By Robert Lomas, Sarah Becan, Gordon Echlin
Illustrations by way of Sarah Becan, foreword through Gordon Echlin
Many humans have heard of Freemasonry, yet few have any notion what it truly is, what it does, or why it exists. Freemasonry isn't a faith, yet quite a non secular self-help society whose declared objective is to assist participants develop into larger electorate, and it has a powerful song list of doing simply that because it all started in Scotland within the fifteenth century.
Freemasonry For Beginners explores the pursuits and instructing tools of Freemasonry and describes its impression on society long ago, current, and destiny. It recounts the origins of the circulate in Scotland and its unfold to North the US and the remainder of the realm. no longer least of all, it exhibits how Masonic teachings have helped such a lot of individuals over the centuries study the talents to develop into leaders in society, technology, and the arts.
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One key reason is that an idea expressed in symbols can be spread without corruption. This assures continuity of tradition. Modern Masons carry out their symbolic work in exactly 52 The Symbols of Freemasonry the same way as a Mason of 500 years ago. Today’s Mason faces the same problems that a Mason living in the 15th century faced. And the symbols provide eternally truthful answers. The Masonic Symbols About 60 basic symbols are taught to aspiring Masters as they progress through the degrees of Freemasonry.
The Grand Lodge of England has 48 provinces, 33 overseas districts, and five smaller overseas groups. The Grand Lodge of Ireland has 13 provinces in Ireland and 12 groups of overseas lodges. The latter include a special group of travelling military lodges, which are associated with Irish regiments wherever they are stationed. There are a total of 93 Provincial Grand Lodges in the British Isles. Each one has a retinue of officers and ranks. For example, there are 58 26 The Organization of Freemasonry ranks within an English Provincial Grand Lodge.
You are deprived of sight by means of a blindfold and led into a strange place where you cannot see what is going on. The first thing that happens when the door opens is that someone holds the sharp point of a dagger against your naked chest and asks if you can feel the point. 37 FREEMASONRY FOR BEGINNERS As the ceremony proceeds, you are guided by a hand on your arm and meet different individuals in different parts of the lodge who ask you questions about your motives and intentions. During the whole time, you are helped, prompted, and conducted around the lodge by a deacon who looks after your welfare.