This article briefly looks at what it takes to become a Freemason and what it means to be one.
There are many lodges where Freemasonry is practiced and members get together, situated all around the world. Chances are there probably is a lodge near where you live. Do a search in local directories and find the closest one to you. The people responsible for it often will have a contact page or contact details which can be used to enquire about joining them.
But before you do, you must make sure that you are familiar with the prerequisite beliefs, condition and values of the Freemasonry. You may enjoy spending your Saturday evenings playing roulette online, but this may be frowned upon within the lodge. While there exist slight variations in how these points are expressed from lodge to lodge, the gist of them is that firstly, you have to believe in a higher power of some sort. This means you may not be a member if you are an atheist. Secondly, you must come to the organization out of your own choice, not by being convinced by anyone or forced to do so. Freemasons do not believe in proselytising or in missionary type work. Thirdly, prospective Freemasons need to be economically stable and able to support themselves and their family. Fourthly, the prospective initiative needs to be of honourable character.
Because Freemasonry works by initiation into the order, one cannot simply read a book and of their own choosing “become” a Freemason. One can only become a member by approaching a local lodge and being accepted into it.
It is strongly discouraged to seek to join the movement in the hope of personal gain and benefit. A sense of patriotism is valued and expected. You will need to pay membership fees which vary from locality to locality, as well as pay for Masonic apparel as you ascend the ranks of the order.