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Ask A Mason Copyright (c) 2019 ExpressionEngine tag:masonforum.com,2019:02:18 Books to purchase tag:masonforum.com,2019:/viewthread/.12161 2019-02-17T19:21:56Z SivadSemaj Good evening,

    I’m seeking out some good reference material into Masonic research. I’m interested in some general and accepted history, as well as the speculative. I’ve been initiated, and expect to be raised in the coming months. I’m attempting to prepare some solid reading for my field exercise (I’ll be gone over a month for the military, at a place with no computer access and very little cell service-my fellow military brethren will understand the “fun” of Annual Training)

Of the books I’m currently looking to purchase are:

A Pilgrim’s Path by John J. Robinson
Born In Blood by John J. Robinson
Dungeon, Fire, & Sword by John J. Robinson
The Book of Hiram by Christopher Knight
The Hiram Key by Christopher Knight
Solomon’s Builders by Christopher Hodapp
The Builders by Joseph Fort Newton

    If anyone has read these books and can give a quick assessment I’d greatly appreciate it. If you can recommend a few that you have found useful in your research I would appreciate that as well.

    Also, if anyone has any good blogs or YouTube brothers. I currently follow two main pages and am attempting to find a few others:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNjBeyj8cd9CA8ibp6Co8gw
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1oLPOO8ceSC9EcbqnOwKtQ

Thank you all, G-d bless!

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Membership tag:masonforum.com,2019:/viewthread/.12135 2019-02-07T09:14:21Z Pykjic Hello, 

I was initiated as an Entered Apprentice at the Geneva Lodge in 2012. My question is regarding my membership, am I still able to continue my journey as a Mason? The reason I asked, I’m in the Philippines right now and would like to carry on my travels here. Hope you could help me with my inquiry.

Thank you!

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FREEMASONRY IN KENYA tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12129 2018-12-19T08:54:05Z martinez Masonry in Kenya or do i call it east Africa in general.The craft is so much a secret in Kenya.Their website has been hacked and more so no contacts in their website,only an email address which after you request for inquiries about membership nobody replies.I understand its a fraternity of secrets but its not fair because so many innocent souls are out there requesting to join and in the process many of them are conned by scammers who direct them to send money to them.

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I feel led to freemasonry tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12123 2018-11-26T20:46:54Z 2018-11-26T20:49:54Z Awoken Hello everyone,

I am new to the site. I am 23 years old and live in Utah, although that is not where I am from. I do not have family members that are, or have been masons (that I know of). Throughout a series of spiritual experiences and epiphanies, I feel led to freemasonry. My interest is totally organic, which leads me to one of my questions: is this a common theme amongst masons? Feeling organically led without knowing any masons personally or having family involved? I’m just curious. Also, are there any platforms I can go visit to casually chat with masons and maybe exchange skype or phone numbers? I have taken a tour of the local lodge in the past and went to a meetup, but have only very recently committed to attending regularly so that I can submit my petition. My first meetup in over a year and only 2nd meetup ever is on thursday the 29th. Thank you and I look forward to my journey in becoming a better man.

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Glad I joined the Masonic Brotherhood tag:masonforum.com,2019:/viewthread/.12132 2019-01-08T23:49:01Z Davey Good Evening Brethren,
              Just checking in reading some post here and just happy as I continue through the seats. This year I have the privilege of sitting in the Senior Wardens Chair. It is going to be a fun year as I prepare to get ready for the year and especially our Inspection Season. I really enjoyed last year as Senior Deacon which I learned a lot with the Candidates.  This year will be challenging for me and I am really excited!  Hopefully next year will be in the East. I’m still working on my first Lecture and hope to deliver that soon in the FC Degree. This will be my 4th year and how quickly the time goes! Really trying to learn and take in as much as I can with out getting overwhelmed. I wished I would have joined years ago as a young man. Im here now and Proud to be a Mason!!!!
                                  Continued Learning and Success,

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English and American Orders differences explained tag:masonforum.com,2019:/viewthread/.12133 2019-01-10T05:37:17Z 2019-01-10T05:37:53Z Benaz Hi Bretheren,
I saw this on UGLE Solomon and thought it was an easy explanation of the historic differences between the orders in England and in the USA.

