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Ask A Mason Ask A Mason en Copyright 2018 2018-01-09T11:56:07-05:00 Selling My Great-Grandfather’s Masonic Pocket Watch <p>Hi!&nbsp; </p> <p>My name is Owen and I myself am not a Freemason but my Great-Grandfather was.&nbsp; He was a 32 degree and was part of a lodge in Lake County, Ohio, where he was once the sheriff.&nbsp; I don’t have a ton of information on his interactions with the lodge other than that.&nbsp; He attained a Dudley Masonic pocket watch, one from the 1st series.&nbsp; They are extremely rare.&nbsp; It was placed in a safety deposit box a few years before he died.&nbsp; It’s been in there (or another safety deposit box) for the last 60+ years.&nbsp; My father asked me to help him sell it.&nbsp; </p> <p>The reason I came to your forum was to make sure it had a chance to stay in the Freemason community.&nbsp; It is highly sought after both by Freemason’s and pocket watch collectors.&nbsp; I always like to follow the rules, and I didn’t see anything about not being able to post something like this, so if for some reason it is against the policy of this forum I will remove it.&nbsp; If no one here has interest in it, that’s okay too.&nbsp; There’s plenty of interest in the ebay auction now.&nbsp; I just wanted to make sure you knew it existed and give you a chance to purchase a rare watch.&nbsp; In addition to being a first edition, this watch also has it’s original documentation and box.&nbsp; This is quite uncommon.&nbsp; I have also been in touch with a pocketwatch group.&nbsp; They believe that the only reason it isn’t working at the moment is because the oil used back then wasn’t as good and it is probably gummed up.&nbsp; I’m going to do a few tests and add that on to the auction site soon.&nbsp; </p> <p>If you have questions or if you just want to talk respond to this and I’ll get back to you.&nbsp; </p> <p><a href="">Click here to check out the auction</a></p> <p>Blessings to you all!&nbsp; </p> <p>Owen </p> 2018-01-08T19:47:42-05:00 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 Looking for a book <p>Hello all <br /> It’s been long i haven’t posted here anything, so i wish a good day for everyone.&nbsp; </p> <p>Anyway,&nbsp; my question is simple,&nbsp; does anyone know a good website for downloading Freemasons for dummies Book?&nbsp; </p> <p>I recently recovered my laptop and i have had lost the book.<br /> So,&nbsp; anyone knows a website for downloading the book for Free?&nbsp; :) <br /> Thx </p> 2017-12-21T17:51:18-05:00 Responding to a toast and given addresses. <p>Brethren, i am an English Mason and a district officer. Mostly when I’m on a delegation to other lodges, it’s a requisite to speak to the WM or give an address to the wardens or even given a toast or responding to one. My challenge is that I finds it difficult with my MASONIC addresses. It has been an hindrance to my MASONIC career and it’s not making me visit other lodges because of the speeches. Though I’m a chartered accountant and working with Pwc or Price Waterhousecoopers as a senior Auditor but I realized that when it comes to MASONIC things it’s different . Is there any help on this or any recommendations or a book i will be recommended to read on MASONIC speeches so I will be abreast with the MASONIC terminology in expressing myself well. Thank you </p> 2017-12-20T16:47:03-05:00 Greetings <p>Greetings<br /> Are there new news about Masons in Iraq? </p> 2017-12-21T11:55:06-05:00 Satanism in Freemasonry <p>Good afternoon Brethren,</p> <p>I would be interested to hear peoples opinions on whether followers of satanism would qualify as Freemasons? Just out of curiosity. </p> <p>From my teachings so far, I have been told anyone with a belief in a higher power (a supreme being) would be able to become a Freemason as there are masons from various religions.</p> <p>Does anyone know of any freemason’s whom also are satanists and whats people’s opinions on such matter?</p> <p>Yours sincerely and fraternally,<br /> Michael </p> 2017-12-04T09:50:07-05:00 Senior Deacon Seat <p>Good Evening Brethren,<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Just checking in and proud to say I was elected to the Senior Deacon Chair this year. I look forward to this challenge. I know this seat plays a major role in all of the degrees and I’m up for the task!&nbsp; I love learning and growing in search of more light!!! Have a great year in Masonry and to all of the newly elected and appointed officers….Congrats!!!! </p> 2017-12-09T00:00:19-05:00 Need help joining! <p>Hello everyone! Just a little bit about myself before i get to deep into this. I’m 18, I live in Texas, I’m a christian and one of my goals of becoming a Freemason is to become a Knights Templar! I need help becoming a Freemason. I studied Freemasonry all throughout high school, after doing about three years of studying I definitely want to be one. About four or five months ago I asked the only Freemason that I SORTA know, and he told me to go to the grand lodge of Texas website and get an application. Well i got the application but I couldn’t fill it out all the way. I had some questions about the residential questions and getting signatures. I never asked for help or anything like that and I’m not even sure why, I guess I was afraid or I didn’t know if I could ask for help. I never followed up with or gave him any updates