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Morals and Dogma – Lodge of Perfection

Morals and Dogma is a collection of thirty-two essays which provide a philosophical rationale for the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. The lectures provided a backdrop for the degrees by giving lessons in comparative religion, history and philosophy”.
Though it discusses the minutiae of Masonic ritual at length, it is written so as not to reveal the Masonic secrets. Ritual motions and objects are named and elaborated upon, but not described.
There are 32 chapters (1 per degree in the masonic ranks of the southern jurisdiction, the 33° being the only exception), These chapters generally consist of Comparative Religion, Philosophy, Comparative Etymologies, Symbolism, And Numerology. The primary themes are the “Secrets” or the “Great Mysteries” and their symbolism & rituals. It is stated that nothing in the book is meant to reveal any of the secrets to freemasonry but to simply hint or shed light. An emphasis on religious and cultural tolerance is shown throughout the work, emphasizing that the root of all religion was the same. These common traits and symbols in all religions are explained in detail, beginning with the Orphic Egg or Cosmic Egg, and then moving towards ancient Egyptian, Phoenician, Buddhist, and Hindu texts, and the Abrahamic religions.

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LODGE OF PERFECTION OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE | Degrees 4-14

IV. Secret Master
V. Perfect Master
VI. Intimate Secretary (Confidential Secretary)
VII. Provost And Judge
VIII. Intendant Of The Building
IX. Elect Of The Nine
X. Illustrious Elect Of The Fifteen
XI. Sublime Elect Of The Twelve Or Prince Ameth
XII. Grand Master Architect
XIII. Royal Arch Of Solomon
XIV. Grand Elect, Perfect, And Sublime Mason

The degrees of the Lodge of Perfection are better known as the “Ineffable Degrees” of the Scottish Rite Masonty because their princial purpose is the investigation and contemplation of the inefable (unspeakable) name of Diety. Lodges of Perfection confer the 4th to the 14th degrees inclusive. They amplify the legend of the Master Mason Degree and the story of the building of King Solomon’s Temple. These degrees are designed to build on the teachings of the first three degrees given in the Craft Lodge. The 4th, 5th, 7th, 13th, and 14th degrees are obligatory: the others, if not given in full, are “communicated” by obligation and explained. 4° Secret Master5° Perfect Master6° Intimate Secretary7° Provost and Judge8° Intendant of the Building9° Elect of the Nine10° Elect of the Fifteen11° Elect of the Twelve12° Grand Master Architect13° Royal Arch of Solomon14° Grand Elect Perfect and Sublime Mason

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ISBN

9781691242542

Pages

156

Author

Albert Pike (December 29, 1809 – April 2, 1891) was an American author, poet, orator, jurist and prominent member of the Freemasons. He was also a senior officer of the Confederate States Army who commanded the District of Indian Territory in the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War. Pike first joined the fraternal Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1840. He next joined a Masonic Lodge, where he became extremely active in the affairs of the organization. In 1859 he was elected Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite’s Southern Jurisdiction. He remained Sovereign Grand Commander for the remainder of his life (a total of thirty-two years), devoting a large amount of his time to developing the rituals of the order. Notably, he published a book called Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1871, of which there were several subsequent editions. This helped the order grow during the nineteenth century. He also researched and wrote the seminal treatise Indo-Aryan Deities and Worship as Contained in the Rig-Veda.In America, Pike is still considered an eminent and influential Freemason, primarily in the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction.