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You’re an Entered Apprentice. So what?

When is a man made a Mason? I believe the phrase used in the Entered Apprentice degree is “you are now made a Mason.” This makes sense, because when we speak about it later we say we were “then” made a Mason; therefore, once you have been through your Entered Apprentice degree you are now a Mason. Congratulations.

What follows; what does that mean for you; and, as the title suggests, what does it mean to me… or so what?

Jacob’s Ladder

Author Unknown

When this symbol, which is taken from Jacob’s Vision (Genesis xxviii), was introduced into English Speculative Freemasonry is not exactly known. But we find allusions to it a little after the middle of the last [18th] century. It apparently was not originally a symbol of Speculative Masonry, but was probably introduced from Hermetic Masonry, about 1776. But we fancy that it came from Hermeticism, of which it was a favorite symbol. Certain it is that we do not find it in any of our far oldest known rituals if indeed they can be depended upon. Gadicke says of it, “Either resting upon the floor cloth or on the Bible, the compasses, and the square, it should lead the thoughts of the brethren to heaven. If we find that it has many staves or rounds, they represent as many moral and religious duties. If it has only three, they should represent Faith, Hope and Charity. Draw Faith, Hope, and Charity from the Bible with these three encircle the whole earth, and order all thy actions by the square of truth, so shall the heavens be opened upon thee.”

Have you ever considered becoming a Mason?

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest Fraternity in the world. Its members included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEO’s, opera stars, movie stars, and probably, your next door neighbor.

Many writers and thinkers have tried to define Freemasonry

Many writers and thinkers have tried to define Freemasonry but it really defeats definition. It is too complex, too profound in conception, to easily expressed in words. Perhaps the simplest and best definition of all is the phrase “the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God.”

How can I become a Mason?

To become a Freemason you must:

Be a man of at least 21 years of age
Be of good moral character