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Scottish Rite: Mysterious Ladder

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posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 02:37 PM
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The mysterious ladder is composed of two parts each with seven steps.
Note the Mysterious Kadosh Ladder of 7 steps ascent and 7 steps descent

Is covered until the candidate is obligated. This Ladder has two supports and seven steps.
The first support on the right is called O.E. (Oheb Eloah) (love of God)
The second support on the left is called O.K. (Oheb Kerobo)(love of one's neighbour)

www.bradford.ac.uk...

The steps on the left part are:
(1) Astronomy,
(2) Music,
(3) Geometry,
(4) Arithmetic,
(5) Logic,
(6) Rhetoric,
(7) Grammar.
en.wikipedia.org... (Liberal Arts)

The steps on the right part are
(1) TZEDEKAH (justice),
(2) SCHOR LABAN (purity),
(3) MATHOX (kindness), MATHOK
(4) EMOUNAH (force),
(5) AMAL SAGGHI (work),
(6) SABBAL (burden),
(7) GHEMOUL NAH THEBOUNAH (prudence).

KEROBO can also be found on the links:

www.sacred-texts.com...

www.stichtingargus.nl...

www.masonicworld.com...

What is the mystery behind this ladder ?


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posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 03:30 PM
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Originally posted by hawk123


What is the mystery behind this ladder ?




I will tell you on the night you receive the 30th degree.


And I'm not joking...I actually do that lecture!



posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 03:34 PM
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or you can tell us now



posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 03:41 PM
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Originally posted by Masonic Light

Originally posted by hawk123


What is the mystery behind this ladder ?




I will tell you on the night you receive the 30th degree.


And I'm not joking...I actually do that lecture!


So your degree is Grand Elected Knight of Kadosh (30°)
or White and Black Eagle ?



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posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 03:45 PM
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Originally posted by hawk123



So your name is Knight of Kadosh, or White and Black Eagle ?


I serve as Sub-Preceptor in the ceremony of initiation into the 30th degree (Knight Kadosh). I am a Master of the Royal Secret (32°) and Knight Commander of the Court of Honour (KCCH).

The 30th degree is one of the five mandatory degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Southern Jurisdiction USA. It is also one of the most dramatic, and complex to perform.



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posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 03:58 PM
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Originally posted by Masonic Light

I serve as Sub-Preceptor in the ceremony of initiation into the 30th degree (Knight Kadosh). I am a Master of the Royal Secret (32°) and Knight Commander of the Court of Honour (KCCH).

The 30th degree is one of the five mandatory degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Southern Jurisdiction USA. It is also one of the most dramatic, and complex to perfrom.

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Now what makes it the most dramatic and complex to perform?
Is it related to the ladder?
Is it Jacques de Molay or Hiram Abiff ?

I am trying to resolve at least the mysterious ladder.
One side of the ladder is related to the Liberal arts
en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 04:01 PM
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posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 04:17 PM
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I would like to commend you on using valid masonic sources for your thread. Rarely seen this day and age. The 30th degree is the most eye opening one there is. After a day of good degrees and you are winding down on the energy level, this one wakes you right up. Of all the ones to be an active canidate in, It would be the most memorable.

ML, do you ever get to the Valley of Wilmington?



posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 04:39 PM
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Well, I can divulge more detail on half of the ladder at least without breaking any vows. The 7 liberal arts & sciences are first explained in Masonry in the Fellowcraft degree. Since this part of the lecture is monitorial, it's not in violation of my oath to share it with you.

THE SEVEN LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES


Are Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy (and are illustrated in this section as follows):

Grammar
Is the key by which alone a door can be opened to the understanding of speech. [It is Grammar which reveals the admirable art of language and unfolds its various constituent parts, its names, definitions and respective offices; it unravels, as it were, the thread of which the web of speech is composed. These reflections seldom occur to any one before their acquaintance with the art; yet it is most certain that, without a knowledge of Grammar, it is very difficult to speak with propriety, precision and purity.]

