just the basics

by Tabatha
(Holt Fl)

My husband is thinking of becoming a Mason. I was raised in a very Christian environment and was told by my Mom that Freemasons were basically an anti-Christian cult. I now know this not to be true.


Im a very old fashioned girl and I fully understand that God is first then self, spouse, family, friends. I understand this is a men-only organization to better one's self and to help "brothers" and those in need. I'm completely fine with that. I understand I will not be told all the rituals, secrets, hand shakes, etc. because the man has made an oath not to do so, and would then go against one reason why he joined,to keep promises. And I'm fine with that as well. I do not find it degrading that I as a female cannot join. Guys need guy-time and girls need girl-time.

I've read through the "sad wives" part of this site and I've made peace with those women's concerns/issues. Our one major concern is that should my husband join, and should he find that Freemasonry is not for our family, would he be able to quit?

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Jul 22, 2012
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Only if ?????
by: Anonymous

You can put your minds at ease, as the answer to your concern is yes! If after your husband becomes a Freemason, and if he would decide to no longer be a mason, he could quit.

Please do keep this one thing in mind though, there is a very likely chance that he may truly enjoy his experience, and if he takes the moral teachings to heart, you will have an even better man, to share your life with.

Just saying !!!!!!


Jul 24, 2012
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Uh, yeah.....sure
by: Anonymous

I don't view freemasonry as making men better. It makes them more full of themselves, but not better.

Just sayin'.

Aug 03, 2012
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HOW TO JOIN FREEMASON
by: Anonymous

Instructions

Requirements for Joining
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Be a male of good character and recommended by a member of the lodge. You must also be of legal age in the lodge's district.
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State a belief in the Supreme Being. The Masons don't favor any religion over another. Once you state that you hold a religious belief, you satisfy this requirement without further questioning.


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Support yourself and your family. Joining the Masons yields no direct financial benefit. However, many lodges collect for emergency help during times of crisis.
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Choose to join on your own. Most lodges won't approach you; you should approach them instead.
How to Join
5

Contact your local lodge. You can find the contact information in the phone book or online.
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Ask a friend or colleague who is a member to introduce you to other Masons in the area.
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Complete the required paperwork and pay the application fee. The lodge will read your petition at a meeting and form an investigation committee.
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Meet with the investigation committee. This committee reports to the lodge, and the members vote on your application based on the report. Acceptance requires a unanimous vote by the members of the lodge. If you pass this stage, you begin your first degree and become a provisional member. The lodge will guide you until you become a Master Mason.

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Tips & Warnings

Because each Masonic lodge creates its own rules, these steps may vary locally. When you contact your local lodge, the members there should discuss this information with you.



Nov 11, 2012
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where are the degrees explained?
by: Grand-daugher of

My maternal grandparents were very active in the Eastern Star and Freemasons. How can I learn their degree and what that means as they ascend the degrees?

Jan 21, 2013
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you don't need to join
by: Anonymous

Hi Great Grandaughter. I too am the great grandaughter and grandaughter of mason/eastern star attendees. I joined the Star. Way boring. They don't teach you anything anyway. Search the internet and/or google astrotheology. That will teach you everything you should but would not have learned in those groups. Honestly, I don't think the members even know what they are supposed to know. The star ritual makes no sense whatsoever. The masonic ritual is supposed to teach you about your brain or consciousness and the rest of your body. "Solomon's Temple" is a metaphor for your body and "the Holiest of Holies" is a metaphor for your brain/consciousness. Anyway, look up astrotheology, then you won't waste any time being bored to death.

Mar 08, 2013
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Can your husband quit if he finds he doesn't want to belong?
by: Anonymous

If your husband decides he wants to quit (and I doubt that he or you will want him to) he just needs to not pay his dues.

Apr 06, 2013
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Does your husband want to quit ?
by: Anonymous

Does your husband want to quit or do you just wish he would ? I don't think the last anon is correct in saying he should just stop paying his dues. My husband's friend stopped paying his dues when he stopped attending. They just kept him as a member but not a member in good standing and kept charging his yearly dues. I asked for a demit form to quit the OES but I was told I had to pay my dues for the year before I could have the form. I'm assuming they would have just kept adding my dues from year to year unless I was paid up when I quit. My husband complains about how things are done at what I refer to as "the cult" but he never puts his money where his mouth is and leaves. I can always hope though.

Apr 08, 2013
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Hmmm
by: Anonymous

I see my comment was removed. That is what happened with my husband's friend and what I was told when I wanted to quit the EOS. They kept charging the guy yearly dues even though he hadn't attended or paid dues for a couple of years. I was told I couldn't demit from OES until my dues were current. If this type of thing isn't the practice in the masons or OES where you are, it is the practice in our area.

Jul 29, 2014
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What rights have Freemasons
by: Anonymous

I just wondering what can of rights have Freemasons
I was at the dealer to buy a car and we was talking and talking we start talking about Freemasons he ask me for the member card he tolled me that if I have that card will have a lot of right to buy the car and a lot of discounts I don't know how try is this ?????? Can some one from a member explained this situation thanks

Jul 30, 2014
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Masonic car buying discount?
by: John

What a great idea! Unfortunately, this is not true. Being a Freemason does not grant any special rights when buying a car, or anything else for that matter. A salesperson might offer a discount as a personal favor but there is no entitlement or right to special treatment by anyone.

On the other hand if the salesman might be trying to pull something. I don't know what it would be, but I would tread carefully if I were you.

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