There are many myths and “theories” about Freemasonry, and sometimes it may be hard to distinguish between the myths and the actual facts.

Rumors throughout the many years of Freemasonry has brought about plenty of wrong information, misguided accusations and all-around “illiteracy” about the craft.

That is why today we’d like to share some very interesting (and truthful) facts about Freemasonry.

Some may come as a total surprise and some you may already know but nonetheless, we really do hope you enjoy this article.

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Fact #1: 300+ Years Of Freemasonry

The conventional establishment of Freemasonry is usually dated to 1717, when the Grand Lodge of London emerged on the 24th June. The emergence of this Grand Lodge marks the beginning of Grand Lodges governing other lodges.

Fact #2: The Third Degree Of Freemasonry

The third degree did not exist at the beginning of Freemasonry. In fact, it only started in the 1720s, and it took quite some time to spread through Masonic lodges.

the third degree of freemasonry

Fact #3: The Anderson’s Constitution

The Grand Lodge of England modified Anderson’s Constitution in 1815 to clarify the question of religion in Freemasonry.

Anderson’s Constitution originally stated that a Freemason can “never be a stupid Atheist nor an irreligious libertine”, but this was later modified to “let a man’s religion or mode of worship be what it may”, professing freedom of religion and of worship.

The Anderson's Constitution

Fact #4: Charles Darwin Was A Freemason

Charles Darwin was a Freemason. Darwin became a Freemason in Scotland, and his grandfather and son also were Freemasons.

is charles darwin a freemason

Fact #5: Freemasonry In The 1700s

Freemasons played a great part in the Enlightenment as in the late 1700s they helped reform society.

Since always, Freemasonry has valued human consciousness and reason, and these values were transmitted to the Enlightenment when people were fighting for freedom of worship and speech, public education and a democratic government.

freemasonry in the 1700s

Fact #6: All Men Are Created Equal

Freemasons were also the first advocates of equality. The fraternity has always disregarded social distinctions and was one of the first organisations in the world to believe all men are equal.

all men are equal in freemasonry

Fact #7: The Origins Of Masonic Symbols

Freemasonic symbols are usually regarded as existing because of the secrecy of the fraternity.

However, in reality, Freemasonry started being illustrated by symbols because at the very beginning most Freemasons could not read, so the symbols served to remind the members of the teachings of the Fraternity.

the masonic symbols

Fact #8: The Square & Compasses

The oldest Masonic symbol is the square and compasses. It is also the most universally recognized symbol of Freemasonry, even though its exact significance varies in different countries.

The Square usually symbolizes morality while the Compasses symbolize wisdom of conduct. Together they mostly symbolize the harmony and perfection experienced when one lives in honesty and follows the path of right.

the true meaning ogf the square and compasses

Fact #9: “On The Level”

The term “on the level”, used to describe someone who is truthful and honest, was actually derived from Freemasonry, where the level symbolizes being straightforward and truthful.

commonly asked questions about freemasonry

Fact #10: Freemasonry In The American Civil War

During the American civil war, enemy soldiers who recognized each other as Freemasons helped each other and saved each other’s lives.

Even during the war, these Freemasons’ loyalty to the craft did not fade away.

the american civil war and freemasonry

Fact #11: Is Freemasonry A Cult?

While Freemasonry is often considered a cult there are actually quite a few hard facts that differ it from cults.

First of all, to become a Freemason a man has to ask a Freemason, while members of a cult are always looking for new recruits. Also, it is very easy to leave Freemasonry.

On the other hand, once in a cult, it can be extremely hard to leave.

is freemasonry a cult?

Fact #12: The Tallest Building In The World

Built in 1892, a Masonic building used to be the world’s tallest building. The Masonic Temple in Illinois, Chicago was the tallest building in the world at the time it was built and it is 22 floors high. See a list of famous Masonic temples here.

the tallest masonic building in the world

In Closing

I hope you enjoyed today’s article brethren. Be sure to drop us a comment below with your thoughts and share with us some facts about Freemasonry we may have missed –  we’d love to hear from you.

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  1. This was very cool to read. My father was a Freemason and he passed away when I was 12..I would constantly ask him questions when I was young..but he would never tell! My mom was in Eastern Star and I was in Rainbow.

    • Masonic Find

      Hey Kirsty ! 🙂

      You must be so proud of your family.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story. We want to make this site interesting to everybody not just freemasons. I hope you found us interesting 🙂


    • Masonic Find

      Yes of course. If you’re over 21, male, of good moral standing and believe in a supreme being.

      Let us know if you need any help.

  2. very interesting,… Darwin a mason. one of the main precepts of the craft is belief in a creator. before reading this tidbit about Darwin I always knew that of coarse evolution is logical, but, the vary act of life and existence itself most certainly confirms the hand of God / the creator

    • in other words. “Darwin’s Theory of Evolution” does not debunk God in the slightest, rather it expands upon the fact of a Grand Design

  3. Why are the Freemasons only men, yet the Eastern Star is both men and women? Aren’t there any organizations for women only?

  4. Greetings,
    Do you have a source for Darwin’s involvement in Freemasonry? It would be much appreciated. Thank you.

    • Masonic Find

      No but we’re looking into it. Thanks for brining it up! 😀

  5. Very informative but I do believe there is more to it than this. I know there is more to everything in life, as would like to be something more in it for me I feel I was destined to be so much more. I feel I could help others out more in life.


    Great facts about The Craft, the only one I didn’t agree with being on the list was the one about cults. Being a Freemason, I understand perfectly well that we have absolutely nothing to do with cults but the fact that we need to list that “we are not a cult”, makes it sound like we aren’t a cult but we might be in the same ballpark. I don’t know if what I’m saying makes sense or coming out the right way on screen. Anyway, not to be a pain in the butt it’s just there could be something more positive to write instead of “not a cult”. It’s like writing (and I am exaggerating here) a list of interesting facts about someone and one of them being “he is not a killer”. That’s all. Have a great weekend!

    • Masonic Find

      I understand your point Steve. Thank you very much for sharing. 🙂

  7. martin hauser Reply

    Another difference between Freemasonry and the various cults is that we have no Leader who controls our thoughts, words and deeds. Our leaders are democratically elected every year or two, and they are bound by our constitutions and by-laws.

  8. Joel N. Ramos Reply

    Hi Masonic find,

    I had, and always have been fascinated by the masonic movement. How can I join this fraternity?

    Best regards,


  9. I want to join very interested but I don’t know how to join I live in Beckley,WV

  10. Michael Almeida Jr Reply

    Being a new brother myself i found this very interesting. It has lots of info id love to explore and expand on. Thanks so much!

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