Freemasonry is a fraternal organization whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals and in most of its branches by a constitutional declaration of belief in a Supreme Being.

The fraternity of Freemasonry uses the allegorical metaphors of operative stonemasons’ tools and implements, to convey what is most generally defined as: A peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. This is currently illustrated in the 1991 English Emulation Ritual.

It is an esoteric society only in that certain aspects are private;[4] Freemasons have stated that Freemasonry has, in the 21st century, become less a secret society and more of a “society with secrets.” The non-Freemason and historian professor Dr. Dieter Anton Binder of the university of Graz describes Freemasonry as a confidential society in contrast to a secret society in his book Die diskrete Gesellschaft. Most modern Freemasons regard the traditional concern over secrecy as a demonstration of their ability to keep a promise and a concern over the privacy of their own affairs. “Lodge meetings, like meetings of many other social and professional associations, are private occasions open only to members.” The private aspects of modern Freemasonry deal with the modes of recognition amongst members and elements within the ritual.

While there have been many disclosures and exposés dating as far back as the eighteenth century, Freemasons caution that they often lack the proper context for true understanding, may be outdated for various reasons, or could be outright hoaxes on the part of the author.In reality, Freemasons are proud of their true heritage and happy to share it, offering spokesmen, briefings for the media, and providing talks to interested groups upon reque.

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