If you are about to become an Entered Apprentice Mason, congratulations!
You are about to embark on a journey of self-discovery and moral and ethical growth.
The Entered Apprentice Degree is the first step in your journey toward becoming a Master Mason, and it is an experience you will never forget.
Preparing for your Masonic Initiation is an important step that should not be taken lightly.
It is important to approach your new vocation with humility and a sincere desire to learn and grow.
This includes dedicating some time to studying and reflecting on the moral and ethical philosophies taught during the ceremony.
In this article, we will provide you with some tips on how to prepare for your Masonic Initiation (The Entered Apprentice Degree).
We will cover everything from what to expect during the ceremony to how to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for this life-changing experience.
Understanding the Entered Apprentice Degree
As has been said already, the Entered Apprentice Degree is the first step in the journey of a Mason.
It is a significant milestone in the life of a Mason, and it is essential to understand the history and symbolism of this degree before taking the initiation.
The History of the Entered Apprentice Degree
The Entered Apprentice Degree has its roots in the medieval stonemasons’ guilds responsible for constructing the great cathedrals and castles of Europe.
The Entered Apprentice Degree was the first degree given to an apprentice stonemason, and it taught him the basic skills and knowledge necessary to become a skilled craftsman.
When the stonemasons’ guilds evolved into modern Masonry, the Entered Apprentice Degree was retained as the first degree in the Masonic system.
Today, the Entered Apprentice Degree is still a vital part of Masonic initiation, and it teaches the initiate the basic principles of Masonry.
The Symbolism of the Entered Apprentice Degree
The Entered Apprentice Degree is rich in symbolism, and each symbol has a profound meaning.
Here are some of the most important symbols in the Entered Apprentice Degree:
Understanding the history and symbolism of the Entered Apprentice Degree is essential for any Mason as it provides a foundation for the Masonic journey and prepares the initiate for the challenges that lie ahead.
How to Prepare for Your Initiation
Preparing mentally for your Masonic initiation is just as important as physical preparation.
It is essential to approach the experience with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
Take time to reflect on your personal values and what you hope to gain from joining the fraternity.
It is also important to familiarize yourself with the history and principles of Freemasonry.
Consider talking to a mentor or experienced Mason to gain insight into the initiation process and what to expect.
This can help alleviate any anxiety or uncertainty you may have.
Remember, the initiation is a solemn and meaningful ceremony that has been performed for centuries so embrace the experience and allow yourself to be fully present at the moment.
Physical preparation is also important to ensure a smooth and comfortable initiation.
Make sure to get enough rest and eat a nutritious meal beforehand. Also, avoid consuming alcohol or drugs prior to the ceremony. It is also recommended to use the restroom before the initiation begins.
If you have any physical limitations or disabilities, notify the lodge in advance so accommodations can be made. This includes any mobility issues or hearing impairments.
The goal is to ensure that all candidates can fully participate in the ceremony.
Also, it’s good to be clean so do shower beforehand.
In general, dress attire should be formal and respectful. A black suit and a black tie are appropriate for most lodges.
What to Expect During the Initiation
The Entered Apprentice Degree initiation ceremony is a solemn and meaningful event.
During the ceremony, you will be led through a series of rituals and symbolic gestures that represent the principles and values of Freemasonry.
You will be blindfolded, have a cable tow placed around your neck, and be led by the hand through the lodge room.
As you progress through the ceremony, you will be introduced to the various symbols and tools of the craft, such as the square, compass, and trowel.
Throughout the ceremony, you will be reminded of the importance of moral and ethical values, and the need to live a virtuous life.
One of the most significant parts of the initiation ceremony is the taking of the Obligation.
This is a solemn promise that you will uphold the principles and values of Freemasonry, and keep the secrets of the craft.
The Obligation is taken on the Volume of the Sacred Law, which represents the importance of divine guidance in our lives.
You will also be reminded of the consequences of breaking your Obligation, both in this life and in the hereafter.
It is important to remember that the Obligation is taken voluntarily and without coercion.
You should only take the Obligation if you are fully committed to upholding the principles and values of Freemasonry.
At the conclusion of the initiation ceremony, you will receive the Charge, which is a set of instructions and guidance for your journey in Freemasonry.
The Charge reminds you of the importance of moral and ethical values, and the need to live a virtuous life.
It also encourages you to continue your education in the craft and to seek the guidance and mentorship of more experienced members.
As you begin your journey as an Entered Apprentice, it is important to reflect on the lessons of the initiation ceremony and to apply them in your daily life.
Remember that Freemasonry is not just a set of rituals and ceremonies, but a way of life that emphasizes the importance of brotherhood, charity, and personal growth.
After the Initiation
The Meaning of the Entered Apprentice Degree
You have now taken your first step toward becoming a Master Mason.
During the ceremony, you were reminded of the importance of initiation as the symbolic birth of the candidate into the world of Masonry.
You were also reminded of the importance of humility and that as an Entered Apprentice, you are a learner.
You were charged to approach your new vocation with humility and a sincere desire to absorb the lessons of the degree.
Additionally, you were reminded of the importance of obedience and the expectation that you will try to make a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge.
After your initiation, you should take some time to reflect on the lessons of the degree.
You should also begin to prepare for your next step (the FellowCraft Degree) in the journey toward becoming a Master Mason.
This may include studying the moral and ethical philosophies taught during the ceremony, attending Lodge meetings, and participating in Lodge activities.
SN: Yes, as an Entered Apprentice you’re able to attend Lodge meetings, but only when it’s opened in the first degree. For example, you can visit and see another EA degree being performed.
You should also take the time to get to know your fellow Brothers.
Masonry is a fraternity, and the bonds of brotherhood are an essential part of the Masonic experience.
You should seek out opportunities to connect with your Lodge, participate in Lodge events, and get to know your fellow Brothers.
Finally, you should continue to make daily advancements in Masonic knowledge.
This may include reading Masonic literature, studying the history and symbolism of the Craft, and reflecting on the lessons of the degree.
By doing so, you will be better prepared for your next step in the journey toward becoming a Master Mason.