A Mason is a 'Free' man or woman of good will and high
ethical standards. He/she believes in the freedom of conscience and desires to
work for the moral and intellectual improvement of humanity. This requires a
high level of commitment as well as sincerity and humility in the search for
truth and devotion to the well being of ones fellow man.
Freemasonry is a traditional philanthropic, philosophic
and initiatory Society based upon Fraternity and Sisterhood. Its methods
represent an access to perfectibility and to self-discovery through the use of
Its symbolism and philosophy teach Freemasons the real
integration between Nature and Mankind. Thus understood, Freemasonry is a
Universal Alliance based on solidarity.
Freemasonry does not make any distinction between
nationalities, race, religious belief or philosophical view, wealth or social
standing. It promotes the freedom of conscience.
Our womens Freemasonry is neither political nor
dogmatic. It is not a social club.
many Lodges from the WGLB ( Womens Grand Lodge of Belgium ) exist in the USA
- Universalis (NYC)
- Aletheia (L.A)
- Emounah. Washington D.C
there a difference between the Masonic Obediences
We are an adogmatic Obedience (complete freedom of
All adogmatic Obediences established in the USA have the
same Masonic principles. They may, however, differ slightly in terms of:
- All feminine, all masculine, or mixed.
- Choices in the Rituals: French Rite / Ancient and
Accepted Scottish rite.
- Languages (English / French / Spanish)
- Decorum and clothing worn in the Temple
does Freemasonry do
Freemasonry is a methodic path leading towards a certain
Freemasonry does not contain and does not authorize any
Freemasonry appeals to all people of good will who desire
to cooperate in the moral and intellectual improvement of society.
Freemasonry helps Masons in their spiritual growth and care for humanity.
Masons learn to understand the beauty of Symbolism
(through the study of Masonic tools) and the practice of Philosophy (through lectures
in the Lodges/Temples).
He/she also develops an awareness of the moral and social
problems facing humanity.
Masons apply the motto: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity in the Lodge
and also in their daily lives.
is considered a moral imperative.
Masons obey the Rules of their Obedience and their Lodge.
Masons respect the laws and legitimate authority of the
country in which they hold their meetings.
Freemasonry a sect
Freemasonry is not closed to the outside world and is,
therefore, not a sect.
A Mason is a Free thinker who acts inside and outside
according to his/her ideas. Freemasonry does not coerce anyone. On the
contrary, Freemasonry stimulates free spirit and open opinion. Freemasons are
responsible for their own development and progression without any kind of
Freemasonry a religion
Freemasonry is neither a religion nor a substitute for a
religion. It does not propose any system of faith whatsoever.
In our Freemasonry, there is no attempt to combine
religions. There is, therefore, no composite Masonic God.
Liberal Freemasonry does not have any dogma or theology.
It does not offer any sacrament. It does not pretend to lead to Salvation
through works, or secret teachings, or any other means.
Our liberal Masonry is secretive to a certain extent. It
would be more appropriate to say that Masonry requires discretion.
Freemasonry is a technical method to work. Each member
understands and experiences this differently in his/her life and would be
incapable to explain it to a non-Mason. In that sense, it is his/her secret
It is generally forbidden to divulge the name of another
Mason and also to mention what occurred in the Lodge/Temple.
However a Mason is free to mention that he/she belongs to
happens at a Lodge meeting
Masons are builders; to build you need to work.
Masons work together in the Lodge/Temple in order to
build their inner
Temple, following a Ritual and using symbolic tools.
The Ritual is important in that it transposes in a
different frame of mind, away from the profane world, and encourages to reflect
and be more receptive to the Masonic teachings.
The Masons regularly write and read in the Lodge/Temple, a symbolic, philosophical, or social paper
(also called - Pieces of Architecture -) that is subsequently discussed. Such a
process helps them grow and develop their reflective minds.
They learn to listen and respect others points of view.
When the meeting is over, they all share a meal/snack,
called - Agape - (fraternal meal), an opportunity to develop friendships.
does Masonry use symbols
- Symbols have an esoteric purpose; it is a method that suggests what cannot be transmitted by teaching or direct representation. It
allows the Mason to integrate his/her part of personal intuition to go toward
the discovery of his/her secret truth. Thus we can consider the symbol as an
initiatic principle. The goal of symbolism is to link the mind of humans to
what transcend it, bond the element to the whole and to the universal.-
does Masonry teach
Self-discovery - Moral improvement - Awareness of deeper
meanings in life Sincerity - Respect of the other - Humility - Tolerance -
Commitment - Fraternal love .
are the requirements for membership and how does a woman become a Mason
- In the WGLB, women need to be 25 years old in order to
- Accept to have 3 interviews with different Sisters of
- If this process is positive, the candidate, blindfolded, will answer
questions from the members of the Lodge.
- A vote for/against her Initiation will
Once initiated, the following is required of her:
- A serious extended commitment to the meetings in Lodge,
twice a month.
and activities in Lodge.
- Writing pieces of Architecture.
- Acceptance of the financial requirements by the
- Acceptance of the rules of the Lodge.
Women's Lodge in Los Angeles No. 32 Chartered by the Women's Grand Lodge of Belgium (GLFB - WGLB)