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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.

At Downey United, a Mason Leaves an Artistic Legacy

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There’s no missing the massive, Egyptian-inspired wall art known as the Raj Mahal, executed by Mason artist Raj Champieri, at Downey United No. 220.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Member Profile: Eric de Jesus

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

In Benicia, a Historic Masonic Lodge, Now with LEDs

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The 18th century Benicia Masonic Hall, the oldest Masonic lodge in California, gets a 21st century makeover.

Lights Up at the Masonic

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It’s curtains up at the Masonic, one of San Francisco’s best-loved venues for music, comedy, and other shows.

Before the Ballot Box

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

Intelligent Design

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Decoding the patterns at the Masonic Homes.

In Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, a Masonic Whodunnit

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This fall, in ‘Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol’ on Peacock, a new Masonic mystery thriller hits the streaming airwaves.

Eye of the Beholder

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Could a hiding-in-plain-sight Masonic icon change the way we understand a Diego Rivera masterpiece?

Getting Back in the Swing

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California Masonic lodges return after more than a year apart.

Travelodge: In Vallejo, a Lodge-to-Loft Conversion

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A historic Masonic temple in Vallejo finds new life as artists’ lofts.

Flying Their Colors

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A new exhibition remembers when the Knights Templar came to town.

Past, Present

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What one lodge’s mothballed painting tells us about its earliest days

Pyramid Scheme

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A North Bay Mason’s curious claim on a mysterious icon

An Absolute Corker

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The inside story behind one of the most curious pseudo-Masonic rituals around.

The Code Breakers

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For more than 150 years, the Folger cipher had Masonic experts stumped—until Dr. Brent Morris and his team at the NSA took their turn.

Legion of Boom

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Marvel at the explosive bond between a group of pyrotechnic engineer Freemasons.

The Getaway Gang

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How a group of scooter-loving Masons found fellowship on two wheels

Little Treasures

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A woodworking hobbyist turns his sights on the Masonic lodge

A Homeric Tale: When the Simpsons Parodied Freemasonry

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On the 25th anniversary of the “Stonecutters” episode of The Simpsons, a look back at one of the greatest comic send-ups of Freemasonry ever.

He’ll Never Ride Alone Again

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How one Mason relied on his brothers for a solo 550-mile bike ride for charity.

Rising From The Ashes

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Musician Nate Smith of Table Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 124 in Paradise, California, turns loss into inspiration—and a fresh start.

The Architect of Fantasy

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Whether he’s designing digital monsters for Hollywood films or founding a new Masonic lodge, VFX expert Bryan Godwin knows the secret’s in sweating the details.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

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Meet the South Bay Mason who’s built a community on two wheels.

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