Friday, September 30, 2011

Degrees of the Scottish Rite

We just just started the Chapter of Rose Croix degrees: Knight of the East and Prince of Jerusalem.

Degrees of the Scottish Rite: "Chapter of Rose Croix

The Chapter of Rose Croix attempts to provide the candidate with a deeper understanding of religion, philosophy, ethics and history though a variety of complex "historical degrees". The intellectual challenges presented in these degrees are numerous, at times overwhelming, and can take years to master. A thorough reading of the chapters related to them in Morals and Dogma and in Legenda and Readings is essential to achieve even a basic comprehension of their true meaning. "

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15° - Knight of the East, of the Sword, or of the Eagle Fidelity to obligations and perseverance of purpose under difficulties and discouragement are the lessons of this degree. The striking crimson velvet apron of this degree is edged with green, having a bleeding head above two crossed swords and a triangle (top point to the left) with three interlaced triangles inside it. The jewel is three golden concentric triangles encompassing two crossed swords. The duty is to rebuild the Masonic Temple of liberty, equality and fraternity in the souls of men
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16° - Prince of Jerusalem We learn of heroism of patience, the nobility of self-sacrifice and compassionate judgment; along with charity, fidelity and brotherhood. The crimson apron is edged in gold and aurora-color, with a square, shield, Delta with three YODs, balance and a hand of justice. The jewel is a mother-of-pearl lozenge with a hand holding a balance in equipoise; under it a sword with five stars surrounding the point. On the left is a Hebrew D, on the right is a Hebrew Z. The duties are to aid those who labor to build the Symbolic Temple; to judge equitably and fairly; to keep faith in the justice and beneficence of God and to press forward with hope for the persecuted and oppressed.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Minneapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite

Minneapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite:

Got my 14 degree ring today. Was a fine dinner and ceremony. The Scottish Rite, seems to me, the closest you can get to knighthood in a democracy. I'll write more about that later. Kintaro needs his evening walk.




Minneapolis Scottish Rite Temple

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Reception 5:30 PM

Dinner ($15.00) 6:15 PM

Program 7:00 PM

14° Ring Ceremony

50-Year Membership Certificates

Class Name Recognition

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

14° - Perfect Elu (Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason)

I'd been wondering where all the non-Judeo-Christian philosophy/imagery/metaphor was in the degrees, that I noticed in Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma. I found it tonight, at the 14°! Excellent!
Degrees of the Scottish Rite: "
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"whom virtue unites death shall not separate"

14° - Perfect Elu (Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason) This degree teaches us to reflect and scrutinize ourselves. We should strive to be true to ourselves and our God. The apron being of white silk, bordered in gold with the Ineffable Delta in the Center, is truly emblematical of the degree. The jewel of the 14th Degree is split; one being a quadrant (compass open to ninety degrees) topped by a crown and with a nine-pointed star on the obverse; the other being a five-pointed blazing star with the Tetragrammaton on the reverse. The compass is opened on a segment of a circle inscribed with the numbers 3, 5, 7, 9. The duties are to assist, encourage and defend the brethren; to protect the oppressed and relieve want and distress; to enlighten the people and serve the common good.
Valley of Minneapolis

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mystic Star Lodge No. 69 Of Minnesota - Just For Fun

Mystic Star Lodge No. 69 Of Minnesota - Just For Fun

I found this at Freemasons For Dummies Blog. Edison Masonic recordings from 1909 to the 1920s.
Mystic Star Lodge No. 69 Of Minnesota - Just For Fun: "

The Masonic cylinder record above was recorded in November of 1909.

You can listen to Masonic cylinder records in MP3 format by clicking on the links below:

The Masonic cylinder record above was recorded in November of 1909.

You can listen to Masonic cylinder records in MP3 format by clicking on the links below:"
No. 1953, Master Mason Degree Dirge, Masonic Hymn
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Degree 12 Made Me Think Of This Tonight

Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop. -- Black Elk

"God is an intelligible sphere whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere." --Alain de Lille (or Alanus ab Insulis) (c. 1128–1202), French theologian and poet, was born, probably in Lille, some years before 1128.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

County commissioner attains Freemasonry honor

County commissioner attains Freemasonry honor: "
"We are not a secret society," Berks County Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt said after recently receiving his 33rd degree, the highest honor of the Supreme Council of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. "People think we are a secret society, but we really are not. We pride ourselves with brotherhood and learning lessons in history and God.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

"Steam Punk" Projector.

This is a projector used at Cataract Lodge #2 to project circular glass slides to illustrate lectures.
 100 years old?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Degrees of the Scottish Rite

Degrees were interesting tonight, 7,8 and 9
Cataract Lodge #2 sponsored the 7th degree.
 I was the principle for the degree.
It struck me tonight, this experience  is the closest thing in modern life to going through the initiation of a Knight.
Degrees of the Scottish 

7° - Provost & Judge We learn that impartial justice protects person, property, happiness and reputation. We are instructed to judge with patience and impartially. The apron of the 7th Degree is white edged with red, with a key and five rosettes. The jewel is a golden key. The duty is justice.

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8° - Intendant of the Building We should strive for perfection by using the great principles of God's inherent love, charity, morality and kindness. The apron of the 8th Degree is white with red and green, with a balance, a nine-pointed star, and a triangle with the Hebrew letters BETH for Ben-Khurim; YOU for Jakinah; and ALEPH for Achar. The jewel of this Degree is a gold triangle with the same three letters. The duties are benevolence and charity.

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9° - Elu of the Nine (Elected Knight of the Nine) Truth, candor and generosity. The foundation of Scottish Rite Masonry is most reflected in this degree. We should use these truths to shape our lives and conduct. The apron of the 9th Degree is white, lined with black and sprinkled with blood, with an arm holding a dagger and a severed head held by the hair. The jewel of this degree is a dagger, hilt of gold and blade of silver. The duties are enlightenment of soul and mind, vigilance, tolerance and being on guard for fanaticism and persecution