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With Freemasonry expanding to new jurisdictions, it can be tricky to remember what one can – and can’t – share. How does one navigate conversations?

Masons in California may discuss the principles, philosophies, and purposes of Freemasonry with Masons of rites and jurisdictions not recognized by the Grand Lodge of California. California Masons may not discuss the portions of the ritual that are in cypher, nor is intervisitation permissible.

CONSIDER THESE QUESTIONS FOR A PERSONAL AND MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION:

  • Why are you a Mason and what drew you
    to membership? 

  • What speaks to you most as a Mason?

  • What in yourself are you seeking to improve?

  • What are you hoping to give back to the organization? Your community?

HERE’S WHAT’S OFF LIMITS:

  • Discussing the portions of the ritual that are
    in cypher

  • Visiting tiled meetings of lodges not recognized by the Grand Lodge of California

The rules of engagement are simple, and you might find that members of other jurisdictions have an understanding of Masonry that is deeper, and more thoughtful, than the average member of the public. In fact, you might find that there is less that you can’t talk about, than what you can.

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