Rhetoric
It is by Rhetoric that the art of speaking eloquently is acquired. [To be an eloquent speaker, in the proper sense of the word, is far from being either a common or an easy attainment; it is the art of being persuasive and commanding; the art not only of pleasing the fancy, but of speaking both to the understanding and to the heart.]

Logic
Is that science which directs us how to form clear and distinct ideas of things, and thereby prevents us from being misled by their similitude, or resemblance. [Of all the human sciences, that concerning man is certainly most worthy of man. The precise business of Logic is to ex-plain the nature of the human mind, and the proper manner of conducting its several powers in the attainment of truth and knowledge. This science ought to be cultivated as the foundation, or ground-work of our inquiries; particularly in the pursuit of those sublime principles which claim our attention as Masons.]

Arithmetic
Is the art of numbering, or that part of the mathematics which considers he properties of numbers in general. [We have but a very imperfect idea of things without quantity, and as imperfect of quantity itself, without the help of Arithmetic.]

Geometry
This science usually treats of the magnitude of bodies. [Magnitude has three dimensions, length, breadth and thickness.]

Music
Is that elevated science which affects the passions by sound. [There are few who have not felt its charms and acknowledged its expressions to be intelligible to the heart. It is a language of delightful sensations, far more eloquent than words; it breathes to the ear the clearest intimations; it touches, and gently agitates the agreeable and sublime passions; it wraps us in melancholy, and elevates us in joy; it dissolves and inflames; it melts us in tenderness and excites to war. This science is truly congenial to the nature of man, for, by its powerful charms, the most discordant passions may be harmonized and brought into perfect unison, but it never sounds with such seraphic harmony as when employed in singing hymns of gratitude to the Creator of the Universe.]

Astronomy
Is that sublime science which inspires the contemplative mind to soar aloft and read the wisdom, strength and beauty of the great Creator in the heavens. [How nobly eloquent of the Deity is the celestial hemisphere!--spangled with the most magnificent heralds of His infinite glory! They speak to the whole universe; for there is neither speech so barbarous but their language is understood, nor nations so distant but their voices are heard among them.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God;
The firmament declareth the works of his hands."

Assisted by Astronomy, we ascertain the laws which govern the heavenly bodies, and by which their motions are directed; investigate the power by which they circulate in their orbs, discover their size, determine their distance, explain their various phenomena, and correct the fallacy of the senses by the light of truth.]

The fifth of these sciences, Geometry, is deemed principally essential in Masonry.

By it the architect is enabled to construct his plans and execute his de-signs; the general, to arrange his soldiers; the engineer to mark out grounds for encampments; the geographer to give us the dimensions of the world, and all things therein contained; to delineate the extent of seas, and specify the divisions of empires, kingdoms and provinces. By it, also the astronomer is enabled to make his observations, and to fix the durations of times and seasons, years and cycles. In fine, Geometry is the foundation of architecture and the root of mathematics.
www.sacred-texts.com...



posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 09:48 PM
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Well, next spring when I go through the Scottish Rite I'll let you know.

reply to post by hawk123
 

He means its a very dramatic piece. You need to put a lot of feeling into it. I do a lot of work in the 3rd degree ceremony and I also do many parts in the Order of the Temple.



posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 05:42 AM
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Originally posted by JoshNorton
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Well, I can divulge more detail on half of the ladder at least without breaking any vows. The 7 liberal arts & sciences are first explained in Masonry in the Fellowcraft degree. Since this part of the lecture is monitorial, it's not in violation of my oath to share it with you


I understand the 7 liberal arts

4. Plato. Works (Basel, 1534)
www.library.illinois.edu...

Figure 7:
hharlestonjr.com...

Starting freauencies:
8/11 x 528 = 384
9/11 x 528 = 432

www.skhane.com...
Plato World Soul and Eye of Horus fraction [64:63]

I even understand that Geometry = Gematria = 273 = Hiram Abiff

You can study it all at college
en.wikipedia.org...

But what about the other site of the mysterious ladder?
Or is it in violation with your oath?


