From the Master of Kadosh (August, 2008)

posted May 3, 2015, 7:23 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 3, 2015, 7:23 PM ]
I have recently enrolled in a new program called the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman Education Program. As you probably remember from last months article by Ill Bob Winter this program is available to all of you and I highly recommend you consider getting on board. The textbook ( SR Ritual Monitor and Guide) is simply outstanding and a great read. I have completed the first test and awaiting the test score. The plan is not to just take the course on a unilateral basis but to periodically have study and discussion sessions so all enrolled can get together and discuss the readings and related information concerning our beautiful and meaningful degrees.
There is a reading related to the discussion of the 14th Degree, The Perfect Elu, which I commend for your consideration. It is found on page 298 of the text and is titled “The Enigma of the Sphynx”. Several interesting points are made about symbolism, the Blue Lodges and the Scottish Rite that many might find controversial. That said the writing is certainly thought provoking and a good subject for one of the group discussions.
By the way, do you remember the meaning of  Kadosh? In the first few pages of the text, there is a brief overview of the Scottish Rite’s origins and rituals. This is very interesting reading and is a good refresher on the beginning of our beloved Scottish Rite. The answer to the above question can be found in these pages.
I urge any Brother who has the time and interest to consider getting involved in the 32nd Degree, the Master of the Royal Secret. There are both speaking and non-speaking roles available in this beautiful degree. As you might already know, this October we will be presenting the latest version of this degree, so all cast members are on a learning curve in preparation for the Fall Reunion (Oct 24-25). Please contact Brother Dave Gibson, KCCH, the Degree Director  if you are interested.
By the way Kadosh means Holy or Consecrated. Now, what is the meaning of ineffable as in the Ineffable Degrees of the Lodge of Perfection? See you next month and I trust you are having a great summer.

Chuck Cowden, 32°
Master of Kadosh