Our origin stretches back over 2000 years, before the Temple of King Solomon
Strictly a word of mouth society only, with the first known written record dated 1390
Ritual virtually unchanged since the Grand Lodge of England formed in 1717

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:51 PM Posted by Rob Bryce

Freemasonry outlasts Empires

It started as a union of masons, skilled workers who were so rare and so in demand that they were "free" to travel across borders to work on sites all over the known world. To identify their membership, and their level of knowledge a complicated set of hidden hand signals and passwords were practiced. Masons were virtually all illiterate, so everything in their organization was memorized and communicated strictly by word of mouth.

These free masons stretch back as far as 832 BC, where hundreds of Fellowcraft were enlisted to build King Solomon's Temple. They continue through the dark ages and into the relatively modern times, when around the 1700's more aristocratic members were admitted, and over time formed the lodges we see today. Today's masons are not stone masons of old, but use centuries old rituals and traditions that were adopted from that ancient past to work together for the common good.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 7:27 PM Posted by Rob Bryce

Initiation... The first of Three steps

Two centuries ago initiations were held in the "Initiation Well" outside Quinta Da Regaleira, Portugal. We should all be so lucky. Today's initiations are held in lodge rooms, practising the same ritual that stretches back many centuries. There are plenty of information to be found on the web, and I can assure you, that I have yet to find anything close to the real thing.

What forms a bond between Freemasons is that you actually go through the initiation process three times. In between each there are a set of tasks you must perform to "prove" yourself. Masons respect hard work more than anything. Hard work is worth more to us than your salary, your age, race, or religion. You work to prove yourself, then we work to raise you to the next level. When your fellow masons see your results borne of hard work, you earn the respect of your peers.