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To become a Freemason, some basic qualifications are required (specific qualifications vary from lodge to lodge, but some general rules apply). But if you meet the Masonic criteria, there is still a process left to go through, from petitioning to full membership.

The qualifications to join a lodge vary from one judicial district to another, but some basic qualifications are common to all regular Masonic lodges:

  • You have to believe in a Supreme Being.

  • You have to join voluntarily.

    Don't let your father, uncle, neighbor, or friend push you to join. Take part because you want to.

  • You must be a man.

  • You must be born free.

    The term "born free" is a holdover from the days when slavery, bondage, and bondage were common. It means that a man must be his own master and not be tied to another man. This is no longer a problem these days, but the language is retained because of its antiquity and a desire to keep the Brotherhood's legacy.

  • You have to be lawful. Depending on the grand lodge, this can be anywhere between 18-25.

  • You must be recommended by at least two existing Masons from the Lodge you are requesting.

Masonry does not care about your worldly wealth or your social position. Both the bank's president and the bank's caretaker can apply for membership and are considered equally qualified.

You will be asked about other important questions before you are allowed to join a cabin:

  • Are you unbiased from friends and unaffected by any mercenary motives? Don't apply for membership if you think you are using your membership card to get rid of a traffic ticket or to network for your business.

  • Do you have a positive opinion of Freemasonry? You should have a desire to know and a sincere desire to serve humanity. If you're just curious about what's going on behind closed doors, just read the rest of this book.

  • Do you agree to the rules? Nothing particularly scary here. Fitness clubs and city parks have the same requirement.