reply to post by BluePillOrRedPill
It is very easy to join. You just ask one. The dress code for the Lodge is dictated by the Worshipful Master (head of the Lodge). During my year I
required all officers to dress in church-going attire (suit, tie (neck or bolo), and jacket). Everyone else I asked them to dress as nice, but
understood if their job or prior engagement prevented that. If he was wearing purple, it also meant he was a Grand Lodge officer, a state level
Many Lodges have display cases. My building has several as we have multiple Lodges that meet there. It also has York Rite, OES, DeMolay, and Jobs
Daughter stuff in it.
We are a close group. I hang out with many of them quite a bit. Weekends we would go play Frisbee Golf (even some of the older members), other times
we played poker, or just have movie nights with the wives (or girlfriend in my case).
The dues you pay to join don't go to higher ups. It goes to help pay for various things such as items given to the candidate through his journey to
the 3rd degree. As Worshipful Master my Lodge voted to pay me $600, but that came from the general fund and not every Lodge does this. Then Grand
Lodge gets $35 per member for per capita. Then depending on your building situation some Lodges pay rent and so on.
From the time of establishment of my Lodge to now, my Lodge has doubled its initiation dues ($75 - $150) and Annual Dues has only gone up $40.
Technically if we had followed inflation one would pay close to a $1,000 for initiation. $350 is not that bad.
Also not every Lodge does one day classes. Its actually rare, and most oppose it. I've never seen one.
You do have a coach to help you through your proficiency. The guide couldn't tell you what is said during the initiation as he would break his
obligation. The coach is there to answer questions you have about the degree. Your coach doesn't intentionally mislead you or not answer questions.
Every Master Mason knows the meaning of the symbols.
There is no meaning hidden from the member. No one is ever tricked. There is much to the process of joining and there is plenty of interaction
before one even walks through the door. Nor do you do anything that may cause you to lose your soul.
It is something you do talk to the wife with and we encourage the family to come with you to dinners and to ask questions as well. The ceremony is
never about killing you or resurrection. The ceremonies are dramatic re-enactments of Masonic lore. Everything is explained to you during the
Freemasonry is not about world conquest.
You're glad you didn't join, but you haven't projected a rational argument as to why you don't like it. You gave assumptions, but nothing to support
it. Know this, Freemasonry hides nothing from its members.
reply to post by Masonic Light
I was so mad when my Lodge voted to keep going in the summer time. Most every other body goes dark for the summer and its a nice little break to do
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