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Morals and Dogma of a Chapter of Rose + Croix

Morals and Dogma of a Chapter of Rose + Croix

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Lectures of the 15°-18° (the "Historial" and "Philosophical" degrees of a Chapter of Rose Croix) from Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry by Albert Pike. The complete work (861 pages plus front matter and a ~200 pp. analytical index) has now been uploaded, look for the copy with the red cover with gold emblem on it.
Lectures of the 15°-18° (the "Historial" and "Philosophical" degrees of a Chapter of Rose Croix) from Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry by Albert Pike. The complete work (861 pages plus front matter and a ~200 pp. analytical index) has now been uploaded, look for the copy with the red cover with gold emblem on it.

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Published by: Celephaïs Press / Unspeakable Press (Leng) on Jun 09, 2008
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MORALS AND DOGMA
of a
CHAPTER  
of
 
ROSE
CROIX
Albert Pike
 
Un
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peakable Pre
ſ 
s
 
333
Via Nefanda, Lelag, Leng
 
2008
 
 
 
The following four lectures are extracted from Albert Pike’smonsterpiece,
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted ScottishRite of Freemasonry
, which comprises lectures and discourses for thedegrees of the Scottish Rite up to the
32
°. The degrees from the
15
°-
18
°of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite make up a Chapter of RoseCroix and are subdivided into “Historical” (
15
° and
16
°) and “Philo-sophical” (
17
° and
18
°). Prior to the establishment of the Scottish Rite,these formed part of Stephen Morin’s “Rite of Perfection,” established inFrance in the mind eighteenth century, and carried to the USA in the
1780
s; when Mitchell and Dalcho set up their
33
° system, these degreeswere carried over with very little change unitl Albert Pike got hishands on them in the
1850
s. The Rose Croix degree in particular isbelieved to have been worked independently and was frequently styledthe
ne plus ultra
of Freemasonry. There also exist detatched degrees of Masonic chivalry (
e.g.
the Red Cross of Babylon) very similar in settingand theme to the
15
° and
16
°, with their dramatic setting of the buildingof the second temple after the fall of the neo-Babylonian empire. A sigjficant portion of the text of the present set of lectures wascompleted by
1857
, when Pike’s first revision of the Rituals
4
°-
32
° wascompleted and privately printed in a volume known as
Magnum Opus
.One gets the impression, though, that the extended political rants dis-persed throughout the lectures were influnced by the American CivilWar, in which Pike fought on the losing side.While the contents of these lectures frequently goes off atsomething of a tangent from the rituals to which they are attached,familiarity with those rituals was nevertheless presupposed on the partof the reader. In addition to the reprint of Pike’s
Magnum Opus
, ver-sions of these degrees can be studied in volumes entitled
Ordo ab Chao
,
The Francken Manuscript
,
Scotch
[sic]
Rite Masonry Illustrated
by J.Blanchard and elsewhere.The following text was based on a plaintext in Internet circulation,but style, layout and pagination has been conformed to the printedition. Hebrew is set in the NI HebrewA face. Characters in the“Samaritan” script (along with a few other symbols) are set in theKadosh Samaritan face created by Shawn Eyer. Unspeakable Presswill eventually issue a complete re-set of 
Morals and Dogma
, includingthe analytical index, but even with the proofed plaintext it’s quiteheavy going and I can only stand so much of this at one sitting.This work is in the public domain.
 
237
XV
. KNIGHT OF THE EAST OR OF THESWORD.
[Knight of the East, of the Sword, or of the Eagle.]T
HIS
Degree, like all others in Masonry, is symbolical. Basedupon historical truth and authentic tradition, it is still an alle-gory. The leading lesson of this Degree is Fidelity to obligation,and Constancy and Perseverance under difficulties and discour-agement.Masonry is engaged in her crusade,—against ignorance, intoler-ance, fanaticism, superstition, uncharitableness, and error. Shedoes not sail with the trade-winds, upon a smooth sea, with asteady free breeze, fair for a welcoming harbor; but meets andmust overcome many opposing currents, baffling winds, and deadcalms.The chief obstacles to her success are the apathy and faithless-ness of her own selfish children, and the supine indifference of the world. In the roar and crush and hurry of life and business,and the tumult and uproar of politics, the quiet voice of Masonryis unheard and unheeded. The first lesson which one learns, whoengages in any great work of reform or beneficence, is, that menare essentially careless, lukewarm, and indifferent as to every-thing that does not concern their own personal and immediate

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