If you wonder why you were
to become a Mason, it is because Masons
do not solicit for members.
ask a Mason or a Masonic Lodge for an application. To find a lodge in
Pictou County check the
Pictou County Masonic Directory
on this site or contact
the Grand Lodge of your Province or State.
- You must be a man at least 21
(18 in some jurisdictions).
- You must be of good moral
- You must have a personal belief
in a Supreme Being (the definition of a
Supreme Being is up
- You must be a Resident of your
province or state for 12 months
- You must decide to become a
Mason of "your own free will and accord"
- You will need to express your
personal interest in joining the Fraternity.
- You must be loyal to your
- You must be dedicated to
providing for your family
- You must have a sincere
determination to conduct yourself in a manner
earn the respect and trust of others and possess a desire to help
others through community service and universal benevolence.
- You must sign a petition,
stating your age, occupation and place of residence.
- The (modest) fees and dues must
not become a burden to yourself or family.
religious, political or
racial restrictions for Masonic membership other than the
aforementioned belief in a Supreme Being. Any discussion of religion
or politics is strictly forbidden in a Masonic Lodge.
the Lodge vote by
ballot. To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous.
is proud of its
and practice of "making good men better." Only individuals
believed to be of the finest character are favourably considered for
Membership. Every applicant must advocate his belief in the existence
of a Supreme Being.
mission of Freemasonry
promote a way of life that binds like minded men into a worldwide
Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social
and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of
Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth: and, by the outward expression of
these, through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to
find ways in which each may serve his God, his family, his country,
his neighbours and himself."
rushing in to call
application form, please read on and check in your heart and mind if
you can wholeheartedly accept and support the fundamental principles
of the Fraternity. Should you decide to petition a Lodge for
membership, your application will be evaluated against the guidelines
established by the Grand Lodge.
is the largest
secular fraternal order in the world, crossing all religious
boundaries to bring men together of all countries, sects, and opinion
in peace and harmony. It is a universal brotherhood, dedicated to
serving the divine by service to family, country, and mankind.
organization emphasizing the study of moral symbols to build
character. This education is, in part, the foundation of a more
profound understanding of mankind and His existence. Living today in
a "throw away / mass consumption society", Freemasonry
teaches about the value of people and the meaning of relativism over
personal individualism. The real nature of Freemasonry is a spiritual
force behind each member, improving himself morally by associating
with other like-minded individuals. Also, Freemasonry acts as a
social organization, promoting the interaction between like-minded
men within the lodge to build bonds between them. By fostering this
brotherhood, relationships are made that remain even outside the
comforts of the lodge; the bonds remain and genuine affection
prevails. Wherever traveling, masons meet and greet other masons as
brothers as a result of these bonds.
opens men's eyes
knowledge that the road to happiness is found in the journey to the
perfection of the spirit, intellect & soul, to strive to his
fullest potential. Differing from religious institutions, Freemasonry
sees all men as equal, not drawing division to beliefs. Fellow
Freemasons are regarded as brothers because of the rituals of
Freemasonry, which have remained virtually unchanged for many hundred
years. By accepting men of all faiths, together in Freemasonry, they
learn and teach the truths of morality, justice, patriotism and
brotherly love. All expressed through reverence to the divine Great
Architect of the Universe.
the character of men to make them better.
on principles of
integrity, Freemasons hold brotherly love as paramount to the benefit
of mankind. Whether through charitable acts, or by direct
involvement, Freemasonry has dedicated itself to the prosperity of
builds on moral philosophy, through allegorical symbols to impart
rich and complex meanings about the divine. What that means, is that
through Masonic education, individuals are given their own personal
building blocks to contribute to the building of their own personal
moral character, and then charged with applying that purpose in their
not act to impart
its membership, instead it builds on the tenets and virtues taught
by all religions; including a faith in the divine, the application of
the Golden Rule, and the value of leading a moral virtuous life, all
with the drive to put these ideas into personal practice. It promotes
the active participation in the member’s individual faith
tradition, charging them to build their spiritual character.
the mason’s life,
lessons of morality and ethics are revisited through the extensions
of the various bodies of Freemasonry, building on the principles of
Freemasonry. Seldom can a mason say to have learned all of the
meanings taught to them through the degrees.
masons are involved in extended levels of charity and benevolence to
meet the needs of those least able in society.
is Who We Are
are men who
sought admission to a lodge and were accepted because they were
tested by their peers and found to be of good moral character, with a
belief in the divine, and uphold high moral, personal, and ethical
participate and desire
participate with like-minded individuals in learning what Brotherly
Love, Relief, and Truth truly mean, practicing these tenets both
within and without lodge, in their various communities and vocations.
are people from
life, from college students to presidents. Men from all walks have
petitioned and received the degrees of the fraternity and have
attended and served side by side with others who have elected to do
in Freemasonry is
secret, as many masons proudly wear pins or rings proclaiming their
fellowship. There are no secrets in Freemasonry, except for the most
initiatic of rituals in the quest for light, and even those are not
secret in their activity, but rather in their deeper meanings.
lessons learned in
openly shared with wives, friends, coworkers and anyone who seeks
their meaning on what the great fraternity is about. But, Freemasons
are not boastful nor indolent in it's virtues and do not squander
their opportunities to impart wisdom whenever possible. Practical
duties of charity are planned for and carried out, personally and
within a lodge. And lastly, but most importantly, the bonds of
fidelity and brotherly love are practiced within the lodge and
without towards all brothers and non-brothers alike, but with special
consideration to brother master masons, where ever they may be.