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Masonic Education Basics

Fast Track, Step-by-Step Lodge Education

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By improving Masonic education within your Lodge, you, personally, gain knowledge of the craft of Freemasonry and help to improve retention of your brethren.

"To set the Craft to work ...and give them good
and wholesome instruction for their labors."

Hello! My name is Simon Pierce and I'd like to help you learn basic lodge-level Freemasonry via my Fast Track, Fat-Free, Step-by-Step method to save you thousands of hours in your quest for knowledge about Freemasonry, such as How to Become a Freemason or to How To Find a Lodge Near You.

Not all pages of this Masonic education website are on the left hand Navigation Bar.

If you are in a hurry, click on my SiteMap at the top of the left Navigation Bar to quickly see the index of all the pages.

The Mission Statement of this Website is that Masonic education builds Masonic retention. 

This site is not an official site of any recognized Freemason body in the United States or in the world.

It is for informational purposes only.  Its contents are those of regular Freemasonry in the United States.  It does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of any regular body of Freemasonry.

What is a Fast Track Masonic education?  

You’re a busy person. You need the right process and the right tools to help you remove the barriers and mysteries of Freemasonry,... correctly applied in a simple, step-by-step, easy to learn manner.

This helps you learn Freemasonry basics in a few well-spent hours compared to many frustrating years.  Knowledge opens the door to understanding.

...And, much like King Solomon’s wisdom in biblical times of laying a strong foundation for his Temple (edifice); our full understanding of the Masonic Craft becomes necessary to fully embrace its rays of light.

What does “Fat-Free” mean?

Long, wordy, books take time to read. Wouldn’t it be easier if you didn’t have to comb your lodge library, the public library and all your neighborhood bookstores to find:  

How much time would this save you? Masonic education helps you attain a basic education in the craft.

Freemason Books - Once you have a basic, foundational knowledge of Freemasonry, there are many Masonic books which will help you to complete your Masonic education.

There are thousands of books written about Freemasonry. Many Freemason books are excellent reading resources, however, it can be a lifelong pursuit to truly understand the basic lodge fundamentals of what Masonry is really about.

Educating yourself, book by book is a very worthwhile, but usually a tremendously long and time consuming process over many years.  However, the process becomes much easier once you have a basic foundation of knowledge on which to build upon..

Take action, now, to learn some of the true rewards of Freemasonry…possibly even before your next lodge meeting!

Help For the Lodge Education Officer

Are you your Lodge’s Masonic Education Officer and have quickly come to the realization that your Lodge Library contains absolutely nothing really helpful with which to train a new brother to bring him up in the Craft?

Sure, it has quite a few Freemason books...mostly either very old, very deep and scholarly, or whole sets of Encyclopedias of knowledge…but nothing basic enough to help YOU with the job of training a new member.

You have at your fingertips pounds and pounds of books filled with Masonic info, but unless you choose to begin reading them aloud to your new members at each of your Education meetings, (snore),... it's going to be very difficult to impart a basic knowledge of Freemasonry in your time allotted. 

Learn Other Names for the Lodge

Historically, there are many names for the Lodge.  In various lodges around the world, it may be called a Masonic Lodge, a Blue Lodge (in the United States), a Symbolic Lodge, an Ancient Craft Lodge, a Craft Lodge or St. John’s Lodge. All are correct.

If you are your lodge's education officer, feel free to read, print and use each of the pages on this website at your Education Meetings.

Training Masonic Apprentices

Or...maybe you want to begin Training Entered Apprentices, and you found an old Entered Apprentice Quiz, Fellowcraft Quiz and Master Mason Quiz in one of the library drawers,... but none of them have Answer Sheets and you have nothing for the student to study from to be able to TAKE the quiz.

What is the fastest way to learn the Masonic craft...and where do you begin?  Right here!

Are you a new Master Mason who is trying to learn:

  1. Freemason Symbols
  2. Lodge Etiquette …learning Lodge Do's and Don’ts?
  3. Masonic Words and Phrases like cowan, profane, diurnal, etc.?
  4. Why Masonry is the oldest fraternity in the world?
  5. What binds it together?

