As a Master Mason, how much do you know about the basic teachings of your Blue Lodge? In this mini-course, Master Masons will be quizzed on their existing knowledge of basic Masonic History, Ritual and Symbolism. Whether you have been newly raised or are a Mason with decades of experience, this course will test what you know about Freemasonry already. It will also determine if you are ready to proceed to some of the more advanced courses in the Master Craftsman® Online College.
The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman™ Philosophy program will help you delve deeply into the teachings and philosophies of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite.
As Freemasonry is a progressive system, with the lessons in each degree building upon the lessons taught in the preceding degree, the Master Craftsman® program has been designed with the same approach in mind. So far you have learned about the history and development of Blue Lodge ritual from Albert Pike’s writing on the topic and you have been introduced to the Scottish Rite’s organization, history and ritual. Now, this course will provide you with a greater insight into philosophical concepts underpinning the ritual of the Scottish Rite.
The primary text is Albert Pike’s Morals & Dogma: Annotated Edition, by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross (sold seperately). Originally published in 1872, Morals & Dogma has always stood as a daunting challenge to its readers, perhaps in the way the moon looked unreachable for most of human history. But this course will be your guide, helping you to negotiate this intimidating journey one step at a time.
The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman™: Symbolic Lodge course will familiarize students with aspects of the development of Blue Lodge Masonry and explore some of its developing symbolism.
Albert Pike’s book, Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry will be used as the primary text and several sections of the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide (3rd Edition) will also be used.
TEXT BOOKS MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY. Physical copies can be purchased HERE and Kindle editions can be purchsed in the Amazon Kindle Store.
Master Craftsman®: Scottish Rite Ritual & History familiarizes students with the basic structure of the Scottish Rite as well as aspects of the rituals and symbols of the twenty-nine degrees (4°–32°) and honors of the Scottish Rite. Consisting of 6 lessons, it utilizes The Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide, third edition, by Arturo de Hoyos (required reading) which can be purchased here and A Bridge to Light, 4th edition, by Rex Hutchens as its textbooks.
This course is designed to give a Scottish Rite Mason a deeper understanding of basic history and a working knowledge of the organizational structure of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction-Mother Supreme Council of the World. The course will also answer many frequently asked questions about the Scottish Rite, giving a Scottish Rite Mason a broader grasp of the fraternity. Though the course is designed with a newer Scottish Rite Mason in mind, it can also be considered a review or refresher course for experienced Scottish Rite Masons.