In order to become a Freemason under the Constitution of the United Grand Lodge of England, you must demonstrate three essential qualifications covering your spiritual, moral and physical being.
The qualifications are as follows:-
- The spiritual qualification is that you must have a continuing belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfill this essential qualification as well as the other two requirements.
- The moral qualification is that you must be of good repute, a loyal citizen and obedient to the laws of the land.
- The physical qualification is that you are male and must be at least 21 years old. This age qualification exists to ensure that you are free to formulate your opinions, and exercise your own judgement.
Wives, partners and families of members are of course, encouraged to enjoy many of the social aspects of freemasonry, but it is only men who are eligible for membership of lodges recognised under the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of England. There are, however, a number of thriving women’s lodges. In this respect, the United Grand Lodge of England considers two women’s Freemasonry Grand Lodges to be “regular” in their practice of Freemasonry, namely The Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons and the Order of Women Freemasons.