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Frequently Asked Questions About Freemasonry
What's up with the skull and cross bones?
The emblem of mortality means various things in various masonic jurisdictions throughout the world. It is one of mankind's oldest symbols and for many masons it is a reminder that our time here is short and we must make the most of it. Some jurisdictions, particularly in the United States find it offensive and ban the use of it because they are concerned about optics of it. Use of the emblem is prolific throughout most of the world's masonic jurisdictions.
Why are there rumors of devil worship and freemasonry?
Near the turn of the 19th century a famous hoaxster named Leo Taxil wrote fictitious books about the Catholic Church, the Freemasons, and a variety of other topics. The books sold well and even though Taxil was exposed as a fraud, some of the rumors he started live on to this day. For more information on this, search for Leo Taxil.
How do I join the freemasons? How do I become a mason?
In some places, it's very hard. In others it's very easy. You get out of it what you put into it. If you just walk into an "easy-to-join" lodge then yeah you'll probably end up a mason but you won't necessarily end up a better person. If you take the time to get to know the members of the lodge and truly see if you are a good fit, you will find it a much more rewarding experience.
Where is the headquarters for the organization?
There is none. It's a decentralized mesh network for lack of a better term. That is why it has persisted for over three centuries.
What's the big secret???
Geometry. But Gutenberg kind of spilled the beans on that one so.... Secret's out I guess. Has been for several centuries.
Where did the freemasons come from?
The fraternity of freemasons evolved out of the original stone mason guilds of the 2nd millenium. If you want to really get into the weeds you get into the only two confraternities that survived the Roman era (Stone Masons & Glass Blowers) but people back then were not so good at recording history (and subsequently not losing what they recorded) so it's a little murky.
Why are there still secrets then?
Remember, the original stone masons used to build massive structures using geometry and the ability to do so was highly respected. This ability was what we would today call a trade secret and stone masons where sworn to secrecy. Today companies like GE and Northrop Grumman call it a non-disclosure agreement. Secret handshakes and passwords where the equivalent of security clearances and resumes before we had convient ID cards and contractor licensing. When anyone who could read a book and do a little math was able to acquire the ability to build a castle, the masons gradually shifted into more of a fraternity than a just prestigious workers union.
How did the term "Freemasons" originate?
Good question. Not sure. No one is. Anyone that gives you an answer to that one is just speculating or regurgitating one of several theories that commonly circulate.
Why can't women join?
Because it's a fraternity and not a sorority. But at it's core, it's an organization to promote fellowship and brotherhood among men. Do we REALLY need to explain how that system breaks down when you introduce the opposite sex and the most basic human desires?
What if I was born a woman but got an operation and now I am a man?
We're not even going there. Lodges do get asked this question though. How they answer it individual we cannot say.
Why are you only rated 9.5 out of 10 and not 10 out of 10 on a lot of social media voting polls?
Because we get people who aren't even customers but hate masons who come along and give us 1 star along with the phrase "you are all sinners". Fortunately tens of thousands of masons who are happy with the services we provide balance the scales.
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