For general information on freemasonry the following links may be of use (In addition to those already given in this thread)
The United Grand Lodge of England may be found at www.grandlodge-england.org...
Grand Lodge of Scotland www.grandlodgescotland.com...
Grand Lodge of Ireland www.irish-freemasons.org...
‘The Web of Hiram’ www.bradford.ac.uk...
run by the University of Bradford. It is a good website and contains extracts of old
Masonic rituals. The full rituals of the Freemasons are available elsewhere on the internet. Be careful though, if you delve too deeply into such
matters it may spoil it for you if you do decide to join.
After you have been initiated, if you would like to make comparisons with Masonic rituals and Mormon Endowment ceremonies. If so then try here
Rather than join the regular masons, you may like to consider joining a Co-Masonic organisation. These admit bote men and women into their ranks some
also admit atheists. ‘Le Doit-humain’ is the oldest and the largest Co-Masonic fraternity www.droit-humain.org...
You may know that there are several orders of women masons such as ‘The Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons’ www.hfaf.org...
It seems that they are just like the 'regula' masons except that they are only open to women.
There are a great many good books available also. You may like to start with ‘Freemasons Guide and Compendium’ by Bernard E. Jones. This is a very
readable book and will introduce you to the history and symbolism of the freemasons.
‘The Pocket History of Freemasonry’ by Fred L. Pick, Norman G. Knight and Fredrick Smyth, is an excellent book.
‘World Freemasonry’ by John Hamill and RA Gilbert is a beautifully llustrated history of freemasonry from the ‘indirect’ school.
A another good book is ‘Symbolism in Craft Freemasonry’ by Colin Dyer. This examines Masonic symbolism from an historical perspective.
‘Beyond the Craft’ by Keith B. Jackson is a good introduction to the so called ‘higher degrees’. No secrets or rituals here just an appetite
The 'Oxford Rituals of the Craft' (with sutable ommitons) are avalable in print and may be obtained from most good book shops in the UK
Hope this helps you irirish1986
[edit on 21-2-2005 by pignut]