Entered Apprentice Mason Training will assist you in your study of Freemasonry...and, there is
much to learn.
This E.A. Study Guide provides an easy,
step-by-step learning tool to help you understand Freemasonry's biblical, historical and symbolic meanings and tenets.
Memorization of words is simply not enough. Memorization coupled with a true understanding of that which is
memorized, becomes Masonic wisdom and will provide an infinite benefit to you
throughout your Masonic life.
We're going to begin your Fast Track Entered Apprentice Training by discussing the working tools of the Entered
Apprentice, which you see, above.....
The Working Tools of an Entered Apprentice Mason
The Entered Apprentice should always
be ready to use his (symbolic) tools. Freemasonry is not only for the lodge room but
as a primer (a book of basic rules) as to how best to live your life.
The working tools of an Entered Apprentice are the
Twenty Four Inch Gauge and the Common Gavel.
24 Inch Gauge: The
Entered Apprentice Mason is taught that by the Twenty-four Inch Gauge he should
divide his time:
Eight hours for the service of God and a distressed worthy with anbrother;
Eight for your vocation (work), and;
Eight for refreshment and sleep.
The Common Gavel:
An "Ashlar" is a stone. The Common Gavel was used by Entered Apprentice
operative (real) stone masons to break the corners off of a rough stone (rough
ashlar) to better craft them to the builder's purpose...to lay a true and
correct foundation of a building.
Without "perfect ashlars with which to
lay your personal foundation, your building cannot be laid out on the square
(horizontally), nor be perfectly plumbed, upright (vertically).
Each and every foundation (whether it be an actual
building, or that building not made with hands...which is You), must use both
the square and the plumb (in perfect alignment with each other) or it will be
viewed as shoddy work and subject to falling back down into a pile of rubble.
As an Entered Apprentice Mason, you will begin to remove these
rough edges and shape your character so as to "divest your heart and conscience
of all the vices and superfluities (excesses) of life".
First Degree Freemason Training
The training of an Entered Apprentice Mason begins within,... as
all men are first prepared in their heart to be made a
The decision must be of their own free will and accord.
Each Lodge is erected to God, our Creator, the Supreme Architect of the
Universe, and dedicated to the 2 Holy Saints John.
It is in God, our
Creator, in whom each man must put his trust.
Q: What do Freemasons seek?
"Light" represents knowledge. All Freemasons
continually seek more knowledge.
Q: Will I learn the Masonic secrets in
Apprentice Mason Study Guide?
A: No. They will be learned in the
lodge in which you will
be raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. They
grips, penal signs, passwords and ritual work.
there a Penalty for an Entered Apprentice Mason Failure
to Memorize the Material?
A: No. There is no penalty
assessed by the lodge. If your
jurisdiction requires Entered Apprentice Memorization,
continue to read the rest of this page to receive an
understanding which will assist you in your memorization
If your jurisdiction does not require you to memorize
the material, reading the rest of this page will help you to fully understand
your obligation, and thus make it easier for you to move forward to the Fellow
Q: What is
Circumambulation...or, Why Am I Walking in Circles?
A: In the center of the lodge room is an
altar on which resides the Holy Book (or Scriptures). Early man circled
these altars, on which burned the sacrificial fires which connected him to his
Creator. Beginning in the East toward the West by way of the South,
circumambulation was a part of all religious observances.
It was performed in the ceremonies of ancient Egypt and down through thousands
of other ceremonies throughout history.
When the candidate first circles the lodge room about
the altar, he is walking step by step in the same footsteps of every shade of
man who has ever existed on Earth...each of whom have worshipped the Most High
by this form of humble imitation.
Circumambulation is not a mere parade or "ring-around-the rosie", but represents
a ceremony of sacred significance, linking each and every man who takes part in
it with the spiritual aspirations and communion with our Creator, sought
by our ancestors, too, long before us.
Circumambulation teaches us that no single man...alone,
...without a true and trusted friend in whom we can confide, can always,
unfailingly find his way home. Masonry teaches us that we live and walk by
faith, not by sight; and the understanding of that fact is the beginning of
In life, as in the lodge, we must walk upright, in
humble submission, trust our Guide, (our Creator), learn His ways, follow Him
and fear no danger.
Read this to more fully understand the biblical
beginnings of our
Rights of An Entered Apprentice
What are the Rights of an Entered Apprentice
1. He may enter the lodge room only when
it is open on the
2. He has the right of instruction by competent brethren to
obtain "suitable proficiency in the work of the first
which may make him suitable to receive his 2nd degree.
3. He must be diligent in learning and to the best he is able,
he will suit such time and place of learning to that of
Rights Has the Entered Apprentice Mason Not Yet Earned?
1. He does not yet pay dues to his lodge.
2. He is not yet permitted to sign its By-Laws.
3. He cannot hold office.
4. He cannot vote or ballot.
5 In some jurisdictions, he cannot receive a Masonic burial
(as is the right of a Master Mason).
