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Law For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Legal help (some free of charge) and information understanding the law with things like debt, fraud, and discrimination are available through a wide variety of legal groups and government agencies. [more…]

Famous Freemasons

How to Decipher Less-Well-Known Freemasonry Symbols

The Freemasons use all kinds of symbols to represent the practices and beliefs of their order. Many of these Masonic symbols originate from the masonry trade and the Christian Bible. [more…]

The Three Masonic Degrees

Masonic ritual is designed around the symbolic story of the building of a great, spiritual temple, as represented by the Temple of Solomon. The three Masonic degrees are designed to represent three stages [more…]

Freemasons and The York Rite System

The York Rite in Freemasonry actually refers to three cooperative groups that confer a total of ten degrees in the United States. There are four Royal Arch degrees, three Cryptic Mason degrees, and three [more…]

The Basic Principles of Freemasons

Freemasons have a set of basic principles that they all live by. Masonic lodge members promise never to bring anything offensive or defensive into the lodge with them — both weapons and words. The object [more…]

How Religion Fits into Freemasonry

Freemasonry has always been shaped by the countries and societies it has existed in. But, for the most part, since its modern origins in 1717, Ancient Craft Freemasonry has gone out of its way to be [more…]

How Freemasonry Is Still Relevant Today

The bad thing about the basic tenets of Freemasonry is that they don’t change very much. And the good thing about the basic tenets of Freemasonry is that they don’t change very much. [more…]

Why Young Men Join the Freemasons

Freemasonry has been shrinking for a while, and lodges have been panicking. The Baby Boomers just didn’t join. But young men now are starting to rediscover Freemasonry. This new generation of Masons wants [more…]

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

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…]

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