Can one ever get out of the Freemasons?

by Nana
(Kumasi)

I would like to know whether a person can ever get out of the fraternity after some time?

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Jun 16, 2010
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We're not the Mafia
by: Tim

Thank you very much for your question. The short answer is 'yes.' A member of the fraternity can suspend or terminate their membership any time they wish. However, the answer to your question is not really as simple as that.

If I were to relinquish my membership in the fraternity the official ties would be severed, but I would still be expected to honor and keep the promises that I made as a member. When a man joins the Freemasons he promises that he will keep certain secrets and not reveal certain information. While a member he may be entrusted with personal secrets by other members. These are not necessarily deep and dark secrets, and they are not particularly important except to those who wish to have them kept. I keep these secrets because I promised to do so on my honor, and to divulge them would be to prove myself dishonorable and worthy of the respect of no man. An honorable man, whether a Freemason or not, will keep and honor his promises.

So yes, I could sever my relationship with the Masonic fraternity, but the promises I made and the obligations I took would still be with me for the rest of my life.

Thanks again for your question, and if I can be of any further assistance please don't hesitate to call on me again.

Dec 25, 2011
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by: Anonymous

How do we recarnise real mason from scammers .
i Mean i get little knolodge how to become a mason from a friend freemason in USA , but when i apply in Italy the proceedment sems different and nothing macth with what was told me
Since we cant ask question and cant visit the lodge untill we are actually mason how do we understand if is what we are looking for ? or if those people who collect how info are real...

Thank you
Kindly

Antony

Jan 02, 2012
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Recognizing Scam Masonic Sites
by: Tim

Hello Antony,

Thank you for visiting Masonsmart.com, and for this most excellent question.

You are right. There are many scam Masonic sites on the Internet that will promise you all sorts of things in exchange for a fee. There are even physical organizations that profess to be Masonic when they are in fact not recognized by or associated with regular Freemasonry. It can be difficult to recognize a scam if you are not familiar with the real thing.

Basically, you can not apply for membership in the Masonic fraternity in any other manner but in person and through an interview process. Your petition for membership must be signed by current members who vouch for you as a creditable candidate. Any Web site or organization that asks for money before you have met with them face to face is not a true Masonic organization. They will take your money and you will never hear from them again.

In short, be careful. Do your own due diligence, and do not pay any money unless and until you are certain of what you are getting.

Below is the Web address for the Grand Lodge of Italy:

http://www.granloggiaregolareitalia.it/

There you will find a link labeled "The Lodges". Follow that link to find a Masonic lodge near you and then contact them. Or, contact the Grand Lodge directly and ask them to assist you in locating a lodge near you.

Thank you again for your question and I hope this information will be helpful.

Fraternally,

Tim
www.Masonsmart.com

Jan 17, 2017
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what if?
by: Anonymous

My family members are the grandmasters of the masons in Indiana, I spent years wanting to know everything about them so when the time is right I would want to join the Eastern Star. So I got ahold of one the masons to asked about joining in my district and they replied back one time... but that is it. So since I didn't hear from them I could only guess that means no. So could one be a solitaire mason?

Jan 17, 2017
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Silence is not an answer...
by: Tim

Dear Anonymous,

A common misconception about Masonic organizations is that they are actually organized. A good rule of thumb when contacting us, and life in general, is if you truly want something go get it. Don't wait for a delivery person to bring it to you. They might get lost, delayed, otherwise busy, or they might just be forgetful. Whatever the case, if it's important to you don't take silence for an answer. Only no means no, and even then it's not necessarily final. The answer to a question depends on the circumstances under which it is asked. If you want a different answer, change the circumstances.

In answer to your question regarding a solitaire Mason: no. One could study Freemasonry and strive to live according to its teachings and tenets, but Masonry is an initiatiatic order. Part of the beauty of it lies in experiencing it. One could not initiate oneself.

I can't help wondering, since you have family members who are Masons why not contact them for guidance and assistance?

Thanks for the question. Best of luck in your journey.

Fraternally,

Tim

Jan 17, 2017
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what if?
by: Anonymous

I have contacted my uncle a long time ago, but because I am not close to the master masons, they will not answer me. I do know that I can contribute to the Eastern Star of my district. But the only thing that is stopping me is not knowing their answer, I believe it is because I am not being close to the master masons my Aunt and Uncle, My famil is well-respected from all over in Indiana. But getting my foot in the door for them to acknowledge me and what I can do is another thing. I asked if I could be solitary mason is because if they refuse to see what I can do, they will see it if I do it myself. My family members know I gave 110% of everything I put my mind to. Knowledge is power and power come with a great understanding of what I can with it.

I for one want more of that knowledge. So with the utmost respect, my question is to you is how do I get my foot in that door if I can't be a Solitary mason? You said not to give up, that is never an issue with me. If I want something I go get it, getting there the issue.

Jan 25, 2017
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Seek and you shall find... NEW
by: Tim

Hello Anonymous,

As you have expressed an interest in the Order of Eastern Star I'm assuming you are female. Men and women are eligible for membership in the Star. Men must first be Master Masons, and women must have specific affiliation to a Master Mason who is currently or was in good standing with his Masonic lodge at the time of his passing. Below is the address for a page that explains these affiliations:

http://www.easternstar.org/information/joining-order-of-the-eastern-star/

My recommendation would be to contact a local OES Chapter, or the Grand Chapter for the jurisdiction in which you live and tell them of your interest in joining. They will be happy to hear from you and will be best suited to answer questions and guide you through the process. A simple Web search will generally get you started. Just search Eastern Star Chapter and add the name of your city or town and state. If you don't find a Web site for a local Chapter try the Indiana Grand Chapter. They can help put you in touch with a Chapter near you. The Web address for their site is below:

http://www.indianaoes.org/

I hope this helps. Congratulations on your interest in Masonry and we look forward to hearing of your progress. And, thanks for visiting Masonsmart.

Fraternally,

Tim

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