What is Freemasonry?
We encourage you to knock on the door of Freemasonry and discuss this question directly with its members. Lodge St john obtained its Charter from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and so we have reproduced here the answer given by the Grand Lodge. A clear understanding of what Freemasonry is can be usually garnered from direct discussions with members of the lodge, and this forms an essential part of the process for interested gentlemen prior to Initiation.
You can learn more about the Grand Lodge of Scotland and all its lodges by visiting the website https://www.grandlodgescotland.com/
Lodge St John is also a daughter lodge of the Grand Lodge of Scotland’s District Grand Lodge of the Middle East, which is comprised of 22 lodges throughout Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Freemasonry is a Brotherhood of men sharing a focus on moral and spiritual values, dedicated to the ideals of promoting Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Every member is expected to profess a belief in God, regardless of their religion, and abide by the laws of the country of their residence. Freemasonry uses allegories and symbolism to teach liberal arts and sciences which form the basis of the ancient traditions. In essence, it inspires men to become a better version of themselves.
An initiatory experience
Becoming a freemason is a strange experience, for most of us quite unlike anything else we have ever experienced. As the word implies, it offers a unique experience that paves the way to a better self-understanding. The ceremony is made possible by an entire team of Lodge Members who work hard to ensure you are received amongst a band of true Brothers.
The Masonic journey
The path is considered to be an individual experience, or journey, albeit one taken with the help, assistance and guidance of other Freemasons. The meaning and interpretation of Scottish Masonic Ritual, Regalia and Symbolism, for good reason, is not fixed and is left to the interpretation of the individual Freemason. This is one reason why Scottish Freemasonry remains unique in the world and long may it remain so.
Scottish Freemasonry, governed by its Grand Lodge, represents Lodges with the oldest recorded history in the world today with boasts a rich heritage that has spread over the entire world. The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland works hard to serve its Lodges by maintaining the ancient mysteries and traditions and, at the same time, keeping in sync with the developments and demands of the modern world.