Freemasonry is a centuries-old fraternity many people are curious about but don’t know how to join.
Some believe you actually have to be a stonemason in order to become a Freemason, but this isn’t true!
In this article, we will explain the process of how to become a Freemason and dispel some of the myths that are commonly associated with it.
Do You Have To Work In Stonemasonry To Be Accepted Into Freemasonry?
So, if you’re not a stonemason, don’t worry – you can still become a Freemason!
What Is Stonemasonry?
Stonemasonry is the trade of shaping rough stones into blocks or slabs that can be used in construction.
Stonemasons use a variety of tools to shape stone to the desired size and finish.
While Freemasonry does have its roots in stonemasonry, it is not a requirement to know how to do this type of work.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternity that promotes moral and spiritual values.
Some of the core values of Freemasonry include brotherly love, relief, and truth.
Freemasonry also teaches tolerance, respect, and charity.
Freemasons meet regularly to discuss business, enjoy each other’s company, and support various charitable causes.
I also have a short guide on how to become a Freemason for you down below.
How Are Stonemasonry and Freemasonry Related?
Stonemasonry and Freemasonry are related because Freemasonry has its roots in stonemasonry.
The first Freemasons were actually stonemasons who worked on the construction of castles and cathedrals.
Over time, Freemasonry has evolved to become its own fraternity with its own values and traditions going from operative Freemasonry to speculative Freemasonry.
Why Are Speculative Masons Called “Free” Masons?
It’s not because Freemasonry it’s free, that’s for sure. In fact, it costs money to become and remain one.
However, the word “freemason” is said to have come from the Old French word “franc-maçon” which means “free stonecutter.”
This is in reference to the stonemasons who were some of the first Freemasons.
The stonemasons of that time were not slaves or serfs, which is how most people were during that time period.
Instead, thanks to their sought-after skill set, they were free men who could choose where they worked.
How To Become a Freemason in Speculative Freemasonry
Now that you know a little bit more about Freemasonry, you’re probably wondering how you can become a Freemason.
The good news is that it’s not as complicated as you might think!
If you meet all these requirements, the next step is to reach out to a local lodge and express your interest in joining.
The Lodge Secretary will then get in touch with you and invite you to attend a meeting.
At the meeting, you will be asked if you still wish to join Freemasonry and if you do, you will be asked to sign a petition.
The lodge will conduct an investigation and then vote on your petition, and if it is approved, you will be accepted into Freemasonry!
& again, no you won’t need to prove proficiency in stonecutting to become a Freemason in a speculative Lodge.
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We hope this article has helped to dispel some of the myths about Freemasonry and that you now have a better understanding of what it is and how you can become a Freemason.
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