Master Craftsman: Symbolic Lodge will familiarize students with aspects of the development of Blue Lodge Masonry and explore some of its developing symbolism. This will reveal that the “High Degrees” began to develop soon after formation of the Premier Grand Lodge (1717). Albert Pike’s book, Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry, and an excerpt from Arturo de Hoyos’s Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide (3d ed.) will be used to demonstrate a rational and philosophical interpretation for much of what is found in Craft Masonry.
Required Reading: Albert Pike’s book, Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry, which can be purchased as part of the quiz and text book package. An excerpt from Arturo de Hoyos’s Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide (3d ed.) is also used however is NOT sold with the course. For quiz #1 read Eosterika: pp. xvii-xliii & 75-88 also Monitor: pp. 75-93.
Ways to Purchase the Program: The course is available online OR as a mail-in correspondence course. The course may be purchased with or without the required textbook Albert Pike’s Esoterika. Quizzes & Esoterika- $60, Quizzes ONLY- $40. Go to: https://scottishrite.org/scottish-rite-master-craftsman-program/.
Course Completion: All students who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and a lapel pin. Students who are members of the Southern Jurisdiction will be presented these at a Valley meeting.
If you are interested in participating in the study group please contact Keith Albright at GenSecOrl@gmail.com to be added to the zoom call.
Alex A. Darwich, 32⁰ KCCH
Keith W. Albright, 33⁰