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  1. 3 points
    Hi and welcome. I'd like to suggest that you avoid reading books on Freemasonry; they contain lots of spoilers which will take the edge off your initiation. I made that mistake and regretted it. You can read the information, and watch the videos, on the Grand Lodge website at https://www.ugle.org.uk/ , although I personally think that there are too many spoilers even there! The best way to find about Freemasonry, and whether it and you suit each other, is to talk to local members. I should point out, though, that the more you put into Freemasonry, the more you get out of it. While many members are happy to just sit back and watch the various ceremonies, you'll enjoy it far more if you take an active part, working your way through the various offices and up to the Master's Chair. Taking part in the ceremonies, especially as Master, can give your self-confidence a tremendous boost.
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    It seems that some members of the Catholic Church have actually opened their eyes to the reality of Freemasonry and the fact that the vast majority of it around the world holds absolutely no enmity toward the Church: Snippet: VIENNA (ChurchMilitant.com) - Eight popes over 200 years in a barrage of 20 legal interdicts have condemned Freemasonry, pronouncing automatic excommunication against any Catholic who becomes a member of a masonic lodge. Now, a new book by an official of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is claiming that a practicing Catholic can simultaneously be a Freemason and that the penalty of excommunication may "certainly not" be applied to "Catholic Freemasons Full story here: https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/catholics-can-be-freemasons-claims-pontifical-council-cleric And here: https://novenanews.com/freemasons-catholics-not-excommunicated-vatican/
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    🤣 I've been to one .. the sausage supper evening. WM/PMs are 'prohibited' from taking the chair .. they use the LOIs to give the Wardens (amongst others) chance to learn what it's like to act as Master. No-one takes an office that they hold 'for real', but other than that, every office at every LOI is up for grabs I understand. The only 'offices' filled by PMs are the Preceptors - and there's normally one from each lodge.
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    New one on me, too. Contemplate the Level!
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    What's a Junior Master, a Junior ceremony, and a Junior team? I've never heard of any of those.
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    A sincere and fraternal hello from Gods Own County and the fair city of Leeds. We are The Lodge of Dawn 6511 in Leeds. Should anyone in Leeds or the local area be interested in joining Freemasonry, please take a look at our (new, work in progress) website at www.thelodgeofdawn.co.uk. There's lots of information about not only how to join but why you might want to join. We meet at the wonderful Grade II listed, Castle Grove Masonic Hall in leafy Headingley. And indeed should any of the brethren on here be in Leeds on the 4th Tuesday of the month, I would be delighted to welcome you as my guest. Just hop on our website and click on the 'Contact Us' form - it comes to me 🙂 Phil, The Lodge of Dawn 6511
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    Also, by the way, avoid any books by American authors. Freemasonry in the US, while based on the same principles, has many differences to the way we do things in England.
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    If you're intent on reading before your Initiation you should avoid ANY books that claim to be about philosophy/belief/explanation of Freemasonry as those written by Freemasons assume an audience of Freemasons so start with you already knowing the content of at least the degree ceremonies and those written by non-Masons are just guess work and so real chocolate teapot territory. ALSO beware books that loads of non-Masons tell you to read so all the Dan Brown and Bob Lomas stuff because again your Masonic BS filter does not work until you have actually been through the degrees and are able to spot the made-up stuff. There are some very good books about the development of Freemasonry in England and if you look in the books section you'll find a few reviewed there.
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    Hello and welcome to the Forum. As well as the advice above, feel free to ask questions here as well. Despite what some people choose to believe about us Freemasonry is actually a very open and welcoming Fraternity.
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    Philip Lovelock is the Provincial Secretary for Essex. Drop him an email (on the page Cornish E mentiioned) saying you are interested in joining. If you're in the Saffron Walden area, I can put you in touch with the Walden Lodge secretary directly (Walden is my lodge's parent so I know many of the members, including the secretary as he's also a member of my lodge) Tell him a bit about yourself and say WHY you want to join - that's extremely important. Tell him what you hope to get out of being a member, and what you can offer in return - you know the kind of thing .. a commitment to attend meetings and to learn what being a Freemason means, to help with lodge social events when asked .. even Provincial level events if asked. You'll also need to say where in the county you live as it will dictate which lodges/centre he will pass your details on to. They'll also wnat to be sure that you are financailly secure as it has been known for men to attempt to join thinking that masonry can help them get a job or a 'leg-up' at work (it won't), so make sure you say who you work for and where. Also tell him what your interests are as those will pay a part in where you'll feel most at home.
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    Great to see your interest. What a wonderful age to be looking at becoming Freemasonry as well. I left it far too late in my life to ask to join; always thinking that if they thought me suitable someone would ask! This link should take you to the very person who can best help you in your County. https://www.essexfreemasons.net/get-involved Best regards - Geoff P.S. Hopefully you do explore and join and find it as rewarding as many of us elder stagers do. One thing I'd say from my experience is don't let anyone try to rush you into joining side degrees. Make the best of Craft Freemasonry and join any others when and if you feel ready.
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    Is that why it was the last edition? 😄
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    As to the forget-me-not, there have been many stories about its origin and use, including the ridiculous idea that German Freemasons used it for recognition during the horrific period from 1933 to 1945. Here is the paper by Alain Bernheim, highly respected Masonic researcher and international concert pianist, who was himself interred under the nazi regime. It's a lengthy and detailed paper but worth reading to get the truth: http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/bernheim3.html
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    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Masons-Craft-Knapkin-Holder-Freemasons/dp/B01MRG8XBQ I quite fancy one of these too.
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    I personally do not currently wear any jewellery but only as i've not found anything i've liked. I do however see many people with rings cufflinks etc. One item i have seen used and i really really want but haven't yet found is worn by a lodge brother and is a silver (with s&C logo) napkin hook. 1 end hooks into the tie knot the other is a small clamp that holds the napkin. at the FB we were all joking about it and subsequently all threw food down our ties and the item was immediately added to the wish list.
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    I always let go of my concern by reminding myself that for every "horror story" or even proven "bad apple" there is at least a thousand perfectly good Freemasons happily making the world a better place starting with themselves.
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