I voted "My wife told me about". In fact I knew about freemasonry since I was 18. But when I met my later wife at the age of 24, she told me about Co-Masonry, which I liked better. So I joined at the age of 26. In my wife's family were round about 6 or 7 freemason-ancestors. Which she did not know before she joined. ;D
I took an interest in my teens and followed this up assidiously, reading up all I could find on Freemasonry over the following 20 years, no Internet to make it easy in those days, speaking to those Brethren who would talk about such matters, when I found Scots Masons reasonably open compared to the very tight lipped English Brethren who in those days, the 1970s to mid 80s, wouldn't even acknowledge that they were Freemasons in many cases. Eventually being approached by two Brethren I knew through other connections in 1988 and in December of that year Initiated, and the rest you know.
I have always been far more interested in the Ritualistic, Symbolical, Esoteric and Historical aspects of Freemasonry, rather than the Social/Charity side.
Post by Hubert (N. Z.) on May 12, 2005 9:50:40 GMT
I was already studying spirituality. philosophy & independant thought when I joined. I had a twin brother already in CoM (5 years before me), but my time needed to wait. Strangely he is now no longer a member and I have progressed furrther. I was actually 33 when I joined, so each of us has his own time of "KNOWING".
Life is however a continuance of learning episodes.
Today, it seems we (Freemasonry) need to advertise more to let people know we exist. WHY IS THAT!!
I voted Own Interest/Research though more accurately it was through conversations with a friend and neighbour who became my proposer
PM Hamlet of Van Lodge 8334 UGLE (Caerphilly - South Wales); J Hamlet of Van Chapter 8334 SW, Caerffili MMM 1348; PCN, Caerffili RAM 1348; St Teilo Chapter A&AR 789 Brangwyn SRIA 75; Castell Caerffili OSM 466; Fforest KT 582: Merthyr Tydfil R&SM 120, Penychen - Athelstan 53, RCC 295; KTP 100; OSC 21 TI
My father is a Freemason himself but he never ever asked me to join, I petioned only when I was sure to pursuit a path which I believe will lead me to an inner development, still a long way to go. I had the upmost respect of the Freemasons I knew, I liked the principles of the Masonery, and also the idea to start a jorney free of dogmas.
Hubert wrote: "Today, it seems we (Freemasonry) need to advertise more to let people know we exist. WHY IS THAT!!"
Hubert I can just tell you about Germany: After WWI there was a similar situation as in Britain after WWII - alle the military people joined the lodges because they did not want to miss their fellows. Or you were asked by FMs to join.
After WWII Freemasonry stayed a secret society - even Co-Masonry more than male-only masonry.
If you keep away from society to stay a secret club you will never attract people. Because you create the aura of being something special - where nobody else is wanted or needed.
Since we opened our lodge for speeches and informal evenings people see that we are not just e few guys, but they see that we are more than 20 people! People always want to join where lots of others meet. Of course you cannot accept and initiate everybody - but you can pick up the ones you think they fit the best!!
omni: In my Lodge the Secretary is a hugh bully along with control issues. if anyone even asks a question he files masonic charges against them. He controls members mostly because they are afraid of him.
Apr 16, 2018 1:07:49 GMT
The Ancient: To omni: Grow some balls, that lodge is yours as well as every member in that lodge. If you are right, its not your problem. Nobody likes the ugliness of masonic charges. Light will always illuminate darkness, don't be afraid, be a better man.
May 27, 2018 15:37:09 GMT
The Ancient: Oh, I am a new member and just wanted to say hi...
May 27, 2018 15:39:10 GMT