How do I become a Freemason?

This is a question we get asked often on our website and on our social media pages so we’ve finally decided to write a simple guide about this and detail the step-by-step process of how to join the Freemasons – a Craft dating back hundreds of years where Kings and Presidents were also proud members.

I’m also happy to see that so many people from all over the world and from all walks of life, races, religion and countries be interested in joining the craft – even women are interested in joining (see our interview with a Female Freemason here)

It really gives us hope for the future and we’re more than happy to be able to assist a possible new member and a possible future Worshipful Master on his journey to Light.

So without further introductions, let’s see look at the process of joining Freemasonry and more importantly; how to go about becoming a member.

Let’s start off with somethings you should know before you consider joining.

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Masonry is Not FREE & Freemasonry Won’t Make You Rich

Freemasonry costs money to join, with lodges asking for an annual fee ranging from $50 to $200 (and more) a year for membership (this is not including additional donations, dinner parties and the regalia you have to buy)

Also when you become a Freemason, do not expect to receive some kind of ancient knowledge that will make your rich and/or powerful.

Sadly, we get this question a lot from people in third world countries asking if (or how) they can become a Freemason to escape poverty and become “rich and famous”.

Freemasonry will not be making you rich, nor famous.

Yes, you will get to meet new people and socialize with people who may have become (independently) financially successful, but this can come from any other social group, mastermind or profession as well and not just Freemasonry.

Another thing you need to remember is that whatever your social status may be, you have to start from the bottom and earn your way up by doing your Masonic degrees, which will be revealed to you in 3 ceremonies we can’t talk about here for obvious reasons.

So, if you have considered what I just told you and you still want to become a Freemason, we suggest reading our guide on how to find a Masonic Lodge to start earning your degrees.

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Don’t Be Afraid To Ask!

It would be much easier for you if you know someone who is already a Freemason. If so, ask them about the Craft and do an inquiry about membership.

The Masonic motto is: “Ask One To Be One” (ASK12BE1)!

Ask your friend if he can get you an application but before that see if you qualify to be a Freemason:

  • You believe in a Supreme Being,
  • You are over 21 years of age and
  • You have no criminal record.

If so, I am sure he will be happy and honoured to pass on your application to the lodge, he will also become your “proposer” from then on (this will be explained by the lodge).

Another popular way to become a Freemason if you do not know anyone who is a Freemason already would be to go to a lodge yourself and inquire about membership directly.

To find a lodge in your area, go to Google and type: “Your area” + masonic lodge”. Most probably a few listing like the below example will show up.

Simply click through to their website and start the process yourself:

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Ask as many questions as you like to any member of the lodge, or if possible try to talk directly to the lodge secretary or the master himself.

Do not be afraid to ask questions.

Freemasonry is a serious thing and more than just a hobby to some people, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.

Freemasonry Is NOT For Everybody

If you pass the three “tests” mentioned earlier and you’ve spoken to some Freemasons and you like what Freemasonry is all about, then fill out your application and start your process (details will be given by the lodge).

Give it your proposer (or the lodge secretary) and he will take care of the rest.

Hopefully, you will receive your first degree in a few weeks/months and you’ll get your third (the Master Mason degree) in about a year’s time (duration varies per lodge so take these as estimates rather than a solid fact).

Just be patient and enjoy the ride, the first 3 degrees will blow your mind and the journey, not the destination, is what makes Freemasonry such an inspiring and magical experience.

Now that you know how to join the Freemasons, just remember that this organization has Kings & Presidents in its ranks.

Be sure to approach it with the utmost respect it deserves.

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Can Women Become Freemasons?

Although it’s frowned upon in the West, in many countries, women are allowed to join Freemasonry. We have two great guides about this which – if you’re a female – I suggest you go through our interview with a female Freemason.

5 Steps To Becoming A Freemason:

  • Decide *in your heart) that you want to become a Freemason
  • Find a Masonic Lodge in your area (see how here)
  • Inquire about membership
  • Visit the Lodge & ask all the questions you have
  • (The last step would be revealed to you by your brethren)

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What Are The Benefits Of Join Freemasonry?

Many, too many to count even. But we did try to answer this question in a previous post.

If you want to know what the benefits of Freemasonry are, the best people to ask are the future Brothers you will be meeting when you visit a lodge.

You can also see this beautiful short film by the Freemasons of California showing you what it actually means to be a Freemason.

Recommended Reading Before Joining

Final Words On Becoming A Freemason

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I hope this quick guide has answered most of the questions you may have had.

If you have any further questions and require more assistance, do not hesitate to leave a comment below – this blog is visited by thousands of Masons worldwide and I am sure most will be happy to answer your questions.

If you’d like to know more about Freemasonry, I also suggest downloading our free ebook:

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  1. Greetings from the Netherlands at the time being, I am born in Kuwait as Muslim and my name was Osama Mohamed Galal El Din Seada, I am working within the Travel industry for more than 30 years and I never felt that I am real Muslim, but at the same time I was being discriminated as being Muslim in the Netherlands, I also get lost finding which kind of Christianity is better for me, so I couldn’t really find the answer in Christianity, well the most religion that I can believe in it is being Jewish but if I became a Jewish I might get killed, same as being Masonic but masonic believe which I did read lots about and I think it is the best religion and believe that I can belong to is also forbidden in Egypt and other countries but I will keep it secret for myself. I am losing my life, my money and my health either in the Netherlands through clear discrimination being Muslim which is not really my religion and in Egypt as my family thinks that I changed to be Christian which is also not true. Both Countries made me nearly bankrupt although I used to earn lots of money before the Medical and Surgical Errors started in the Netherlands in 2006 until today and in Egypt where i get rapt by my brothers taking my bank Cards and empty them from money when i couldn’t walk and I was sitting on a wheelchair hope I can find the answers becoming masonic believer

    Kind Regards
    Sam Seada (the Company is on held because of the Dutch racist system
    Dutch Phone Number 0031 6 87036925
    Egyptian Numbers: 00201126211265 & 00201143680725

    • Masonic Find

      Even though Islam doesn’t accept Freemasonry. Freemasonry does accept Islam.

