“A peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory which is illustrated by signs and symbols”
“Freemasonry is an ancient and honourable society” (Grand Lodge of Scotland, 2021). It is the worlds oldest and largest fraternal and charitable organisation. Although a belief in a Supreme Being is required to join it is not a religion and our members abstain from discussing matters of religion and politics.
It can mean many different things to the millions who range under its banners across the world who come from a diverse variety of cultures and creeds. To some, it may be a source of meeting new people and forming new friendships from all walks of life. For others, it is about charity and being able to help those less fortunate than themselves and for others, it is merely a hobby.
It is a moral system portrayed through a series of ritualistic ceremonies that guide good men (rough and unpolished stones), to become better men (the smooth and polished stones), that will lay the foundations for the moral building they have begun to erect when they join.