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posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 07:20 AM
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Originally posted by hawk123


Now what makes it the most dramatic and complex to perform?


There are 5 different scene changes in the ceremonial, and many changes in lighting and sound.



I am trying to resolve at least the mysterious ladder.
One side of the ladder is related to the Liberal arts


The Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences are first introduced in the second degree of Masonry, which is the degree of Fellow Craft. According to Pike, they are revisited in the 30th degree for the purpose of reminding the candidate that he is not to forget the lessons learned in the preceding degrees just because he has advanced to a higher one.



posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 09:51 AM
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The model of this ladder was often placed on or near the dead body in the tomb.

What does it mean and who is in the tomb?



posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 10:09 AM
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Originally posted by hawk123
The model of this ladder was often placed on or near the dead body in the tomb.

What does it mean and who is in the tomb?


In the 30th degree ceremony in use in the Southern Jurisdiction (the Albert Pike version), the candidate is shown a tomb representing that of Jacques de Molay. However, also in the Pike version in use in the S.J., the tomb has nothing to do with the Ladder.



posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 12:20 PM
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Finally found the meaning of the other half part of the mysterious ladder:



www.archive.org...


In this room, lighted up with twelve
yellow tapers, the chapter takes the title of " senate " ; the
brethren are called "knights." In this room also stands the
mysterious ladder.

The Mysterious Ladder. It has seven steps, which
symbolise the sun's progress through the seven signs of the
zodiac from Aries to Libra, both inclusive. This the candi-
date ascends, receiving at every step the explanation of its
meaning from a hierophant, who remains invisible to the
candidate, just as in the ancient mysteries the initiating
priest remained concealed, and as Pythagoras delivered his
instructions from behind a veil. When the candidate has
ascended the ladder, and is on the last step, the ladder is
lowered and he passes over it, because he cannot retire the
same way, as the sun does not retrograde. He then reads
the words at the bottom of the ladder, Ne plus ultra. The
last degree manufactured is always the ne plus ultra, till
somebody concocts one still more sublime, which then is the
ne plus ultra, till it is superseded by another. What sublimity
masonic degrees will yet attain, and where they will stop, no
one can tell.

412. The Seven Steps. The name of the first step is
Isedakah, which is defined "righteousness," alluding to the
sun in the vernal equinox in the month of March, when the
days and nights are equal all over the world, and the sun
dispenses his favours equally to all.

The second step is Shor-lalan, "white ox" figuratively.
This is the only step the definition of which is literally true,
which, as it might lead to a clue to the meaning of the mys-
terious ladder, is thus falsely denominated figurative. Taurus,
the bull, is the second sign of the zodiac, into which the sun
enters on the 2 1 st April. His entry into this sign is marked
by the setting of Orion, who in mythological language is
said to be in love with the Pleiades ; and by the rising of
the latter.

The third step is called Mathok, " sweetness." The third
sign is Gemini, into which the sun enters in the pleasant
month of May. "Canst thou hinder the sweet influences
of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion ? " (Job). Now,
the Pleiades were denominated by the Romans Vergilice,
from their formerly rising when the spring commenced, and
their sweet influences blessed the year by the beginning of
spring.

The fourth step is Emunah, "truth in disguise." The
fourth sign is Cancer, into which the sun enters in June.
Egypt at this period is enveloped in clouds and dust, by
which means the sun, which figuratively may be called truth,
is obscured or disguised.

The fifth step is Hamal saggi, "great labour." The fifth
sign is Leo. The great labour and difficulties to which the



GKAND ELECT KNIGHT OF KADOSH 39

sun was supposed to be subject in passing this sign have
already been alluded to (403).

The sixth step is Sabbal, " burden or patience." The sixth
sign through which the sun passes is Virgo, marked by the
total disappearance of the celestial Hydra, called the Hydra
of Lerna, from whose head spring up the Great Dog and
the Crab. Hercules destroys the Hydra of Lerna, but is
annoyed by a sea-crab, which bites him in the foot. When-
ever Hercules lopped off one of the monster's heads two
others sprang up, so that his labour would have been endless,
had he not ordered his companion lolas to sear the blood
with fire.

