Orinda Lodge № 122 F&AM

9 Altarinda Road
Orinda, CA 94563

Becoming a Mason

How to Join a Masonic Lodge

There are three main qualifications for Masonic initiation:
  • You must be a man of at least the minimum age
  • You must believe in a Supreme Being
  • You must be known to be of good character

In California, the minimum age to apply for membership is 18. In most areas of the United States, the minimum age is only 18 or 19. There is a national trend to drop the older minimum requirement of 21 years. Bro∴ Paul Bessel maintains a chart of various Grand Lodge age policies, so if you are outside California you can find your local age requirements there.

Supreme Being
Masonry is open to members of every religion, to specifically to those who believe in a Supreme Being and “a future existence.” No atheist can become a Mason. However, beyond this singular restriction, the fraternity is not concerned with an individual’s faith. Masonry insists on toleration—on the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social and political matters. Our rulebook for the consideration of applicants is clear: "Freemasonry is opposed to no man’s religion."1

When you apply for a job, the employer asks for professional references. When you apply to Freemasonry, we ask for character references. Masonry only accepts candidates who are generally known to be good people. This is important for maintaining the integrity of our society, which frowns on petty politics and dishonest behavior. Masonry doesn’t expect perfection from any man... but we have a responsibility to keep watch over the door to ensure that quality applicants find themselves welcomed into a lodge which is comprised of men of similar caliber.

Masonry is not concerned with and does not discriminate based on ethnicity, nationality, class, or political views.

For more information on Freemasonry, please call or write us:

Orinda Lodge № 122
9 Altarinda Road
Orinda, CA 94563

Related Links

- Grand Lodge of California Membership page
- Member’s Guide to Masonry in California


1 Grand Lodge F.&A.M, of California. (1993). Investigation of Applicants, p. 7.

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