How can one become a freemason?

by Mario
(Montana)

Mario,


Thank you for visiting Masonsmart, and for asking this quite common question. It's a very good question and we, as Masons, have not done a very good job of making this information readily available.


The process of becoming a Freemason is basically the same the world over. The first step is to contact a Freemason. This can be as easy as picking up the local telephone directory, or it can be quite difficult. In some parts of the world Freemasons are still, out of necessity, very secretive. Those in power, both politically and religiously, are uneasy with Freemasonry's teachings of universal brotherhood and unbridled freedom. Confused societal opinions sometimes dictate that Freemasons meet and act discreetly. Fortunately, in the U.S. it is a pretty straightforward process. Look in the phone book; look for a building in your town with the Masonic Square & Compasses emblem on the outside; ask around. Don't be shy. There's no reason to be. Just make contact and let them know that you are interested.


Once you have made contact with a Brother he will want to get to know you. In general, in order for you to become a Freemason two members of the Order will have to recommend you for membership. So, you will have to spend some time with them. Get to know them, and allow them to get to know you. In order for them to be comfortable in recommending you for membership they must know that you are a man of honor, decency, and morality. One thing you should know up front: no atheist can be made a Freemason. This point is universal the world over. You must believe in and confess your belief in a supreme being. However, your idea of this being and how you relate to him is a personal matter and of no bearing in Freemasonry.


After your initial contact, getting to know some of the Brethren, and letting them get to know you as an honorable man you will officially petition a Lodge for membership. From this point on the process of membership is underway and there is really nothing more for you to do but wait while the process runs its course. Generally, an investigating committee from the Lodge will contact you and they will want to meet with you and get to know you, as well. This is a time for you and those close to you to ask further questions regarding the Order and what you may expect and what may be expected of you. If possible, your family and loved ones should be involved in the decision. Freemasonry is not intended to interfere with family. The committee will report on their investigation and, if favorable, the Lodge will vote on your petition for membership. Assuming the vote is also favorable your 1st Degree can then be scheduled.


This is not an easy process, nor one that should be taken lightly. When you become a Freemason you make certain promises and place yourself under certain obligations that will continue for the rest of your life. Rest assured, however, that these promises and obligations are nothing to which any good man would dissent.


I hope this information is useful to you and that I have not painted an overwhelming vision of the process of becoming a Freemason. In most parts of the world it is a relatively simple and painless process. Joining the Freemasons was without a doubt the best decision I have ever made for myself, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any good man who desires to be of service to his fellow man.


If I can be of any further assistance please don't hesitate to contact me again.


Fraternally,


Tim Couch

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Mar 12, 2011
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Eastern Star
by: Phyl

Hello. My grandmother joined the Order of the Eastern Star during the 50's in southern USA. I did not know she was a member until her funeral. Now I'm interested in joining but I don't know any active members. Is the process the same for Eastern Star as it is for Freemasons? Thank you for any advice you can offer.

Mar 16, 2011
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Eastern Star Membership
by: Tim

Hello Phyl,

Thank you for your question and for your interest in the Order of the Easter Star.

The Star is an appended body of the Masonic fraternity and the requirements of membership are a little different than they are for the Masonic lodge. The organization was founded in the mid-1850's as a means to make the benefits of Masonry available to the whole family. As such, membership was, and still is, limited to Master Masons and their certain female relations. As your grandmother was a member of the Star you should have the necessary relation to a Master Mason in your family background. Below is a link to a page on EasternStar.org where those eligible familial relations are listed:

Joining Order Of The Eastern Star

To find the Grand Chapter for the jurisdiction in which you reside try this page:

OES Grand Secretary Contacts

Or, you can just do a Web search for 'Eastern Star' and add your city, town, State or Province information. There should be considerable information available.

Just contact someone at the local or Grand Chapter and let them know you're interested. They'll be glad to walk you through the membership process and help you in any way they can.

Hope this helps and thanks again for the question.

Fraternally,

Tim

Jun 10, 2011
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want to know how to join...?
by: Syeed

i want to know how to join the freemasons fraternity?i've heard of it..and i'm eager to know and join it...

Apr 09, 2012
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join
by: Anonymous

hello .....
i am from Lebanon and i would like to join masons please can you advice since i don't know any one from masons .

Jul 30, 2012
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clalification
by: JOHN MAXWEL

what is thier motive? whom do they serve? do they offer sacrifices? do they use some evil powers like jay z coz if its true, u should not advise any good man to join such a thing like u have done in ur article but i wanna know n show me thier signs too ...waitin.

Sep 26, 2012
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I'm decided to join. It's my destiny.
by: Basil

Greeting's of piece,

Hello I'm Basil John Fogata, 23 years old living in Pampanga. Please, I just want to ask the nearest Freemason Lodge in my location?

Thank you and G bless.

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