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Posted 16 July 2005 - 03:18 PM

I thought I might start this topic on Freemasonry. My father was a Mason, and so was my Uncle, and I am a Mason. I will happily entertain questions about this secret society as long as it doesn't interfere with my oaths to secrecy.

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Posted 16 July 2005 - 03:43 PM

I'll start here. For those villagers that might not know....what is a Mason and what is involved with it?
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Posted 16 July 2005 - 07:28 PM

Masons are men who belong to the world's oldest secret society. You can even read about them in the book of Kings (Overseers of the Work are Master Masons). The Masons have been around for a very long time, and were only 'organised' in 1717 under the United Grand Lodge of England.

What do they do?

The Masonic Order is an initiatic secret society, or 'society of secrets' as some say in this day and age. The Order acts as a 'builder of men' so to speak. The goal of each Mason is to get rid of the vices they have to make themselves into better, more perfect 'stones'....... spiritual stones that is for the afterlife. There is much more to that ... Masonry is very compatible with all forms of religious belief systems, but is not a religion itself.

Also, Masons help each other, everywhere they go. Aside from the help they render to each other, there are many philanthropic organisations that they run such as the Shriners hospitals, centers for crippled children etc.... All free of charge to children who need the care.

Most of the men who founded the United States were Masons.

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Posted 16 July 2005 - 07:44 PM

Do Mason have any specific religious practices?

Do the oath change after passing the 3rd degree?(You might want to explain the degrees for everyone)

Do they practice any "bizarre" rituals?

I have always wondered about them. I have even been approached to join them. (through a petition)
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Posted 16 July 2005 - 07:59 PM

Do Mason have any specific religious practices?

No, you have your own religion and Masonry encourages you to follow that path, whatever religion it may be.

Do the oath change after passing the 3rd degree?(You might want to explain the degrees for everyone)


There is an oath for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree, and each adds a little more.

The 1st degree of Freemasonry is the Entered Apprentice Degree...
The 2nd degree is the Fellow Craft degree...
The 3rd degree is the Master Mason degree...

The side degrees are the Scottish Rite (4 - 33 degrees) and these 'extra' degrees are knowledge added onto the 3rd/Master Mason degree. The Master Mason degree is the 'highest' degree, and the degrees of the Scottish Rite of Masonry just expound on the Master's degree.

There is also a York Rite of Freemasonry which does the same thing as the Scottish Rite, but culminates in the member of the Order being Knighted into the Order of the Knights Templar.

Do they practice any "bizarre" rituals?


All initiatic orders have rituals. I would not say 'bizarre' myself. There is definitely nothing immoral about the ritual work of the Masonic Order if that is what you mean.
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Posted 16 July 2005 - 08:24 PM

Do they practice any "bizarre" rituals?


All initiatic orders have rituals. I would not say 'bizarre' myself. There is definitely nothing immoral about the ritual work of the Masonic Order if that is what you mean.

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Ok, What I heard there is a "odd" ritual dealing with the 3rd degree. Something about a coffin or something. (nothing that is unlawful just, odd) Is this true?

What does it mean to be a freemason?
What are the goals of freemasonry?

I am sorry for asking all these questions, but I am very curious.
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Posted 16 July 2005 - 08:40 PM

Ok, What I heard there is a "odd" ritual dealing with the 3rd degree. Something about a coffin or something. (nothing that is unlawful just, odd) Is this true?

Well I'd like to tell you about the figurative death.... but I cannot. It is part of your 'raising'.............

What does it mean to be a freemason?
What are the goals of freemasonry?


What does it mean? When you are a part of the brotherhood, part of this society, it means you are part of the worlds most connected organisation. Each brother is part of the 'Mystic Tie" as we like to refer... You have a brother Mason anywhere you go in this world, and you are eligible as a brother to recieve the benefits of membership........

There are no set in stone (hey that's a good one!) goals of Freemasonry, except that of renewing our blood. We are always looking for prospective members... if you have been asked to petition, then that is VERY honorable, and you should greatly consider. Masons rarely ASK anyone to join the Order.
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Posted 16 July 2005 - 08:45 PM

It was a family member who asked.

Ok, now a tough one. What happens if you break your oath or are found guilty of breaking a rule?

What if you have family members who are not part of it or does an act in which the freemasons consider wrong? What then?

(I've heard "stories" about these kind of situations, and this is what is holding me back)
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Posted 17 July 2005 - 02:21 AM

Ok, now a tough one. What happens if you break your oath or are found guilty of breaking a rule?

Then you can be brought up on Masonic Charges........ If found guilty, you can be expelled from the Order. In other words, it wouldn't be good. Most likely you would not be able to get a job anywhere unless it was scrubbing toilets. Then again, it depends on how serious the offense was... We take our oaths seriously. We take oaths to protect each other to the death.

What if you have family members who are not part of it or does an act in which the freemasons consider wrong? What then?


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Posted 17 July 2005 - 02:27 AM

I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions, I find your answers very informative.

One more if I may. Do you find any conflicts between being a christian (assuming that you are) and being a freemason?
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Posted 17 July 2005 - 02:33 AM

I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions, I find your answers very informative.

One more if I may. Do you find any conflicts between being a christian (assuming that you are) and being a freemason?


I opened the subject to offer a little light into the world of Freemasonry, so it's no problem.

I am actually a Wiccan, not a Christian. However, I do not find anything which would conflict with a Christian joining the Order. Most Masons are Christian, and those who are go on to join the York Rite. All memory work done by initiates through the 3 degrees is taken from the Old Testament of the bible, here in Texas. We have mostly Christians in our lodge, some Catholics, a couple of Orthodox Jews, and myself.
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Posted 17 July 2005 - 06:40 PM

What are the biggest misconceptions of Freemasonry? What's the process to becoming a Mason? Do they donate or raise money for charities or causes and if so, which ones?
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 12:38 PM

I have heard that masons only accept men into their group is this true?


Tkite, thanks for this post, I have always wanted to know about masons. :cheerleader:

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 12:55 PM

Thank you for this post very interesting and informative and well written u must be a journalist or writer
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:13 PM

I have to ask this, why are the Masons so secret?

Do they have something to fear, or are they embarassed about certain things they do or do they have an agenda going on that possibly isnt condusive to the well being of others or do they have enemies that want to get information on them or from them?

Why the secrecy in 2005? I may be being hard on you but I dont feel I can trust a society of some importance who keeps secrets and that includes our governments as well. I can understand the reasons for government organisations but not for a body that is just really a group of such wide and varied people, includingthose with power and authority with the same belief.

BTW my father and all my uncles and many of my cousins on my mothers side were/are masons and I grew up going to parties at the local lodge. Still i will never trust them. What I do believe is that many join just like sheep to be part of something and dont really bother about the stuff going on they are privvy too. Im interested in the bigger picture.

If Im being paranoid then surely all can be explained clearly to alleviate that. Could it really be just people wanting to think they are a part of something important or a big family looking out for itself and thats it. I dont think so, its to big for that. I do believe though that not all the members have the big picture, just those at the top. Remembering the Nazi regieme and so many cults and political and religious organisations in the past its just like sheep to let wolves make them do terrible things in the belief they are dong the right thing. Im not saying thats going to be the case but this does concern me.

I may sound like Mr Conpiracy Theory but there is one thing worse than not telling the truth when it comes to creating fear, mistrust and anxiety, and that thing is not telling what needs to be told.




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