posted on Dec, 8 2007 @ 02:14 AM
bigred: If you thinking about asking to join forget what you have read as soon as you can, because there is nothing more fun and interesting than
taking the degrees. I'm sorry to see that our ritual work is so easily obtained, but so be it. Reading it or watching it can never compare to
experiencing it. For each man the experience is different and holds different meaning, because we all have different levels of awareness and
perception, but the common thread is the bonding to others who have themselves traveled the same path.
I have found Henry Coil's different works very informative regarding the side degrees. I recently took the Scottish Rite degrees and have begun a
deeper look at the degrees themselves, but through Masonic historian's eyes other than Pike's.
His reworking of the Scottish Rite degrees was monumental, but seems to me to be part of the expansion and diverse growth of the Chivalric degrees
that were popularized in Europe in the beginning and middle part of the 19th century. It also seems to me that he was utterly convinced of his own
infallibility concerning the interpretations he chose to use in developing the Scottish Rite degrees. He and Mackey both recanted some of their own
early assertions in regard to the accuracy of some of their claims. In light of later research by others and themselves many of their claims were
changed. The 19th century was a time of rapid growth and change for Speculative Masonry and many different Grand Lodges and Grand Masters in many
different countries took it upon themselves to expand and/or create different side degrees. Scottish Rite being only one of many kinds of different
This kind of thread is never going to stop around here. But it is fun, entertaining and educational, so I will probably continue to put my 2 cents
in. The more I read about Masonry the more tangents it presents. The one constant that I have found so far is that there are no shortage of
"experts" purporting to be exclusive experts or the last word on Masonry.
These claims are enough to make me suspicious of their claims from the onset, therefore I continue to read and ask questions of my fellow brethren
concerning the validity of these supposed "experts". I am also a member of a research lodge and this also helps me to source information. I'm
beginning to outline a new paper shortly regarding the Inquisitions' influence on Masonry in the 15th and 16th century. This is going to a little
more difficult than my first paper on the tiler, that's for sure.
[edit on 8-12-2007 by sharkman]