Declaration of Principles

Templum Phoenix Lodge is a fellowship of Brothers united in a common pursuit of enlightenment and virtue who are desirous of creating a lodge dedicated to the following principles:

  • The lodge will observe traditional Freemasonry and will work to cultivate an understanding of traditional societies and institutions among the Brethren. The lodge is dedicated to the preservation of traditional forms and meaningful human fellowship as a means of transmitting wisdom and improving society.
  • The lodge will have an initiatic focus and charges the Brethren to ever remember that improving themselves in Masonry and assisting Candidates and fellow Brethren in doing the same is chief among their duties. The lodge will perform ritual in a solemn manner and every effort will be made to provide the most meaningful initiatic experience for each individual Candidate. The lodge will create an atmosphere that leads to a positive transformation of the individual.
  • The lodge believes that as the stated purpose of Freemasonry is to enable good men to improve themselves through study and introspection, a man should only be made a Freemason if he has the intellectual capacity and desire to improve himself. Determining the qualifications of men seeking admission is essential to upholding the integrity of our ancient institution. The investigative procedures assist the Brethren of the lodge in determining the qualifications of candidates and provide the candidates with knowledge about the lodge that they are seeking admission to.
  • The lodge believes that Masonic Formation is a slow and careful process that requires great care and effort on behalf of both the candidate and the Brethren of the lodge. Each Brother advances at his own pace with sufficient time between degrees to engage in intellectual study and contemplation. Each Candidate is provided with assistance as he feels appropriate for his intellectual and spiritual growth. The Candidate must demonstrate notable improvement in his understanding of Freemasonry and should also present a paper before the lodge, preferably on the lessons and symbols of his current degree, before being advanced to the next degree.
  • The lodge believes that a Candidate should be able to create positive changes within his everyday life prior to becoming a Master Mason. Having to truly work, expend great effort and actually improve oneself is the only way to become deserving of this title. If this is properly observed every newly raised Master Mason will have grown into a better man and the bonds of virtue that tie together the Brotherhood of humanity will have been strengthened.
  • The lodge believes that the man receiving the degree is the priority of the lodge for that evening and that the focus of the lodge will be solely placed on the candidate to facilitate his individual journey. For this reason there will never be more than one candidate on any given degree.
  • The lodge highly values the fellowship and friendship that the lodge can provide and seeks to further cultivate this by holding a festive board at every meetings.
  • The lodge believes that Masonic meetings should promote the understanding of Freemasonry. Brethren present thoughtful and well researched papers at the festive board as a service to their Brethren. Papers usually discuss Masonic symbolism, history and philosophy, and focus on the spiritual path of self-transformation in the pursuit of virtue.
  • The lodge believes that Freemasonry teaches duty and service. Brethren are expected to attend all meetings, and if unable to do so, will inform the Master & Secretary of the Lodge of the reason in advance. Active participation instils duty and is generally rewarding in a number of ways. It keeps all the Brethren connected to the lodge and affirms that their presence is valued, cultivating awareness of their self-worth and potential.
  • The lodge believes that officers of a Masonic lodge should be bi-annually selected based on their merit. Serving in any office within the lodge is a privilege and not a right. Brethren are given positions of responsibility only after having demonstrated their good faith, ability to make a serious time commitment and ability to perform the necessary duties. The election of the Master is of great importance and only those Brethren are considered for this honour and responsibility who are well versed in Masonic teachings, who have the resourcefulness to lead and whose personal character can serve as an example to be followed.
  • The lodge believes that the clothing worn by its officers and members is an outward declaration of the seriousness of the business in which the lodge is engaged. Officers and members will wear white tie and tails with white gloves.
  • The lodge believes that we all meet on the level. In this lodge all members will be addressed as Brother with the exception of the Worshipful Master. As we have no regard to rank, past or present, Masonic jewels will not be worn other than that which may reflect the office being held in the lodge.
  • The goal of the lodge is the cementing of Brotherhood in support of the inner transformation of each individual on the divine path toward self-mastery. The lodge views the improvement of the individual as the most fundamental aspect of improving society.
  • The lodge believes that one of the great traditions of Freemasonry is the ability to visit other lodges. Templum Phoenix will welcome visitors at all times providing that such visitors adhere to the guidelines established by the lodge for visitors.