Recommended Publications – The Grand Lodge of Virginia


While no one person or Grand Lodge can write for Freemasonry, the Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Education feels the following list of books is a good place for non-Masons to start learning about Freemasonry.  Freemasonry is unique in that every Masonic author is free to express his personal views about what Freemasonry means to him.  Each Grand Lodge or Grand Jurisdiction is free to publish materials for the guideline of its membership. The information published by the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M., of the Commonwealth of Virginia for instance, is only for the guidance of the Masons who are members of Lodges chartered by the Grand Lodge of Virginia. We trust you will enjoy reading about the world’s oldest and largest Fraternity known as Freemasonry. While it is enjoyable to read about, one must experience Freemasonry for himself to truly enjoy the beautiful moral meanings and lessons taught within the three degrees.  Freemasonry cannot be learned except by experience.

Freemasons For Dummies

Freemasons For Dummiesby Christopher Hodapp. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rights to the veiled symbols and their meanings. You’ll understand the Freemasonry philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, explore the many controversies and conspiracy theories that swirl around the organization, and discover the changes coming to the Craft.

The Craft and Its Symbols

The Craft and Its Symbolsby Allen E. Roberts.  The newly raised Master Mason should have it, because it explains meanings of the initiation ceremonies he has just gone through, which he probably did not grasp at the time. HIS WIFE? WHY? Because she will gain an understanding of the new avenues opening for a better and fuller life for the entire family.

American Freemasons

American Freemasonsby Mark A. Tabbert.  Published in conjunction with the National Heritage Museum, this extravagantly illustrated volume offers a brief overview of Freemasonry’s origins in 17th-century Scotland and England before exploring its evolving role in American history, from the Revolution through the labor and civil rights movements, and into the 21st century.

Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers, and the Secrets of Washington, D.C.

Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers, and the Secrets of Washington, Christopher Hodapp.  This paperback focuses primarily on American Masonic lore and demystifies and debunks many common myths about the Craft, especially those related to the foundation of the United States and the layout of Washington, D.C.

Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol

Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbolby W. Kirk MacNulty. Though not a book of great length, it’s only 96 pages, “Freemasonry: A Journey through Ritual and Symbol” offers the reader a glimpse into the Craft of Freemasonry through its 133 illustrations and the secrets hidden in its text.  Freemasonry from its ancient past, to the formation of the Grand Lodge in London, England in 1717.

Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance

Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significanceby W. Kirk MacNulty. This book comprehensively explains Freemasonry through its fascinating visual culture, rich in mysterious and arcane symbols of life, death, and morality that have evolved over centuries of secrecy and that have profound philosophical meaning. The book is copiously illustrated with many specially researched items from Freemasonry archives.

Freemasonry: Ritual, Symbols & History of the Secret Society

Freemasonry: Ritual, Symbols & History of the Secret Societyby Mark Stavish.  This is a must-have for the budding Masonic scholar or prospect. Organized like a textbook, each chapter concludes with “key points,” “assignments,” and “suggested reading.” This is an excellent guide for vastly enhancing one’s knowledge of Freemasonry.

The Everything Freemasons Book

The Everything Freemasons Bookby John K. Young and Barb Karg.  A remarkably comprehensive journey through all things Masonic, this Masonic Guide by two non-Masons is balanced, fair, factual, and authoritative. It presents an excellent “outsider’s” look at the Craft, its history, symbols, and place in today’s world.

101 Things You Didn’t Know About The Freemasons

101 Things You Didn't Know About The Freemasonsby Barb Karg and John K. Young. This pocket sized guide provides reliable information in 101 short chapters. This little book is worth having around to dip into from time to time for subjects of interest to the prospect and the most learned Freemason.

Freemasonry and the Birth Of Modern Science

Freemasonry and the Birth Of Modern Scienceby Robert Lomas.  This is Robert Lomas’ best, giving a thorough history of the British Royal Society in the seventeenth century, before Freemasonry went public. Lomas relates the founding of the Royal Society, its rules against discussion of politics and religion at its meetings, and the scientific contributions of its members, notably William Harvey, Robert Boyle and Christopher Wren.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonryby Ph.D., S. Brent Morris. What is the truth about the Masons suggested in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code? Can Freemasonry really be dated back as far as Babylon? Did they really coordinate the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution? What really goes on at a Masonic Lodge during an initiation?