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Masonic Rebirth Is an Infinite Loop

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The story of Freemasonry is one of death and rebirth. As recent events show, when it comes to California Masonry, what’s old is new again.

At the Masonic Homes of California, a Chance for New Beginnings

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For seniors at the Masonic Homes of California, moving in is an opportunity to focus on what matters most.

Member Profile: Greg McKenna

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Meet a tree-climbing Mason who’s “branching” out.

At the International Conference on Freemasonry, Exploring the Treasures in the Lodge Attic

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At the 11th International Conference on Freemasonry, expert historians train their sights on the lodge attic.

A Conversation with ChatGPT About Freemasonry

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What does ChatGPT have to say about Freemasonry? In the newest issue of California Freemason magazine, we asked the AI for its take.

Grand Master Randy Brill: Starting Again

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Grand Master of Masons of California Randall L. Brill explains how now’s the time for Freemasonry to begin again in California.

The Unique Charms of California’s Small-Town Masonry

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From Ferndale to Big Bear, California’s small-town Masonic lodges have their own unique character—and offer a model for community involvement.

Snapshot

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See fascinating and historic moments in California Freemasonry through our lens in our snapshot archive.

History Lives On at the Masonic Homes’ Siminoff Temple

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The Siminoff Temple at the Masonic Homes of California has a history going back over a century.

Lodge Profile: At Santa Barbara No. 192, a Renovation Outside and In

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At Santa Barbara No. 192, restoration of the ornate temple mirrors the revitalization happening inside the Masonic lodge.

The Lewis Degree: A Masonic Ceremony Generations in the Making

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For the select group of Masonic father-and-son combos, the Lewis Degree is a special ceremony binding generations of Masons.

Member Profile: Zahid Peoples

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Meet Zahid Peoples, a party-starting Bay Area Mason who hypes up crowds from sports games to music festivals.

In Masterpiece’s ‘Endeavour,’ a Masonic Mystery Takes Shape

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In Endeavour, the Masterpiece mystery and prequel to Inspector Lewis, the Masonic lodge is given the third degree.

Grand Master Wilkins: A Grand Lodge for All

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Grand Master Jeffery M. Wilkins reflects on the importance of our Grand Lodge temple—and its wonderful potential.

In San Diego, a Lodge Degree Is Masterfully Done

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A San Diego Masonic lodge holds a special second degree ceremony with current masters sitting in every lodge position.

Freemasonry in Brazil: When Masonry Went Pop

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In the past two decades, the number of Freemasons in Brazil has practically exploded. Inside a cultural and fraternal phenomenon.

The Rite Stuff: The Many Masonic Rituals of Latin America

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From Mexico to Argentina, Latin American countries embody a wide range of Masonic rituals, from the familiar to the highly esoteric.

For a Latin Folk Singer, a Masonic Message Behind the Lyrics

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A Latin folk musician and Freemason, Alejandro Laborde goes behind the Masonic meaning of some of his favorite lyrics.

For Masons at Burning Man, a Lodge on the Playa

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For the small band of Masons who make the annual trek to Black Rock Desert, the echoes between Burning Man and Freemasonry are unmistakable.

Lodge Profile: At Napa Valley No. 93, a Wine Country Lodge Pays It Forward

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How Napa Valley Masonic Lodge No. 93 used its greatest asset—the impressive Ritchie Block building in St. Helena—to pay it forward.

With ‘The Pentaverate,’ Secret Societies Are Suddenly Everywhere on TV

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Led by ‘The Pentaverate’ and ‘The Lost Symbol,’ allusions to secret fraternal organizations based on Freemasonry are suddenly everywhere.

For Fans of Emperor Norton, a Legacy Lives On

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150 years after he first proposed the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the legendary eccentric and Freemason Emperor Norton may finally get his due.

Grand Master Wilkins: The Importance of Crossing Borders

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Grand Master Jeffery Wilkins on how Freemasonry can help members form bonds with members from other countries, particularly in Latin America.

For Rainbow Girls, a Century of Change—and Continuity

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As the Masonic youth order Rainbow Girls celebrates its centennial, a look back on all that’s changed, and all that hasn’t.

Donor Profile: Patrick Muldoon

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A bridge-building Bay Area Mason reflects on the importance of charity, giving back, and offering Masonic relief.

He Studied Near-Death Experiences. They Taught Him About the ‘Great Beyond.’

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A psychologist from the Masonic Center for Youth and Families is an expert on near-death experiences—and what they tell us about grief.

For Masonic Artifact Collectors, They’re Another Man’s Treasure

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To some, collecting Masonic artifacts, rings, aprons, and jewelry isn’t just a hobby. It’s a craze.

Lodge Profile: La Jolla No. 518, the Masonic Diplomat’s Lodge

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In San Diego, get to know a diversity-focused lodge where membership is an international Masonic melting pot.

For 2022, Masons4Mitts Returns with a Focus on More than the Mitt

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Masons4Mitts returns for another season with the support of the Masons of California and the California Masonic Foundation.

Member Profile: Eric de Jesus

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Get to know California Freemason Eric de Jesus, a Master Mason and master of taekwondo.

Through Masonic Outreach Services, a Lifeline to Those in Need

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Thanks to lodge volunteers, Masonic Outreach Services can be everywhere to provide support to those in need.

A Time of Rebirth

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Grand Master Jeffery M. Wilkins on how Freemasonry connects to life, death, and the cycle of renewal.

Member Profile: Austin Davis

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A Mason and conductor putting Native American music on the map.

Tune Squad

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Meet the L.A. lodge with a distinctly musical bent.

Gaga for Googie

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Celebrating one of the state’s most architecturally distinctive Masonic temples.

Before the Ballot Box

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The inside scoop on how the junior grand warden is chosen.

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