Landmarks of Masonry
The following are landmarks of Masonry, as recognized by the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Connecticut.
- Belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, in some revelation of his will, in the Resurrection of the Body and in the Immortality of the Soul.
- The obligations and modes of recognition and the Legend of the third degree.
- The necessity of a volume of the Sacred Law on the Altar.
- The symbolism of the operative art.
- That Masons must obey the moral law and the government of the country in which they live.
- That the Grand Master is Head of the Craft.
- That the Master is Head of the Lodge.
- That the Grand Lodge is the Supreme Governing Body within its territorial jurisdiction.
- That the Lodge has power to make Masons, and to administer its own private affairs.
- Under Connecticut Law, lawful age is 18 years. That every Candidate must be a man of at least eighteen years of age and under no restraint of liberty and well recommended.
- That no candidate can be received except by unanimous ballot, after due notice of his application and due inquiry as to his qualifications.
- That the ballot is inviolably secret.
- That no person can be installed Master of a Lodge unless he be a Past Warden, except by dispensation of the Grand Master.
- That the obligations, means of recognition, and the forms and ceremonies observed in conferring degrees are secret.
- That no innovation can be made upon the body of Masonry without the consent of the Grand Lodge having first been obtained.