It is in the USA that the greatest difference is seen. There, the Royal Arch forms part of a linked system
designated the ‘York Rite’, as opposed to the ‘Scottish Rite’, which is their name for what we call the
‘Ancient and Accepted Rite’. The York Rite developed as a result of the great influence of the Antients’
Grand Lodge of England on the development of American Freemasonry. The warrants of Lodges under the
Antients’ Grand Lodge stated that they were working ‘according to the ancient institutions granted by
Prince Edwin at York in AD 926’. This resulted in American Brethren referring to themselves as ‘Ancient
York Masons’.
We also know that the Antient’s Lodges believed that their warrants empowered them to work any of the
known Masonic degrees within the Lodge and so they developed a linked system of the three Craft
Degrees followed by the Mark, Passing the Chair (if the candidate was not already an Installed Master), the
Excellent Master and High or Super Excellent Master Degrees (the Veils ceremony) which qualified the
candidate for Exaltation and then allowed him to proceed to the Knight Templar, Rose Croix and ne plus
ultra degrees. This was the system that prevailed when the America lodges declared their independence
after the British colonies became the United States of America, and it continued when the Craft separated
itself from the other degrees, and the State Grand Chapters and other governing bodies began to be
formed.
Today, in general terms (as there are local differences) the York Rite in the USA consists of the Royal Arch,
in which the necessary preliminaries are the Mark, a Virtual Master Degree (many American Grand Lodges
do not have a special Installation ceremony like ours) and the Veils Ceremony, followed by the Knight of
Malta, Knight Templar and Red Cross degrees, the whole being worked as a progressive system.

Confusingly for us, despite the linking and interdependence of the Degrees, the various sections of the York
Rite - the Royal Arch, the Cryptic and the Knight Templar; each has its own sovereign and independent
State governing body and each has a national body which acts in an advisory capacity.

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Prince Hall Lodge in Dubai, UAE tag:masonforum.com,2014:/viewthread/.11123 2014-12-03T12:41:05Z wallyah64 Yes there is now for the past 1 1/4 year, a Prince Hall Lodge here in Dubai, UAE

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Religion and oaths. tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12130 2018-12-27T16:05:01Z Boazbeonthe33rdlevel Hey everyone. So I asked for a petition and I filled it out, got a few signatures and everything. I then went to my preacher and asked how he felt about Freemasonry. I attend the church of christ which is a non denominational church.He was telling me that Masonry is a religion and some guy said that theres a great lodge in heaven. He was also telling me that you take a blood oath and by doing that you’re in an oath with people who are not Christian’s but people who have different faiths, which is not allowed in the bible. I want to be a Freemason still but I need more information on this.

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Anyone from Lake Buena Vista Area? tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12128 2018-12-07T15:08:45Z Bro H Greetings Brethren,

Anyone from Lake Buena Vista - Orlando, FL area?

I will be there for 20 days and would be nice to meet with some Brethren, or even visit your Lodge.

If yes, please let me know so that I ask our Secretary for the formalities.

Fraternally,

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I’m ready to become a Mason BUT. . . tag:masonforum.com,2018:/viewthread/.12126 2018-12-03T21:58:43Z 2018-12-03T22:03:23Z Boazbeonthe33rdlevel Hey there! Thanks for looking here. Okay so a quick recap. About a year or two ago I asked to become a mason. I thought then that the time was right and looking back now, I wasn’t ready. A new year quickly approaches now and I’m ready. I have four main problems right now though.
1. I already asked to be a Mason, and I’m not sure who i can ask now and if i can ask again.

2. I live in a small town and I want to attend this lodge but again I asked one of the members and I’m not sure if it’s right to ask again

3. My friend wants to join with me. I’m not sure if that’s allowed or if we need to take our own paths or what. He said he’ll join when I join.

4. Again I live in a small town and unfortunately a lot of people know my father as an alcoholic, a drug addict, etc. My father also has had run in with the police multiple times and a lot of the police that he has dealt with are in fact masons that attend the lodge I want to attend. Ofcourse I know that I need to take my own path and better myself. Actually a side note: as I write this I can hear my father ramble on drunk in the other room.

Can someone help me out here? I feel stuck and I’m not sure what to do. My situation is tense. Thank you for reading this and answering my questions I appreciate it.

EDIT:I’m also afraid of being black balled for these things.

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