From vice.com which is normally a very youth orientated site.
Ok its about French masons, and as you may or may not know they admit women, but it is interesting as to why she joined. It also seems quite serious, lots of philosophy etc, which can be an interesting contrast to some UK lodges.
Full article here – http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/how-i-became-a-freemason-876
How does one go about joining the Masonic community?
To apply, I had to write a personal statement. After that, I was given a test meant to determine whether or not I was both open-minded and moral. This was a way for the lodge to spot potential – to see whether a person is in line with the values of the community.
The lodge’s community spirit is very strong. That’s something I like – it connects me with people who share similar desires. I’ve never been attracted to Freemasonry for networking reasons. Helping each other in life should exist beyond the boundaries between lodge members and secular citizens, and instead span all of society.
What are the people from your lodge like?
They come from all sorts of different social backgrounds and span all ages. Their behaviour, their tastes and their lifestyle make up the lodge’s patchwork, if you will. I’d say the average age is about 47. Most of my brothers and sisters are much older than me. When I joined, I noticed that there were very few people around my age. I’m still the youngest and I’m 34.
Nowadays, lodges are more eclectic. They are open to people from different walks of life. Each person’s political and religious affiliations may differ from those of others but everyone has to respect “the rules of the game”. As the saying goes: “Never discuss politics or religion with friends.”
How is it to live with these beliefs in a modern day secular society?
I guess you could say that I have a sort of spiritual intimacy with my brothers and sisters. I leave my personal worries outside of the lodge. In the same way, I don’t discuss my Masonic interests with family or friends.
Has your relationship with those who are aware of your membership changed in any way?
No, absolutely not. But my lifestyle has changed, as well as my interests. Dancing and drunken nights just became less and less appealing to me. I calmed down and focused on other things. I still have the same friends but we hang out in a different way than we did before. I’m driven by other desires now; desires that give me serenity. But I’ve only been in the lodge for a year, the best is yet to come. Unfortunately, I can’t say much more. It’s all part of the Masonic secret.
Can you say what happens in there? How often do you make it to the house?
Everything is quite ritualistic. We spend our time discussing a variety of philosophical topics. We study symbols. My lodge is primarily focused on all things philosophical. Others are more focused on society.
I take part in the ritual twice a month. The official minimum frequency of visits is actually just that – twice a month. It’s good to be diligent, both for oneself and for others. Regular attendance is a cornerstone of the Masonic values.