From the Commander (August, 2009)

posted May 15, 2015, 3:55 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 19, 2015, 12:27 PM ]
The degrees of the Council of Kadosh are chivalric and philosophical, but also contain mystical material.  The word "Kadosh" is a Hebrew word meaning "Holy".  The complexity of these degrees cannot be overstated and is exemplified by the number of pages attributed to them in Morals and Dogma.  The twenty-eighth degree alone is over a quarter of the 1000+ page tome.

19th degree - Grand Pontiff: 

The lessons of this degree are learned from the past and how it affects the present and the way we live in the future. We always strive to endure, produce and improve the world as it surrounds us.  There is no apron, but the jewel is a gold "parallelogram" (rectangle) with a Greek Alpha on one side and an Omega on the other.

20th degree - Master of the Symbolic Lodge:

This degree shows us Liberty, Fraternity and Equality. These teach moral, religious and philosophical understanding. This degree helps one to comprehend Deity, forces of nature, good and evil. The apron is yellow, bordered in blue, with three concentric point-down triangles, with the Tetragrammaton (horizontal) and "Fiat Lux" (vertical) at the center, forming a cross.  Its triangular shape relates to the "fourth great light, which reminds us of the Deity and his attributes."  The jewel is gold, with the same three concentric triangles.

Ross Fuller  
Commander — Council of Kadosh