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If you are curious about the craft and want to learn more about Freemasonry, the links to other Masonic websites which offer them are below.

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There are literally thousands of Freemason books about Freemasonry's many different facets. However, I feel that the books, below, will give you an excellent foundation to begin your Masonic reading journey.

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The Craft and Its Symbols

by Allen Roberts

As a newly Entered Apprentice, if you only buy one of the many Freemason books about Masonic symbols, make it this one.

Freemason Gift

If you are looking for a gift for the Freemason in your life, especially before their Entered Apprentice degree, this book will help the new Freemason to understand the symbolic meanings within each conferred degree before it is conferred.

The Craft and Its Symbols explains the symbols and symbolism within the ritual of each of the 3 degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason.)

This book should be on the shelf in every lodge library for new members to check out and return, (of course). If it is not currently on your library shelf, consider donating a few to your lodge library for new (and existing) members to read.

Introduction to Freemasonry

by Carl H. Claudy

The Newly-Made Mason

by H.L. Haywood

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry

by Brent Morris

Blue Lodge Proficiency Guide

by Johnny Valentino

Learning Masonic Ritual

by Rick Smith

The Mason's Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual

An in-depth study of ritual words that are often memorized and spoken, but rarely fully understood.

Bible Study For Freemasons
by Dr. Robert J.F. Elsner

Much of Freemasonry's ritual is comprised of verses from the Christian Bible, a copy of which was presented to each new Master Mason during their Bible presentation ceremony.   It is from the Bible that Freemasons seek more light. 

Fiat lux is a Latin phrase for, "Let there be light."

Genesis 3 and 4:
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

If ritual verses do not make sense to you, buy this book and follow along using your own Bible for a fuller understanding of the Masonic light which all Freemasons seek. 

Freemasons For Dummies

by Christopher Hodapp

101 Secrets of Freemasons

by Barb Karg and John K. Young

The Meaning of Masonry

by W.L. Wilsmhurst

Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry-Volumes 1-3

by Dr. Albert Mackey and enlarged by Robert I. Clegg

These volumes are excellent reference books for:

  • Quickly looking up history, symbols, words, and their meanings.
  • Assisting Masonic Lodge education officers to read and inculcate (teach) Freemasonry to our members.
  • Anyone who truly wishes to understand the history of Freemasonry; its Lodges, Grand Lodges, the Scottish and York Rites, Knights Templar, and much more.

The Symbolism of Freemasonry

by Dr. Albert G. Mackey

Look to the East

by Ralph P. Lester

Duncan's Ritual

by Malcolm Duncan

The Principles of Masonic Law

by Dr. Albert G. Mackey

Masonic Catch-e-Kism

by M.J. Barrett

A Question and Answer book.

Old Tiler Talks

by Carl Claudy

A good book for a Past Master who enjoys continuing his own knowledge and to help him mentor the brethren.

The Lodge Officer's Handbook

by James Hatcher

An invaluable learning tool for any brother who is moving up through the chairs and needs to know what is expected of him in each officer's position. Highly recommended.

Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C.

by Christopher Hodapp

A Bridge To Light

by Rex R. Hutchens

An introspective explanation of the Scottish Rite upper degrees

Morals and Dogma of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: First Three Degrees

by Albert Pike

...Tedious reading, but a wealth of knowledge.

Masonic Words and Phrases

by Michael R. Poll

The History of Freemasonry; Its Legendary Origins

by Dr. Albert G. Mackey

Mackey's Jurisprudence of Freemasonry

by Dr. Albert G. Mackey

Masonic laws and governance. Some of your own Grand Lodge laws may supersede these written laws, however, this book is foundational to understanding and practicing Masonic law.

Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance

by Andrew Hammer

"Observing the Craft" is about the necessity of revisiting and re-embracing the true spiritual light within Freemasonry through study and a deeper understanding of its principles.

This book provides an excellent introspection into the need to go "back to the basics" within our lodges, and it rightfully calls each member to be a guiding light to assist both new and long-time brothers to truly learn the meaning of the Craft, and not simply be satisfied to only memorize the words within the ritual.

The Masonic Wife

by Simon Pierce

I wrote this book to answer many of the questions that men and women have about Freemasonry. It will answer questions such as:

  • Is Freemasonry Good or Evil?
  • If it's such a "good" fraternity then, why is it so secretive?
  • Will I really have to ride a goat?
  • What do all these strange symbols mean to a Freemason?
  • What are all these secrets which are so secret that members cannot share them with their wives?

The Masonic Wife ebook

For The Worshipful Master and All Officers Who Are Preparing to Ascend The Officer Chairs

Macoy's Modern Worshipful Master's Assistant

Rare Masonic Books

If you are a collector of original or older works by famous Freemason authors of rarely found Masonic books for your Masonic library, feel free to browse the links on my Rare Masonic Books page.

Even if you are not a collector, you may find many of these works to be interesting historical Masonic reading.

Freemason Books

Freemason books help us to learn what Freemasonry is all about.

To those who truly study Freemasonry's history, its symbols, and its ritual, you will learn that the Bible you were given at your initiation is not simply a token book, gifted to you to be placed into a drawer, and kept as a keepsake.

Much of the archaically written ritual which you are learning is taken directly from biblical scriptures.

Once you understand the meaning of the Freemason symbols, coupled with the biblical phrases within the ritual, learning ritual becomes much easier because it will all come together into an understandable whole, (and, actually make sense), rather than simply memorizing pages and pages which contain a lot of strange words and phrases.

Once you see the correlation, please mentor others in your lodge so they too, can understand and benefit. 

Here is an example of biblical Masonic Degree Verse scriptures used within ritual, their meanings, and the correlation to the different stages in every man's life.

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If you are a newly Entered Apprentice, I would suggest you read about one of Freemasonry's most important symbols, The Pythagorean Theorem, also known as the 47th Problem of Euclid.

Lodge Etiquette

Freemason Symbols

Masonic Degree Verses

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