What is the age limit to join Freemasonry?
To become a Freemason in California, you must be 18 years old. This differs across different jurisdictions.
Can women join the Freemasons?
In California, women cannot join the Freemasons. There are concordant bodies of Masonry, such as the Eastern Star and the Social Order of the Beauceant which are co-ed and for women only respectively. The women who can join must be married to or related to a Freemason in order to become members.
Do I need to be related to a Freemason in order for me to join?
No, as long as you fulfill the requirements in (Question #1) you are eligible for membership into the Order.
Is Freemasonry an invite only organization?
No, as a matter of fact, it is the opposite. Freemasonry, in no way, can be solicited. A man must join from his own free will. 2B1ASK1 has always been the way men have gained membership.
Is Freemasonry a religion?
Freemasonry as an organization does recognize the existence of Supreme Being, and new members are required to swear that they hold such a belief. Beyond that, however, Freemasonry has no religious requirements, nor does it teach specific religious beliefs. In fact, neither politics nor religion are to be discussed within a Masonic lodge, which makes defining Freemasonry as a religion to be rather absurd. Freemasonry is no more religious than the Boy Scouts, which requires members to believe in some sort of higher power.
Is Freemasonry a Secret Society?
No, but it is a Society with Secrets. Freemasons proudly display their memberships with Masonic rings as the most common, among other regalia. The Masonic Temples all adorn the Square and Compass, which is the universal symbol of Freemasonry. It is no secret where these Temples are. What is secret is the ritual Masons confer.
Who can I contact for more information?
For any and all information, feel free to contact the Worshipful Master (presiding Officer of the Lodge) at firstname.lastname@example.org This position changes annually, so the name is left out intentionally, however, the email will remain.