Learn Lodge Officer Duties and Masonic Emblems

Fast Track Masonic Education Training

  1. Entered Apprentice Quiz,... Fellow Craft Quiz,...Master Mason Quiz
  2. Entered Apprentice Mason Training
  3. The historical significance of why Freemasons wear a Masonic Signet Ring

Masonic Rings, Masonic Jewelry and Freemason Watches

Before purchasing Masonic jewelry for yourself or a loved one, take a few moments to learn what the symbols on Masonic jewelry signify to a Freemason.

Are You Soon To Be The Master Of Your Lodge?

...Or, perhaps you are the Senior Warden who will be Master of the Lodge next year.

You already know a lot about Freemasonry; …perhaps you are even a Masonic scholar. You’re pretty good with Freemason ritual work, but as its Worshipful Master, you are aware that, essentially, you are the CEO of your Symbolic Lodge and would like to make your year be remembered as a great year.

So, without having to re-read the entire lodge library; you just want to brush-up on a few things to school yourself in preparation for your year...not only ritual and symbolism, but learn how to prepare yourself to for Lodge administration duties

Learn How To Delegate Responsibilities to Lodge Committees:

  • Learn and direct proper procedures for each lodge committee: 
  • How to perform proper Lodge Audits.
  • Perform a proper Masonic investigation.
  • Help each lodge committee learn why their specific task is necessary to create a fully functional, harmonious and working lodge.
  • Increase Masonic Education and Lodge Retention through creating an Education Officer position and a Mentor Program, thus fulfilling your Grand Lodge’s expectations.

Masonic Words, Symbols and Phrases

Masonic Education: This is how Freemasonry has survived through the centuries from its members teaching other members.

Like your predecessors, you will learn the Freemason symbols which have come down to us through the generations…not just from books, the Old Charges (old manuscripts, Old Charters), engravings and ritual and degree work; ...but through the mentoring (nurturing) of each of its members,… fellow Brother Masons coaching and helping each other in their quest for knowledge.

Monitorial Masonic Education: This monitorial education (a method of one-on-one, mouth-to-ear training)...or in this case, one-to-many, eye-to-screen training), is performed by mentors who tutor each new member of the brotherhood in the sometimes archaic (seldom used in modern language) words contained within Masonic books and literature.

They teach (inculcate) their brothers about Freemasonry's biblical (Holy Book) history, its age-old tenets (principles), and the discipline and guidance each man needs as we fulfill our moral and social responsibilities to one another.

The monitorial education on these pages is performed via a Fast Track (step-by-step, easy-to-read, easy-to-understand), Fat-Free (non-wordy, Get-Miles-Get-Home) methodology. 

Please do not mistake these words to mean a quick and sloppy "1-Day-Class" approach... or as "Freemasonry-Lite"...

In fact, you will find it to be just the opposite. 

When you complete your Masonic education studies learned on this website, you will have attained a truer understanding of that which you seek.

What is True Masonic Brotherhood?

...As the light becomes brighter, the Holy Scriptures will begin to come alive to you...their pages filled with the very real people who were our ancestors. 

Jerusalem will cease to be just an ancient city on a map in the Middle East filled with centuries of war and unrest. 

You will come to understand that Abraham (Father of all the Nations in the world) begat 2 sons:  Isaac (ancestor to the Christian and Judaic nations) and Ishmael (ancestor to the Arab nations). 

With this knowledge, your comprehension of our Creator's true meaning of "brotherhood" across the nations of the world, will unfold.

Do You Want to be a Mentor?

As we plumb the depths of basic Free Masonry; your Masonic education will soon become wisdom. Having learned, yourself, once you feel more comfortable, please pay-it-forward, and choose to become a mentor to the new brothers within your lodge.

Point them to this website and then discuss with them what you both have learned. 

Mentoring new Mentors:

Masonic education creates lodge retention...so, please, don't wait until you feel you have become a "bejeweled" Masonic scholar to begin mentoring others.

The next time you are called to Refreshment, feel free to choose one of the numerous topics on these pages and tell your brothers what you have learned, or choose one of the Lodge Talks and present it at your next meeting.

As your understanding of Masonic education becomes wisdom, others will request your help, your presence, and your guidance.

And...as your step-by-step education continues, it is my sincere hope that you will find this information to be both enlightening and to be of value to you; both within your life and in your journey toward the Light.

So Mote It Be!


Simon Pierce


P.S....One last thing: 

Joining The Freemasons:  If you are not already a Freemason, perhaps you are interested in becoming a Free Mason.  Joining Freemasons betters most mens' lives...no matter what their skin color, their income level, their religion, (Freemasonry accepts men from all religions) nor what country around the world in which they live. 

