Separated at birth? Freemasonry and the App Store

Surely I can’t be the only person who noticed the similarity of the App Store icon to the Masonic emblem.

Speaking of Freemasonry, I’m trying to find if anyone I know is a member so that I can inquire about joining. My grandfather was a Master Mason; he wanted me to get involved when I was younger but I never had the time.

One of the things I inherited from him (other than the money that paid for my college education) was this Masonic watch fob. I had been in line to also inherit his Masonic ring, but some unscrupulous “friends” of his talked him into rewriting his will in their favor when he wasn’t of sound mind towards the end.

October 2008 Update: After some inquires and then an application, investigation, and voting process I was elected to receive the degrees of Masonry. On October 9th, 2008, I was initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason at Gray Lodge #329 here in Houston.

February 2010 Update: On September 29th, 2009, I was Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft. On November 5th, 2009, I was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

20 thoughts on “Separated at birth? Freemasonry and the App Store

  1. I am a Past Master in California, but you are welcome to contact me for information. You might be interested in going to our website first however. This might give you all the information you require. If not, send me an email.

  2. Feel free to ask what ever you like about Freemasonry. There isn’t an inherent requirement that you know somone to join. The first step though is finding a lodge and making the inquiry.

    As to the logo, it looks like an Anarchy A to me 🙂

  3. Thanks guys – I had a great evening with the men at Houston’s Gray Lodge #329 last night, and am turning in my petition paperwork at next Thursday’s informal study meeting. I look forward to the journey.

  4. Free masonary load of trip im sure catholics can join it 2 right?? lol what a load of bull, POWER TO THE PEOPLE! Tiocfaidh ár lá

  5. To the last commenter – there are a number of members of my Lodge who are Catholics. Masonry does not prohibit Catholics from joining, but we have no control over what the Pope says about us.

  6. Also..

    “Tiocfaidh ár lá is an Irish language phrase which translates as “our day will come”; the hoped-for day being that of a united Ireland. It became a popular slogan with militant Irish republicans in the 1980s.”

    Are you aware that Catholicism has its own fraternal order similar to Masonry, called the Knights of Columbus?

    You’re free to join either the KoC or Masonry, but please keep the ideological protests off my weblog.

  7. As a recently raised Master Mason I congratulate you. Did have a quick clarification question though: did you mean you were raised as of February 5th, 2010 or November 5th, 2009? I only ask since you seemed to have been raised in the future as I currently read it :).
    How’s the Houston lodge? I was raised in lodge #695 in Bakersfield. Looking forward to one day visiting as I have a few friends in the Houston area.

  8. Masonry is a wonderful journey that takes a lifetime to complete. I congratulate any man who becomes a Freemason and lives by the principles the order promotes. I am a Canadian Freemason living in Ontario and have been an active member for over 10 years now.

  9. As a christian I must ask you all to leave freemasonry at once.

    When we are dealing with symbols nothing can be proved but hints and excuses are offered as subliminary messages. Therefore within freemasonry smart crooks will find each others and use their naive co-fellows as shields against accusations. Criminal possibilities are unlimited, but at what cost. Spriritually speaking it costs one’s soul.

    So called christian freemasons – there are really no genuine ones – say that they believe in God but that is only hippocracy. They can’t tolerate Jesus Christ at all, not his name nor his teachings.

    I have never been a freemason but please, just do some internet searches and find out what christian ex-masons say about freemasonry. You’ll be shocked.

    Blessings,

    Mike

    P.S. Yes, App store looks somewhat familiar.

  10. Mike, I respectfully disagree. Most of the “Christian” (Southern Baptist, Catholic, etc) bias against Masonry is based on hearsay, falsehoods, writings by authors who have an agenda, or “exposes” published hundreds of years ago that were proven *at the time* to be hoaxes.

    Do you have any reasonable, intelligent reasons that someone should not be a Mason, other than the standard arguments of “EVIL! BAPHOMET! LUCIFER! HIRAM ABIFF = JESUS ALLEGORY! PRAY TO OTHER GODS! ALBERT PIKE SAID SOMETHING SO IT MUST BE TRUE!”?

