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Freemasons Aren't Satanists

Masonic meeting is not an act of worship. A lodge is not a church. And Freemasonry is not a religion. Freemasons use prayers to open and close their meetings, but so do Congress and Parliament. [more…]

Freemasons Don't Plan to Take Over the World

Masons are forbidden to discuss politics in the lodge. Finalizing world-takeover plans among Freemason brethren is tough if you have to disguise it as discussion about Saturday’s fish fry or who’s supposed [more…]

Freemasons and the Scottish Rite System

The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite is an appendant body of Freemasonry and is considered entirely optional for Masons to join. The Scottish Rite is technically a concordant body because some of its degrees [more…]

The Degrees of the Scottish Rite, Southern Masonic Jurisdiction

The Southern Masonic Jurisdiction (SMJ) of the Scottish Rite essentially uses the same rituals that were written by Freemason Albert Pike in the 1860s. Pike wrote in Victorian times and liberally included [more…]

The Degrees of the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (NMJ) of the Scottish Rite has tinkered with and updated the degrees that Freemason Albert Pike created in the 1860s. The NMJ believes that modern Freemasons get the most [more…]

How Shriners and Freemasons Relate

The Shrine has often been called the “playground of Freemasonry.” Before a man can become a Shriner, he must become a Freemason. In fact, if you look carefully at the full name — Ancient Arabic Order of [more…]

What Freemasons Do at the Lodge

Freemasons hold their Masonic meetings at a lodge. Lodge meetings happen at regular intervals throughout the year, and they may be conducted for special occasions. [more…]

How to Decipher Freemasonry's Major Symbolism

Cryptogram Exercise

In this cryptogram, influential Freemason Albert Pike expresses his true feelings on slavery, in several statements on the subject gathered here as a single paragraph: [more…]

A Glossary of Masonic Terms

Freemasons have their own lingo, like many organizations. They give special meaning to some common words and have terms you won’t hear anywhere but in a Masonic lodge. The following list is a glossary [more…]

Freemason Blue Lodge Degrees

The local Blue Lodge is the place where you and your Freemason neighbors begin your Masonic careers. A Blue Lodge is a lodge of Freemasons that confers the first three degrees: [more…]

Youth Groups Affiliated with Freemasonry

Freemasons encourage young people to become involved in their rituals. Over the years Freemasons have started several groups for young people. You need to have a Masonic connection to join the Order of [more…]

Officers of a Typical Freemason Lodge

Freemasonry is full of ritual, and for rituals you need people to be responsible for the various activities associated with the ritual and for the lodge in general. And what would any lodge be without [more…]

Groups Affiliated with Freemasons

Freemasons are generally a social bunch who want more and more people to join in their love for their rituals. The mid-1800s saw the addition of more groups joining the Masonic family, including groups [more…]

The Lost Symbol: Truth or Fiction?

Dan Brown's book, The Lost Symbol, invites much curiosity — and speculation — about a brotherhood of secrets and symbols. So, what's the truth behind the storytelling? Here are a few facts revealed: [more…]

Freemasons For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Freemasons are part of an ancient tradition with rituals and symbols all their own. As a Mason, you can earn degrees, join esoteric and social organizations, and become privy to the language and abbreviations [more…]

A Timeline of U.S. Military History

U.S. military history closely follows the history of the country in general, starting with the Revolutionary War that was the military father of the county. The timeline here shows the significant military [more…]

U.S. Military History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

U.S. military history closely echoes the history of the country in general. From the military engagements that helped throw off the yoke of British rule, through two world wars that each changed military [more…]

Gods and Goddesses of Greek and Roman Mythology

The predominant mythologies handed down through the ages are those of the Greeks and Romans. The mythology of each culture includes gods and goddesses who interacted with humans, with good, bad, and indifferent [more…]

A Timeline of World Civilizations for Mythology

Mythology seeks to explain the world and thus reflects the culture, events, and history of the societies that create the stories handed down as myths. Egypt’s Nile River and its cycle of overflowing its [more…]

Mythology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Many cultures create a mythology to help explain the workings of the world. Western civilization is most familiar with the gods and goddesses of Greek and Roman mythology, who have comparable powers, but [more…]

Map of Ancient Greece

Want to impress people with your knowledge of Ancient Greece? Print out and pin up this handy map as a quick and useful point of reference. [more…]

Ancient Greece Timeline

Keep this helpful timeline in hand to remind yourself of the significant periods of time and essential events that took place throughout this important part of world history. [more…]

Ancient Greeks For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Ancient Greece is famous for its history, literature, architecture, philosophy… the list goes on! Here you will find a basic introduction to this fascinating civilization, including a map of the empire [more…]

Key Dates in U.S. History

You may think that U.S. history starts with the American Revolution, but before that pivotal event came the hunters who first explored the continent and the Europeans who tried to colonize it. Of course [more…]

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