Frequently Asked Questions
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What happens at Masonic meetings?
Masonic meetings include the enactment of a ceremony in which ritual and symbolism are used to convey, teach and inculcate principles and mysteries of Freemasonry. At other meetings discussions on various aspects of the Craft are held.
Is Freemasonry a political organisation?
Freemasonry is non-political and the discussion of politics during Masonic meetings is discouraged. This avoids many confrontations and we trust, provides a constructive foundation from which many benefits may ensue and maintains harmony between the brethren. Le Droit Humain follows no political agenda. It is hoped however that the principles and tenets of Freemasonry that have been adopted in Lodge will inform the members’ participation as citizens in the society in which they live, and inculcate in them the desire to act in such a way that will contribute to the development of a society that works for the justice and benefit of all its citizens.
Is Freemasonry a secret society?
Freemasonry is not a secret society. It is a society which has certain secrets and these are concerned with the traditional modes of recognition and the various rituals that are worked. All members are free to acknowledge their membership and will respond when valid enquiries are made of them The International Constitution and our General Regulations are available for inspection by the Public and there is no secrecy about the aims and principles of Freemasonry.
Do Masonic principles conflict with your duties to your country?
Masonic principles do not in any way conflict with a member's duties as a citizen. These principles are the strength, which underlies the personal fulfilment of a member’s public, private and domestic responsibilities. A member’s duty as a citizen is paramount and takes precedent over any obligation to shield an errant or dishonourable person from the due process of the law. Freemasons must never exploit their membership for gain or on behalf of any outside interest as this is contrary to the teachings of Freemasonry.
Can you only join if you are invited?
Contrary to popular belief one does not have to be invited to become a Freemason. As in any society we prefer to introduce candidates who are already known to existing members, however this does not preclude anyone from making an approach on their own behalf. Indeed anyone browsing this website will find details as to how to make contact with a mason in their own area. In addition many Lodges today hold special meetings to which members of the public may be invited and at which Freemasonry can be explained to interested persons.
What is the relevance of Freemasonry to modern society?
The quest for truth and the journey toward the perfection of humanity will always be a part of the human condition and as these two aspirations are central to Freemasonry it is as relevant today as it has been through the ages. Freemasonry is traditionally defined as a peculiar system of morality illustrated by symbols and veiled in allegory and will therefore continue to appeal to those who understand the purpose of ceremonial and ritual.
Can you only join if you are invited?
Contrary to popular belief one does not have to be invited to become a Freemason. As in any society we prefer to introduce candidates who are already known to existing members, however this does not preclude anyone from making an approach on their own behalf. Indeed anyone browsing this website will find details as to how to make contact with a Mason in their own area. In addition many Lodges today hold special meetings to which members of the public may be invited and at which Freemasonry can be explained to interested persons.
Is Freemasonry exclusive?
Masonry is often labelled as ‘exclusive’ or for the ‘elite.’ Nothing is further from the truth – Masonic lodges have members from all walks of life. This has been exemplified in a poem by Rudyard Kipling, an ardent mason where he talks of the varied membership in The Mother Lodge.
What does it cost to join a Masonic Lodge?
Fees include ceremonial fees, annual subscription and where necessary a building levy. Members also pay for a ritual book(s) and Masonic regalia. These fees are reasonable and will vary from Lodge to Lodge.
Is Freemasonry a Religion?
Freemasonry is not a religion; it has no dogma and allows complete individual freedom of thought in interpretation of its symbolism. Freemasonry is concerned with the ultimate values of life and provides a set of ideals by which members believe life should be lived. Key among these is tolerance. Freemasons may be secular or may belong to any of the world religions. Freemasonry thus works to unite men and women who agree on its basic principles while respecting individual and cultural differences.
Is Belief in God a Requirement to be a Freemason?
Affirmation of a belief in a Supreme Being is not a requirement for membership of Lodges within Le Droit Humain. However Lodges in the South African Federation ritually work to the Glory of the Great Architect (our term used for the creative principle or whatever one's understanding of it may be) and the Perfection of Humanity. Co-Freemasonry in South Africa maintains one or more open Volumes of Sacred Lore (could be the Bible, the Koran, the Baghavad Gita, etc) in every Lodge when duly formed for Masonic purposes. However there are Lodges in other Co-Masonic Federations that work only to the Perfection of Humanity.