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What happens if I decide to join the Freemasons?

When you apply to be a member, we’ll suggest the best lodge for you to join based on what you tell us about your interests and experience. This may not necessarily be the nearest lodge to you geographically speaking. Each new member requires a ‘proposer’ and a ‘seconder’, and these may be people you already know. There is then a short meeting with existing members of the lodge, which is an opportunity for them to find out more about you, and for you to ask any questions you might have.

How much does it cost to be a Freemason?

Costs vary from lodge to lodge, but you can always find a lodge to suit your pocket. When you become a Mason, there is an initiation fee and an apron to buy, after which there is an annual subscription.

ln addition, it’s normal to have a meal after each meeting, and the cost of this can either be included in the annual subscription, or paid for at the time. Charitable donations are entirely up to you, and should always be without detriment to your other financial responsibilities. Similarly, you can join as many lodges as your time and finances can allow, should you wish.

Where and when do lodge meetings take place?

Lodge meetings for South Wales Masons are held in ‘Masonic Centres’ located in towns and cities across the region. In addition, facilities such as the Masonic Hall in Cardiff, as well as being shared by several lodges, are used for community functions, weddings, concerts, and various other events.

Lodge meetings typically take place monthly, but some lodges have meetings less frequently, or arrange them only outside key holiday periods. Details of locations and dates of lodge meetings can be found here.

What happens at a lodge meeting?

The first part of each meeting typically deals with administrative matters, such as proposing new members, voting on financial matters, and dealing with correspondence. Following this, there are ceremonies for admitting new Masons, and (once a year) the appointment of the Master and officers.

Why do you wear regalia?

Our regalia is both historical and symbolic, and an important feature of it is the apron. Originally used by medieval stonemasons to protect their clothing from dust and stone chippings, today the apron serves to indicate to members where they rank in the organisation. New members have a plain white apron, while senior Freemasons have aprons embellished with icons and emblems reflecting the experience that they have demonstrated.

What role does ritual play at meetings of the Freemasons?

We use rituals to remind ourselves of our historical roots, reinforce key lessons, and help us forge strong bonds of friendship through shared experience.

Our rituals use storytelling, drama and symbolism to impress upon members the principles and teachings of Freemasonry. This is much more effective than conveying these messages in matter-of-fact everyday language. Sometimes these rituals might seem strange or even amusing when taken out of context (like the rolling-up of trouser legs during admission ceremonies), but like many other aspects of Freemasonry, they have symbolic meaning, and we take them seriously.

Do Freemasons take oaths?

New members make solemn promises concerning their conduct in Lodge and in society, but do not swear allegiances to each other or to Freemasonry. Freemasons also promise to support others in times of need, but only if that support does not conflict with their duties to their god, the law, their family or with their responsibilities as a citizen.

How many degrees are there in Freemasonry?

Basic Freemasonry consists of three ‘Craft’ degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason) and the ‘Royal Arch’ degree. There are no short-cuts to getting these degrees, and all members must demonstrate their knowledge at each level before proceeding to the next.

In addition, there are many additional Masonic degrees and Orders, which further illustrate the principles stated in the Craft and Royal Arch degrees, but are not in any way superior to them.