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It's the world's oldest and most revered fraternity--of course, you have questions. We're here to answer them. Freemasonry often sparks curiosity and intrigue due to its historical significance and perceived mystique. Here are some frequently asked questions about Freemasonry:

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that promotes moral and ethical development through rituals and symbols.

Is Freemasonry a Secret Society?

Freemasonry is often described as a society with secrets, meaning it has private rituals, symbols, and modes of recognition. However, it is not a secret society in the sense of being hidden or conspiratorial. While many of the official secrets can be discovered by the curious, the true lessons are revealed to the individual Mason over a lifetime of study and contemplation.

Who Can Join Freemasonry?

The minimum requirements to be considered for membership include being male, 18+, have a belief in a higher power, and have a good moral character.

How To Become A Freemason?

Interested individuals must express their interest in our lodge and go through a process of application and initiation. Qualified individuals are invited to get to know the Brethren and eventually fill out a petition for membership. A committee will meet with the petitioner to determine eligibility, answer questions, explain the process and communicate the fees associated with membership.

What Happens in Masonic Lodges?

Members meet to conduct organizational business, education, and confer degrees on our candidates in our Lodge building. Masonic rituals are symbolic ceremonies that convey moral and philosophical lessons. The specifics of these rituals are kept private among members.

Is Freemasonry a Religion?

While Freemasonry has many similarities with religions, it itself is not a religion. Rather, it unites men of countless faiths under the common purpose of serving mankind.

Why Do Freemasons Use Symbols?

Symbols are an integral part of Masonic traditions and rituals, serving as a means of conveying moral and ethical lessons. Through the centuries of our existence, Masonic symbols have proven to be an effective method of communicating esoteric lessons to our initiates. That is to say, symbols transcend language and are more effective than mere words.

Are Women Allowed in Freemasonry?

Spes Novum holds its charter from a lineage of masculine (male only) freemasonry.

How Does Freemasonry Contribute to the Community?

Inquiries about the philanthropic and community service aspects of Freemasonry are common, as individuals seek to understand its impact on society. Spes Novum's members have demonstrated a devotion to relieving distress present in our community as well as uplifting the needs of our fellows.

What is the Relationship Between Freemasonry and History?

The origins of modern, organized Freemasonry cannot be specifically stated, but its roots can be traced to the late 17th century. Masonry and its philosophy have played a significant role in many of the world's revolutions and the establishment of democracy. This includes the American Revolution, where key figures like George Washington and Ben Franklin are counted among our Masonic brethren.

Do Freemasons Have a Political Agenda?

Freemasonry seeks to unite men rather than divide. As such, political debate within its lodges is explicitly outlawed.

How Does Freemasonry Promote Spiritual Development?

There have been significant recent advances in the practices of spiritual advancement within the lodge setting. Several books have helped to support those brothers seeking such an experience. Practices include reviewing of religious texts, prayer, and meditation. This is a key focus of Spes Novum. We have hosted experts on several esoteric topics including Kabbalah and the Tree of Life, Ceremonial Magik, Rosicrucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and meditation. Our members go beyond the lectures by practicing the tools of esoteric growth in their daily lives.

Can I Attend a Masonic Lodge Meeting as a Guest?

Visitors must be Masons in good standing and be able to provide sufficient evidence to be admitted to our meetings. It is the policy of Spes Novum that interested Masons contact our Secretary prior to visiting as a common courtesy. Non-masons interested in learning more may similarly contact our Secretary.

These questions vary in complexity, reflecting the diverse aspects of Freemasonry. Those seeking to understand this ancient fraternity are encouraged to contact the Lodge for more information. You can click the button to the right to contact the Secretary.

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