Mason Lodge #326
Past Masters
150th Anniversary

FAQ How does one become a Freemason?

All men of good will can become freemasons! Here are some qualities which a man needs to possess to be fit for initiation: He must be a man…

• who believes in a Supreme Being yet believes in the freedom of others to follow their own conscience when it comes to religion.
• who acts honorably in all situations and strives to leave the world a better place.
• who believes it is better to give than to receive and believes that there are more important things in life than financial success.
• who is a productive and exemplary citizen of his country.
• who has compassion for others and recognizes compassion as one of the greatest human qualities.
• who believes that all men must live a life of fraternal friendship.

As can be seen by the above, the requirements for membership are innate qualities. Not every man who wishes to join will necessarily be accepted for while it is true that almost any man can be a Mason, it is equally true that not everyman could or even should be a Mason.

What are the Masonic Initiations for?

Masonic initiations are done with great dignity and with the greatest respect for the individual. They are kept secret so that those who wish to experience these rites may do so fully. If one reads the rituals their efficacy is greatly diminished. Experiencing them first hand is Key.

Freemason initiation - 18th CenturyThese rites of initiation are in essence elaborate allegories of life which stimulate profound reflection. This reflection creates an interior action whereby the initiate is revealed to his innermost qualities. This reflection essentially enables the initiate to Know, See, and thereby surpass his own frailties and limitations. This inner work is known by some as the Great Work. Therefore one may say that primary goal of Freemasonry is to elevate and ennoble the individual and through them all of mankind.

Freemasonry defines itself as "a beautiful system of morality taught through the means of allegory and symbols." A symbol is a means of communication. It is something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible. In essence it is a representational token for a concept, an idea, object, a quality, etc. In a very real sense a symbol is nothing but that which the viewer imbues it. A man is much the same way. He may choose to be good or evil. He may choose to do what is honorable and good. The allegorical rituals and ceremonies within Freemasonry induce a man to become conscious of the fact that they are exactly what they want to be; it allows them to acquire mastery of themselves and their life. Freemasonry wakens the mind and conveys the ancient and universal truths of self knowledge, love of ones neighbor, and respect of legally constituted authority. While these truths are universal, Freemasonry’s methods of communication are unique.

Is Freemasonry a Religion?

Freemasonry is not a religion. Freemasonry offers no dogma, sacraments, nor sees one religion as being superior to another. Freemasonry by its very nature maintains the utmost respect for all religions. It leaves to its members the full freedom of conscience in spiritual matters. In fact, the discussion of politics and religion is strictly forbidden in Masonic lodges. The reason for this is logical. It is these two subjects above all others which spark highly emotional debates, disharmony and eventually conflict, even when the participants start off with the best of intentions. Also, by forbidding religious discussion at its meetings a “Masonic” theological doctrine has no way of developing in the first place.

Freemasonry also does not have a spiritual leader, unquestionable, infallible or otherwise. In fact its leadership is elected annually from the general membership. Each Mason is considered equal in “the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God.” Freemasonry is a society where men of different backgrounds, origins, religious denominations, and philosophies show each other sincere brotherly love and respect. They work hand in hand in unanimity for the betterment of all because Freemasons are obliged to be good men and true, to be men of honor and honesty.