What Did The Mysterious Secret Society Of Freemasons Actually Do

What Did The Mysterious Secret Society Of Freemasons Actually Do


When most of us hear the word “freemason”
we usually think of a band of brothers that stretches across the world, a fraternity of
moneyed men who engage in strange rituals and greet each other with a secret handshake. These people belonging to this mysterious
nexus believe in a higher power and together they share secrets and protect each other. And when they meet at the lodge they do so
with the doors closed to the world. What happens at the lodge stays at the lodge. The Master leads the ceremonies, and what
he says will never become public knowledge. The fact freemasonry is shrouded in so much
secrecy does of course elicit us non-freemason to be curious, so today we’ll try to separate
the facts from the myth. But let’s first go back to the beginning
and see how it all got started. What we know as freemasonry goes back to what
were called the guilds of stonemasons and cathedral builders back in Middle Ages Britain. A guild was a kind of an association for certain
kinds of artisans or merchants, so you could call them clubs for skilled workers. If you look at documents as far back as the
13th century you can find mentions of freemasonry, although the language used is either Latin
or Norman French. So, it goes back a long way. As you know, a mason is someone who works
with stone, and the free part was supposed to signify just that, that these skilled artisans
were not feudally bound. They were free. A potential medieval Master Mason as a kid
would be educated in languages and math, and when in his teens he would learn how to work
with stone. Let’s remember that building things back
then was very important, so learning how to work with stone was seen as a huge deal. As the kid grew into an adult he would become
a journeyman, and once he became a master mason he would gain a lot of respect. So, now you can see why these guilds were
respected. In the 17th and 18th centuries these evolved
into modern freemasonry, and people belonging to this order believed in a higher power and
brotherhood, with the masonic rituals based on the myth of King Solomon’s Temple. You can find manuscripts belonging to freemasonry
that talk about the masons that built this temple. There were lots of manuscripts and these have
been studied since. We won’t go into what they all contain,
but later they evolved into what are called Freemasonry constitutions. It’s said about 100 such manuscripts still
exist, but very few of them contain details of rituals and rites of passage. All you really need to know is that there
were lots of different groups of masons and lots of texts talking about codes of conduct
and sometimes rituals. Masons basically joined ceremonies and members
had certain rules to follow based on chivalry. In 1717 the first Grand Lodge was established
in England, and after that came more lodges. You could call the Grand Lodge the governing
body and lodges branches of that body. What’s important to mention is that freemasonry
was not especially a religious order, and it actually at times banged heads with the
Roman Catholic church. As we said, Freemasons believed and still
believe in a higher power, but you are not supposed to discuss religion in regular Freemasonry. Talking about politics is also verboten, although
in short there was a split in Freemasonry and some masons refused to follow the order
that masons must believe in a deity. That order came from the United Grand Lodge
of England, and what happened was a masonry schism, meaning split, and then we got both
Continental and Anglo-American Freemasonry. For instance, the latter group doesn’t allow
political discussion but the former does. The split was a big issue, and the two groups
engaged in rivalry over the years. This was significant, and it’s written that
this rivalry in part contributed to the rift that started the Mexican civil war. So, there have been splits and disagreements
among freemasons. They are not all alike. Some branches for instance allow women to
join, and while freemasonry is global it’s written that masons in Anglo-Saxon countries
were predominantly white protestants. There are also other branches that don’t
belong to the official order of freemasonry, so it’s actually quite complicated and the
reported six million members don’t all follow the same rules. But what are the rules? What do these people do? What’s actually the point of becoming a
freemason? If African political leaders and wealthy American
businessmen belong to masonic orders, surely there is something to it? In 2018 the BBC did an interview with a freemason,
although this was a freemason belonging to a women’s lodge. Her husband was a mason, too. She said there is nothing too strange about
it, but she did have to pass three freemasonry degrees to achieve her leading role at the
lodge. When you get this third degree you become
a fully-fledged mason. She didn’t give her name to the BBC, well,
they didn’t print it we mean, and she would not discuss what goes down at the ceremonies. Those ceremonies are led by a master, but
what he or she says cannot become public knowledge. Not surprisingly, this kind of secrecy leads
non-masons to thinking something really weird must happen, but all she said was that it’s
like being in a play and you just do your bit. She said there is no back-slapping and she
doesn’t take part in any kind of nepotism, meaning she’s not rubbing shoulders with
people to get ahead in her line of work. She said this to the BBC, “It’s a bit like
Facebook in that way. You will come across people you’ve met in
the past, certainly if you’ve lived in the area for a number of years. We come from all walks of life and professions
but it becomes a network.” She did say that the ceremonies are still
based on the myth of King Solomon’s Temple, but refused to say anything else. This wasn’t good enough for us at the Infographics
Show, and we wanted to know more. We read that masons are supposed to follow
a certain kind of etiquette, but the problem is these codes of conduct are also kept secret. We found out that masons are expected to learn
