One of Freemasonry's customs is not to
solicit members, in fact, recruiting is simply not allowed. However, anyone should feel free to approach any
Mason to seek further information about the Craft.
Membership is for men, 21 years of age or
older, who meet the qualifications and standards of character and
reputation, who are of good moral character, and who believe in
the existence of a supreme being.
A man who wants to join a lodge must request a petition from a
Mason and be recommended for by two Master Masons in good
standing. He must
understand that his character will be investigated. After approval
by the members of that lodge, he will be accepted as an applicant
for membership in Freemasonry. Do not worry that you don't
know two members from the Lodge that you wish to join. You
the Lodge and tell them you are interested in joining or just want
some information. Someone will
arrange a meeting with you to answer all of your questions and to get to know you.
The doors of Freemasonry are always open to men who
seek harmony with their fellow man, feel the need for
self-improvement and wish to participate in making this world a
better place to live.
To find a Lodge near you, go to my Links
page and select the Grand Lodge nearest to your location.
Once you get to that site look for a list of Lodges within that
Grand Lodges' Jurisdiction. You should find a contact name
and phone number of that Lodges Secretary. Try to contact
that person and ask him for a petition.
Of course, you could also look in your local phone book under
Any man who becomes a Mason is taught a
pattern for living - reverence, morality, kindness, honesty,
dependability and compassion. He must be prepared to honour his
country, uphold its laws and respect those in authority. He must
be prepared to maintain honourable relations with others.
The Degrees of the Symbolic Rite
An applicant whose ballot is favorable
will be contacted by the Secretary of the Lodge as to when to appear to
receive the first degree, that of Entered Apprentice. The EA degree is
conferred in a ceremony that takes about two hours. The EA degree
provides information on the basic duties of every Mason and conveys details
of the symbolic structure and origin of the Lodge.
After receiving the EA degree, a statutory
time period must elapse before the next degree can be conferred. There
is also a certain amount of material that the candidate must commit to
memory in order to be qualified to receive the next degree.
The Second Degree, Fellowcraft, follows
a similar pattern to that of the EA degree, although its ritual is, of
course, different. The FC degree informs the candidate of additional responsibilities
associated with his more advanced status, and extends the boundaries of
Masonic knowledge beyond the Lodge to practical applications in the world
Again, a statutory time period must elapse,
and material must be learned, before the candidate can proceed beyond the
The final degree of the Symbolic Rite is
the Master Mason Degree. This degree is somewhat more lengthy than the
others, as befits its character and significance. It requires further duties
of the aspirant, who will become a full member of the Masonic fraternity
when this degree is received, and because the holders of this degree are
qualified to serve in leadership roles, the degree provides peculiarly
Masonic instructions relative to such undertakings.
For a final time, there is material to
be memorized in association with the MM degree; in some jurisdictions,
this task must be completed prior to petitioning any other organizations
Although the degrees subsequent to the
Master Mason Degree are often referred to as "higher degrees," the MM Degree
is actually the "highest" degree in Masonry. One can never be more of a
Mason than a Master Mason, but one can become a better-educated Mason,
which is the intent of the additional degrees of the York and
Rites. There are also other concordant bodies
of Masonry open to Master Masons and their families.
For a graphical overview of the various
concordant bodies of Masonry click