From the Commander of Kadosh (September 2018)

posted Sep 3, 2018, 6:10 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Greetings Brothers, Family, and Friends,


 I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to all those that put in the hard work to make the Grand Masters reception the special event that it was. With all having fun, I believe this may have been some of the best singing yet. Thank you to all that attended.


 I hope all will be enjoying a nice relaxing day off this upcoming Labor Day. The first state bill brought to legislation was in New York, but the first to pass into law was Oregon on February 21, 1887. By 1894, 23 of our states had adopted the holiday to pay tribute to the working man and woman.


 This month also marks a special time of the year. On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it's called an "equinox," derived from Latin, meaning "equal night." The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s Equator – from north to south. This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year, ours falls on the 23rd. A famous ancient equinox celebration was the Mayan sacrificial ritual by the main pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico. The pyramid, known as El Castillo, has 4 staircases running from the top to the bottom of the pyramid's face. The staircases are built at a carefully calculated angle which makes it look like an enormous snake of sunlight slithers down the stairs on the day of the equinox. Many cultures have looked at this day with an importance. In our time it is goodbye summer, hello pumpkin spice latte.


Relax, enjoy family, and have a great September.