What Rights Do The Three Degrees of Freemasonry Give?

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The three degrees of Freemasonry are: Entered Apprentice (or Initiated Apprentice, depending on your jurisdiction) Fellowcraft Master Mason We have been asked what rights are associated with each degree of Freemasonry. IMPORTANT: Please note that Masonic rights vary from Grand Lodge jurisdiction to Grand Lodge jurisdiction; those listed here may not apply to you, and … Read more

An Introduction To Masonic Protocol and Etiquette

Masonic Protocol and Etiquette

To understand the need, significance, and use of Masonic protocols and etiquette in our lodges and on Grand Lodge occasions, it is necessary to understand the role that protocol and etiquette play in not only our lodge but in our everyday lives. This guide deals with protocols and etiquette, first in general terms, then as … Read more

50 Ways To Become A Better Man (& A Better Freemason)

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As you may already know, Freemasonry is all about taking good men and making them better. With that idea in mind, today, we’ve decided to publish an extensive list of 50 ways you can become a better man (and a better Freemason). While I can’t promise (and I don’t expect) for you to agree with … Read more

Masonic Justice (Masonic Virtues Series)

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What does Justice have to do with Freemasonry? Justice is one of the cardinal virtues and is thus a Masonic value. We endeavor to be just and true in all of our dealings. Origin and Definition Justice comes to us via the Old French justice, via the Latin iustitia, via the Latin iustus. It denotes … Read more

Can Non-Masons Wear Masonic Symbols?

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I have sometimes heard some wonder aloud if they could wear Masonic symbols without being Masons. I also somewhat had the thought before I became a Mason. Masonic Culture Of course, each symbol or emblem in Masonry does have a certain significance for Masons. The symbols that Masons wear on their rings (or their baseball … 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

Why Do Freemasons Refer To Each Other As “Brother”?

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Freemasons often address each other as “Brother.” We also consider ourselves “Travelers” in a way. The Masonic Brotherhood Brotherhood is a synonym for fraternity. We consider ourselves brothers (or brethren) because we have taken and endeavor to keep the very obligations necessary to become and remain a member of this Brotherhood. As Dr. Albert Mackey … Read more

What Happens at Masonic Lodge Meetings?

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We have been asked what happens in Masonic Lodge meetings. Such meetings are exclusive to Masons, fostering the curiosity that many have about us. What happens at Masonic Lodge meetings? Types of Meetings In Masonry, there are two types of Lodge meetings: stated meetings (also called business meetings in some places) and special meetings. Stated … Read more

How To Make Sure A Masonic Lodge Is Legitimate?

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You want to become a Mason or you have already joined a Lodge; however, you have learned that there are some Lodges out there that are not recognized as regular (or legitimate) by the mainstream Masonic community. How can you ensure that a Lodge is legitimate? Standards of Recognition The Standards of Recognition that are … Read more

Freemasonry & Money: Can Freemasonry Benefit You Financially?

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Some people look into joining Masonry because they believe that they can make some money as Masons. Some people also join thinking that, like an insurance or benefit society, the Lodge will just give one money. These are mercenary motives, which are actually wrong reasons to join Masonry as detailed in one of our recent … Read more

Is Freemasonry A Cult (& Can Christians Pray In Lodge)?

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A common attack by various entities (Christian and non-Christian alike) is that Freemasonry is a cult. Another common attack that some Christian denominations make against Masonry is that Christians cannot pray in Lodge. Cults/Religions and Masonry Cult is synonymous with religion; arguably, the only people who are not cultists are atheists. Anyone who subscribes to … Read more

Do Masons Insult Non-Masons with the Word “Profane”?

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We received an interesting question regarding the Masonic use of the term profane; the asker questioned why Masons use it to insult non-Masons. The History of the Term Profane comes to us from the Latin profanus, connoting (both anciently and today) unholiness, vulgarity, irreverence, and so on. This is likely where the asker’s premise of … Read more

Is Speculative Freemasonry Chinese?

