reply to post by Zhenyghi
Also, during your investigation/interview, here are some things I suggest.
Ask for a tour of the lodge. They will probably do this anyway but are happy to oblige.
Ask the hard questions, IE all the crazy stuff here on ATS.
If you are married or have a significant other ask about the time commitment the lodge generally expects (usually a couple of evenings a month) and
ask how the other guys explained masonry to their family.
Feel free to ask about any of the furnishings, regalia or decorations in the lodge room. They will explain as much as possible.
They will probably go over the qualifications with you, IE Be a good man of good report, of legal age, no felonies and a belief in a Supreme Being.
Your religious beliefs will never again be questioned (unless/until you go to Knight Templar) and you should never feel pressure to elaborate. You
will find that if you believe in a Supreme Being all the rituals that have a religious flavor will appeal to you and (I have found) enhance/increase
your faith outside lodge.
Ask about dress code, charity events, social events, etc.
The brothers will necessarily be vague about the degrees. This is not so much to mislead, but because they are a very fun, very interesting and very
beautiful process and they want each man to experience it for himself without having a preconceived notion.
It is hard to avoid reading about the degrees online and elsewhere, but I would recommend avoiding it. Not because I think you will be upset or
scared, but because the rituals are so much more exciting the first time.
I made the mistake of reading about the 3rd degree before going through and it was terribly disappointing because I knew all the twists and turns and
And finally, masonry is about fun, brotherhood, support and spirituality. When you become a mason you will find there are millions of us around the
world (and especially in every town in the us) and no matter where you go you will always find a helping hand and a brotherly smile.