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Originally posted by getreadyalready
I think brothers should return catechisms and show their proficiency in the preceding degree before advancing.
Originally posted by AugustusMasonicus
Originally posted by mjleonid12
What is a WM, by the way?
Worshipful Master. The individual who runs his repsective lodge for a year (hopefully for only one).
It's increasingly rare to do all the degrees, 4–32° inclusive, at once. In the Southern Jurisdiction, you MUST perform 14°, 18°, 30° and 32° (and also possibly 4°) at every reunion, but the others are optional. When running properly, we try to rotate through different sets of degrees so that someone can come back and eventually see all of them, but there are a couple that haven't been done in my city in years.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
From what I hear of the Scottish Rite, it is possible to advance from 3rd Degree MM to 32 Degree Scottish Rite in two weekends (even 1 weekend on occasion.) To me, that limits the value of the whole thing and cheapens it.
Originally posted by JoshNorton
I honestly don't think most people who join the Scottish Rite are really up for that much, much less all at once. It's literally a lifetime of education that you really have to do on your own studying anyway.
No, by my count, their grand lodge website lists more than 160 lodges in North Carolina that have websites. I'd wager there are some active lodges that don't have sites and are not on that list. (Sadly, North Carolina's Grand Lodge Website doesn't have a good "lodge locator" function to make it easier to find something in your area.)
Originally posted by Doax919
reply to post by mjleonid12
hey man i don't blame i am thinking about joining the Freemasons also where i stay at in north carolina there is a lodge in almost every town but if you look online there only shows a handful in the state.
...In preparing this work, the Grand Commander [Albert Pike] has been about equally Author and Compiler; since he has extracted quite half its contents from the works of the best writers and most philosophic or eloquent thinkers. Perhaps it would have been better and more acceptable if he had extracted more and written less.
Still, perhaps half of it is his own; and, in incorporating here the thoughts and words of others, he has continually changed and added to the language, often intermingling, in the same sentences, his own words with theirs. It not being intended for the world at large, he has felt at liberty to make, from all accessible sources, a Compendium of the Morals and Dogma of the Rite, to re-mould sentences, change and add to words and phrases, combine them with his own, and use them as if they were his own, to be dealt with at his pleasure and so availed of as to make the whole most valuable for the purposes intended. He claims, therefore, little of the merit of authorship, and has not cared to distinguish his own from that which he has taken from other sources, being quite willing that every portion of the book, in turn, may be regarded as borrowed from some old and better writer.
The teachings of these Readings are not sacramental, so far as they go beyond the realm of Morality into those of other domains of Thought and Truth. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite uses the word "Dogma" in its true sense, of doctrine, or teaching; and is not dogmatic in the odious sense of that term. Every one is entirely free to reject and dissent from whatsoever herein may seem to him to be untrue or unsound. It is only required of him that he shall weigh what is taught, and give it fair hearing and unprejudiced judgment. Of course, the ancient theosophic and philosophic speculations are not embodied as part of the doctrines of the Rite; but because it is of interest and profit to know what the Ancient Intellect thought upon these subjects, and because nothing so conclusively proves the radical difference between our human and the animal nature, as the capacity of the human mind to entertain such speculations in regard to itself and the Deity. But as to these opinions themselves, we may say, in the words of the learned Canonist, Ludovicus Gomez: "Opiniones secundum varietatem temporum senescant et intermoriantur, aliæque diversæ vel prioribus contrariæ renascantur et deinde pubescant."
Originally posted by MasterGemini
or the Order of the Eastern Star as they are all based of old hermetic and gnostic teachings.
Originally posted by KSigMason
Really? When I went through the initiation I saw that it was based more on the Bible and figures from its books.