The seventh step is named Gemunah^ JBinah, Jebunah,
"retribution, intelligence, prudence." The seventh sign is
Libra, into which the sun enters at the commencement of
autumn, indicated by the rising of the celestial Centaur, the
same that treated Hercules with hospitality. This constella-
tion is represented in the heavens with a flask full of wine
and a thyrsus, ornamented with leaves and grapes, the sym-
bols of the products of the seasons. The sun has now arrived
at the autumnal equinox, bringing in his train the fruits of
the earth ; and recompense is made to the husbandman in
proportion to his prudence and intelligence.

The ladder will remind the reader of the ladder of the
Indian mysteries ; of the ladder seen by Jacob in his dream ;
the pyramids with seven steps; and the seven caverns of
various nations.

Formerly it may be so now in some lodges one of the
tests the aspirant to this degree had to undergo was to kill
the murderer of Hiram with a dagger, to bring his head to
the altar, and drink blood out of a skull. The candidate,
being blindfolded, had to place his hand on the beating
heart of a sheep, the wool around that part having been
shaved off, and, having stabbed the victim, he was freed from
the bandage, and was shown a bleeding head, made of wax,
which, however, was immediately removed, to prevent his
discovering the deception.



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posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 12:28 PM
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Originally posted by hawk123


Formerly it may be so now in some lodges one of the
tests the aspirant to this degree had to undergo was to kill
the murderer of Hiram with a dagger, to bring his head to
the altar, and drink blood out of a skull. The candidate,
being blindfolded, had to place his hand on the beating
heart of a sheep, the wool around that part having been
shaved off, and, having stabbed the victim, he was freed from
the bandage, and was shown a bleeding head, made of wax,
which, however, was immediately removed, to prevent his
discovering the deception.




This, it should be pointed, formed a part of the Taxil Hoax. Taxil falsely claimed that Masonic candidates stabbed a sheep to death while blindfolded, believing it to be "the murderer of Hiram".

The absurdity of Taxil's tale is apparent: Hiram is a legendary character in a Masonic myth, not a real person. He doesn't have any *real* "murderer" because he's not a real guy.


There's never been any killing or use of sheep or any other animals in Masonry either, either in this degree or others. Except, of course, for the proverbial goat ride.



posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 02:47 PM
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Good to know about the Taxil hoax.

Another explanation of the ascending steps on the ladder shows:
1. Righteousness or Alms. Hence the employment of our mental and physical powers in succouring the unfortunate.
2. Purity. To do unto others as we would that they should do to us and to refrain from doing to others what we would not wish them to do to us.
3. Sweetness. Supporting adversity with resignation.
4. Good Faith. To be truthful and avoid falsehood.
5. Much Labour. Work alone can make us perfect.
6. Burden Bearer. Compassion for the failings of our brethren.
7. The reward of Prudence is understanding.

When the Candidate has reached the top of the ladder,
the words "NE PLUS ULTRA" remind him that he has
reached the summit of his moral labours

NE PLUS ULTRA = Latin meaning: Nothing more beyond

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posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 05:05 PM
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Originally posted by hawk123
I even understand that Geometry = Gematria = 273 = Hiram Abiff

Could you explain this one to me?



posted on Oct, 14 2009 @ 12:20 PM
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Originally posted by KSigMason

Originally posted by hawk123
I even understand that Geometry = Gematria = 273 = Hiram Abiff

Could you explain this one to me?


Each Hebrew letter has a value. Gematria is explained on:
www.masoncode.com...

273 code is explained on:
www.abovetopsecret.com...

273 = Hiram Abiff = Ch V R M A B I V
273 = GYMTRIA
www.biblewheel.com...



posted on Oct, 14 2009 @ 12:48 PM
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Hawk, just curious: have you ever read Case's "The Masonic Letter G"? If not, you would find it interesting.



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