posted on Oct, 8 2010 @ 12:03 PM
I was always curious about joining Freemasons. I thought they were cool and i would love to be enlightened. I was interested in the Mason's before
Dan Brown came out with the DaVinci Code. I read it which made my interests in freemasonry grow. I also beIieved Freemason's were getting a bum rap
from society. Prominent U.S. citizens were freemason's along with some Founding Fathers. It seems the Founding Fathers made the Constitution to
protect the citizens from corrupt governments. So I'm thinking, These Mason's seem like a nice group, why are people sketchy about them or think
they are evil?
I only knew one person who was a mason. Not a close friend, but a friend of my cousin. I knew him about 3 years or so before my cousin told me he
was a Mason. I have only hung out with him about 10 or 15 times and he seems like a regular guy. The next time i saw him, i told him i just found
out he was a Mason and i was jealous and wanted to join but never pushed myself.
He told me its very easy to join. He would sponsor me, and he told me there was an open house at a lodge near me in less then 2 weeks, near the end
of March. He didn't belong to that lodge but would go with me there for that day.
I was very exited and was asking my cousin to go with me also. He kindly declined. My wife was a little sketchy.
I meet him at the lodge for open house. The Lodge was in the Historical District of the city. Only about 10 minutes from my house. I had passed by
the lodge countless times before that day, and had never noticed the mason lodge sign. We walk in the building, sign in, and meet and talk with the
Masons there. Everyone is dressed regular except the head mason there. He wore a black suit but wore his purple Mason stuff over his suit. Looked
to be about 45 years old, maybe 50 tops. My cousins friend stayed about 20 minutes with me but leaves for his lodge which was about 40 minutes away.
I got some free coffee and donuts and continued walking around introducing myself. It was about 5 real older masons like between 60-75 years, a
couple around my age, 30, and probably 15 people walking around open house looking to join. The older masons there were retired military or navy.
On dislpay was a couple of glass cases like you would see in a jewelery store. All filled with buttons from historical mason's coats, gold
symbols, and other mason stuff which was cool to see. Old drawings of Solomon's temple were on the wall. It really was a beautiful building. Lots
of cool old wooded chairs. And it seemed everything that was wood, was carved. There was a table set up with pamphlets of mason stuff, the club for
mason women, the club for children, dvd's on masonry, the Shriners club, and lists of older masons that i had no clue were masons. Like Davy
Crockett among others. Even a reporter from the paper came in to do a story on the open house. He took pictures of me reading pamphlets and i knew i
was going to be in the paper the next day, which I was. I continued to read some pamphlets and info, and i was leaning on joining the Shriners, For
all there donation work to children and needy family's, i thought that was cool. But i still didn't make up my mind yet.
So far it was a cool experience and i was glad i came. The Masons seem like a close group of good guys, good guys who have helped make this
country, explored the moon, done great things in history, from ancient times, till today.
The Mason showing some of us around said we were going upstairs. Upstairs was really cool. There was a huge rectangular room with small wooden
chairs along both long sides of the room. The paint on the wall was gold and blue vertical stripes which continued onto the ceiling. More Masonry
stuff up there i didn't understand, but was looking forward to learning. It looked like a big courtroom actually.
Our "tour guide" mason then said "if you join this week and pay your dues, you could get your first three degrees all at the same time, at the
same ceremony, before summertime. Because the higher ups don't give out degrees in the summertime." But, why not in the summertime? Is my 350
dollar dues and degree fee going to be used for the higher ups to go on summer vacation? It was like $150-200 to join, and $50 dollars each degree.
It struck me as a little weird but i have enough money.
Here is were i felt something telling me not to join the masons, even though i was really interested. I already knew about the induction ceremony.
I knew that you went through something really weird in order to become a mason, i just didn't know what it meant in performing the initiation. I
didn't understand what it meant for you to say those things, and what it meant for them to say those things and perform those acts. That always
stuck in my head. So the "tour guide" says, "after you pay the dues and the money for the first 3 degrees, you'll have your cermony."(or
whatever). "It might seem a little weird at first. Everyone is dressed kind of weird, and you'll have to go through this old tradition kind of
Here is where i believe a higher power helped me make the right decision. Flame me if you like, i believe it to be true.
So i say, "yeah, i've heard you have to say and do some weird stuff, what does it all mean? (notice the direct question..)
He says, "Don't worry about it, we will help you through what your suppose to say and do, so it's not hard or confusing." (Ohh, notice the
That may have worked on me if i was concerned about screwing up my speech or tripping during the ceremony like a normal idiot, but not if i
weren't questioning the hidden meaning of the ceremony.
So I told him i had to talk it over with the wife. We shook hands and i left with my pamphlets. Since then i have done a little research into
Freemasonry and talked to people i know who have researched it. I have come to the conclusion that the ceremony, has to do with them killing you, and
then they give you back earthly life by reviving your corpse. They do something like bop you on the head,(pretend to kill you) and pull you back
up(resurrect you). Things that have a hidden meaning that they wont tell you. I don't know what else they do or get you to do, but i'm sure its
more stuff that has hidden meanings that i wont like. I wonder how many people they have tricked into not thinking about the ceremony until
afterward? I feel bad for anyone who joined, not understanding the ceremony. How much bigger can masonry get? What if the majority of people were
masons? The mason's don't go against each other, so if they got really big, who would stop them? If they keep gaining members, its going to be a
whole world society? Is that what they are trying to accomplish?
So i was really interested in masons for awhile, I went there and had the opportunity to join, but am so glad i didn't. Thats my take on it
anyway. During the ceremony, i think you might give up your soul to freemasonry, something i think you might want to hold on to. After the ceremony,
you hang out with a bunch of cool guys, do good things for your community, but at what price did you pay?..$350 dollars, or something more...