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The Public Ceremonies of the Freemasons

Most of the ceremonies of the Masons go on inside the confines of the lodge, but you may have seen two special Masonic events in public. These public ceremonies are symbolic of beginning and ending: [more…]

How to Separate Fiction from Truth about Freemasons

Over the last three centuries, Freemasonry has been accused of everything from Satan worship and blood sacrifice to political assassination and world domination. Each of these Freemason myths has been [more…]

How to Find Cool Masonic Places

Maybe you’re looking for a great Freemason-related locale while you travel. Or you’re a non-Mason who can’t go to a lodge meeting, but you still want to peer inside those mysterious buildings: [more…]

Women's Groups Related to the Freemasons

One of the unshakable tenets of regular, recognized Freemasonry is that it's an organization for men only. Beginning in the mid-1800s, several groups for women related to Freemasons were created, with [more…]

Freemason Youth Groups

Beginning just after World War I, interest grew in providing youth groups for the children of Freemasons. In a short period of time, the Freemasons created their own youth programs. [more…]

How to Join a Freemason Lodge

In order to become a Freemason, you need some basic qualifications (specific qualifications vary from one lodge to the next, but some general rules apply). If you meet the Freemason criteria, you have [more…]

The Requirements to Join a Freemason Lodge

In order to become a Freemason, you need some basic qualifications (specific qualifications vary from one lodge to the next, but some general rules apply). But if you meet the Freemason criteria, you still [more…]

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…]

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…]

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