Become a Freemason?

Learning Freemasonry

Two men's hands in a handshake exemplifying the brotherhood within Freemasonry

Would you like to become a Freemason and belong to the oldest and largest fraternity in the world?

Here is how: You must first find a Masonic lodge location near you, contact them, and ask for a petition to join.

If you become a Free Mason, you will:

  • Join both the oldest and the largest fraternity in the world.
  • Join a brotherhood of over 2,000,000 men of all ages, from all races, religions, and countries, and from all walks of life.

Why Do Men Want To Become a Freemason?

Freemasonry is a voluntary, fraternal organization, composed of men of good will, good character and good reputation, whom in most jurisdictions around the world, believe in an Almighty Creator and practice the spirit of universal brotherhood to man.

They are loyal to their country and devote their time to the principles of friendship and fellowship.  Their focus is to be of service to all mankind.

For many men, Freemasonry fulfills a part of themselves that they intrinsically felt was missing.  Whether it be the social, the philosophical, the spiritual, the historical or simply a sense of community with others; you will find within Freemasonry that part of you which you seek.

If I Become a Freemason,
What Is Their Mission?

Free Masons help to build a better world through a unique and worthy process of building better men to live in it. 

The Free Mason Motto is:  "Better men make a better world."

What principles will I learn?

You will learn to practice brotherly love for all, charitable relief for those who may be in need, morality and good citizenship in every community.

What type of fraternal society is Free Masonry?

Freemasonry acts as a charitable, fraternal, educational, social and character-building society.

Masonic Fraternity:

Masonry's active ideal is the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God.

Illustration of the Masonic stairway of 3-5-7 and the doorway into King Solomons templeKing Solomon's Winding Staircase

Masonic Education

Freemasonry supports teaching its members morality and brotherhood by means of ceremonies and symbols.


The Masonic Fraternity furnishes opportunity and inducement for men to gather for group enjoyment and personal development.

Character Building:

All Masonic activities stress the values of personal integrity and personal responsibility. Each of the 3 degrees within a lodge culminates in a man becoming a Master Mason.

Each member is encouraged to make efforts to improve his community in the interest of human welfare, inspire the members with feelings of charity and good will for all mankind as well as move them to translate these learned principles and convictions into individual action.

What Will I Learn If I
Become a Freemason?

illustration of Christian Bible open to Psalms overlaid with a Masonic square and compassesBible with Masonic Square and Compasses

When you become a Freemason (if you study), you will learn biblical history from the days of Solomon's Temple, throughout the Middle Ages.  In Europe, Masonic Speculative Lodges and Grand Orient Lodges were being formed in each country. 

Many exact dates of historical events are sometimes difficult to discern, however Masonic records show that these Grand Lodges were formed in:  England in 1717, Ireland in 1725, France in 1728, the United States in 1730 and Scotland in 1736. 

If you wish to study and learn, the Holy Scriptures will finally begin to come alive to you with their real people and their successes and failures.  You will learn biblical truths with the Supreme Architect of the Universe, as your Master.

If I contact someone to become a Freemason, will I receive a continuous barrage of spam and junk mail?


Why not?

In most U.S. jurisdictions, a man wishing to become a Free Mason must of his own free will, ask to become a Free Mason.  In other jurisdictions, (a few U.S. states and in England), a man wishing to become a Free Mason may be invited to join by a current member who feels that he would be an asset to the Fraternity. 

In either case, each and every man comes to Freemasonry of his own free will and accord. 

Every man who wishes to become a Free Mason (whether he requests to be admitted as a member or whether he has been invited to be admitted to the fraternity) must be investigated as to his background and then balloted upon by his prospective Lodge's brethren.

If I become a Freemason, will I learn Freemasons' secrets and Masonic Lodge secrets?

Yes.  But, if Freemasons secrets and Masonic Lodge secrets are your main reason for joining, your enthusiasm will soon diminish.  Here are the Freemason's secrets:  They are the grips, passwords, penal signs and ritual work. 

