From the Wise Master (July, 2012)

posted May 23, 2015, 5:55 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 5:55 PM ]
Jack Harris
Reading through some of the degrees of Scottish Rite, I came across several words that I was not sure what they meant.  I researched some of them and I thought you might be interested.  
Ineffable - 1. Too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words: "ineffable beauty". 2. Too sacred to be uttered.
Hyssop - is a genus of about 10-12 species of herbaceous or semi-woody plants in the family Lamiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to central Asia.
Levites - Bible. A member of the tribe of Levi but not descended from Aaron and, if male, chosen to assist the Temple priests.
Bier - is a stand on which a corpse, coffin, or casket containing a corpse, is placed to lie in state or to be carried to the grave. 
Puissant - Having great power or influence.
Effaced - To rub or wipe out; erase. 2. To make indistinct as if by rubbing.
Primitive - qualities-heat, cold, and moisture.
Areopagus - The highest judicial and legislative council of ancient Athens.
Perdition - A state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death.
Saracenic - 1. A member of a pre-Islamic nomadic people of the Syrian-Arabian deserts. 2. An Arab. 3. A Muslim, especially of the time of the Crusades.

See you next month  
Jack Harris
Wise Master.