While you may not have given it much thought, it’s quite impressive when you take a moment to understand how pervasive Freemasonry has been on society. At their core, Masons were builders – just like us. Next time you embark on your latest home improvement project, it might not hurt to throw on an audio book and learn a little about this secretive and under-the-radar society.
Freemasons are a group of men who are active in Masonic circles. Their goal is to build the best free society that they can. The society they want is a harmonious one where all people have the same opportunities and have no special or unequal privilege. This is why there are Freemasons. In the United States the most important Freemason lodge would be the lodge of Freemasons, which is located in Philadelphia.
Freemasonry or Masonry includes fraternal organisations which trace their origins to the local guilds of masons which in the early 14th century governed the qualifications of masons and their interaction with customers and authorities. The most famous freemasonic lodge in the US is the lodge ofasons which is run by the Grand Lodge of Free and Independent Masonry in Philadelphia. The most prominent lodge there is the Order of the Golden Dawn which is believed to have begun in the latter part of the 19th century and is popular amongst other masons. Other prominent fraternities include the Modern Business Masons, Scottish Masonic Order, Odd Fellow Crafts, Order of the Iron Order, and United Masonic Order. The modern corporations are run by a Grand Master and his assistants.
Many Masonic lodges have rituals and beliefs that are very different from those of regular masonry. One of the main beliefs of a free mason lodge is that of the operative masons which are also called the scots masons. This is a belief that all members of a lodge are brothers; they work together as a team. It also teaches that the lodge has no boss and they are all equal. It also teaches that the lodge is always open to new members.
There is a wide variety of operative masons that have varied beliefs and practices. Some of these lodges are the Grand Lodge of Free and Independent Masonry, Knights of Pythias, Free and Accepted Scottish Masonic Lodges and the Supreme Grand Lodge. There are also lodges such as the American Free and Real Masonic Fraternity, Scottish Masonic Order, Scottish Order of Free and True Mason, Modern Business Lodge and the Craftsman Lodge. Some lodges do not adhere to any specific religion. There are lodges that only accept men, women, and children who are willing to become a part of this international fraternity.
While some of these lodges do have their own particular beliefs and practices, most of them are mainstream practices that are commonly accepted among masons of all cultures and countries. One of these is that of the United States, where a lot of Freemasons are believed to be behind the building of the national monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, the Ellis Island Immigration Station and the National Mall. There are also believed to be freemasonic engineers who designed such great structures as the Hoover Dam in the United States. Some of the best examples of this include the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Hancock Building in San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge in California. Freemason architecture is also being used in the design of modern apartment complexes, shopping malls, office buildings and bridges.
Although there is a concept of brotherhood when it comes to Freemasonry, there are actually different levels of initiation within the fraternity. The immediate family members are known as the “brothers” while those who take up membership after them are called “sisters”. However, there are also Freemason groups that are open to people of every race, nationality and religion. One of these is the Masonicasons Organizing Committee of Chicago, which is led by Zalman Chafee. It was created in 1958 and until today it is one of the most prominent and largest Freemason organizations in the entire country.