Grand Lodge jurisdiction for at least a certain amount of time. There is a minimum age requirement of eighteen or twenty-one years depending on the Grand Lodge jurisdiction. And, there will be an initiation fee required, which varies by lodge.
4. Your petition is presented

Your petition will be presented, read out loud, at a regular business meeting of the lodge and if there is no objection your petition will be received and a committee of investigation appointed.
5. The Comittee of Investigation

You will meet with the committee of investigation whose purpose is twofold; first, to confirm that you are a person of good character who is seeking membership for proper reasons; and second, to answer any questions or address any concerns you or your family members might have about the Order. If possible, your family and loved ones should be involved in the decision. Freemasonry is not intended to interfere with family, and you should know what you may expect and what may be expected of you. This committee usually consists of three members of the lodge, and they too will be required to sign your petition recommending for or against your membership.
6. Second reading and ballot

At the next regular business meeting of the lodge your petition will be read out loud again, and if there is no objection at that point the members present will ballot on your membership.
7. A duly elected candidate

Assuming the ballot is clear you are then a duly elected candidate and your degree of initiation can be scheduled. However, you are still not yet a Freemason. Only when you have received the degree of initiation and taken upon yourself the solemn obligation of an Entered Apprentice are you duly and truly a member. And, you are not a full-fledged member until you have received the third degree, that of Master Mason.

As you can see, the process of joining Freemasons is not a simple one and the decision to seek membership should not be made lightly. When you join the Masons you make certain promises and place yourself under certain obligations that will continue for the rest of your life. Rest assured, however, that these promises and obligations are nothing from which any good man would dissent.
Gillispie1 year ago
I know this is way late but I would just like to make a small correction. It says that the closest thing that women can do to Freemasonry is joining a Co-Masonic lodge but there is another group called the Eastern Stars which is basically just Freemasonry for women. In fact Masonic lodges that accept women are few and far between and it is much easier to just become an Eastern Star than it usually is to even find a Co-Masonic lodge in your area.
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