Freemasonry with its long standing traditions and landmarks has many things to offer. Though it is not for everyone, an educated decision on your part is only possible through experience. The best steps forward on this path all involve interacting with a lodge.
Typically, the process is as follows:
- The applicant fills out a petition. The petition asks for two sponsors, though if you meet and talk with the officers of a Lodge, they can usually find sponsors or act as sponsors themselves if you do not know anyone in the lodge.
- The petition is read at the Lodge during the next business meeting. A committee is formed to investigate the candidate. (Your sponsors will explain the schedule to you based on their knowledge of the Lodge's meetings/events.)
- The committee meets with the candidate to answer questions, ascertain that he meets the criteria for membership, and find out a little about him. The committee also contacts the character references listed on the petition (typically asking if they know any reason why the candidate should not be accepted, etc.)
- The committee reports back to the lodge during the next business meeting. After 30 days has passed, the candidate is voted on. If accepted, someone from the lodge (often the Secretary) contacts the candidate and informs him that he has been accepted and schedules a date for the (first) Entered Apprentice degree.
OK, I'm interested — how do I proceed?
If you know a Mason, ask him about membership. He'll be glad to tell you all about the Craft and the Lodge.
If not please The "Petition for the Degrees" link to the right is the application within this jurisdiction. Download it, fill it out, and visit a Lodge near you.