degrees, the 4th through 14th, are called Ineffable Degrees because their
principal purpose is the investigation and contemplation of the ineffable name
of Deity. Following each of degrees listed below we have provided a brief
statement of the moral teachings found within its lecture.
degree - Secret Master: Your
first steps into our sanctuary are duty, reflection and study. They teach
us to honor those relationships to God, family, country, Masonry. The
apron is white and black, with a letter "Z" and
all-seeing eye. The jewel is an ivory key with the letter
"Z" on the wards. The lessons of the 4o
are secrecy, obedience, and fidelity.
degree - Perfect Master: The degree teaches that honesty
and trustworthiness is the cornerstone of the foundation of Masonic honor.
This virtue should be in all of our undertakings. The apron
is white and green, with a cubic stone and a Hebrew YOD. The jewel
is a compass open on a segment of a circle, to an angle of sixty
degrees. The lessons of the 5o are Honesty,
Sincerity, and good Faith.
degree - Intimate Secretary: In this degree we should learn
duty, charity and toleration. We are told to reshape ourselves and our
thinking into charity, self-control, and success. Be a peacemaker. The
apron is white and red, with Hebrew letters YOD HEH in the center,
and a small triangle containing the Hebrew letters (clockwise from top)
BETH, NUN, and SHIN. The jewel is a gold triangle with the
same three letters inscribed.
degree - Provost and Judge: We learn that impartial justice
protect person, property, happiness and reputation. These degrees teach us
to judge with patience and impartially. The apron is
white, edged with red, with a key and five rosettes. The jewel
is a golden key.
degree - Intendant of the Building: We should strive for
perfection by using the great principles of "God's inherent love,
charity, morality and kindness". The apron is white,
with red and green, with a balance, a five-pointed star, and a triangle
with the Hebrew letters BETH (for Ben-khurim), YOU (for Jakinah), and
ALEPH (for Achar). The jewel is a gold triangle with the
same three letters.
- Elu of the Nine (Elected Knight of the Nine):
Scottish Rite virtues are at the very heart of this degree, truth,
candor and generosity. We should use these to shape our lives and conduct.
The apron is white, lined with black, and sprinkled with
blood, with an arm holding a dagger, and a severed head held by the hair. The
jewel is a dagger, hilt of gold and blade of silver.
degree - Elu of the Fifteen (Illustrious
Elect of the Fifteen):
This degree teaches toleration of others. Everyone has the right to
his own political or spiritual views. The apron is white,
with a black flap, and with three arch-shaped gates -- over each a head on
a spike. The jewel is a dagger as in the previous
degree - Elu of the Twelve (Sublime
Knight Elect of the Twelve):
This degree teaches sympathy. We should sympathetic to our brother
masons and to all mankind as well. The apron is white, lined
with black, with a flaming heart in the center. The jewel is
a dagger suspended from a black cordon inscribed with the words
"Vincere aut Mori," the pledge "that you will rather die
than betray the cause of the people, or be overcome through your own fear
degree - Master Architect: This degree teaches faith in
moral and virtues and in God. "Life is what each man makes of it; the
optimist turns a trial into a blessing. The apron is white,
lined with blue and gold (symbolizing the Craft degrees), with a
protractor, plain scale, sector, and compasses. The jewel is
a gold triangle, with a Hebrew ALEPH on the obverse and the five types of
columns on the reverse.
degree - Royal Arch of Solomon (Knight
of the Ninth Arch):
This degree teaches liberty in our mind and our hearts,
motivated by duty and honor. The apron is purple,
bordered with white, and with the "Enochian delta" (hexagram
with inscribed Tetragrammation) in the center. The jewel is
a gold triangle with the Enochian delta on the reverse, and a scene
showing two men lowering a third into a newly-discovered subterranean
vault, on the obverse.
degree - Perfect Elu (Grand
Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason):
In the degree we learn to reflect and look into ourselves. We should
strive to be true to ourselves and our God. The apron is
white silk, bordered in gold, with the Ineffable Delta in the Center. The
jewel is a quadrant (compass open to ninety degrees) topped by a
crown, and with a nine-pointed star on the obverse, and a five-pointed
blazing star (with the Tetragrammaton) on the reverse. The compass is
opened on a segment of a circle, inscribed with the numbers 3, 5, 7,
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