From the Master of Kadosh (March 2018)

posted Mar 7, 2018, 2:08 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Fraternal greetings!  First off, I want to congratulate all involved in making the Sweetheart dinner in February a success!  I’m proud to be part of an organization which continues to honor and support the spouses of our departed brethren.  Additionally, I would like to remind everyone of the upcoming trip to Guthrie, Oklahoma, April 6th through the 8th, where we are organizing a trip to observe all 29 degrees in their amazing Scottish Rite temple.  Please mark your calendars, and more details concerning the logistics and cost are to come soon.  This will be a great opportunity for our brothers to see how Guthrie performs all the degrees in preparation for our Statewide conferral in June.

In continuing with my last article in February, I would like to continue to explore the Seven Virtues and how they relate to the path of Jacob’s latter as follows:

Seven Virtues as They Relate to Jacob’s Ladder

Faith, Hope, and Charity are said to be the daughters of Sophia, who was the goddess of Wisdom.  Sophia is represented in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, Platonism, Gnosticism and Christian theology.  In Gnosticism Sophia is a feminine figure who represents the feminine aspects of the Godhead and the Holy Spirit in the Trinity.

In the mysteries of Mithras there existed a ladder, Jacob’s ladder, with seven rounds which symbolized the path of the soul towards a state of perfection.  The rounds of the ladder were considered gates whereby the novitiate was to pass through seven dark and winding caverns in his ascent to perfection.  Each cavern represented a world, or state of existence, through which the soul was to pass as it progressed towards perfection.  The rounds were considered to be made out of metals of increasing purity and associated with the ancient seven planets.  The Seven Virtues represent the seven rounds as follows:

7.  Charity

6.  Hope

5.  Faith

4.  Justice

3.  Fortitude

2.  Prudence

1.  Temperance

The first four rounds are the foundation of perfecting the lower nature of our being.  Moving up the ladder the three principle rounds are Faith, Hope, and Charity.  Whereby Faith creates Hope, and Hope leads to Charity.  The greatest of these and the pinnacle of the journey is Charity.  Therefore, perfecting our natures and behaviors, and knowing ourselves leads us to the ultimate spiritual path up Jacob’s ladder from the Earth to Heaven!

Wishing you all well on your journey!

Fraternally, Sean Patrick

Master of Kadosh