about rituals, history, freemason symbols, and people are supposed to understand how
to act as a mason. You have to give the Worshipful Master his
due respect, and that means knowing where to stand when he is around. You can’t just turn up to a lodge with a
bottle of beer in hand and start mingling. There are strict rules to follow as to how
you should comport yourself. According to one website, it’s a bit like
school. You have to sit in the right place, wear the
right clothes, stand when you speak, and it’s considered bad manners to talk when others
are talking. When the master bangs that gavel, you must
obey. If you don’t, it’s said to be a massive
discourtesy. Don’t turn your back on this guy when he
speaks, and some lodges will have a salute you give to him. It sounds strict, and it is. You must also have good posture, or try to
have, and don’t go around telling stories about your blocked toilet bowl. No “off-color” stories we are told, and
it goes without saying that your phone should not start beeping during the ceremony. You will know all this of course because you
have read the codes of conduct and from the day you go to your first meeting you’ll
be following these codes as you become an Entered Apprentice, a Fellow Craft and in
the end a Master Mason. Part of these meetings will include giving
degrees to members who have climbed a ranking, this we know for sure. It’s said that this graduation type ceremony
is one of the biggest reasons they have ceremonies. Yes, people listen to the master and they
follow the rules and they say hello to their mason buddies, but it seems many of the meetings
are about giving degrees and telling people how to act when this happens. One person wrote that these ceremonies are
basically an exercise in administration. He wrote, “Deep and unfettered conversations
on philosophy, science, arts, society, psychology, governance, foundational texts are very rare
these days, especially in the US and Canada.” Another mason wrote that when he meets usually
the start includes talking about the last meeting and the minutes of that meeting. They might then discuss older members and
new members, or just talk about things that need to be paid for, such as getting a new
roof. He wrote this:
“Often there are various announcements of upcoming events, discussion of community projects,
or planning for a future activity. Some meetings are reserved for ceremonies
– such as admitting a new brother or advancing one to a higher degree. Others might honor members who have a substantial
history of service in the Masons. Still other meetings may have an educational
presentation. In my jurisdiction – Connecticut – the Grand
Lodge requires every meeting to have at least some component of Masonic Education.” As we said, he wrote that during these ceremonies
they must follow strict codes of conduct, so it’s a rather serious affair. He said at the end of this serious part, though,
there are refreshments and people chat more informally. It all sounds a bit like a cross between a
business meeting and a graduation, and perhaps at times a TedX just with funny clothes and
upright postures. So, why is all this secret? Another freemason said while when they make
a member of the public a freemason during a ritual it’s supposed to be secret, it’s
hardly the biggest secret in the world. He said yes, they don’t publish this ritual,
but who publishes private business meetings. Those rituals can change based on the lodge,
but in the end the ceremony is about these old codes of conduct and what it means to
be a freemason. It’s not as if babies are being sacrificed
for the great higher power or members engage is orgiastic behavior while howling like banshees
under a blood moon. You just need to know the secret codes to
get in, just like entering a combination code on a lock. Every freemason we found online said the same
thing. It’s business, graduation, talking about
members, and bringing in new members. You’ve just got to follow the protocols. Remember, stand up straight, listen to the
master, and don’t let your Kanye West & Lil Pump ringtone go off during the ceremony. One journalist who interviewed a freemason
in the UK said when he entered the lodge it was full of freemasonry symbols. He was told that during meetings people have
to stand in the correct place. It’s important where you stand in relation
to the master. He was told that new masons are given the
rules, learn the codes, and are told how to recognize another mason when not in a meeting. This might not always be a secret handshake,
but it is kept a secret. If you are a mason and you talk about this
to other non-masons you will likely be thrown out of the order. Another journalist who’d interviewed a freemason
was told there are not just secret ways to know who is a mason but each degree of freemasonry
has its own password. This was in his lodge at least. When asked if anything weird went on, the
mason said no, adding, “We had a man who joined our lodge, he took the first degree
and was disappointed that there was nothing happening in the way of anything sinister
and he left.” He also said, “Here in Ireland we have a
strict constitution which we follow closely. I heard that there is a group of people in
Ireland who are going into the rituals more deeply, but I don’t think there’s anything
untoward going on there.” He said at his lodge it’s all about dressing
up, doing some rituals, then having a good old chat. He said where he goes if you want to join
you’ll have to be interviewed, have a background check, and then it goes to the vote using
black and white beans. If they like you, you’re in. Too many black beans, and you’re not welcome. After hearing all this, would you like to
be a freemason? Are you already one of them and can you tell
us more? Tell us in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other video
The Most Powerful Families Who Secretly Run The World? Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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  • I bet they say either of these two phrases: "Nothing is true, everything is permitted." and "May the Father of Understanding guide us"

