posted on Nov, 26 2007 @ 11:01 PM
reply to post by lazy1981
1) This used to be the case, but the Shrine recently (a few years ago) dropped that requirement. All that is now required is being a master mason.
2) Yes, and no. While the actual amount of money you pay as you go higher in the degrees does increase in real terms, we are talking usually about
paltry sums here. For example, your blue lodge dues may be $50 and your Scottish Rite dues may be $60. You should note that lodge dues vary WIDELY,
and some lodges do charge a very large amount ($500+) per year. It just depends on the lodge and the local rite. Also, upon joining a blue lodge and
thereafter an auxiliary body you will pay one time initiation fees which may be a lot of money to you ($200+). However, these fees also vary widely.
3) Ridding the goat is just a historical joke. I confess I don't know the origins, but this is my best guess: at some point I think someone accused
us of using goats in the ritual, and we picked it up as a joke. I assure you, there are no goats involved in the ritual - ever. There is no sex
involved, which I think probably upsets many conspiracy theorists - they were hoping for some hot masonic orgies! Unfortunately for them, they will
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