From the Wise Master (June, 2009)

posted May 15, 2015, 1:53 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 15, 2015, 1:53 PM ]

Brethren,

Here is a little information about the Chapter Rose Croix Degree.

15th degree - Knight of the East, of the Sword, or of the Eagle:

 In this degree "we learn fidelity to obligations and perseverance of purpose under difficulties and discouragement."  The apron is of crimson velvet, edged with green, with a bleeding head above two crossed swords, and a triangle (top point to the left) with three interlaced triangles inside it.  The jewel is three concentric gold triangles, with two crossed swords inside them.  

16th degree - Prince of Jerusalem:

This degree teaches "heroism of patience, the nobility of self-sacrifice" and compassionate judgment, along with charity, fidelity and brotherhood.  The apron is crimson, edged in gold and aurora-color, and with a square, shield, Delta (with three YOD's), balance, and a hand of justice.  The jewel is a mother-of-pearl lozenge, with a hand holding a balance in equipoise; under it a sword with five stars surrounding the point.  On the left is a Hebrew D, on the right is a Hebrew Z.

17th degree - Knight of the East and West:

The lessons of this degree are that loyalty to God is man's primary allegiance, and the temporal governments not founded upon God and His righteousness will inevitably fall.  The apron is of yellow satin, with crimson and gold, and with a sword and Tetractys (of the Tetragrammaton) on it.  The jewel is a heptagon of silver and gold, with crossed swords on a balance on the obverse, and a lamb on the Book of Seven Seals on the reverse.  The jewel is hung from a double order -- one black (left-to-right) and one white (right-to-left), representing good versus evil.  A gold coronet is also presented 
I’ll save the 18th Degree  for another message.  See you at stated meeting.

Fraternally,
Monte Bishop —  Wise Master