Knowledge

The Golden Key

There is much discussed as to the importance of a “Golden Key” in Freemasonry, but I will state here and now there is no “Golden Key” in pure Freemasonry, but a “key” was once an important symbol in its history. From Mackey’s Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry, under the word Key, he …

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So, what is Brotherly Love to a Freemason?

Isn’t the meaning of brotherly love obvious? But what exactly does it mean to a Freemason? It’s more than simply loving your fellow Freemason whoever he/she is and wherever he/she came from, which of course, we naturally would do; it goes beyond this. Let’s first look at a dictionary definition, …

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From Stonemasonry to Freemasonry

Apparently there are a few people around that find it difficult to separate Freemasonry from stonemasonry and believe that it was the Freemasons that built all those wonderful cathedrals in Medieval Europe; of course, it wasn’t, the builders were the stonemasons. Hopefully this article will assist in understanding the difference. …

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The True Origin of Freemasonry

Freemasonry is often misunderstood, as our regular readers are well aware; conspiracy theories abound with respect to Freemasonry. However, there is one strange misunderstanding which is misunderstood even by our own Brethren, as well as the non Freemasons and, of course, quasi masons (from clandestine lodges) alike! This involves the origin …

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The Mason’s Old Charges to respect a Fellow’s Family

You will often hear or see written that Freemasons regard themselves as one big family, and today it is expected to include the whole family, even though Speculative Freemasonry was originally men only. However, it’s not men only any more, as Freemasonry for women is flourishing; women have been able …

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Visiting or joining a regular Lodge

I am often asked questions which are related to clandestine Freemasonry (or irregular Freemasonry), so it is prudent to begin with a definition. A clandestine Lodge is loosely defined as a Lodge that falls outside the ancients tenets and principles of Freemasonry, it doesn’t belong to any recognised Grand Lodge …

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Can Freemasonry Be Secular?

As Freemasonry is not a religion, but a philosophical, philanthropical fraternity whose members believe in a Supreme Being (in most cases), can it be considered secular? Firstly, just what is secular or secularism? Strangely, the first thing that comes to mind (mine anyway), is the separation of Church and State, …

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