Frequently Asked Questions

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts (moral lessons and self-knowledge) — a progression of allegorical two-part plays learned by heart and performed within each Lodge which follows ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides. Learn more here.

How many degrees are there in Freemasonry?

Regular Freemasonry only has three degrees and no more.

 

  • Entered Apprentice;
  • Fellow Craft; and
  • Master Mason

What is a Mason?

A Mason is a well-recommended man who freely decided after upon reaching the required age to seek in Freemasonry a path of life that would help him become a better version of himself. A Mason is also a committed man with the fundamental institutions, the home, the church, the state and the school, hence a Mason is someone who seeks the best for others. 

What do Masons do?

Answering this question is not an easy job; as you may know, Masons are part of their community, for that reason, it is not strange to see them doing some sport, attending a cultural event, participating as a volunteer in a social cause, or simply spending a nice time with family, friends and brothers.

When Masons get together in their Lodge, several things happen, inside a Lodge, in a stated communication, Masons take care about admissions, affiliations, conferring degrees or ceremonies, meanwhile, in a convocated communications, Masons invest their time in other activities both intellectual as spiritual growth.

 

Who can become a Mason?

Any man regardless of his race, religion, social status, profession or political tendency, as long as he wishes to build in himself a defined personality based on values ​​and oriented to the service of others. All the applications are welcome, however, Freemasonry demands from the applicants a legitim reason for belonging as well as the meeting of certain requirements.

What are the requirements to become a Mason?

  • You must be a man;
  • You must be free-born
  • You must be of lawful age;
  • You must be well-recommended;
  • You must believe in a Supreme Being; and
  • You must be joining of your own free will.

 

How to join freemasonry?

Since time immemorial, Masons have had a rule of never inviting anyone to join the fraternity. Times have changed and finding a lodge to join and Masons who will actually talk about the fraternity is easier than ever, the easiest process consists in asking a Mason for membership, a Masons always will be happy to assist you during this process.

Whether you do not know a Mason, you can take a look inside our How to join Freemasonry? tab on which you can learn more about the process of how to become a Mason.

If you feel ready to apply, please fill out this form and someone will get back to you in the shortest time possible.

 

What are the benefits of becoming a Mason?

When asked about the benefits of their membership in Freemasonry, most members speak of the friendships they make or the spiritual and philosophical growth it has stirred in them.

 

And men receive other benefits from becoming Masons, including the following:

  • Strengthen your spirit;
  • A network of mutual aid;
  • Help for your community; and
  • Be part of an international fraternity

Why do Masons take oaths?

A man’s honour is his most valuable possession. The oath one takes and accepts to take and learn the rituals and symbolism in a gradual mode and keep it discreet.

Besides that, taking an oath is needed to give each candidate a sense of belonging to the fraternity and be truthful and loyal to each other and to the regulations that bind them.

 

Why do Masons wear aprons?

The apron is the most known and visible symbols for people outside the craft.

Speculative Freemasonry is derived from the operative Masons in Europe. Wearing an apron symbolises that a Mason is ready to work and improve himself in Freemasonry.

 

Why do Masons use symbols and allegories?

Modern psychology explains the importance of symbols as they become timeless and are not bound to any specific culture. Masonry encodes its teachings in symbols and allegories designed to endure for centuries.

​The use of symbols as a universal language gives each member the liberty to make his own interpretations and conclusions with respect to the teachings imparted to him in the lodge. 

 

What is a Lodge?

It is that place where Masons conduct their sessions.

In the old days, Masons used to gather in small country houses or even in open air valleys. Now there are buildings called “Temples” dedicated to the craft.

A specific group of masons is also called Lodge.

 

What happens in a Lodge meeting?

It is rumoured that the french revolution was planned and decided in Masonic Lodge meetings as well as the Latin America’s libertarian process. Be that as it may, it is well known that Masons are great defenders of freedom. Freedom of speech is at most importance and we are oriented in that way.

Sharing of ideas and the study of old symbols and rituals is the main activity.

 

What is a Grand Lodge?

A Grand Lodge is the body managing the administrative affairs of several Lodges in a specific territory or geographical location. In the case of the Most Worshipful York Grand Lodge of Mexico F.&A.M., this claims jurisdiction throughout all Mexican territory and does not recognize other entity which claims the same jurisdiction.