The remainder of the craft of Freemasonry is found in the Holy Books around the world, the Old Charges, which are old Manuscripts and Old Lodge Charters which date back to 1390, and in Freemason books. 

In fact, if you are considering becoming a Free Mason, the easiest way to begin learning about Freemasonry is to begin right here on this website.

I hear and read about Freemasons being satanic, taking part in pagan rites, attempting to create a New World Order (NWO), such as the New World Order videos on YouTube, and their plans to take over the world.  Is any of this true?

No.  In fact, let's consider this, rationally, at greater length.  Entire countries and civilizations have come, gone and changed in the several hundred year period during which Freemasonry has existed.

If Freemasons were, in fact, attempting to take over the world, (having approximately 300+ years in which to accomplish such a feat), one could only come to the logical conclusion that these Masonic secrets are either tremendously well-kept (from both Freemasons and non-Freemasons) or... that after all this time, Free Masons aren't very effective planners.   

Is Free Masonry a secret Masonic society?

Free Masonry's "secret" inheritance from the past is largely ceremonial.  The Masonic Freemason fraternity meets in Masonic halls and temples, whose addresses are in the telephone books in the United States. 

(However, it is difficult to call a specific lodge because most  lodges only meet a couple times a month, therefore, if you stop by, there probably won't be anyone there.) 

Most Freemasons proudly wear their Masonic rings and Masonic lapel pins. 

If you are thinking about joining the fraternity, and becoming a Master Mason, it is also beneficial to you to learn more about the reason why Freemasons wear a Masonic signet ring which displays Freemasonry's logo, the square and compasses.

Many members' vehicles display Masonic emblems such as the Square and Compass. or the famous 2B1Ask1, ... To-Be-One-Ask-One bumper sticker. 

Newspapers and magazines record many of their activities and list their officers....and their charity work and events are not only very public, but very well attended.

Each jurisdiction has a Grand Lodge. Here is a list of the Grand Lodges around the world. Each state in the United States also has a Grand Lodge. Subordinate lodges fall under their Grand Lodge's jurisdiction.

Most Grand Lodges around the world have websites, as do many subordinate lodges.

Despite the ongoing National Treasure documentaries, and the DeCoded episode on television in December, 2010, which inferred that Freemasons somehow used our symbolic Masonic tools to stealthily remove the cornerstone to our nation's Capitol, (without anyone noticing), in reality, the everyday Freemason's secrets remain, (as they have for centuries) as the specific grips, penal signs, passwords and ancient rituals used within the lodge. 

These are carryovers from ancient ceremonies, which, if omitted, would remove some of Freemasonry's very proud history.

I read and hear a lot about the belief in Masonic pentagrams in the streets of Washington, D.C., secret Masonic conspiracies, Anti-Christian and anti-Bible beliefs, etc.   If I become a Free Mason, will I learn more about these?


Why not?

There aren't any....which is why none can be "uncovered".  If your sole reason to join Freemasonry is to learn more about these types of Masonic myths, media hype, the occult and other supposed Masonic secrets, you will be deeply disappointed. 

Is Free Masonry Anti-Christian?


Is Freemasonry a religion?

No. Freemasonry encompasses and welcomes members from all religions.

If I become a Free Mason, will I be expected to change my religion?

No.  The foundation of Freemasonry is the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God.  Only those who are truly religious can fully understand the meaning of "universal brotherhood". 

Except in a very few jurisdictions around the world, only those who believe in a Supreme Being can be members of the Masonic Fraternity.  There are no specific religions mentioned in Masonic ceremonies nor in Masonic prayers.

Freemasonry is not a church, a tabernacle, a mosque nor a synagogue, nor is it a substitute for any of them or for any religious observance. 

