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Ask A Mason Ask A Mason en Copyright 2018 2018-03-19T07:45:21-05:00 Freemasonry in Finland <p>Hi all. I’m from Europe, Finland and I’m 19 year old male. I tried to call to our central lodge which is located in Helsinki (capital of Finland). I asked this male who answered me on phone “can I join freemasons and I’m 19 year old male, bla bla..” he said that i’m kinda young as average age there is about 50 year old males and youngest ones like 30… I was interested in freemasonry at like 15 year old and on… and i really hope i could join there one day, as i think it will help me to find myself better and make me a better man… </p> <p>So question is: is it like that everywhere around the world that young people can’t join freemasonry? or is it only in Finland? </p> 2012-11-27T11:23:54-05:00 Rite of Memphis-Misraim <p>hi i wanted to know a little about freemasonry, i have studied a little myself and recently just saw a commercial which led me to this website. i have read Albert pike’s morals and dogma, and i have looked into other fraternities, but i seemed to be drawn to freemasonry like a magnet. anyways, which i was researching the different rites and degrees i came across The Rite of Memphis-Misraim. i initially thought there were only 33 degrees, but interestingly enough to my surprise i foud out there are at least 99 degrees. i figured there were at least 90 because of the square and compass 33 and 90 tried to think more symbolically. id really be fascinated to hear what you guys think. also the website i found 99th degree Most Illustrious Grand Hierophant<br /> Bro Mihail Georgiev(Frater Bogomilius).<span style="font-size:16px;"></span><span style="color:blue;"></span> </p> 2012-10-19T00:57:34-05:00 HOW TO BE A FREEMASON? and I’m not from US <p>hello. thanks for approving me here. I really need help.</p> <p>basically shit happens to my life and I sign to this, and I wanna become a freemason.</p> <p>I’m not a US people, can I still be accepted? and I’m not an important guy. I’m just a lost man, who were rejected by my own family because shit happens a.k.a broken home </p> 2018-03-16T11:24:16-05:00 Lion of jordan i wish if u replay me <p>Im jordenin <br /> And i wish if u can help me to join <br /> Im 26 old and i dont know where is lodeg <br /> I know about lion location and under the yadode and door 70<br /> There thank u </p> 2017-11-12T13:38:21-05:00 Greetings <p>Greetings<br /> Are there new news about Masons in Iraq? </p> 2017-12-21T11:55:06-05:00 What is the New York State (specifically NYC) background checks and process for new prospective EAs? <p>Hello, brothers: I’m originally from NYC, but I’m a Freemason in the state of Maryland (I was Initiated as an EA and Raised as an MM etc in Maryland).&nbsp; Anyway, a friend of mine in NYC called me up a few days ago to ask a few questions about our gentle craft as he is seriously contemplating joining the fraternity in NYC—- we spoke on the phone for about 90 minutes.&nbsp; I was of course able to answer the majority of his questions (on generalized topics), but also clarify with him that although Freemasons in Maryland and in NY state (and everywhere else) recognize each other, there may be a few differences in the processes among the various Freemason jurisdictions.</p> <p>Having mentioned that, he just needed some clarification as per how the process specifically works in NYC (Manhattan) where it pertains to background checks, and home visits etc.&nbsp; He will most likely be joining one of those lodges housed at the Grand Lodge of NY building in Chelsea on 23rd Street—- please correct me if I’m incorrect, but I believe there are approximately 40 lodges in that buildings.&nbsp; </p> <p>Anyway, regarding the application process, he just needs clarification on the following.&nbsp; For instance: </p> <p>Step (1 ) Prospect calls/visits a local NYC lodge to speak to the brothers and complete an application,&nbsp; or visits the Grand Lodge of NY website to start the application process.&nbsp; </p> <p>Step (2) Prospect sends in the application with the fee (what is the NY State application fee?)</p> <p>Step (3) Lodge receives the application and thereafter assigns one or three lodge-members to visit prospect’s home. (Is this a NY Freemasons custom as well?) </p> <p>and—- Step (4): At next Lodge meeting, Lodge then votes on the prospect.</p> <p>Are there any extra steps in NY (a more extreme vetting process etc)?&nbsp; What is the application fee, and what is the typical annual lodge dues fees in NYC?</p> <p>And by the way, my friend in NYC is indeed of good moral character (for an investment banker…lol) and has never been in trouble with the law. </p> 2018-03-04T09:49:21-05:00 Anti-Masonry in England 2017 <p>I am disheartened to see an two articles printed by the British press just before the turning of the new year. The two articles in question go on to say that Police reform is being thwarted by Freemasons who are preventing women and people of black or ethnic communities from progressing. This is a completely ludicrous claim and i am glad that United Grand lodge of England has responded to these claims. It is most disheartening because of the attempts that the UGLE have made to be more open to the public and to show that we are not a sinister organisation. With forums like this and other internet sources showing the charitable work that we do it is disappointing to see the prejudice that we still face. I will include all the relevant articles below.</p> <p>The Articles<br /> <a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>UGLE Response: <a href=""></a> </p> 2018-01-05T19:59:57-05:00 Unknown Ring - Please help <p>Hello, new to the forum.&nbsp; My grandfather was a long time Shriner, and my father gave me his ring.&nbsp; I do not see any Mason symbols on it, but most of the symbols are religious in nature.&nbsp; Does anyone have any clue if this ring is somehow related to the Masons??</p> <p>Thanks for the help…</p> <p>BTW - the third photo is a touch blurred, but it is the crossed swords (pointed downward) and shield. </p> 2018-02-21T14:20:05-05:00 Failing the test….? <p>Hello Everyone,<br /> I have a question.&nbsp; I was just wondering if someone is about to take there EA, FC, or MM degree and fails to remember a certain part during the actual ritual do they “fail” that degree and not welcomed to continue the degree?&nbsp; I have never seen this question posted on here before.&nbsp; Thank you. </p> 2010-03-10T10:52:42-05:00 Morals and Dogma PEN PAL? <p>To Whomever May Be Interested:</p> <p>A non-Mason here.</p> <p>I received a copy of MORALS AND DOGMA OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE.</p> <p>I did not know if it was appropriate or not, but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in being my pen pal as I read this text?</p> <p>We can read the text together, perhaps assigning a certain number of pages a week?</p> <p>I did not want to clutter the forum with random Morals and Dogma questions, nor do I want to wait until I read the whole book before asking a question.</p> <p>You can reply here, or follow up using my contact info in my bio. </p> 2018-01-25T03:56:16-05:00

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