either, and i’m not even sure why I did that. I feel really guilty about it also, when I asked him to join he had a big ol smile on his face and everything! I’m not sure if I can ask him again, and i’m kinda afraid i’ll get blackballed for doing all of that. I’m thinking about asking him again but I have another problem. I know becoming a Mason is a long process, but i don’t think i’ll have the time to do it. Starting in January i’ll be working M-F in the evening while also attending college. Every Freemason i’ve ever talked to always says they wish they joined when they where younger, so i’m trying to join as soon as I can! I don’t know if Freemasons get special time off to go to the lodge or anything like that. Would I be able to go up to my boss and ask him to take every first Thursday of the month off lol? On some other forums on here I saw something about a one day Masonry thing, but a lot of people where saying that it was a bad experience. I just don’t know if i’ll have the time to become a Mason. Should I just wait until I finish college? I’m sorta in a pickle here and I just really need help! Thank you everyone, God bless! :-) </p> 2017-12-06T00:30:08-05:00 I was a highly involved Mason but a number of bad things happened to me and I left, just want to talk about it. <p>Hi All</p> <p>I was very involved in masonry, received my MM degree and did hold an officer role. Along with this I visited lodges all around the globe and set on a committee that organised charity events in my country. </p> <p>I was young and worked for a fellow mason, I was promised a salary etc and even though the brothers company went public he never paid me a cent for 10 months work (Technically owes me a minimum of €83,333 [€100,000 salary agreed for 12 months and 10 months accounted for] and this is the minimum based on agreed terms, there should be an additional €25,000 if I talk about the other promises). This along with a number of other things such as conversations with masons who claimed to do not so ethical things and in certain countries I visited the experience of illegal things (I was gifted a prostitute for my second degree which I obtained abroad, I did not take the “gift” but I do know very senior brothers who did, I do know the laws in said country on prostitution are sketchy) led me to leave. </p> <p>After all this and subsequently not being able to find a job (I worked for the brother in question during and just after college, meaning I never took internships so my ability to get into a conventional career path after college was greatly hindered) I lost my apartment, even spent a few nights on the street and eventually had a complete mental breakdown. I had great opportunities and although it all set me back a few years I am not exactly back on my feet yet but I am back in college doing an MBA in a good school.</p> <p>I honestly believe in Masonic values and one of the reasons I left is I felt that to be a mason was not being part of the masonry I saw, I know it sounds strange but I left as I thought that the most masonic thing I could do was leave after everything I experienced. I do want to also note that I had many friends in Masonry and I honestly believed they were my friends not because I was a mason but because we liked each-other, since I left I never hear from any of them and those I do contact might reply out of courtesy but its just one email with no further replies. </p> <p>I’m not naming names of people or lodges/countries on purpose but I can.</p> <p>I honestly miss being a mason and being in lodge (as I said, I was very active) but I know, considering I don’t even get replies from brothers, that I’m not welcome anymore. When I left I was told I could come back and never told anything to the contrary for the record but I just don’t feel like I could, god do I want to but there is so much wrong with it and I feel so unwelcome. It’s not masonry that has a problem it’s the people in it. </p> <p>Truthfully I’m still a bit messed up after my mental breakdown, I’m doing great and excelling in some areas but I have no trust in anyone and drive people away. I have no friends anymore because I won’t let anyone in and I have been in solitude, just working and studying for nearly 2 years now. The honest truth is I’m at a stage where I don’t want people in my life anymore and have accepted I will be alone for the rest of my life, the sad part is this actually makes me happy now and I’m only 28. I had a business coaching session and my coach asked me what I had learned in the last few years, my answer was trust no one, there are no good people in this world. I actually believe that but I wasn’t always like this.</p> <p>I was very involved in a number of groups and I have probably talked to some of you before on LinkedIn and Facebook back when I was a mason…</p> <p>Guys, it’s been hell. I don’t even know what I want to achieve by writing this, maybe its because I believe that this fraternity attracts some good people, maybe I just want that taste of masonry back in my life, I don’t know.</p> <p>Anyway, there are my 2 cents, on the level and honest. </p> 2017-12-04T19:42:42-05:00 Illuminati and freemasonry <p>someone just told me that Illuminati doesn’t exist..<br /> personally,I’m an initiate and we have many Freemasons there…mostly 33rd degree.. </p> 2017-12-05T03:41:25-05:00

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