If you are attending the Masonry 101 classes in-person at Austin Lodge 12, here are some links and documents that you will find beneficial.
We strongly recommend to only consume materials regarding Freemasonry that are approved and recommended by Masonry 101. The reason is simple – we want to avoid wrong information AND more importantly defend the candidates from any information that might potentially spoil their initiatic experience.
WARNING: Please keep in mind that a lot of these writings were penned down a long time ago and were written in a different style that might not be as easily digestible by today’s standards. More importantly, some of the information contained herein might not be in line with today’s morals or standards. Please take these writings in the historical context that they were provided, and anything that might be deemed questionable or offensive by today’s standards should be viewed in that context.
IMPORTANT: Read first “Secret Teachings” before any information on “Sacred Texts”. Keep in mind that Manly P. Hall wrote this tome before he became a mason and some of the information regarding Freemasonry might not be absolutely accurate. Nevertheless, it contains many of the underpinnings of Freemasonry and is a solid basis upon which to rear your future Masonic edifice.
Local Lodges – Austin Area
Masonry 101 encourages any interested potential member to visit as many lodges as is reasonable. Even though all lodges belonging to the Grand Lodge of Texas AF&AM are based on the same basic principles, each individual lodge has its own character. Some focus more on a relaxed atmosphere and fraternal fellowship, some are all about charity and community involvement, while others focus on philosophy, education and spiritual development. All lodges will include all of these aspects to some degree, but each lodge has a different focus.
It is recommended to meet different lodges to see which one might be the best fit for an individual candidate. Additionally, since being a freemason involves frequent visits to the lodge, it is highly advised to consider lodges that are conveniently located within a reasonable driving distance from either home, work or in between. If it is a hassle to fight traffic to attend, then it is highly likely that it will prevent the member to become more active.
Central – Austin No. 12
East – Colorado No. 96
North –Texana No. 123
South – Onion Creek No. 220
Central –Parsons No. 222
Central – Hill City No. 456
Central –University No. 1190
Central –T. Neal Porter No. 1354
Georgetown – San Gabriel No. 89
Cedar Park – Robert Burns No. 127
Round Rock – Round Rock No. 227
Kyle – Live Oak No. 304
Leander – Norton Moses No. 336
San Marcos – San Marcos No. 342
Dripping Springs – Rambo No. 426
Liberty Hill – Liberty Hill No. 432
Buda – Buda No. 800