What every Candidate should Know


Freemasonry is a society of men, which derived its origins in part from medieval operative masons. In those days most would be unable to read and hence they developed modes of recognition, which were given only when skills had been learnt. This enabled them to travel from site to site and prove that they had certain proficiencies. To let the untrained have access to those signs of recognition would be the equivalent of giving them a certificate to which they were not entitled. Today those ceremonial methods of recognition are retained with a similar refusal to give them to non-members. In olden days the masons would demonstrate brotherly love, relief and truth, and today we follow that example in today's language - friendship, charity and integrity.

The ceremonies during which the different modes of recognition are given teach how we should behave to each other and the world at large. Masonry teaches its members that their first duty is to their families and its connections, that they should be honest, friendly and proper in their conduct to everyone. They are urged to be good citizens, obey the law and maintain the good order of society. Members who fail to live up to those high standards may in appropriate cases be asked to resign or be expelled.


If you really want to learn more books wont help you. Just talk to a Freemason - and then decide for yourself.


Freemasonry is a multicultural organization. Members of all races and faiths are welcome to join. It requires that its members should believe in a single deity and no man can become a mason unless he does so. He will be required to take certain obligations with his hand upon his own religion's sacred book. Freemasonry does not concern itself with which religion a member follows as long as it is monotheistic but urges a member to follow the teachings of his own faith. It is a requirement that topics of religion or politics should never be discussed in Lodge.

Freemasonry is not a benefit society. To repeat It offers no pecuniary advantage or reward nor does it require its members to support one another in business or employment. The organization does have charities for those Freemasons and their families who were once self-supporting but through misfortune are now unable to do so. It also has a Charity which supports causes unconnected with Masonry. All monies paid to these charities is from private donations from its members. Freemasonry does not solicit donations from members of the public.

No one should join Freemasonry unless he can afford to pay the expenses involved without affecting his ability to support his family. These expenses include the joining fee, the annual subscription and a donation to charity measured on what the individual member can afford. In addition, most meetings are followed by a dinner or supper the actual costs vary from Lodge to Lodge. He should have discussed the prospect of his becoming a Freemason with his wife/partner and be satisfied that they are supportive of his application. He should not put his employment at risk by becoming a Freemason.

Anyone thinking of becoming a Freemason should be satisfied in his own mind that he desires the intellectual and moral improvement of himself and his fellow citizens; that he is willing to devote part of his time and money to promoting fellowship, charity and integrity and be able to afford it without affecting himself or his family's commitments; and again that he seeks no commercial, social or pecuniary advantage by wishing to join.

Freemasonry is a voluntary organization and it is up to a would-be member to ask to be considered for membership. However, it is not improper for a Mason, once only, to suggest to a man who he considers could be a good member, that he might give some thought to the idea.



  • souther Star Lodge 1025, Munich - Winter Social



    SSL celebrated the start of the Christmas period with their annual ‘Winter Social’ at the “Delhi Palace” Indian restaurant where the Festive Board is held after our Lodge meetings. A superb buffet of the finest Indian cuisine was laid on and everyone congratulated the staff for providing such a sumptuous feast (extra chilli sauce was provided for those who like their Indian food really ‘spicy hot’!).

    In total 30 guests attended (comprising 14 Members, 12 ladies and 6 ‘Not-Yet Masons’.

    Of the ‘Not-Yet Masons’, one brought his completed Application For Initiation form with him, and three others before they left the party asked to have the form - what a result!!!

    To round the evening off a raffle was held, followed by an auction of some particularly  desirable items and together the superb sum of €427 was raised for charity.

    The next ‘social’ event will be our Master’s Farewell Dinner on Friday 12 February 2016 at a central Munich venue.  Details will be circulated nearer the time.

    Any Brother wishing to attend this prestigious event should inform the  SSL Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , who will add the email address to the Circulation List.

    Mike Hemming, secretary

    Southern Star Lodge 1025, Munich

  • Saxony Lodge Installation

    Saturday 26th April 2014 at 1400

    Saxony Lodge will be holding it's Installation at the Lodge at Magnusstrasse 2a, 29221 Celle.  This will be followed by a three course festive board in the Lodge Dining Rooms.  If any Brother wishes to attend the festive board please register at our website.  www.saxony-842.com.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

  • 60 Years as a Mason

    The Rose of Minden Regular meeting 5th March 2014

    The VWBro Garrett O'Sullivan celebrates being a Mason on the 13th March 2014 and we will recognise this event at our regular meeting on the 5th March 2014. It will be some what of a surprise evening for him, I know I am safe saying this here as he does not read these articles!!


    Brother Garrett was initiated into The Tudor Lodge No 5994, by the Worshipful Master - WBro Eric A Ensell on the 13th March 1954, he later became Master of this Lodge on the 26th september 1964. He was initiated with his brother James and the two of them followed each through the degrees with Garrett installing his brother into the chair of the said lodge on the 25th September 1965.

    VWBro Garrett is still a regular visitor to all lodges with GL BFG, he also attends many german Lodges within OWL region and travels at least once a year back to his old Masonic roots, unfortunately Tudor lodge went into darkness some two years ago.

    I strongly encourage all Masons reading this article to attend our regular meeting on the 5th March where we will celebrate his Sixty years, as a Mason. He took the chair at our last meeting to initiate his Grandson into Masonry and I am sure he will assist in years to come to put his Grandson into the Masters Chair in our Lodge.

  • Grand Lodge Seminar in Bad Iburg

    As is widely known, there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, for a small investment of your time, a free lunch will be provided!

    On 30th August starting at 10.00, the Grand Lodge will host a seminar that will be aimed to support the positions of Lodge Treasurers and Directors of Ceremony within a lodge.

    The program for the day will start with the  Directors of Ceremonies at 10.00 am  which will be chaired by the Assistant Grand Master and he will be assisted by the Grand Wardens.

    The purpose of the DofC's Seminar, is to look at Emulation Ritual and to answer any questions about what may be right or wrong to help iron our any irregularities within lodges,
    This will be followed by lunch (the best bit of the day) at about 12.00.

    The seminar for Treasurers which will be chaired by Peter Appleson, will start at 13.00.

    The aim of this part of the seminar is to allow Treasurers to discuss the ins and outs of finances in an organisation. In no way at all, is the aim to tell our Private  Lodges how to keep their books. Our aim is to just assist when and  where required.

    This is an initial notice and a full registration pack will follow in a few weeks' time. Nonetheless, please put this date in your diaries - and please kindly inform the Brethren of your lodge about this. Lastly, please note that this is open to all brethren and not just the Treasurers and DoC's - the more the merrier and everyone is welcome.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Grand Secretary!

  • Burns Supper - Festive Board

    Book in for our Special festive Board 5 Feb 2014

    As published under Summons you will notice we have a Special festive Board on the 5th February 2014

    Burns Supper Special - Please ensure you book in with Bro JW or go hungry


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