The History of Masons in Nauvoo

The History of Freemasons in Nauvoo

As you may surmise from previous articles I have contributed to MasonicFind, I very much enjoy the history between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Freemasonry. Since the time that I became a Mason in 2016, this has become one of my favorite areas of study. A lot of rumors surround this … Read more

Why Are American Lodges Dedicated to the Holy Saints John?

holy saints john of freemasonry

Most (if not all) Masonic Lodges in the United States are dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and to Saint John the Evangelist. This can be perplexing to some, including to Masons from other countries whose Lodges are not dedicated to these Christian Saints. It leads many to wonder: English Freemasonry The Grand Lodge of … Read more

The Order of The Pug (A Para-Masonic Society)

The Order of the Pug

Freemasonry has inspired various non-affiliated groups and fraternities, including the Benevolent Order of the Elk, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, etc. However, few have heard of Der Mops-Orden, translated to English as the Order of the Pug. Origin It is believed that the Order of the Pug was established in 1738 (the same year that … Read more

Was Aleister Crowley a Freemason?

was aleister crowley a freemason

Freemasonry is an old and respected organization. It has been around for centuries and continues to thrive today. The fraternity encourages people to come together in order to help themselves and others with moral or charitable acts. However, there are many people who believe that Freemasons are a group of devil worshippers with dark secrets … Read more

The History of Freemasonry in Italy

the history of freemasonry in italy

The history of Freemasonry in Italy is an interesting one. It has been heavily influenced by the country’s rich culture and heritage. According to Wikipedia, there are over 800 Lodges spread across Italy, each with its own unique story to tell. The History of Freemasonry In Italy The history of Freemasonry in Italy can be … Read more

What Is The Difference Between Freemasons & Stonemasons?

The Difference Between Freemasons & Stone (Operative) Masons?

Stonemasons (also known as operative masons) have been around for a long time. They were the ones who actually built many of the stone structures of ancient civilizations including Stonehenge, the Pyramids, King Solomon’s Temple, and many other grand historical buildings we admire today. Freemasons on the other hand (also known as speculative masons) are … Read more

Freemasonry & Mathematics: The Great Mystery

The Masonic Square and Compasses with a mathematics formula in the background.

Freemasons may be considered a secret society, but perhaps one of the most intriguing questions for Freemasons is the relationship between Freemasonry and mathematics. So what is this connection? This article explores these questions by looking at various examples in history where Freemasonry has been intertwined with mathematics. The History of Mathematics In Freemasonry The … Read more

Was George Washington (Really) A Freemason?

Was George Washington a Freemason

George Washington is one of the most well-known figures in American history. He served as commander and leader of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and he presided over his country’s Constitutional Convention and became America’s first President. However, there is one other thing that George Washington has in common with many figures of … Read more

The Lodge of Rational Knights (Logia de los Caballeros Racionales)

The Lodge of Rational Knights

Revolution seems to have followed Freemasonry in a few instances throughout history. A sizeable minority of the American Founding Fathers were Freemasons; the same applies to a small number of the revolutionaries in France. It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that some of the revolutionaries in South America were also Freemasons. As … Read more

15 Kings Who Were Freemasons (The Kings of Freemasonry)

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As has been noted before, Freemasons are a minority in just about every demographic. There have, however, been a few among the Kings of the world. In this article, we focus on a few of the royal Kings from around the world who were also known Freemasons. Great Britain and Ireland George IV, King of … Read more

Freemasonry & Greek Mythology (Symbols & Historical Influences)

freemasonry and greek history

Aspects of Greek History and Greek Mythology are intertwined in the fabric and belief system of Freemasonry. I have been a Freemason for 15 years and am constantly amazed by the associations that this organization has with ancient civilizations and their beliefs. Greek and Egyptian influences and those from England, Scotland, Ireland, and mainland Europe … Read more

Notable Freemasons: Michael Carbis (A Murdered Freemason)

Notable Freemasons: Michael Carbis

Michael Carbis, although a historical figure, is not widely known in history. Early Life Born to Michael Carbis and Mary Ann Solomon in Kenwyn, Cornwall, England in 1831, Carbis was the fourth of eleven children. He was christened on 3 April 1831 in Chacewater, Cornwall, England. When he was 16 years old, they were living … Read more

Why Some Groups Oppose Freemasonry (Anti-Masonry Explained)

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Various groups throughout the world oppose Freemasonry. These are mostly composed of some governments and some religions. Why do they oppose Freemasonry? William Morgan and Léo Taxil We have briefly discussed Morgan and Taxil elsewhere on MasonicFind. Here are brief summaries for each: Roman Catholic Church As mentioned in the above-linked article, the Roman Catholic … Read more

Notable Freemasons: Joseph Warren

Joseph Warren and Freemasonry

When thinking about heroes of the American Revolution, the name Joseph Warren is not typically the first to come to mind. However, Warren may be a contender against Samuel Adams for the title “Father of the American Revolution.” General Life Events Warren was born on 11 June 1741 in Roxbury, Massachusetts (which at that time … Read more