6. He cannot attend a Masonic funeral as a member of the lodge.
(He can, however, attend a Masonic funeral as a private
6. He has no right to Masonic charity.
Recommended Reading for Entered Apprentice Mason
OK, now that you have read each of the
links, above,...(you didn't skip any of them...did you?) If you did, go back and read them.
...I'll wait right here for you until you
All done? Great! Next, it's time to begin learning
more inside-the-lodge-room Masonic Lodge basics!
Within the Lodge Room:
7 Master Mason members of a Lodge must be
present to “open” a Lodge of Entered Apprentice Mason.
There are 12 Officers in most lodges. (You
read about them, above, in Lodge Officer Duties.)
The Worshipful Master sits in the East.
The Senior Warden sits directly across the
room from him...in the West.
The Junior Warden sits in the South.
The North is always dark.
The “3 Great Lights” of the Lodge
are the Holy Scriptures, Square and Compasses.
The “ 3 Lesser Lights” represent the Sun,
Moon and the Worshipful Master.
A Hoodwink is a blindfold.
A Cable Tow is a cord worn by the
The Opening of the Holy Scriptures (Bible or other sacred
book/books) signifies the Lodge is open.
The Patron Saints of Freemasonry are
Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist.
The significance of the Masonic Entered
Apprentice obligation is evidence of the Candidate's sincerity of purpose.
The candidate is divested of all metallic
substances to teach him a lesson in Charity.
Just as the first stone of most buildings'
foundations was historically laid at the Northeast corner, the Entered Apprentice
Mason is placed in the
Northeast corner of the Lodge to signify that he is beginning to lay a true and
correct foundation for his Masonic
journey through life.
3 raps of the Worshipful Master’s gavel
mean that everyone should rise.
A Cowan is an eavesdropper who masquerades
as a Mason and attempts to steal the secrets of Freemasonry without having gone
through the necessary Masonic education to fully obtain their true meaning and
The apron flap of an Entered Apprentice Mason is turned up.
This represents the operative Entered Apprentice Mason of old who
were bearers of burden and turned their apron
flap up to prevent them from soiling their clothes while performing their operative stone mason work.
The single number which is most often seen and used within Freemasonry is the number 3.
The 3 "Supports" of the Lodge are Wisdom,
Strength and Beauty
Whew! You're almost finished! Oh, come on,
it wasn't that bad, was it?
Now, take Simon's 20 Question Entered Apprentice Mason Study Guide
quiz, below, to see how you're doing. Print it out, circle your answers
and when you've finished, the answer set is below the last
question,... but don't peek until you've answered all the questions!
So...how did you do? I'll bet you're quite proud of
Basic Summary of What You Have Learned:
Via the Entered Apprentice Mason degree, the initiate is
taught the necessity of a belief in God; of charity toward all mankind, "more
especially a brother Mason"; of secrecy; the meaning of brotherly love; the
reasons for relief; the importance of truth; the advantages of temperance; the
value of fortitude; the peace and safety provided by prudence, and the equality
of strict justice.
He is charged to be reverent before God, to pray to Him for
help, to venerate Him as the source of all that is good. He is exhorted to avoid
excesses of all kinds and to practice the Golden Rule.
He is admonished to be
quiet and peaceable, not to countenance disloyalty and rebellion; to be true and
just to both his government and his country; to be cheerful under its laws.
The Entered Apprentice Mason is charged to come often to
lodge, but not to neglect his business; not to argue about Freemasonry with the
ignorant, the profane (without Temple...or in other words, the non-Mason) nor
anyone with Anti-Masonic sentiments.
It is his obligation to learn
Freemasonry and to keep Freemasonry's secrets, ...secret.
You have also learned:
Blue Lodge Etiquette
You have a true understanding of the biblical verses used in the 3 Masonic
You have learned why Freemasonry's Old Charges (Old
Manuscripts) are so important to every Mason on the face of the globe.
...And you have an overview of what each Lodge Officer's
duties are,... which jewel each of them wears... and why.
Last, but not least, you have learned that there is no such
thing as an Entered Apprentice ring...only Masonic rings, which are worn after
you have passed your 3rd degree, the Master Mason degree, and become a Master
See? That wasn't so difficult, now was it?
If you don't feel you can remember it all, today, in one "gulp", come back
tomorrow and re-read this page and re-take the quiz.
Repeat as often as necessary until you feel you have a firm grip on your 24 inch
gauge in one hand and your common gavel in the other.
I hope you have enjoyed learning via my Fast Track Masonic
Lodge Education as much as I have enjoyed helping you!
See you again, soon!
If you have additional questions about Freemasonry which
you feel that this Entered Apprentice Mason Study Guide did not address, request the name of your lodge's Education Officer (many times this is your Senior Warden's duty) and speak to him for further clarification.
After you have finished this Entered
Apprentice Mason Study Guide and completed your Entered Apprentice degree, I hope you
will return to this Masonic Study Guide to continue your studies and encourage other members of the brethren
to do the same.