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« Reply #15: March 25, 2011, 04:27:25 am »

I see that Raziel summed it up perfectly, but just because I already had it typed out before I noticed....
 From the Emulation Working of the Lecture of the First Degree, Masonry is ' a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.' It can be considered a philosophical companion to religion, but in essence it's a secular fraternal organisation, traditionally open to men, that all walks of life and faith can participate in. Basically, it promotes morality, sets to strengthen Brotherly love, and provide charitable action to the whole of mankind.

Certain elements vary lodge to lodge, but generally Masons are guys that take heed to masonic values(which have already been elaborated on above), and strive to further learn them&incorporate them into their lives, who meet in fraternal brotherhood, and promote charitable action usually by taking part in local charities and such. 

How is your (speaking to anyone) membership doing these days?

Usually when I encounter Masons, there aren't any under 50 or so.  I've seen the opinion that it's starting to fall out of favor and die off being flirted with.
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« Reply #16: March 25, 2011, 04:19:37 pm »

How is your (speaking to anyone) membership doing these days?

Usually when I encounter Masons, there aren't any under 50 or so.  I've seen the opinion that it's starting to fall out of favor and die off being flirted with.
That's not uncommon. Depending on district, the ages of acceptance are usually 18, 21, and more rarely 25, however I've heard many Masons voice their opinions saying that it's ideally meant for those of at least 30. I think it has something to do with maturity. I'm currently 27, and am the youngest member of my lodge, although I belong to a small lodge in a small town. Out of about 50 people, we have about 15 good monthly attenders, quite different from some of the Grand Lodges. At our Festive Board, I ran into other guests around my age range, quite a few in their late 20's, and early 30's, but on average you see around late 30's plus, including those in ill health because of age, that you only see now and again.

There's been different stages of time when Masonry was "fashionable," which it has waned in fairly recent times, with more involvement in charities and what not, but there is an increased interest among younger members with the esoteric elements, such as traditions like the Hermetic/Qabalistic tradition popular with occultists, and I'm not just saying that because I  happen to be one of them.
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« Reply #17: March 26, 2011, 11:30:12 pm »

How is your (speaking to anyone) membership doing these days?

Usually when I encounter Masons, there aren't any under 50 or so.  I've seen the opinion that it's starting to fall out of favor and die off being flirted with.


well, just a few years ago, in NC the typical mason was in his sixties....Nowadays not that it doesn't have it share of older men, but a lot of lodges are getting guys under 35 to join.  In the US a lot of men become masons to be shiners.  In addition there is a few that are curious about the more symbolic elements, and many just like a place where they can get away from there wife for a night and be with the guys.   
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« Reply #18: June 07, 2011, 09:51:01 am »

Just wondering if their was any other Freemasons on this forum...
Brother here!
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« Reply #19: June 14, 2011, 01:46:12 pm »

Just wondering if their was any other Freemasons on this forum...

Me too.

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« Reply #20: June 14, 2011, 09:46:07 pm »

Just wondering if their was any other Freemasons on this forum...

Up until my great grandpa died my family had a long history with the masons going back generations, but since then nobody's really cared enough to join.
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« Reply #21: June 15, 2011, 01:30:28 am »

Me too.


Fraternal Greetings Brethren.

If anyone, Mason or not, has the time, here's a recent lecture from an Irish Mason that touches on possible pre-Christian influences elaborating out of his book, The Craft and the Cross under the WEOFM.

http://irishfreemasonry.com/index.php?news&nid=27
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