reply to post by Pinocchio
Here is the way it works.
You petition the lodge.
your petition is read.
a month later it's voted on.
Then if you are elected, you receive your EA degree. (entered apprentice)
Once you do that, you have to learn a catechism that basically describes what you did in the EA degree and why.
Once you can recite that back word for word, (it's taught mouth to ear by another brother who takes his time to help you learn it) then you may
progress to the next degree.
Then you receive your FC degree. (fellowcraft)
Same deal, you have to learn your work and recite it back.
Then you can be raised to the sublime degree of master mason.
At that point, you are as much of a mason as any man has ever been or will be. *note, this is important*
Once you are a master mason, should you decide you want to be an officer in the lodge, you have to recite your work for the third degree. Then you
get a proficiency card. (this on not mandatory)
Once you are a master mason, you are free to explore the side orders.
Should you join the Scottish Rite, you will pay $300, go to the Valley(temple where meetings are held), and watch a series of plays acted out by
masons who are already in that order. You have to see a minimum of five but you can see all 29 if you find them being put on like that at one time.
(kind of rare)
It takes 1 weekend to go from 3rd degree to 32nd degree. In the USA Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction, you don't stop at 18 or any other degree,
you get them all.
I agree with most that it cheapens the whole thing and this is why we continually try to explain to no avail that the degree means exactly jack
In the UK and other places, the Scottish Rite is different and you must work at each degree, and most only go to 18th, with a very few going to 32nd.
The York Rite uses titles and not degree numbers and they also work at each degree.
This is why I say people need to read more and talk less. We are the ones who live this stuff. We are happy to share what we know, but it gets real,
real difficult not to snap when you are told how wrong you are by some guy with a friggin wooden nose.
edit on 23-8-2012 by network dude because: Augustusmasonicus is a beer hoarder. A crime of the highest level. Justice must be