How to Join

Freemasons come from all walks of life, but in order to become a Mason you must meet a few simple criteria:

  •     You must be a male, at least 18 years of age (varies by state)
  •     You must profess a belief in a Supreme Being
  •     You must be a man of good morals and reputation

In order to join you must seek admission by your own free will, and you must be recommended by a current Freemason, unanimously elected to membership and willing to assume an obligation to the fraternity.

To get started simply go to The Next Step and fill out basic information. A virtual mentor will assist you and introduce you to a local lodge.

Degrees of Masonry

As you follow the path of Masonry you will have the opportunity to earn three symbolic degrees representing the lessons of Masonry.

  1.     Entered Apprentice – beginner
  2.     Fellowcraft – intermediate
  3.     Master Mason – expert

All Shriners are Master Masons, but not all Freemasons go on to become Shriners.

Masonic Lodges

Masonic Lodges also known as Blue Lodges are where Freemasons meet for meetings. These Masonic Blue Lodges are in many towns and cities throughout the world. You can easily identify where Freemasons meet by the Square and Compass emblem displayed on the building, either mounted on a wall or sign. Local Blue Lodges are organized under a Grand Lodge. Each state has a Grand Lodge, which presides over the operation of all Blue Lodges within that state. Joining a Blue Lodge is usually done by meeting a Brother from the Lodge that you are interested in joining. This Brother will be your guide to help you navigate the membership and initiation process of his Lodge. No man may become a Freemason without first being recommended by two Brothers and then having been found to be of good report by the Lodge's Investigation Committee.