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Are there any Freemasons on here? What do you know about them?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by MatticusMania, Dec 6, 2011.


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  1. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Ive been looking into their organization, and Im interested in possibly becoming a part of it. Are there any Mason bass players on TB?
     
  2. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Ditto, VERY curious...

    Subscribed!
     
  3. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Chicago
    I'm curious, too. I'd like to find someone to do brick and other masonry work for no pay.:bag:
     
  4. jaywa

    jaywa

    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Very intriguing question... but I'm not sure you'll get a lot of info on that here. There's a reason it's called a secret society.
     
  5. My parents nearly got into one of these societies; I don't know anything about them at all, but (according to my 'rents) they can have a darker side...
     
  6. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer

    " Our hero , master Yeats , approaches the grand wazoo for ........................

    the initiate kiss . Puckering and prostrate , he realizes it's ..............................

    Aunt Beru?

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
     
  7. hdracer

    hdracer

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Just want to let you know that any real mason is not going to talk about it in a online forum or even real life. It just is not talked about.
     
  8. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Actually, these days they refer to it as a "Society with secrets". A lot of there work can be found online, and its certain part of their rituals, such as handshakes that would let another know that you are a Freemason, and initiation rites, that are kept secret from the public. So far as Im told.

    I inquired about more info online, and yesterday received a call from a Master Mason at a local lodge, who invited to come check out a meeting/dinner thats going down tomorrow evening.

    I think that the whole "darker side" and a lot of conspiracy theories regarding the Masons are just that... theories. There was a time in history when the Freemasons were viewed in a bad light.

    Literature Ive read regards the Freemasons as a fraternity interested in philosophy, philanthropy, and the pursuit of knowledge.

    Masons of California
     
  9. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Around here they are just called the Masons. I have an uncle who wears a ring with their sigil, but I've never asked him about it and he's never said anything about it.

    If the rest of them are as stuffed a shirt as he is, it would be one big snorefest. Perhaps my stodgy old oncle has a hidden wild side, but I'd bet he wouldn't say s&!t if he had a mouthful.

    I once worked for a guy who also wore a ring with the Masonic sigil, and I was with him one day when he got stopped for speeding. The cop mentioned the ring and they did some hand stuff out of my sight (the secret handshake perhaps ;)) and the cop let him go.

    Oh and BTW, unless things have changed, you must be approached by a member, you can't apply for membership.
     
  10. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Are you making this statement as a Mason, yourself? Ive heard this fact disputed in literature. Im not seeking details into the organization itself, but rather what it means to be a member.

    It is my understanding that his is not true.
     
  11. Find your local masonic lodge (wouldn't be hard, you could find it online or a local building with the freemasons logo on it), walk in and start shaking hands :p
     
  12. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Im actually doing just that tomorrow.
     
  13. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I'll call my unc today and ask him.
     
  14. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    The literature I was sent says "One of Masonry's traditions is that we do not solicit members. Men must seek membership on their own initiative."

    Though, once one begins to seek said membership one must become sponsored and be approved.
     
  15. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy


    This is wonderful advice. ;)


    MatticusMania
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    Originally Posted by fhm555 View Post
    I'll call my unc today and ask him.

    The literature I was sent says "One of Masonry's traditions is that we do not solicit members. Men must seek membership on their own initiative."

    Though, once one begins to seek said membership one must become sponsored and be approved.

    :)

    Edit to add this --- If you want to learn what it is they are about and more to the point how the members of the lodge nearest you "get on" and such. Volunteer to help in a Shriner activity. It's a great way to meet the folks and see what it is that lodge is about. It's also great fun to help folks out ;)
     
  16. ILLUMINATI!
     
  17. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I once had a lengthy conversation with a friend about the Freemasons. Apparently you need to be invited by a member to join, information is given at a "need to know" basis, many U.S. presidents have been/are Freemasons, A member must do what is asked of them without question, and they have a dark side.

    Also most interesting (to me) is that masonic buildings do not have windows. A drive around around the city confirmed the no windows part. But all this should be taken with a grain of salt since my friend was not a Freemason, and therefore was going on information he had collected from God knows where.

    However here is my personal experience with a Freemason, a former co-worker, Ed: Ed wore a Freemason ring, and also had a decal on the rear window of his car. I was a young dumb kid of 19 at the time and had never heard of the Freemasons, so I asked him what the ring meant. I had seen the symbol before, and it must signify something since it was also on the back of his car. All he would tell me was that the 'G' stood for "good guy," nothing more. Some other people chirped in and said, "that's a masonic ring, Ed's a Freemason."

    So naturally I asked, "what's a Freemason?" The only answer I got was that it's similar to the grand poo-bah club that Howard Cunningham was a member of on 'Happy Days.'

    Ed was also an alcoholic and lived in the same apartment complex as my good friend, Corey. Ed would down about 5 or 6 beers at lunch and just as many on the drive home. One day, I was dropping off my car for new brakes so Corey met me after work to give me a ride home.

    After dropping off my car we were on our way to Corey's apartment and we see Ed pulled over by the police. "Oh, crap!" we said. "Ed's gettin' a OUI!" (in Maine an OUI is the same as a DWI. it stands for "operating under the influence") So anyhoo, we get to Corey's place and we're out dicking around with his car stereo, when here comes Ed, driving into the parking lot, followed by the police. Ed honks, he and the cop wave to each other and the cop drives away.

    Corey and I go up to Ed and ask him how the heck he got out of that. Now Ed's car reeks of weed and there are a few empty beer cans on the floor. Ed tells us that the cop was also a Freemason, noticed the decal on Ed's back window, and decided to escort him home. True story.

    It is my opinion that the Freemasons are controlled by the Illuminati and/or reptilians, and are carrying out their work for global domination. Whether this is good or bad, I have no idea. But probably bad.
     
  18. My brother is a Mason, and a couple of years ago he invited me to join the Freemasons. I declined, since I don't believe in joining any groups, whether fraternal, political, or whatever. I belong to the Brotherhood of the Bass, but that's about it for me. :)
     
  19. Corey Y

    Corey Y Guest

    Jun 3, 2010
    My dad and grandfather both were and each the head/president/grand dragon/whatever of the local chapter at some point while they did it. I have zero interest, personally. My dad was very into it when I was younger up through high school, but lost interest after a while. I think because there were very few people involved under the age of 70 at the time and he got a little fed up with some of the cranky attitudes. There's nothing nefarious to it, it's a judeo-christian fraternal organization. Maybe there was a nefarious upper class conspiracy element to chapters of it at some point, same can be said of any organization that's based on fraternity/exclusivity if bad apples take advantage of it. I find myself defending it occasionally, I don't really have a stake in it, but only because I hear some ridiculously far fetched rumors about it and I feel like interjecting some reason. Same as if I heard someone say you can't play metal on a P-bass.
     

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