What is Freemasonry?

OFFICIAL INFORMATION FROM THE GRAND LODGE OF SPAIN

Freemasonry or Masonry is one of the oldest initiatory fraternities based on the belief in a Supreme Being, expressed under the name of Great Architect of the Universe. As a Traditional Initiatic Order that seeks the perfection of the human being, it consists of the transmission and teaching of a method, the ritual and symbolic, by whose knowledge and assimilation the Mason is in a position to apply it to himself and his social environment.

Freemasonry welcomes only free men, of legal age, respectable and independent, only dependent on their conscience and dedicated to putting into practice an ideal of peace, love and fraternity, concerned with their moral perfection as well as that of Humanity whole It is not a religion, a philosophical school, a club, an NGO, a metapolitical organization, a secret society, nor a society with secrets. We can recognize some features and applications of these aspects in our Fraternity, but none of them is definitive in its totality of what Freemasonry is. In any case, they are articulated radially around the essence of the Order: its substance, the hermeneutic of its transmission and initiatory purpose.

Freemasonry becomes a universal, ethical, philosophical and initiatory institution that pursues a realizable ideal based on reason, education, and constant and patient work.

Freemasonry requires all its members respect for the opinions and beliefs of others and avoids any political or religious discussion in order to constitute a permanent center of fraternal union, where reigns a tolerant understanding and a fruitful harmony between men. Freemasons recognize each other as brothers and we consider our association, freely consented to individually, as an alliance of free men who wish to progress and develop inwardly on the basis of universal principles.