Freemasonry is non-sectarian, which means it is not affiliated with nor restricted to any particular religious denomination.  The form of a man's belief is his own business.  In fact, many active Masons are active religious laymen. 

In the United States, most lodges use the Christian Holy Bible, however, if you are of another religion, you may request that your sacred holy book (Torah, Veda, Koran, etc.) be placed beside the Bible during lodge meetings.  Some lodges have several sacred books to accommodate the different religions of its members. 

Lodges whose members are wholly of a specific religion may choose to use their sacred books only.

Is a Masonic Bible different than any other Bible on the market, today?

No.  (Although many Masonic bibles have Preface pages which may be filled in to record the dates of its owner having receiving their degrees, as well as possibly a Study Guide or Biblical Index, to assist its owner to understand certain phrases, symbols and the biblical verses used within Freemasonry.) 

Is Free Masonry a political group?

No.  In fact, both politics and specific religions are discouraged from being mentioned in lodge because to do so may negate its collective peace, harmony, and thus, its universality of spirit.

What do Freemasons do?

Freemasons are a fraternity of brothers who attempt to follow our Creator's plan for us and to help each man be the best man that he can be.  In different languages, the Creator is known by different names.  He may be called God, Jehovah, YHWH, I Am That I Am and others. 

Can I quit being a Freemason if I want to?

Any Mason in good standing (whose annual dues are paid) may withdraw from membership at any time.

How Do You Become a Freemason?

Freemason Membership Requirements

What are the requirements to become a Free Mason?

The requirements to join Freemasons, are:

  • You must be a man of good repute.
  • In most U.S. states, you must be over the age of 21. Some states vary, so you will need to ask.
  • You must believe in a Supreme Being.  (This is a requirement in the majority of jurisdictions around the world.)
  • You must be able to support yourself and your family.
  • You must live a moral and ethical life.
  • You must have a strong desire to want to make a difference in the world. By your actions, you want to make yourself a better man, and make your community and the world a better place to live.

Is there an Initiation fee to become a Free Mason?

Yes.  Inquire at your individual, local lodge for the exact amount of their one-time membership initiation fee to join.   

Are Lodge dues expensive if I become a Free Mason?

Typically, annual lodge dues are a nominal sum in the United States, however annual dues for each lodge varies, somewhat.  Lodge dues in other countries vary.  Some are nominal sums and some can be more expensive.  Inquiries as to the annual dues in your area should be made to your individual lodge.

Will I be expected to travel if I become a member?

Master Mason members can choose to visit other lodges in their local area or anywhere in the world.  However, there is no requirement to do so.  

What will I gain if I become a Free Mason?

  1. You will never again be truly alone, because you are a part of a brotherhood of men who want to see you prosper in all ways possible and if it is within their ability, they will help you to do so.
  2. You will learn to focus your energies upon an upright and truthful life, and remove the more negative excesses which all of mankind must continually resist.
  3. If you become a Free Mason, you will become a better man, if you truly wish to study and learn.

How do I begin the process to become a Free Mason?

  1. In the United States, you may look in the telephone book for the phone number of a Masonic lodge near you, however, it is highly probable no one will be there to answer your call because lodges usually only meet twice a month, during a week day, in the evening.
  2. If you find a man who has a bumper sticker that says:  2B1Ask1, you may ask him to provide you a petition.  He probably won't have a petition for Masonic admission with him, but if you give him your name and phone number, he will contact a member of his lodge, who will contact you.
  3. However, the easiest way to begin the process to become a Free Mason is to contact your state or country's Grand Lodge. You may call them or fill out their website form and request that they have someone contact you.

Then what happens?

  1. Arrangements will be made to meet you, personally, to discuss Freemasonry.
  2. A committee of members from your local lodge, which are called the Investigative Committee, will contact you to arrange a meeting. 
    They will answer any questions you may have.  If the meeting is mutually satisfactory; you will be asked if you wish to fill out a petition form.
  3. The Investigative Committee performs inquiries of others as to your character. In the United States, this may take a few weeks. In most other countries around the world, this thorough investigative process may take up to 2 years.
  4. Your request for membership will be balloted upon by the lodge's members.
  5. You will be advised of the date of your admission.

