MASONIC EDUCATION

READING ROOM

A Virtual Home for Masonic Scholars

Too often, too much of our Masonic experience is consumed by the mundane yet necessary work of attending to the business of our Lodges. And while the social and charitable aspects of our Craft are cherished parts of our tradition, they too can command an inordinate share of our time and efforts. But what of improving ourselves as men and Masons? There is an undeniable thirst in modern Freemasonry for the esoteric knowledge entrusted to the care of well-informed brethren.

For as long as the Craft has existed, brethren have gathered together outside of their regular communications to exchange Masonic ideas and insights. Yet for some brothers, whether due to distance or the many demands of modern life, this experience hasn’t been within reach.

Until now.

Seeking more Light

Whether you are a newly made Mason, a Master Mason with a five-year pin, or a dedicated Brother of the Craft you came to this page because you are seeking more Light. Welcome!

Thinkers wanted, apply within.

We proudly present Craftsmen Online’s Reading Room, a Masonic Reading Group open to Master Masons. These quarterly, invitation-only meetings focus on a reading selection from a Masonic book, discussed by a panel of Brothers during a secure ZOOM meeting. Look for updates on our next meeting along with details on how you can request an invitation to virtually attend.

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Brother Thomas W. Bradley

Brother Thomas W. Bradley

Brother Thomas W. Bradley’s life would forever change after becoming a Freemason. His life focus would shift from craftsmen, Civil War veteran, to an upright man and Mason.

The Working Tools of Entered Apprentice

The Working Tools of Entered Apprentice

Within each degree, the instruction on the Working Tools is one of the most beautifully written parts of Masonic ritual. We examine how an Entered Apprentice can literally divide their time with the use of the 24-inch gauge.

Early Establishments of Masonic Regulations

Early Establishments of Masonic Regulations

After Freemasonry emerged into public view in 1717, a treasure trove of Masonic manuscripts was discovered and made public. Bro. Jim Simpson reviews these Masonic texts and teachings.

The Annual Daniel D. Tompkins Graveside Dedication

The Annual Daniel D. Tompkins Graveside Dedication

The annual Tompkins’ Graveside Dedication has become a cherished tradition among the Masons, who take the opportunity to reflect upon the celebrated, yet tragic, life of Most Worshipful Brother Daniel D. Tompkins.

The 33 Degrees in Freemasonry

The 33 Degrees in Freemasonry

There are 33 degrees in Freemasonry. Our degrees began in France in the year 1725. The new class of scholarly men (Speculative Masons) had discovered written legends from the old Operative Masons.

Clandestine Masonry

Clandestine Masonry

Often, when we think of clandestine masons, the idea of someone wearing a masonic ring purchased at an estate sale, possessing an apron that is not their own, or claiming to know “our secrets.”

1945 Grand Lodge

1945 Grand Lodge

In April 1945, as Most Worshipful Froessel was concluding his first year as Grand Master, he was confronted with a Grand Lodge dilemma – balancing his Masonic obligation by the laws of the land.

The Grand Lodge of Rhode Island

The Grand Lodge of Rhode Island

While the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island is a small Masonic Jurisdiction, we have a large and historic heritage with connections to our colonial Brethren.

The Last Moon Lodge in New York State

The Last Moon Lodge in New York State

Warren Lodge #32 holds the historical relevance of being the “Last Moon Lodge in New York State.” RW Steven Adam Rubin shares this story and how Masons can support this special institution.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Many theologians look to The Tree of Life to unlock the mysteries of spiritual liberation. Bro. Rene Perez breaks down its meanings for Freemasons.