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Do Freemasons Have Secrets?

I order to answer this question we have to go back in time to the travelling guilds of stonemasons who built the castles, fortifications and houses of worship that litter the old world. A travelling stonemason would frequently move from job to job as work started or stopped. How then in a time when most people couldn't read or write, could a mason prove himself to be skilled? How could a senior mason prove himself to be a senior mason? The answer comes in the form of a password and a grip. What is a grip? Well it's like a handshake, except ...

  • How do I become a Freemason?

    There is a common misconception regarding joining freemasonry. Most people believe that freemasonry is invite only. In fact, because Freemasons are not allowed to strong-arm people into joining (you must come of your own free will and accord), you will never be asked to join - in fact YOU must ask to join. A mason who thinks someone might make a good ...

  • What’s changed since last time?

    The last post included my introduction on a masonic forum explaining how I came to become a Freemason. That post was a little out of date, so I figured I would fill in the blanks. Firstly I am now a Master Mason. Originally it was planned for me to be raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in September, but ...

  • Introduction to Freemasonry

    As an introduction post on Freemasonry I felt it appropriate to plagiarise myself. Recently my mother lodge (Old Dunelmian 8100) held our installation meeting. Installation is a big occasion for a lodge and happens once a year when we install the new master of the lodge (kind of like the president of the lodge). At this particular meeting, we were honoured ...

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