Masonic Lodges also known as Blue Lodges are where Freemasons meet for meetings. These Masonic Blue Lodges are in many towns and cities throughout the world. You can easily identify where Freemasons meet by the Square and Compass emblem displayed on the building, either mounted on a wall or sign. Local Blue Lodges are organized under a Grand Lodge. Each state has a Grand Lodge, which presides over the operation of all Blue Lodges within that state. Joining a Blue Lodge is usually done by meeting a Brother from the Lodge that you are interested in joining. This Brother will be your guide to help you navigate the membership and initiation process of his Lodge. No man may become a Freemason without first being recommended by two Brothers and then having been found to be of good report by the Lodge's Investigation Committee.
Petition Blue Lodge
The next step after visiting a Blue Lodge is asking that Lodge for a petition to join. The petition is a form that is used by the Blue Lodge and sanctioned by that Lodges Grand Lodge. The petition is designed to ask all the questions the Lodge and the Grand Lodge needs to know about a potential member. The petition then becomes part of that Brother's Masonic record as he continues his journey to becoming a Freemason.
Lodge Investigation Committee
The purpose of the Lodge Investigation Committee is to allow members of the Blue Lodge to meet a petitioner and for the petitioner to meet several members of the Lodge. Each Lodge has a series of questions they like to ask each potential member. The committee will be assigned by the Worshipful Master of the Blue Lodge and is usually a three member team. The Committee may offer to meet the petitioner at his home, a public place or often they will invite the petitioner to the Lodge. The Lodge will also invite the petitioner's wife, as she is a very important part of this process. Once the Lodge Investigation Committee reports back to the Lodge at the next Stated Business meeting, the next step in the process is for the petition to be Balloted on.
The final step a petitioner has to take is called the Lodge Ballot. The petition has now been signed by two brothers and investigated by three other brothers who will submit a report. The petition now becomes a Lodge Ballot. The petition is read during a Lodge business meeting and is then Balloted on. All brothers who are eligible to vote will be given the opportunity to accept or reject the Ballot. When the Ballot is returned to the Lodge officers and the Worshipful Master as a clear Ballot - meaning a unanimous vote - the petitioner now becomes a candidate to receive the three degrees of Freemasonry.
Entered Apprentice Degree
The first degree conferred by a Blue Lodge is that of the Entered Apprentice Degree(EA). The EA degree is also called the Learner Degree as it is the start of receiving knowledge in Freemasonry. This degree prepares the candidate with the first understandings of Freemasonry.
Following this degree, a candidate will be assigned a Mentor, who will guide him and help with learning the work of the first degree and in preparing to show proficiency. Once a Candidate shows proficiency in the preceding degree, he is then given the next degree. See Fellowcraft Degree.
The second degree conferred for a Candidate in a Blue Lodge is that of the Fellowcraft Degree. The Fellowcraft Degree is an educational degree designed to teach the Candidate about the Freemasons' views on the sciences. Just as the Entered Apprentice Degree is the learner degree that symbolizes infancy or youth, the Fellowcraft degree emulates manhood. In manhood, we have the opportunity to take the lessons learned in youth and apply them and learn from them. In manhood we better understand these lessons and now readily apply them to daily life with understanding and confidence, in preparation for the Master Mason Degree.
Master Mason Degree
The third and final degree in Blue Lodge Masonry is the Master Mason Degree. The Master Mason Degree is a full experience in the teachings of Freemasonry and is the greatest and grandest of all Masonic Degrees. Once conferred on a candidate, he is considered a Master Mason and then receives full Masonic privileges. See continue your Journey…
Path Completed - Continue your Journey - Learn about Becoming a Shriner
Master Masons are entitled to enter into other Masonic organizations, such as the York Rite, Scottish Rite and Shriners International.
Shriners International is a Masonic fraternity for Master Masons who want to engage in fun, fellowship and support our philanthropy Shiners Hospitals for Children®.
All Shriners are Master Masons in good standing with a Blue Lodge. You must first complete your Blue Lodge degree work and wait any time as directed by the Grand Lodge of your jurisdiction prior to becoming a Shriner.
Continue your Journey - take a look at the Roadmap to becoming a Shriner.