D-Boy: Thats actually a misconception held by old-school Freemasons. There are secrets in Freemasonry, and he can't tell you what goes on during lodge, or during any of the rituals, but he can give you a basic run-down of what they do as a lodge. Basically, if it happens in the lodge room, its a no-no, but even the preparations for the degrees, which take place outside the lodge room, are not forbidden.
Loller: Go to www.freemason.org
, which is the Grand Lodge of Californias website. That'll have some basic info and a listing of lodges in your state.
hcaz: Thats actually a requirement of a freemason, to aid any poor, distressed brothers that ask for help (or are too proud to ask, but need it anyways
) Brothers are good for that sort of thing.
Mr.sumo: Thats more or less left up to the person involved. You have to believe in a Supreme Being, who is generally referred to as God, Deity, Grand Arcitect of the Universe, or some such title to make it non-denominational. Being as the Asatru pantheon has a surpreme being in Odin, its all good. Its really up to the person, as your brothers will never ask about your religion, and the requirement is there to ensure that when you take an oath, there is a higher power involved to hold you accountable for said oath.