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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

Why Do Freemasons Carry A Briefcase?

Why Do Freemasons Carry Briefcases?

If you have ever seen Freemasons bustling into or out of a Masonic Lodge or Temple, then you may have noticed that they were carrying briefcases of some sort. Aprons The Lambskin or White Leathern Apron is the badge of a Mason. When the Mason becomes an officer or grand officer, he receives another apron … Read more

Do Freemasons Get Special Treatment?

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As a man becomes a Mason and remains in good standing, he then has the rights and the benefits that Freemasonry has to offer. Some people (both non-Masons and, unfortunately, Masons) misinterpret this to mean that we are given a free pass on our conduct or that we get more material benefits than society in … Read more

How To Leave Freemasonry (The Right Way)

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Some people become Masons with expectations that do not reflect the true nature or character of Masonry. Others become Masons, only later to make lifestyle changes that result in Masonry not fitting into their lives anymore. In addition, of course, there are the conspiracy theorists who falsely and baselessly claim that, once you are a … Read more

What is Royal Arch Masonry?

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When first learning about Masonry or if pertaining to a grand lodge jurisdiction that does not have them, some people confuse appendant/concordant and/or affiliate bodies with Masonry itself. One such example is Royal Arch Masonry. It should be noted that, though I have been a Royal Arch Mason for over a year, most of that … Read more

What Is The Meaning of The Masonic Bible?

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Masonry is neither a religion nor a substitute for one. Many people have a problem with this assertion, however, when they come to learn about the existence of Masonic Bibles. Availability In a few of the private Masonic groups of which I am a member on social media, I have, at times, come across comments … Read more

Who Was Prince Hall (& What Is Prince Hall Freemasonry)?

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Roughly half of the regular grand lodge jurisdictions in the United States (as well as others in Canada and elsewhere around the world) are named for Prince Hall, a 19th-century man influential on Masonry even today. Early Life and Enslavement The earlier into Hall’s life that one delves, the murkier the details of his past … Read more

10 Mistakes You Should Avoid As A Freemason

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In Freemasonry, there are scores (if not hundreds) of cultural customs and points of etiquette that are observed at Masonic functions. In this article, we will be going over a few that seem to be universal. There are also some things that may be frowned upon outside of your Masonic activity. Here are some “mistakes” … Read more

Why Do Masonic Lodges Have Altars?

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Whenever it is explained to non-Masons that Freemasonry is not a religion, there are often a few who point out that Masonic lodges use altars, a fixture that they only ever see in religions. Volumes of Sacred Law In most grand lodge jurisdictions, the most common Volume of Sacred Law that is used is the … Read more

What Are Masonic Penalties? (Symbolic vs Literal)

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Masonry gets a lot of guff from outsiders about the penalties which most grand lodge jurisdictions use in their respective rituals. Symbolic Penalties In Masonry are penalties that, as stated above, symbolize just how serious we Masons are about our integrity not only as Masons, but also in every other aspect of our lives (as … Read more

What Is A Masonic Funeral?

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When a Mason lays down his earthly tools to be taken to the Celestial Grand Lodge Above, it may be requested (whether by his final will and testament or by his family) that his lodge provide him with a Masonic funeral. Variances Freemasonry is completely decentralized. As such, each grand lodge has complete autonomy over … 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

Masonic Prudence (Masonic Virtues Series)

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In this second article of my series on Masonic virtues, we will be reviewing the importance of the attribute of prudence. This will be yet another look at how Freemasonry makes good men better. Origin and Definition The term comes to us via the Old French prudence via the Latin prudentia, which means “foresight” or … Read more

Can A Convicted Felon Become A Freemason?

Can A Convicted Felon Become A Freemason?

Ever since we’ve published our guide on how to become a Freemason, a common (recurring) question that has been coming up often is: Grand Lodge Jurisdiction Legislation on various matters (including this one) vary from grand lodge jurisdiction to grand lodge jurisdiction. Grand Lodge A might specifically prohibit those convicted with felonies from being initiated … Read more