Becoming a Freemason
Becoming a Freemason
Thank you for expressing an interest in Freemasonry by seeking out this information. To become a Freemason you must meet certain qualifications to be accepted by a Lodge.
Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of “making good men better.” Only individuals believed to be of good character are favourably considered for membership. Applicants are usually at least twenty-one years of age, although dispensation may be applied for in respect of younger candidates. This dispensation is especially relevant to the Universities scheme.
There is a popular misconception that to become a Mason one needs to be invited to join. In fact the reverse is true – a longstanding convention within Freemasonry is that it is the potential candidate who should do the asking! Some lodges have the phrase “To be one, ask one.” If you know a friend or neighbour who is a Mason and you are interested in Freemasonry, just ask him. He will be delighted to talk with you as all Masons are proud to be members of their own Lodge.
Aurora Lodge, Leeds has a broad range of members, with a wide range of interesting backgrounds, ethnicities, and professions.
Aurora Lodge, Leeds prides itself on the support mechanisms that have been established in order for every member to obtain the most in his Masonic career. This support begins before a man is able to even join the Lodge. Prospective members are invited to social events, open days, and Wardens’ nights. This gives them an opportunity to begin to have an understanding of Freemasonry, what it stands for, the commitments that are expected, and meet some of the Brethren informally to answer their questions.
If then you wish to join, your name will be put before the Lodge committee (of perhaps two or three members) who will talk to you to ascertain your views and that you believe in God or a Supreme Being (Atheism and Freemasonry are incompatible). The committee will report its recommendation back to the Lodge. A vote will be taken and, if found acceptable, you will be on your way to being a fully fledged Mason and you will have joined the oldest fraternity in the world.
Those who wish to find out more about Aurora Lodge, Leeds or are interested in joining the Lodge – please contact us.