Join The Fraternity
THE BLUE LODGE
HOW TO BECOME A MASON
No Mason is supposed to ask another person to become a Mason. It is up to the individual man who has an interest in becoming a Mason to ask a Mason he knows for a petition to join the fraternity.
Joining the fraternity of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons requires that a man, of his own free will, petition a Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Masonry. No Texas Mason should ever ask you to join our fraternity.
Below are the general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider. Lodges will likely have their own procedures, but this will help you get started and give you a better understanding of the process.
ASK FOR INFORMATION
If you know a Mason, ask him about the fraternity. Don’t be shy, we love talking to those interested in Masonry. If you don’t know a Mason, you can use the Lodge Locator to find a lodge near you and contact them.
Don't count on the information you find online, unless it's from a Masonic Lodge or a Brother Mason. There are so many incorrect and misleading information out there which can mislead you and/ or set your expectation incorrectly
WHAT FREEMASONRY IS NOT
It is not a promise to success, fame and/ or riches
It does not guarantee that you will find any truths you seek
It is not a cult or a secret society
WHAT FREEMASONRY IS
It is a fraternity of brotherly love and acceptance
It is the pursuit of betterment and being surrounded by likeminded men
It is the goodness you can achieve through charity, hard work, and fidelity to your family, friends, and Country
"FREEMASONRY IS WHAT YOU CAN BRING TO IT"
VISIT THE LODGE
Try to find out if there is a good time for you to visit the lodge.
Take this as an opportunity to meet some of the members and ask questions. Don’t be intimidated, they’ll be happy to see you. Most lodges have dinner before their regular stated meetings (meetings usually occur monthly) and guests are almost always welcome.
In many areas, more than one lodge may exist. Visit as many as you can, get a feeling for the lodges you visit, and pick the one that best meets your needs and aligns with your pursuit.
REQUEST A PETITION
Request a petition from a Mason or from the lodge you would like to join. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. If you don’t know any Masons, ask the lodge you’re petitioning for advice.
You can download the Petition using the below button
HAND IN YOUR PETITION
Turn in your completed petition to the lodge you would like to join.
Ask if there are any fees that need to accompany the petition.
Your petition will be received by the lodge and will be read during a stated meeting.
Now that the lodge has your petition, these are the actions you can expect the lodge to take
The Master of the lodge you submitted your petition to will assign three members of the lodge to interview you and investigate your background. The investigators may want to meet with you at home. There is a standard set of questions that all investigators must ask, but many will ask additional questions. Be honest with the investigators. No Mason is perfect…we don’t expect petitioners to be perfect, either.
Your investigators will be given a deadline by which to return their completed investigation reports to the lodge. Their reports along with their recommendation will be read to the lodge at a stated meeting. At this time, the Master of the lodge will usually call for a ballot to be taken on your petition. Eligible Masons will then vote on your petition and the outcome of the ballot will be announced to the lodge.
AFTER THE BALLOT
Soon after the stated meeting, a member from the lodge should contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions.
depictions of ancient induction rituals circa 1700