Is Speculative Freemasonry Chinese?

is freemasonry chinese

Many people I have talked with say that the idea that the origin of Freemasonry could be Chinese is an outrageous idea. However, I have researched this quintessentially British institution and found that even in Victorian times, several historians, and diplomats who were based in China, also thought that Freemasonry had a Chinese origin. Two … Read more

The Masonic Temple As A Reflection Of The Cosmos

The Masonic Temple and The Cosmos

Traditional societies have considered that the imitation of exemplary models was the best way to endow human activity with a transcendent meaning. In this way, all human behavior had to find an exemplary model previously established by the Divine or by supernatural beings (gods, angels, saints, heroes). Any foundational act, from the enthronement of a … Read more

Notable Freemasons: Old Pete Alexander

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St. Paul, Nebraska, is a small town about 20 miles north of Grand Island. The town has its own lodge, St Paul No. 82; the town also has an incredibly famous alumnus, Grover Cleveland Alexander. Youth Alexander was born on 26 February 1887 in Elba, Nebraska. Marriage and Military Draft Just after being traded from … Read more

Notable Freemasons: Benjamin Franklin

benjamin franklin freemason

Benjamin Franklin is one of the more celebrated Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Among other things, he is famous for having discovered electricity, for inventing bifocal glasses, and for assisting in convincing Congress to vote for American Independency. Benjamin’s Franklin Youth Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 17 January 1706 to … Read more

Masonic Authors: Albert Pike (A Brief Biography)

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One of the conspiracy theorists’ favorite whipping boys relative to Masonry is Albert Pike, a well-respected author and famous Mason. Youth Pike was born on 29 December 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised as a Christian and attended an Episcopal church. Freemasonry Pike was initiated an Entered Apprentice and passed to the degree of … Read more

Freemasonry, Politics & Religion (What Must Be Known)

is Freemasonry a political force

There are two extremely common ideas that many (if not most) non-Masons hold about Freemasonry: that Freemasonry is a political force, and/or that Freemasonry is a religion. The Nature of Masonry The purpose of Freemasonry is to make good men better; not for one to be better than others, but rather for one to be … Read more

Masonic Signs, Tokens & Passwords (Explained)

Masonic Signs, Tokens & Passwords

One category of the secrets that we as Freemasons are obligated to keep are our modes of recognition. These were traditionally used to verify whether a stranger from another land was a Mason or not. So what are these modes of recognition for Freemasons? Without revealing them, I will explain the nature of these and … Read more

Masonic Authors: Manly P Hall (A Brief Biography)

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As in many subjects, Freemasonry has its fair share of popular authors. One such author is Manly P Hall. Early Life and Publications Hall was born on 18 March 1901 in Peterborough, Ontario. Like many esoteric authors, Hall’s works seem to have been based on a deep research of ancient traditions and attempts to apply … Read more

St. John the Evangelist (The Patron Saint of Freemasonry)

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Throughout the year, we celebrate various holidays. It may surprise you to learn that St. John the Evangelist’s day (December 27th) is significant to Freemasons in the United States of America and possibly elsewhere around the world. History of St. John the Evangelist The following is a portion of a brief Biblical history of St. … Read more

Where Do The Rumors About Freemasonry Come From?

where do the rumours about Freemasonry come from

One of the reasons why so much mystery surrounds Freemasonry is because of all the gossip and rumors floating around claiming Freemasonry is some nefarious, malignant force, religious and/or political. Where do these rumors come from? Why is it that Masonry has been and continues to be a convenient scapegoat? The following is a relatively … Read more

Was Jack The Ripper A Freemason?

was jack the ripper a freemason

One of my personal favorite crime stores ever has to be the story of Jack The Ripper. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the allegations that claim Jack the Ripper was a Freemason. Who Was Jack The Ripper? Jack the Ripper was an identified serial killer who murdered five women in London in 1888. … Read more

34 World-Changing Inventions by Freemasons

inventions by the freemasons

It’s often asked what positive contributions to society Freemasons have achieved throughout history. Well, as it turns out, Freemasonry (through the many great men in its ranks), has contributed a LOT. We covered the brilliant scientists who were Freemasons in a recent post, but today we’re taking a look at what their inventions were, so … Read more

How Ancient Stonemasons Built Cathedrals

how stone Masons built cathedrals

As you may know already, modern-day/speculative Freemasonry (as it is known and practiced today across the world) comes from the ancient guilds of operative stonemasons. Today, we’re taking a break from talking about Masonic history. Instead, we’re going to take a look at how the ancient stonemasons built the many architectural wonders and cathedrals that … Read more

Freemasonry & Science (Connecting The Dots)

freemasonry and science

George Washington, a Founding Father and 1st President of the United States of America once said; ‘Freemasonry is an institution founded on eternal reason and truth; whose deep basis is the civilization of mankind, and whose everlasting glory it is to have the immovable support of those two mighty pillars, science and morality.’ The importance … Read more