Although I'm not a mason, I did just starting the process of attempting to join, I have my first tour and meeting at the lodge tomorrow morning. My
story is along the same lines as AK, except a bit more out there. I'm almost afraid to say it, but here it goes.
Since I was young, teens, I was interested in fraturnaties, the brotherhood, expanding yourself as a man. Though as I grew old and closer to college,
I found most college frats, to be a bunch of drunkin bafoons. And I could do that with my real friends
I joined the US Marine Corps. after high school. While in the Marine corps I started reading more, I use to hate to read. I met a guy in the corps,
that was a wicca. Although I don't believe in that stuff, he got me interested in studing the occoult. As entertainment he also introduced me into
the fiction writings based off a roleplaying game by White Wolf Ent. called Vampire: The Masquerade. The first book I read was called Order of the
Bitter Ash. The author pulled a Dan Brown, and twisted his story into real history, and it was really entertaining. The book story was that a vampire
looking for the holy grail, started the Knights Templar, by tricking the man who started the KT. After the book, I decided to research the true
history of the time, and the Knights. Which of course led me to Freemasonry.
I have never been a conspiracy theorist, and I read the Masons sites with open, and untainted views. I saw a orginization with upstanding men from the
community. Also a desire to learn and expand their knowledge. I spent the next few years lightly learning more, not giving it much thought though.
My next stage actually, and brace yourself, happened because of the movie "From Hell". Now don't get me wrong, I don't think anything like that
happened, what was cool to me though, was when Jonny Depp went and researched the Masons in the library. That kinda tipped me off, to how long and big
the masonry history was. And being some what of a history buff, it intised me to study more on the history of Freemasonry. Studing their history again
led me to their sites, and I started reading more of what they were currently writing. But I was still pretty ignorant to them.
My thrird and final time led to freemasonry, when I read The Di Vinci Code, I started researching the Priory of Sion, Opus Dei (sp?) and other secret
societies. And of course came across freemasonry again(and which led to me finding this site). This time though, I happened upon the California Grand
Lodges website. Now one of the things that always seemed to allude me, because I never thought it so easy, was how to join, or how you got invited.
Heheh So I was surprised to see on the menu of the Cal Grand Lodge's site "How to join". I felt pretty stupid when I found it was so easy, even
more stupid cause I thought I knew a lot about the masons, a mistake I will not make again.
I've spent the last year, knowing I wanted to join, but unsure if I was the type of man that they would want. So I shadowed this forum, and read what
the masons on this board said and posted. I also used the time to make sure I understood more about the core values of masonry, and if I would fit
into a lodge. As AK said, I always had a feeling that I just needed to join, I can't explain why, kinda feels like a mental and spiritual magnet.
I also questioned my motives for wanting to join, I thought maybe the fact that I wanted to learn so much about the Masons was a bad thing, I see know
that many feel that same thirst for knowledge.
I had to write this fast, as we are leaving for dinner, sorry if I messed up at all. Got to go.