  • How we see the freemasons: mysterious and potentially dangerous.

    What the freemasons actually are: laughing at memes, watching anime and subscribed to pewdiepie

  • Hey guys (and girls), I am a freemason (and in the scottish constitution)
    Few things. Great infographic post.
    The formal definition is "its a system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols", meaning its a society that has a base in teaching men morals and virtues through stories and using symbols. Not all people historically were scholars and able to read, hence the need for symbols (such as the squares, and compass) to teach and remind them of these morals and virtues.
    The point of Freemasonry is to teach men to be better men, to contribute more to the society around them, in the forms of charity ,support and personal growth.
    The secrecy gives the whole system its value. The historical significance, well, there were no CV's or ways people could guarantee their knowledge and experience on a construction site, so as a travelling mason, a secret word and handshake were given for different levels of experience.

    In closing, examples of the charity work done are;
    – Paying for the education of learners that are not able to afford school (Primary school, high school and university)
    – Assisting families that are in distress ( due to fire, theft, illness)
    – Assisting the elderly
    – Assisting communities.

  • Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble were in a Lodge too, the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes, a spoof of secret societies and men's clubs like the Freemasons. Anyone remembers?

  • My uncle is a Freemason. I've always thought that to become one, you had to know someone who knows someone etc. My local Freemason lodge is taking online applications.

  • This video is full of erroneous info. I don't know if you took certain things out of context or used poetic license to make it sound different than it actually is but, as a Freemason, I would never use this video to explain Freemasonry to my friends or family. I would actually advise anyone who has questions NOT to watch this video due to its misleading nature. It's unfortunate that videos like this exist because it's a great organization.

  • I'm planning on becoming a free Mason when I turn 18, my dad is very high ranked in our local lodge so I already know a bunch of the rituals. Dont know anything about codes though. I'll keep most of what I know secret though because I dont wanna be thrown out before I even join lol.

  • My dad has been a Freemason my whole life, he’d leave every year at this certain time for a week or so wearing a all black suit and brim hat with a black briefcase, someone wearing the same would pick him up in a black car every time for years, they had this whole handshake greeting system. He also would read from this little book in another language, I asked him once what exactly was he reading and he said “it’s nothing for you to ever know unless when I am old enough to pledge to the brotherhood “. I never did pledge so I guess I’ll never know…

  • Funny enough, my dad is a bricklayer and got the offer to join the freemasons by his colleague, who had already discussed it with their master. Unfortunatly he turned the offer down. I think it's too bad that he turned it down, it would had been so cool and a great opportunity for him.

  • This honestly just sounds like an secret exclusive club by/for rich people just so they can have a special club to feel special.

  • I guess it takes one to know one, and you must know one to be one, so I don't know how anyone like me could even become one in the first place.

  • As the current Worshipful Master of my lodge I can say this is all accurate. Aside from not discussing what you found in your toilet bowl. Our lodge is pretty laid back and we joke a lot.
    Always a lot of laughter, although we don’t joke around during rituals; those are supposed to be serious.
    Rituals are definitely not sinister. They’re mostly about philosophy and morals in a sort of play. Usually about the time of King Solomon. If you join Scottish Rite, there are some deeper “occult”-like lessons but also nothing sinister. More just expression of all religion. Some ancient Egypt and Kabbalah stuff.
    Blue lodge is different though (first 3 degrees). There’s 32 degrees in both York Rite and Scottish Rite. York Rite is a purely Christian organization (hence the highest degree, Knights Templar).

  • Seriously? are you not going to talk about all the philanthropic things that freemasons do? The craft of freemasonry is philanthropic, and to pass on the traditions of freemasonry from our ancestors to us.