      If you’re a muslim and you’re in non muslim country (or where Freemasonry is accepted), you can join a masonic lodge with no problems.

      My apologies for the late reply. Somehow this message ended up in my spam box.

      I hope this message finds you well and feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.

    • Freemason

      if salvation is what you seek you will not find it in the masonic lodge. we are not a religion. the Catholic church forbid freemasonry long ago because we are not comprised of solely christian people. if you put our trust in a supreme being you are headed in the right direction. you need to decide in what god you put your trust.

  2. Mohammed Yussuf Reply

    hi I would LIKE to join your organized community I am a Muslim well behavior and need people Like your community around me I will be very glady to be one of your members regard

    Mohammed Yussuf

    • Masonic Find

      Hi there. Where are you from? You may find that Muslim countries have banned Freemasonry from operating.

      What I suggest you do is do a google search of “your country + freemasonry” and see what you can come up with.

      After see our post about how to join the freemasons and everything is explained there.

      I hope this helps!

  3. Jakobo Lositore Reply

    good day!! am i qualified to join freemasonary? i am an auto technician in the philippines but my salary is not that late grandpa was a freemason. i want to wear his ring.

    • Jakobo Lositore

      i’m not aiming to be rich. i want to be a better man.

    • Masonic Find

      That’s great because Freemasonry doesn’t make you rich. Freemasonry takes good man and make them better through loyalty and respect to the world and fellow brothers.

      Here are some of the benefits of joining Freemasonry:

      Let me know what you think…

    • Masonic Find

      If you’re over 21, believe in a supreme being and you have no criminal record then you are qualified to join.

      Your salary is not a deciding factor. But not that it will not be free to join. There is an initiation fee and a yearly fee that is decided by your mother lodge.

      If you need any further help please let me know, I’d love to help you.

  4. Hello, I am located in the state of New York, I’ve been Interested in Freemasonry for a very long time. I’m a college student seeking to become a better man for family and society as a whole, not money. I wanted to ask if having a minor dwi on my background will effect me on becoming a fellow Mason, note that I am not a criminal and have no felonies! It was something that I regret but learned from as I begin to grow. Please I would really like to hear back from you and thank you for the many positive charitable contributions Freemasonry brings to the community.

    • Masonic Find

      Personally I don’t think it’s a serious offence but some lodges might do. I suggest you visit the local lodge you’d like to join and just explain to them, in full honesty, what the situation is.

      I’m pretty sure you won’t face any problems but you never know.

      Let me know how it goes 😉

    • Freemason

      drunkenness is an offence but you sound honest and you realize your actions. did you spend time in jail or just a drunk tank? you are going to be asked some questions and it will come up. answer every question with %100 honesty even if it is damning and it is what hangs you because you can ask forgiveness but if you lie we will know and you will never become a freemason after that. don’t let it discourage you if their is no other issues i don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t get in.

    • Masonic Find

      I agree! One should never lie whilst being interview for masonic membership. Always keep your answers 100% honest!

  5. I have some questions to ask of a high ranking member. I realize this is an unusual request, but if you would have patience I would be grateful. I have accumulated much knowledge and require some simple yes or no answers on some things that may directly affect me. I believe that your inner circle will have the answers which I seek.
    thank you for your time,

  6. jordan mitts Reply

    Very much interested in freemasonry, but I leave for the military in March of next year and worried about finding/ attending a home lodge so to speak as I’ll be traveling a lot would I have to wait until my service is over (currently 5 years hoping to make it 20 years) and I would prefer not to wait that long to join

    • Masonic Find

      Hi there Jordan.

      I’m pretty sure you can join a lodge in the Military and I’m also pretty sure there are Military lodges. I’m not sure how to find these but they exist.

      Maybe if you contact your local lodge they can assist you better.

      Freemasonry is great thing to get into. Congrats on your enthusiasm.

      Thank you very much for your comment and be safe out there.

  7. I am from Ghana and I’veread about Freemason and I want to join but I don’t know any grand lodge master how can I join?

    • Masonic Find

      Look for lodges in your area on Google but beware there are many fake lodges operating in Africa. If you have any doubt please contact us.

    • Masonic Find

      No you don’t have to be a freemason. The book and our emails are fit for anybody wanting to learn more about Freemasonry.

  8. hello
    i am from egypt and i want to join to you
    what shoud i do

    • Masonic Find

      I’m not sure if there are any Masonic Lodges left in Egypt sir. Do some research on internet and try to find a lodge near you.

  9. Lenin Rajesh. J Reply

    Dear Bro it’s fine to hear from you again. I find lodge Pandian Madurai Tamilnadu India is near to me. I love to contact them as the procedure to ask. I l Try as early as possible. Thanks and regards

  10. I am willing and ready to join this noble and respectable organization. I have read through all your article and i believe i have the quality and heart to be a great member.

    • Masonic Find

      Glad to hear! We wish you all the best!

  11. Hi I was not convicted , but was with held reason would need to be explained, should I try?

  12. Why are people scared of Masonry, why is the Church against it and why is it seen as demonic?

    • Masonic Find

      No age limits to Freemasonry 🙂

      As long as you’re above 21 years old (or 18 in some cases)

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