Freemasonry, What is it?

A common definition is: "Freemasonry is a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols." Although Freemasonry is not a religion, it does incorporate religious context. Belief in a "Supreme Being" (Masons call this the Grand Architect of the Universe as they have many names in many different religions and beliefs). Masonry is also a charitable organization. The Motto of Masonry is "Making good men better", this does not mean better than others but better than themselves.

What is a Mason? What does he do?

A mason uses his moral values to influence his community or even his nation. Masonry teaches a man to take personal responsibility for his own conduct. Masons become better version of themselves by associating with like minded men who share the values of honesty, integrity, brotherly love, and the pursuit of truth. Masons also stand firm again oppression, tyranny, fanaticism, usurpation of power, intolerance, and similar evils no matter the source of these evils that threaten freedom. One way to do this is by supporting public education through scholarships, Masonry itself is an education for the moral spirit. Above all else Masons emphasize action over creed.

What does a Masonic Lodge look like?

Just like any organization it has a leadership team, these leaders are called officers. The principle officers are the Master and, Senior and Junior, Wardens. Additionally there are the Secretary, Treasurer, Senior and Junior Deacons, Senior and Junior Stewards, and Tyler. These officers all have a place or station within the lodge room. The Master in the East, Senior Warden in the West, and Junior Warden in the South. The other officers's places are based off their duties and the principle officers's stations. Each lodge also has many symbols such as the Square and Compass, the 'G', an altar, pillars, rods, and insignia of the offices.