Frequently Asked Questions

SELF IMPROVEMENT

Will you help me become a better person and how will I grow?

Freemasonry provides you with the tools, but it is up to you to use them. The more effort you make, the greater the reward.

Will joining make my life (finances, networking, romance, health, etc.) better? 

Ultimately, you are the one who makes your life what it is. We help you by providing tools and support.

What can I expect to learn? 

A variety of interesting things, from ancient architecture and cultures to modern methods of self-improvement. In addition, you might discover some interesting secrets along the way.

Charity

Do we volunteer? 

Charity work is a very important focus of Freemasonry. Some lodges in our Order do local volunteer work, but it is not required.

Do we give financially to charities? 

Lodge membership votes on the allocation and distribution of funds collected for the sake of charity.

Am I required to give a certain amount of money to charity? 

No more than .10 cents is required from any member, but it’s good to give more if you have the means.

What is SPES? 

SPES (Soutien Pour L’Enfance En Souffrance) which roughly translates to “Charity For Suffering Children” is a special charity that our entire Order has chosen to support. SPES supports orphaned children (whose parents have died from AIDS) by housing them and covering their education expenses from elementary school up through college.

You may visit the SPES website here:
SPES International
You can also “like” their Facebook page here:
SPES Facebook
You can download this PDF of SPES Adoption Guidelines:
SPES Adoption Guide

General Questions

Is it true that the founding fathers and other American Presidents were Freemasons? 

Yes, this is true.

Why is Masonry secretive? 

Freemasonry is secretive because it is an experiential system of development that is best unveiled in stages to those who are properly prepared. Those without direct experience, receive little or no benefit from the process. Powerful tools and knowledge shared in Masonry can be harmful if used incorrectly, and should be protected.

What is a Co-Freemason?

A Co-Freemason is a Freemason in every sense of the term. The prefix “Co” implies working together or jointly, as can be seen in the words co-ed, co-op and co-exist. We exemplify the qualities of this term by admitting both genders and creating a Masonic forum where men and women work together in balance.

The word “Co-Freemason” was originally translated from the French word “mixte” (meaning for men and women), and up until recently, the Order used that term to identify itself. Recently, the American Federation unanimously decided to modernize and clarify the American version of the translation. The name in the American Federation was officially changed from the “International Order of Co-Freemasonry: Le Droit Humain” to the “International Order of Freemasonry For Men and Women: Le Droit Humain”.

What is the advantage to Freemasonry for both men and women?

Men and women working together provides a much more balanced approach, not to mention a focus on equality of genders.

Am I required to profess a belief in a supreme being or God to become a Mason?

This is not required in our Order. We focus on tolerance and accept individuals of a variety of belief systems.

Do we actually practice stone masonry or build architecture?

Since we are speculative, not operative masons, we do not practice physical stone building, but focus on personal building of ourselves.

What rituals do we work?

Our Order works a variety of rituals. In North America, we primarily work the Lauderdale, The North American, & The George Martin rituals. The Los Angeles Metro LDH Lodges work the Lauderdale Ritual, which is the equivalent of all 33 degrees of the Scottish Rite system and includes several York Rite degrees, as well.

How do we respond to conspiracy theory claims?

Many Masons realize there is no validity in them, so why waste time responding to them?

Do we practice magic or work with energy?

What we do is not blatantly magical in the way that most might think of magick. However, as we do rituals, certain energies may be generated to assist in our work.

Meetings/Attendance

How often do we meet?

Lodges meet once a month, in the temple known to members. Ojai Valley Lodge meets the 1st Saturday and Amor Sapientia Lodge meets the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Do we meet every month of the year?

We usually meet 10 months each year and try to take 2 months off in the summer for vacations/summer break.

How long are our meetings?

Regular meetings usually last around 4 or 5 hours, including a brief set up and clean up. Special ritual meetings (held 2 times per year) can last as long as 8 hours and may involve an optional meeting the next day to share and chat about the initiation experience.

What do we do at our meetings?

We perform rituals, we have enlightening discussions and we share a snack or small meal together.

Where do we meet?

We have 2 locations; Ojai Valley and Pasadena.Visit our Lodges page for more information.

Is regular attendance required?

Yes, it is very important. Please be prepared to make attendance one of your highest priorities.

What if I am unable to attend a meeting (illness, going on vacation, etc.)?

Certain absences are understandable and you can make arrangements in either type of situation to miss a meeting.

Requirements To Join

What is the minimum age requirement to join?

You must be 18 years or older.

Do you accept people with disabilities or handicaps?

It depends upon the circumstances. Certain disabilities might prevent full participation or may prove to be unsafe.

How much time and energy do I need to contribute?

Especially in your first year as a Freemason, please be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time learning, studying and memorizing. The more time and effort you are willing to contribute, the more growth and progress you will see. When you put forth your best effort, you will benefit greatly.

Do I need anything special to be a member?

You must be free, of full age (18 years) and of good report (a good reputation, with people who are willing to vouch for your character). In addition, we ask that members are able to maintain regular contact with lodge officers either by email, phone, or text.

Am I required to buy any special uniform or type of clothing for meetings?

You do not need to purchase a specific uniform, but we do wear certain colors. Upon the occasion of further advancement additional expenses will be incurred, and would be discussed if and when that time arises.

Do I have to be financially wealthy to join?

No. You only need to be able to comfortably afford Masonic fees and dues.

Join Us

How can I join?

Visit the Joining page of this website for instructions on how to join Le Droit Humain.

If I’m already a Mason, can I attend your meetings?

All Masonic obediences, including Freemasons from male-craft lodges, are welcome to attend our meetings, pending verification. Once we verify that you are in good standing with your lodge, we can proceed from there. Please Contact Us at comason@comasonic.org before visiting.

If I’m already a Mason, how do I join Le Droit Humain?

Once we have verified that you are in good standing with your lodge, and have met and gotten to know you, we can proceed from there. Please Contact Us at comason@comasonic.org about affiliating with us.

What kind of people join this group?

There is a frequent saying in Freemasonry: “We take good men (or women) and make them better.” Many of the people that apply to join are already on the path of self-improvement. Freemasonry helps by giving people tools to become even better.

How soon can I join?

Currently the process of first contact, through application, interview and finally initiation is 8-16 months.

Membership

Can I tell anyone that I’m a Mason?

Each individual is free to reveal their membership to whomever they choose.

Can I share the names or identities of other Masons in Le Droit Humain?

No, you may not, unless they have given you permission to do so.

How much can I share with my loved ones?

The basic answer is: if you are not sure, it is probably best to keep it to yourself or ask for clarification.

What can I expect from other members?

You can expect respect, tolerance and support.

How should I treat other members?

With respect, tolerance and support.