Who are Freemasons?

Freemasons are ordinary men in the community, 21 years and over, of all religions, backgrounds, and nationalities.

Freemasons share a concern for moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas. It provides a foundation of spiritual, ethical, and moral standards for men to build upon not only today but also tomorrow.

Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities and worldwide disaster relief, with members playing and active role in their communities.

There are approximately 6 million Freemasons worldwide and over 41,000 in North Carolina.

Freemasonry is a non-profit organization that is heavily involved in supporting charity and community service.

Why are you called a fraternity?

Freemasons come together as equals and share a common bond of friendship, morality, and brotherly love regardless of their race, creed, color, and social status.

It is a secular fraternal order dedicated to the spiritual development of the initiate into a broader sense of the self, how he relates to the Divine, and his contributory role in the world

Like all reputable and good natured fraternities, we hold our members to high standards. For example, The members are banned from any political or religious discussion whilst at the Lodge to ensure peace and harmony.

Can women join the Freemasons?

Women cannot join the Freemasons. In the same way that fraternity and sororities exist, there exists an appending body for women—The Order of the Eastern Star

However, that does not mean that only men are admitted in the Lodge. Before the ritual of the lodge, members come together and share a meal in which family and friends are often invited to participate.

If you or your families are interested in learning more about the masons or any of our appending bodies, please join us before a meeting!

Why and how is ritual and symbolism used?

Ritual is core in freemasonry. Ritual dramas—allegorical two-part plays that are learned by heart and performed within each Lodge—use a range of objects, symbols, and scenarios to disseminate the values and traditions of Freemasonry.

The rituals used in Freemasonry are centuries old and directly relate to operative and speculative masonry. Some masonic symbols may look familiar and others quite strange.

These symbols and rituals are part of the “private language of the Craft.” This education is, in part, the foundation of a more profound understanding of mankind and his existence in society.

symbolism in Freemasonry

Is Freemasonry a secret society?

No. There is nothing “secret” about Freemasonry. Secret societies are generally defined as organizations which are unknown to the public and whose existence is denied.

Masonry, on the other hand, is well known and proudly displays its existence. Masons participate in community charity work, march in parades, and even have creative webpages that the public can peruse at their own leisure.

Is Freemasonry a religion?

No. Freemasonry does not have any theological doctrines, a plan for salvation, or practices by which man or woman may communicate with God.

Freemasonry is neither a substitute for religion, nor a forum for religious discussion. However, to be a freemason, you must have a belief in a “Supreme Being.”

How one defines, “Supreme Being” specifically is left up to the individual, for Freemasonry promotes unity and tolerance amongst all men and does not discriminate against any religion.

What costs are involved in joining Freemasonry?

As with all organisations, annual membership fees are expected of members but are reasonably priced. Fees may vary from Lodge to Lodge depending on the style of the Lodge. When first becoming a Freemason, you will pay a one off joining fee

Do I have to be invited?

Masons are prohibited from actively recruiting or asking non-masons to join the fraternity. Men come to the fraternity of their own free will and petition to join. If you can attend a lodge, we’d love to have you and tell you all about the Craft.

Who should I contact for further information?

You are most welcome to contact us at Snow Lodge for further information about the organization. Feel free to use the contact page to get in touch with us.