Blue Lodge Masonry

Please note, all of these descriptions and opinions are what I know from being a Mason in the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the State of Connecticut, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

The Masonic Lodge is commonly referred to as a "Blue Lodge." Some have said it is because the ceiling of the lodge is painted blue. While that's not the case in every lodge room I have been in, the ceiling of the lodge does represent the sky.

In any case, the Blue Lodge is where a man takes the three degrees of Masonry, meets to conduct business, and enjoys the fraternal bonds of his fellow brothers.

The three degrees are termed Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. These titles and degrees derive from the ancient trade guilds. A man could spend seven years as an entered apprentice learning the craft, and then work as a fellowcraft for years. Over time, if he proved himself worthy, he would be given the secrets of a master craftsman, and could then direct projects and oversee and plan the work. One explanation I have read is that the Master Mason's secret was know how to "square the circle" -- creating a true right angle by which a fellowcraft's square could be measured to ensure that it was still square.

In this day and age of instant gratification, instantaneous technological communication, and fast-paced life, it is nice to have a place where some of the older ways of doing things are still practiced. For example, in England, it is not uncommon for a man to spend a year as an Entered Apprentice, a year as a Fellowcraft and only then take his Master Mason degree.

Also in this day and age where there is so much to do and so little time to do it, the memberships in all fraternal and service groups are dwindling. That is common across the board. However, of late, within the past year, it seems as if this trend may be reversing itself, with memberships in fraternal organizations somewhat on the rise.

If you are at all interested in having an opportunity to grow as a man, meet and get to know some men of high moral value, and do some good for your community, then perhaps you should check out this link, and read the Frequently Asked Questions, and decide for yourself if Masonry is something you might like.