LANDMARKS OF MASONRY
The Landmarks of Masonry were defined in a Special Committee Report adopted October 3, 1928 as “the fundamental Principles of the Fraternity (which) have had such universal acceptance from time immemorial and are of such a character that Masonry, as we know it, cannot exit without them.”
Pursuant to the report,the following Landmarks were accepted as universal in regular Freemasonry:
- Belief in God, the Creator, Author and Architect of the Universe-omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.
- Belief in the immortality of the soul.
- “Book of the Law” as an indispensable part of the furniture of the Lodge.
- The government of the Fraternity by a Grand Master.
- Secrecy: Applied to the modes of recognition, certain symbols, the ballot, obligations, signs, passwords and forms of initiation.
- The legend of the third degree.
- Ancient Craft Masonry includes only the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason.
- A Mason must be a man, free born and of mature age.