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"From its origin to the present hour, in all its vicissitudes, Masonry has been the steady, unvarying friend of man" - Rev. Erastus Burr

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Frequently Asked Questions.

6. Are there similar organisations for women?

     There are several affiliated Masonic organizations for women only, as well as organizations for both men and women. “The Order of the Eastern Star” is for women and it operates with similar characteristics to Freemasonry.

7. What are degrees?

     There are three stages of Masonic membership: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. These stages are referred to as “degrees,” and correspond with members’ self-development and increased knowledge of Freemasonry. As a man completes each phase of learning, the lodge holds a ceremony to confer his degree.

     Degree names are taken from craft guilds: In the Middle Ages, to become a stonemason, a man would first be apprenticed. As an apprentice, he learned the tools and skills of the trade. When he had proved his skills, he became a “fellow of the craft,” and when he gained exceptional ability, he was known as a “master of the craft.”

8. Why does Masonry use symbols?

     Symbols allow people to communicate quickly, and to transcend language barriers. When you see a green light or a circle with a line through it, you know what it means. Likewise, Masons use metaphors from geometry and the architecture of stonemasonry to inform their continuing pursuit of knowledge, ethics, and leadership skills. The square and compass is the most widely known symbol of Masonry: When you see the symbol on a building, you know that Masons meet there.

9. Do Masons engage in politics?

     Masonry does not endorse political candidates or legislation, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is not allowed.

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