  11. mrbill, I already explained that symbols are not solid evidence and therefore any institution that is solely based on symbols and metaphores and furthermore, is hierarchical, that kind of system is not revealed by explanations that tries to turn symbols to anything else. So, I don’t try to explain anything how freemasons think what their symbols mean. Even if I knew exactly the precise meaning in each case, even then my opponents could argue that there is a misinterpretation. On the other hand, ‘standard arguments’ against freemasonry are not proven to be hoaxes. You said you disagree with me, and that is just fine.

    However, what can be proved, is an existing _opportunity_. If there is an opportunity to get an unlegitimate advantage for someones own good, there is always some people ready to use that opportunity. Club membership gives plenty of opportunities.

    Some clubs offer so much opportunities that they have a code of honour which states how important it is to be loyal and remain the secrets. Of course, there are always sincere men believing they are involved in sort of boy scout and charity activity. Smarter members are those how can find useful partners and in the name of fellowship and brotherhood they can co-operate. That sort of network is quite handy and effective while outsiders don’t realize what is going on. If they do, they don’t know what to do and who to trust.

    “Do you have any reasonable, intelligent reasons that someone should not be a Mason”

    Yes, I have, as you see.

    Please, do try to understand that even though that I am just a what I am, these conversations are not unique to me at all. There are two possible ways this conversation ends if not moderated. Either you get angry and don’t get anything else, or then you decide to give up unnecessary assumptions and follow the rules of logic, based on facts. I’m not an arrogant person nor exceptionally intelligent and therefore I can say this without a proud that very smart masons didn’t have a change to win. They gave metaphores and claimed facts. On the other hand, they said to know the truth about masonry (facts) but told they were educated by metaphores.

    One can’t really argue against that kind of madness by following the rules of madness itself. Therefore the madness should be revealed. Think about it yourself, all the opportunities a secret society can give, but also the prise it costs you.

    Blessings, no matter how much we disagree with each others.

    P.S.
    Sorry about the before mentioned ‘hippocrate’ misspelling. It migth have been effective, but I didn’t mean to be annoying by purpose.

  12. i would like to ask you freemasons what is your purpose of building groups and lodges, what do you plan to do ? are you apart of the new world order? 2012? illumanti?
    surley you must have reasons behind your gatherings.

  13. sorry about my comment i mean no harm or to be offensive if it seems like so.

  14. here is something i am not sure about. are there any restrictions on women entering Masonry? i would be very grateful if you could give me some information. thank you

  15. Julia, Freemasonry is a fraternity. Just like any other, it only admits men. I am sure there are plenty of sororities out there for you.

  16. Regarding the post about the lodges having no rules regarding memberships restricting religions. Though the masons may not have a problem with catholics joining, the catholic church definitely prohibits catholics members from joining the masons. Furthermore, the truth about the masonic aim, is only left in the symbology of the order, the true craft not being revealed to the initiate. I can tell you this for sure, the catholic church has for many years known the true goal of the masons, which is exactly why they prohibit membership and you are considered in a state of grave sin if you join according to the pope. Don’t believe me? Feel free to google it up for yourself and you will see. I would also like to add for the person who mentioned the catholic church having a similar order called the KoC. KoC is in no way whatsoever similar to freemasonry. Where in the world did you do your research?

  17. “1776truth”, how about Wikipedia?
    “In the late 19th century, Catholics were regularly excluded from labor unions and other organizations that provided social services. In addition, Catholics were either barred from many of the popular fraternal organizations, or, as in the case of Freemasonry, forbidden from joining by the Catholic Church itself. McGivney wished to provide them an alternative.”

    The papal bulls against Freemasonry were issued primarily because the Pope didn’t like having a large organization that he had no control over. They are also for the most part ignored these days; my Lodge has numerous Catholics who are members and respected Brothers.

  18. im from peru, also a freemason and i get notice the similar shape of the appstore botton and the freemason symbol there must be an explaination o.o

  19. Freemasonry has nothing to do with religion or politics these are the only two things never to speak about in a lodge
    Each different faith will have a book in lodge which is there choice
    There is no right or wrong faith just different ones

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