From the Venerable Master (September, 2010)

posted May 19, 2015, 5:30 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 19, 2015, 5:30 PM ]

Brethren and Ladies:

I hope that you all enjoyed a pleasant summer and are looking forward to a busy Fall season of San Jose Scottish Rite activities. 
I would like to encourage those Brethren who have not yet completed the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman’s course to enroll.  I really enjoyed the course and learned a great deal – even after more than 25 years as a Scottish Rite Mason!  One topic that I found very interesting was the detailed discussion of the different meanings of the Tetractys, developed by the famous Greek mathematician, Pythagoras, and a symbol of the 18th degree, Knight Rose Croix.  
For example, I was familiar with the fact that the triangular shape of the Tetractys is symbolic of the number 3 and three pillars of Masonry:  Faith, Hope and Charity, as well as the fact that the 9 smaller equilateral triangles (3x3) shown above, are symbolic of the infinite divisibility of matter.  I was unaware; however, that the cube that can be formed from the 6 central triangles is considered a reference to the Deity or that the 7 corners of that inscribed cube are considered by some to represent the 7 days of the week.  There are a number of other symbols concealed within these carefully arranged 10 dots:  I encourage you to attend the next Master Craftsman’s night on September 21st to learn more about this and other interesting topics related to our craft.
On the afternoon of Saturday, October 2nd, San Jose Scottish Rite will be hosting a reception for the incoming Grand Master.  Tickets will be available from the SJSR office.  I hope to see you there.
Quick reminder:  Our Fall Re-Union is coming in October.  You’ll need to get your candidates signed up in September so that our General Secretary has time to process the paperwork for voting prior to the October 12th Stated Meeting.  Let’s all do our part to initiate more than the 16 new Scottish Rite Masons whom we welcomed last Spring. 

Durward C. Ayre 32° KCCH
Venerable Master