posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 11:27 PM
Originally posted by warthog911
What do the degree rituals mean?
Primarily the degree rituals are intended to create a bond between members. The secret modes of recognition and obligations reinforce these ties.
Secondly the aims and teachings of the order are related to the candidate during the ceremonies, ritualisticaly to make more of an impression. In
secular secret societies like the freemasons these teachings are of a moral and humanitarian nature.
In mystical orders like the Golden Dawn the teachings are exclusively mystical and theosophical. The rituals of such organisations recognise a
spiritual and mental state that the candidate had already reached. The officers of the lodge in such orders symbolically personify abstract cosmic
forces. This contrasts with the freemasons where the officers are simply functionaries but some of them also have ritual duties too.
I have read soo many degrees of rituals but could anyone tell me how many degress of rituals are there....
There are exactly three degrees in free masonry but as 'sebatwerk' has pointed out, there are many side degrees that control more. These side orders
may confer anything from one up to thirty-three degrees. The Mk M. M.
confers only one degree the 'Royal and Select Masters ' confers four
(as dous C. B. C. S.
) whilst the S. R. I. A.
confers nine grades.
In some side bodies degrees are conferred in name only, without any ceremony. The ‘Knight Templar Priests’, for example, control thirty degrees
but only the thirtieth is worked in full. The A. A .A. R.
controls thirty three degrees only the eighteenth and the thirtieth degrees are
commonly worked in full.
....are all the important leaders members of secret societies?
Many influential people are members of secret societies but I doubt very much if they all are! Anyway if they were all members of the freemasons with
its emphasis on 'tolerance, charity and truth', would it be such a bad thing if they were?
....do reptilians control these societies?
Now you must be joking!
[edit on 21-4-2005 by pignut]