Joining Freemasonry how do you join the Freemasons in South Africa
Interested in joining? Here is some basic information which should address the question:
Freemasonry and Politics
Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is forbidden.
What is SO often misunderstood is a simple fact: there are few but important requirements to become a Freemason! While they are stated in slightly different words in various jurisdictions (and a few jurisdictions may have one or two requirements beyond these), they basically are as follows:
- Being a man, freeborn, of good repute and well-recommended;
- A belief in a Supreme Being;
- Ability to support one’s self and family;
- Of lawful age; and
- Come to Freemasonry of their “own free will and accord”.
“Where do I go from here?”
Exsequi Lodge is specifically an Executive Lodge if you think that you will fit-in then you can request an invitation to join. You’ll find Masons meeting in almost every town and village and – except where repressive governments make their existence difficult – they’re readily found. None of these lodges was ever organized as a result of any type of ‘missionary’ work: they came into existence because a group of Masons wanted to share the friendship and fraternity with others in the area.
Any man seeking to join Masonry will become a part of this charity network helping people everywhere, fulfilling the Masonic lesson of Faith, Hope, and Charity.
Let’s examine these individually:
Being a man, freeborn, of good repute and well-recommended
Masonry began as a male organisation. There are women’s groups and groups of mixed male-female membership who use rituals similar to that of the major body of Freemasons throughout the world. Some of these groups receive acknowledgement (but not ‘recognition’) due to their adherence to high moral principles etc. while others are frowned upon. It is, after all, quite easy for anyone to claim that they are the head of a Masonic group and begin to obtain members.
The requirement of being “freeborn” is one which harkens back to the earliest days of Freemasonry. It became a requirement since only those free from indentured service as an apprentice or bondsman (as many were in 17th century England, for example), could truly make decisions for themselves.
Being of good repute is another essential requirement. Masons do not wish to encourage membership by those whose actions would stain the reputation of the fraternity. In some jurisdictions this is specifically stated but in all, it is practiced!
A well-recommended person is one for whom another is willing to vouch. Those who become Freemasons have been recommended by a proposer and then examined by lodge members to ensure that the candidate will benefit from his membership.
Belief in a Supreme Being
The major ‘bone of contention’ for some detractors, Masonry does not attempt to define or delineate how a person should pray or to whom worship should be addressed.
The term “Great Architect of the Universe” (or “Grand Architect of the Universe”) is used to permit a more generic worship to the Supreme Being of all present. All Masons understand this concept and when prayers are offered in their lodge, they understand that regardless of the person speaking the words or the manner of prayer of others present, the prayer is addressed to their Supreme Being.
Once a candidate professes such belief, no further investigation or interrogation is made. This fact too stymies Freemasonry’s detractors who seem to be constantly engaged in wars of ‘religious correctness’ and who often wind up in contradiction with each other as a result.
Ability to support one’s self and family
Although not specifically stated by all jurisdictions, this ‘requirement’ comes from a time when many would join fraternal organizations in the hope there would be financial and other benefits available for them in their old age. Masonry did want to become a benevolent association and thus the requirement appeared. Now, this is important to ensure that those who seek membership understand the priority of Freemasonry is secondary to religious and family obligations!
Of Lawful Age
It’s a simply understood concept: if you are not old enough to make legal commitments, then the concepts and precepts of Freemasonry might be a bit too much for you to comprehend. Although this isn’t always true, there is a conceptual basis for separating ‘adults’ from ‘children’.
“Own Free Will and Accord”
You won’t find recruiting posters or ‘membership bars’ on a medal although one jurisdiction has put ‘advertisements’ on various web locations including search engines like Google. Masons simply don’t get awards for bringing in new members. It’s a voluntary organization, sought out by those with a positive impression of the organization.
Masonic membership has always been an intensely personal experience and in times when “feelings” weren’t discussed publicly by men, the need for a person to ask for membership was often not communicated to those who might otherwise be interested in the fraternity. Accordingly, there are many who became Masons much later in life than necessary: they had thought the proper thing to do was to wait to be asked to join!
Some grand jurisdictions, recognizing the problem arising from false perceptions (“I must be asked to join such a good organization.”), have begun to loosen prior strict prohibitions. They may now have a provision for Masons to let those who they may feel would be appropriate candidates know that they are ‘welcomed’ to join. This does not, however, in any way mitigate or diminish the requirement that a man make the choice to join under his ‘own free will and accord’ not actuated by unworthy motives!
These basic principles have been the means of attracting the most highly respected persons to Masonry for over three centuries. Their simplicity confounds and confuses those who see a conspiracy lurking behind every bush; those who want ‘religious purity’ and those whose own motives are constantly self-oriented. As a result, this quiet fraternity continues – as do its detractors.
South African Freemasons take pride in acknowledging our extensive Masonic charities whether it is the thousands of scholarships and educational programs sponsored by Grand Lodges and local Lodges, or community support programs.
All members of the South African Freemasons fraternity are just as proud of the Donations over the past ten years from the District of South Africa North charities like:
The Neslon Mandela Childrens Fund R750,000,
The Avril Elizabeth Home R350,000,
SA Guide Dogs for the Blind R300,000,
St. Vincent’s School for the Deaf R300,000,
SA Cancer Research R250,000,
SA Red Cross for Flood Disaster Relief R100,000,
Red Cross Children’s Hospital R200,000,
Childline R1, 000,000,
Reach for a Dream R1,000,000,
Reach for Recovery R1,000,000
donations to other non-masonic charities R2,000,000 and donations to Masonic charities R2,000,000.
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