  • Interfere in politics an business where ever they are theres reason certain people wont even let them in there countrys for me real hidden hand making sure plans of nwo an cabal come off for years

  • Please be aware that membership of this organisation is totally and utterly inconsistent with following the plain words of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and that those who persist in the iniquity of Freemasonic doctrine and practice until the end of their lives can only expect to perish everlastingly.

  • Freemasonry is all about solicitation for membership, which makes the first degree fraudulent. They can't seriously think they emerged from real Masonry.

  • Pretty accurate video for the most part. Fraternal Greetings to Brethern around the globe from W. Bro. Benjamin A. Dotten. C.W. Saunders Masonic Temple #125. Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • About 70% of what you said was absolutely false I am a Master Mason of the blue Lodge of California. Women are not allowed to join Masonic lodges. There are female lodges in California, but they are not true Masonic lodges as they are not chartered by the Grand Lodge No woman's Lodge in the United States is chartered by a Grand Lodge.

  • You cant call yourself "free" when they put execution rope around your neck and point a dagger to your chest. Thats what they hide in the first ceremony, and its called slavery to a secret power… Its not a secret, its the devil himself.

  • So they interviewed freemasons at a low degree then assume nothing suspicious and also assume nothing suspicious further up just because brothers of freemasonry say nothing dodgy happens further up, they don't even have a password for the degrees further up let alone know what happens further up, how's a 3rd degree going to know what a 33rd degree gets up to, whoever created this video is bad at detective work, especially showing a bias towards favouring freemasonry as being nothing to be suspicious about just through analysing opinions and comments from lower degree freemasons

  • I am a Freemason and an officer in my lodge, this video was surprisingly accurate.! I’ll make a brief comment about the secrecy aspect: The rituals are an incredible and emotional experience and if you knew ahead of what would happen it won’t have the same impact! It’s like going to see a movie but someone has already told you what will happen and how it ends, it’s just not meaningful. Another thing is that you are assigned a coach to help you progress your way up. It’s during those times with your coach that you really get to delve into the world of masonry. If anyone has other questions, feel free to ask!

  • Mason since 2012, we give away 1.5 million dollars A DAY to various charitable causes. In our lodge, ARCHIMEDES, we have lectures on arts, sciences, literature, maths, archaeology…Our last lecture was on the NEO'S orbiting earth, how many, how big, how dangerous…VERY FASCINATING. NEO= Near Earth Orbits (ASTEROIDS) The lecture came from a scientist from JPL labs.

  • In portugal you pay monthly to be in the lodge, they discuss politics and business, actually many of our politician's are in a Mason lodge

  • Thay mostly a organisation that donates a lot to charitys thares nothing strange about them it's just a private club thay do a dinner after the meeting

  • One of the best and most accurate videos ever put out by a profane. You give me hope that the right information is out there to find.

  • There’s a Freemason temple at the top of my road I’ve lived on the same road for 21 years and, not once have I ever seen anyone go in or out of that place and, I’ve only ever seen the lights on twice and on both occasions it was late at night that place is really creepy

  • I wanted to join the freemasons before. Infact I was invited for dinner a few times from different lodges… then I found out they weren't really a cult or anything sinister; that made me completely lose my interest in them.

  • Based on this video is appears 20% of Freemasons are black, and the Mexicans fought in the Mexican-American war looked like the Frito Bandito.

  • "You've been cheatin' while I'm sleeping and telling me lies! You've been chasing every girl in sight! You've been cheating and telling me lies! You've been messin' round with someone else!"

  • I've been told that there's a kind of "King Tut" -type of death curse against anyone who isn't an initiated mason who tries to sneak into a masonic lodge and overhears the contents of the meeting and ceremonies, etc. Initially, I was obviously skeptical regarding this seemingly fanciful and outlandish claim, but when I actually became a freemason, I discovered to my amazement that it's TRUE! I found out firsthand that if any non-mason were to ever sneak into any of our lodges and eavesdrop on our secret ceremonies, the poor, unfortunate soul would in fact, immediately DIE …. of boredom. 😛 (This video was excellent, in my opinion, by the way! Liked and shared!)

  • My grandfather was a Freemason and for some reason it's why my parents are convinced I flunked medical school.

  • Current Master of Aaron Lodge #49, Free & Accepted Masons in Tucson, Arizona. Excellent video! Definitely demystifies some of the most common misconceptions about our fraternity.