Are there similar organisations for women?
There are several affiliated Masonic organizations for
women only, as well as organizations for both men and
women. “The Order of the Eastern Star” is for women and
it operates with similar characteristics to Freemasonry.
What are degrees?
There are three stages of Masonic membership: Entered
Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. These stages
are referred to as “degrees,” and correspond with
members’ self-development and increased knowledge of
Freemasonry. As a man completes each phase of learning,
the lodge holds a ceremony to confer his degree.
Degree names are taken from craft guilds: In the Middle
Ages, to become a stonemason, a man would first be
apprenticed. As an apprentice, he learned the tools and
skills of the trade. When he had proved his skills, he
became a “fellow of the craft,” and when he gained
exceptional ability, he was known as a “master of the
Why does Masonry use symbols?
Symbols allow people to communicate quickly, and to
transcend language barriers. When you see a green light
or a circle with a line through it, you know what it
means. Likewise, Masons use metaphors from geometry and
the architecture of stonemasonry to inform their
continuing pursuit of knowledge, ethics, and leadership
skills. The square and compass is the most widely known
symbol of Masonry: When you see the symbol on a
building, you know that Masons meet there.
Do Masons engage in politics?
Masonry does not endorse political candidates or
legislation, and the discussion of politics at Masonic
meetings is not allowed.