Freemasonry truly does make good men, better. 

Note:  A Master Mason degree is NOT an online college degree.  You may study Freemasonry, online, but, to become a member, you must contact  a lodge near you and request a petition for membership (in the United States).

If you would like to join the fraternity, contact a lodge near you, the Grand Lodge in your state or country,...or if you see men wearing Masonic emblem clothing, such as Masonic shirts, Masonic hats... Masonic Rings or a vehicle with a Masonic auto emblem, ...simply ask him if he is a Freemason and request that he put you in touch with someone who can give you more information about Freemason membership. 

To find a Masonic lodge near you, you can perform a web search by simply typing "Grand Lodge" and your state or country.  You may then contact the Grand Lodge for more information. Or, go to my Masonic Lodge Locations page.

Freemasons Secrets

This website does not address Freemasonry's secret grips, passwords, penal signs and ritual work. As they have for centuries, they remain Freemasons Secrets.

You will learn these in your Mother lodge…the Lodge in which you were or will be raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. 

So, if you are thinking about joining Freemasonry only to learn more about:

  • Freemason conspiracy
  • Masonic lodge secrets, such as you have watched on television.
  • If you are looking for Knights Templar treasure rooms of gold,
  • Masonic Secrets of the Freemasons which are supposed to be buried beneath the capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • An unfinished "pentagram" on the streets of Washington, D.C.,

...You will be deeply disappointed, because Masons don't know any more about them than you do...and only then, what we see on T.V. 

If your prime motivation to join Free Masonry is to learn the Freemason handshake, your time will truly be wasted.

Freemasons secrets lie in the libraries of ancient and historical books and manuscripts around the world,...and most especially in the Holy Books of all the major religions...the Bible, the Torah, the Vedas, the Koran and others.

..And from the study of these books, comes true understanding of that which our Creator has set down for us to live by.

Masonic Education

Masonic education is the study of these books toward living a life that is pleasing to our Creator.  It is from this knowledge and from within the brotherhood, that the fraternity of Freemasonry has, for centuries, made good men, better. 

Freemasonry is non-sectarian.

This means that Freemasons open their doors to men from all religions...just as the Creator, the Supreme Architect of the Universe hears the individual prayers from each person which He placed on the Earth without judging them based upon the denomination of their personal religion. 

If, after reading the above, and reading the pages of this website (especially the page entitled "Become a Free Mason") for a deeper understanding of Freemasonry, you are sincerely interested in joining Freemasons;... please re-read Joining the Freemasons, above, for information about the easiest ways to join our fraternity

...If you forget the URL (address) of this Masonic education website, simply type these words into your Google search box:

Simon Sez Masonic Education




BOOKMARK PAGES: Once you complete your education studies on this website, be sure to bookmark your page(s), especially the Newest Pages page which is on the left hand Navigation Bar so you will be able to quickly view the newest pages which have been added, instead of having to "wade" through and re-read the various pages which you have already read.

Feel free to bookmark or print any page within this Masonic Education website to use as an ongoing Masonic reference aid during your studies.

Each page is copyrighted, but may be printed for individual and lodge use.

PAY-IT-FORWARD: If you feel the Masonic Education on these pages has been of value to you, please pay-it-forward and remember your fellow Lodge brothers to help provide them with the fastest way to learn Craft of Freemasonry to help them in their quest.  

LINKING IN: To assist others among the brethren in their quest for Masonic light, feel free to link to any of the pages on this Masonic education website. 

My only request is that if you choose to link to this site, that your anchor text (words) spell out exactly what the visitor will find on the page which you are sending them to, such as:  "Site Map of Pages for Masonic-Lodge-of-Education.com" instead of "click here", "more", "great info", etc.. 

It may also be helpful to your website visitors if you write a short description about what they will find on this website. 

As an Example:

"Masonic-Lodge-of-Education.com contains an Entered Apprentice Quiz, FellowCraft Quiz, Master Mason Quiz, Symbol Quiz, Lodge Officer Duties and their jewels of office, Freemason symbols, Jewelry, Duties of the Lodge Committees, archaic words within ritual, and much more.

See their Site Map for a list of this Masonic education site's pages."  

Thank you.  ...Simon.



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