Become a Mason
Who can be a Mason?
Organizations around the world practice slightly different forms of Freemasonry. The Grand Lodge of California admits men age 18 and older who believe in a supreme being and are found to be of good moral character. To become a Mason, a person must be recommended by two current members of the lodge and voted in unanimously by the members of a lodge.
Other Masonic groups have different requirements for membership—including co-ed and women’s lodges. For a list of other Masonic bodies in California, see here.
The reasons people become Masons are personal to them. However, some of the most common reasons include:
Forming lifelong friendships
Focusing on personal development
Being part of a historic organization you can take pride in
Meeting people from different backgrounds who share your values
Engaging with the community
Learning time-tested leadership skills
Enjoying regular social activities
Connecting with a global network
Why should I apply to join?
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What are the degrees of Masonry?
New members progress through three degrees of Freemasonry, culminating with the Master Mason degree. Each degree involves a ceremony where the moral and ethical teachings of Masonry are expressed and illustrated. One of the most rewarding parts of becoming a Mason is receiving your degrees—and supporting others as they get theirs.
There are three degrees, each containing unique life lessons.
First degree: Entered Apprentice
Second degree: Fellow Craft
Third degree: Master Mason
How do I apply?
Candidates typically apply directly to the Masonic lodge they intend to join. To do this, you can either approach a lodge directly and request information or fill out this request for information, and we’ll reach out to help answer questions and connect you to a lodge. If there are multiple lodges in your area, it’s often a good idea to visit several. Since each Masonic lodge has a unique identity, you’ll be able to tell which fits what you’re looking for.