BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR GRAND LODGE RECOGNITION:


5.1 To satisfy regularity of origin a Grand Lodge shall have been established lawfully by a duly recognized Grand Lodge or by three or more regularly constituted Lodges.

5.2 That a declared belief in the G.A.O.T.U. and His revealed Will shall be an essential qualification for membership.

5.3 That all Initiates shall take their Obligation on or in full view of the open Volume of the Sacred Law, by which is meant the revelation from Above which is binding on the conscience of the particular individual being initiated.

5.4 That membership of the Grand Lodge and its individual Lodges shall be composed exclusively of men; and that each Grand Lodge shall have no Masonic intercourse of any kind with mixed Lodges or bodies which admit women to membership.

5.5 That the Grand Lodge shall have sovereign jurisdiction over the Lodges under its control in that it shall be a responsible, independent, self-governing organization, with sole and undisputed authority over the Craft or Symbolic Degrees (Entered
Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason) within its Jurisdiction; and shall not in any way be subject to, or divide such authority with a Supreme Council or other Power claiming any control or supervision over those degrees.

5.6 That the three Great Lights of Freemasonry, namely the Volume of the Sacred Law, the Square, and the Compasses shall always be exhibited when the Grand Lodge or its Subordinate Lodges are at Work; the chief of these being the Volume of the Sacred Law.

5.7 That the discussion of religion and politics within all Lodges shall be strictly
prohibited.

5.8 That the principles of the Antient Landmarks, customs, and usages of the Craft shall be strictly observed.

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