posted on Oct, 6 2010 @ 07:56 AM
Originally posted by Jagedline
The person who wrote and established the 33 degrees in the Scottish Rite is none other than Albert Pike. Mr. Pike happened to also pen the
foundational book for this group. The book is called Morals and Dogma.
Actually, the 33 degrees of the Scottish Rite were well established before Pike was born. The first Supreme Council of the 33rd degree was founded in
Charleston, South Carolina, USA by 11 York Rite Masons in 1801. Pike joined the Scottish Rite on March 20, 1853. The following year, the Supreme
Council formed a committee to revise its degree rituals, appointing Pike as committee chairman. He did most of the revision himself.
The Supreme Council voted to adopt the Pike revisions as the official ritual. Pike wrote "Morals and Dogma" with the intent that the 32 chapters of
the book would be adopted as the official lectures of the 32 degrees, which never actually happened, although the book was given as a gift to all new
Scottish Rite Masons in the Southern Jurisdiction up until the late 1960's (at the time Pike wrote that book, the 33rd degree was merely
administrative, given only to voting members of the Supreme Council; after Pike was elected Grand Commander, he expanded the 33rd degree, and allowed
it to be conferred on brothers who were not voting members of the Supreme Council, in recognition of outstanding service; this new class of 33rd
degree Masons became Honorary Members of the Supreme Council, and still count for most of the 33rd degree members in the Southern Jurisdiction).
It is in this book as well as books from Manly P. Hall and various others that the mystery comes into play.
It could be argued that mystery comes into play in practically all Masonic writings, or at least all the good ones, including the oldest known Masonic
document, the Regius Mss., which dates from the 11th century. Hall's writings are often interesting, but unfortunately contain much folklore presented
as fact, with very little being able to withstand academic scrutiny. Also, Hall wrote most of his books before he himself became a Mason.
edit on 6-10-2010 by Masonic Light because: (no reason given)