Becoming a Free Mason is perhaps best summed up by Freemason and stone sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, who with his son, Lincoln Borglum, sculpted the faces of 4 U.S. presidents into Mount Rushmore's sheer stone peak near Keystone, South Dakota.

Stone sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, a Freemason,working on a sculptureStone Mason and Freemason, Gutzon Borglum

Begun in October, 1927 and completed in October 1941, (14 years later), over 400 workers worked on it during the carving process....with no lives lost.

When he was asked how he carved stone into such beautiful statues, Gutzon Borglum replied:

"It is very simple.  I merely knock away with hammer and chisel the stone I do not need and the statue is there ...... it was there all the time! "

A partially chiseled square stone, as an example of a Rough and Perfect Ashlar as it is changed from rough to perfectRough Ashlar Stone Made Perfect With Freemasonry's Square and Compasses


...And so it is with each of us.

Like everything else in life, when you become a Freemason, you will receive from Freemasonry what you put into it.

How Do I Find a Lodge?

Find a Lodge Near You

If you live in the United States and wish to become a Free Mason, the best way to find a lodge close to where you live is to click on the link, above. It will take you to a list of Grand Lodge website Lodge locator information.

If you live outside the United States, click on the World Grand Lodges page to contact the Grand Lodge in your country to let them direct you.

Each Grand Lodge has a list of all the subordinate lodges in their jurisdiction.


All links on this website will take you to information about Regular Freemasonry.

As a cautionary note, there are a few websites on the internet that offer membership in the fraternity of Freemasonry where they provide an online form and ask you to send in a payment, credit card information, etc., along with your contact information as a method to become a Free Mason.


The Freemason fraternity does not offer online membership. You cannot join Freemasonry via the internet nor via this website.

All men interested in becoming a Freemason must contact a lodge (or a Grand Lodge,) for direction in how to find a lodge near where they live.

As you can see from reading the above information of how to go about becoming a Freemason, it is a worthwhile process that takes time. simply provides Masonic information about how you may properly contact the fraternity regarding membership.

False information about Freemasonry has abounded for centuries.

With the inception of the internet, and its ability to provide "instant" information to everyone, please be aware that there are websites on the internet which provide anti-Masonic rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and other malicious misinformation to the unaware and uninformed about how to become a Freemason.

Fortunately, however, there are many, many more Masonic websites built by members of the fraternity that are highly informative and which do an excellent job of providing truthful information, which does justice to the craft.

As more and more people learn about Freemasonry's true beliefs and ideals, this misinformation will soon become a thing of the past and fade away to its rightful place in the scrap heap.


For an overview of what Freemasonry is and isn't, as well as some of the appendant bodies (groups) which Masonic wives, children or relatives may wish to join, read this page about Freemasons.

The first step of learning how to become a Freemason is to Find a Lodge Near You

Here are some basic Masonic books you may want to read to more fully understand Freemasonry.

Find a Grand Lodge:  World Grand Lodge contact information

If you cannot find a lodge near you, please contact the Grand Lodge nearest you, as it is possible that there is a lodge close to you which simply does not have a lodge website.

Do a Google search for:

"Grand Lodge of (your state or country)"

If you have found this page or this site to have been helpful to you, and worthy of recommending to others, so that they, too, may increase their Masonic knowledge, feel free to share it with others.

Thank you.  


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Do You Still Have Questions?

If you still have unanswered questions about Freemasonry, The Masonic Wife  answers most of the questions that prospective and current Freemasons have asked in the past. 

This time-saving Question and Answer e-book helps new Freemasons and their wives understand many of the truths and myths that surround the Freemason fraternity.

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