Welcome, to the online course; 32 degrees of Masonic philosophy
In this course, we will embark on a grand exploration into the heart of Masonic philosophy, delving into the Scottish Rite and its thirty-two degrees of instruction and enlightenment. We stand at the threshold of a rich repository of moral reflection and esoteric wisdom that has evolved over countless generations.
Imagine if you will, a philosophy society whose origins are shrouded in history, a society that has, through ritual and allegory, communicated profound truths about our existence. This is Freemasonry, and at its core is the Scottish Rite, which takes candidates on an allegorical journey through degrees or steps, each offering lessons on morality, ethics, and philosophy.
This online course, is inspired by the writings of Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma.” This not merely a reference book, but a labyrinth of esoteric knowledge waiting for us to unlock its secrets. Its language and symbolism are dense, yet within this complexity lies a vast expanse of lost wisdom. In addition, the course is supported by an assortment of works by masonic scholars, and the writing of noted philosophers through all ages,
Now, do not be mistaken; our quest is not to disclose the specifics of Masonic ceremonies or rituals. Rather, we venture deeper into the realm of ideas, the moral compass that guides the life of Masons. Moreover, we are not here to undergo a dogmatic indoctrination. The term “dogma” as we use it is rooted in its classic sense, denoting a set of principles laid out for contemplation and reflection, not rigid edicts forced upon us.
The Scottish Rite presents an open forum for philosophical discourse. It positions itself not as an authoritarian monarchy of thought but rather as a democratic polis, where ideas are debated, tested, and either embraced or set aside based on one’s considered judgment. It is a testament to the value placed on intellectual independence, a rare and precious commodity in the annals of organized teaching.
As we traverse the teachings presented, we observe that they delve into the realms of morality and beyond, into the cosmic order and human existence. Herein lays the beauty of the Rite and of Freemasonry as a whole—its embrace of diverse perspectives, its recognition of the sovereignty of the individual mind.
The breadth and depth of this course, leads us through a myriad of discussions ranging from interpretations of ancient texts to essays on the nature of the divine. The text serves as a multifaceted mirror, each reflecting surface revealing a different historical narrative or allegorical lesson, stitched together into a tapestry as complex as the history of thought itself.
Perhaps one of the most striking features of “Morals and Dogma” is its dialogic approach. Pike does not command from on high but rather invites engagement, prompting a response, a challenge to thought, urging not passive acceptance but active participation in the dialectic of learning.
I invite you, therefore, as students of philosophy and seekers of wisdom, to join me on this journey. Within each of us burns the desire to uncover the truth that lies veiled behind the curtains of allegory and the shroud of symbols. As we move from degree to degree, we grow not only in knowledge but in understanding and appreciation of an organization that has silently and yet profoundly impacted the course of human endeavour.
Let us mark well the words we encounter and let us discuss and debate their meanings and implications. For in this grand conversation lies not only the key to understanding Masonic philosophy but the discourse of growth, the pathway to enlightenment, and the engagement with our human heritage of seeking and holding to light.
In summation, as we undertake this intellectual odyssey, we are not simply students in pursuit of degrees or knowledge; we become part of a grand continuum, a lineage of thinkers who have wrestled with life’s greatest mysteries. This is the essence of the educational journey we now undertake. This online masonic course, is an extension of the Masonic tradition—a tradition that values the quest for wisdom, the pursuit of truth, and the dignity of the individual mind.
As we conclude each lesson, it is my hope that your time invested, will not only enlighten but inspire you to look upon the world with a more inquisitive eye, but question what you hold to be true, and engage life’s challenges with a well-forged moral compass. Now, let us take that first step together into the depths of Masonic philosophy, where every symbol has a story, every story a lesson, and every lesson a step closer to higher understanding.
With the technology in hand, and minds open to the centuries of Masonic thought, our journey begins. Welcome, to an extraordinary venture into the heart of an ancient and venerable tradition, one that promises to enrich us all in ways we have yet to imagine.
That concludes our introduction for now. Thank you for your attention.
Additional Course Note
This project is currently a work in progress.
The first three degrees have been completed. However, due to the extensive information contained in the source material, and to maintain manageable lesson durations, these first three degrees are divided into multiple lessons. The 1st Degree, the Apprentice, is presented in five lessons; the 2nd Degree, the Fellowcraft, in eight lessons; and the 3rd Degree, the Master Mason, in seven lessons.
The 4th to 32nd degrees will be produced with one lesson for each degree.
Early Bird Discount
During the work-in-progress period, the course is offered at a discounted price of £19.95. Upon completion of all the lessons, the price will be set at £49.95. Subscribers who take advantage of the discounted price will have full access to all course materials at this reduced rate.
The full list of 32 degrees to be included in the whole course
II. The Fellow-Craft
III. The Master
IV. Secret Master
V. Perfect Master
IV. Intimate Secretary
VII. Provost and Judge
VIII. Intendant of the Building
IX. Elect of the Nine
X. Illustrious Elect of the Fifteen
XI. Sublime Elect of the Twelve, or Prince Ameth
XII. Grand Master Architect
XIII. Royal Arch of Solomon
XIV. Grand Elect, Perfect, and Sublime Mason
XV. Knight of the East or of the Sword
XVI. Prince of Jerusalem
XVII. Knight of the East and West
XVIII. Knight Rose Croix Council of Kadosh
XIX. Grand Pontiff
XX. Grand Master of All Symbolic Lodges
XXI. Noachite, or Prussian Knight
XXII. Knight of the Royal Axe, or Prince of Libanus
XXIII. Chief of the Tabernacle
XXIV. Prince of the Tabernacle
XXV. Knight of the Brazen Serpent
XXVI. Prince of Mercy, or Scottish Trinitarian
XXVII. Knight Commander of the Temple
XXVIII. Knight of the Sun, or Prince Adept
XXIX. Grand Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
XXX. Knight Kadosh
XXI. Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander
XXXII. Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret