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Way of the Hermit

Way of the Hermit discusses the Western Esoteric Tradition of Freemasonry, mysticism, Hermetic lore and more. E-mail: info@wayofthehermit.com.

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Scottish Rite: Epilogue
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In the podcast, the evolution of the Square and Compass, the primary symbol of the "Blue Lodge," is examined after the hosts' journey through the Scottish Rite degrees. It is now seen as a more profound representation, with the Compass over the Square symbolizing Spirit ruling over the material, and the 'G' inside representing the "Grand Architect of the Universe." The discussion also covers the double-headed eagle, the emblem of the Scottish Rite, which symbolizes the unity of human and divine nature and the concept of equilibrium.The hosts delve into the essential textbooks for the Scottish Rite, including "Morals and Dogma: The Annotated Edition," "Scottish Rite Ritual - Monitor and Guide," and "A Bridge to Light," emphasizing their importance for understanding the degrees. They revisit the origins of the Scottish Rite degrees, focusing on Albert Pike's revisions and his complex legacy, which includes both his contributions to Freemasonry and his controversial personal beliefs. The esoteric aspects of the Scottish Rite are explored, drawing parallels with psychological concepts from various traditions and emphasizing the introspective nature of the degrees.The podcast concludes with reflections on the meaning of holding a Scottish Rite degree, the importance of personal study and understanding, and the distinction between merely holding a degree and truly embodying its teachings.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages:The Double-Headed EagleYoung Albert PikeOld Albert PikeOverview:01:14 Introduction02:16 Square and Compass03:04 Double-Headed Eagle04:14 Textbooks06:18 Origins of the Degrees09:56 Albert Pike15:35 Esoteric Psychology21:14 The Meaning of the Degrees27:06 ConclusionsLinks:Albert Pike (Wikipedia)Prince Hall Freemasonry (Wikipedia)Prince Hall (Wikipedia)Albert Pike Memorial (Wikipedia)House of the Temple (Wikipedia)Sigmund Freud (Wikipedia)Carl Jung (Wikipedia)Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition (Amazon)The hidden Chasidic roots of Sigmund Freud (TheJC.com)Gnosis, Gnosticism and Jungian Psychology (Gnosis.org)The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead (Amazon)The Search for Roots: C. G. Jung and the Tradition of Gnosis (Amazon)The Birth of Tragedy (Wikipedia)
29:53 3/19/23
32nd Degree: Master of the Royal Secret
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In this episode, the intricate details of the Degree Ritual and its profound symbolism are explored, shedding light on the culmination of Masonic teachings. The ritual, set against the backdrop of the Vernal Equinox, serves as a symbolic journey through the Scottish Rite degrees, leading to the understanding of the Royal Secret and the Holy Doctrine.The Encampment, a central symbol of the Degree, is meticulously described, revealing its nested geometric figures that represent the journey of enlightenment from the outer Nonagon to the inner Circle. This journey through the Encampment, from the broad understanding of Masonic philosophy to the individual realization of profound truths, is emphasized as a path to achieving equilibrium between the divine and the human.The discussion delves deeper into the symbolism of Freemasonry, focusing on the Temple, Light, and the sacred names of God. The vows taken during the Ritual underscore the commitment to fight against despotism and to pursue enlightenment. The significance of the Vernal Equinox, representing the triumph of light over darkness, is highlighted as a metaphor for the renewal of life and the spirit's victory over matter.The concept of the Logos, or the Divine Word, is explored as a symbol of divine ratification and the transmission of light from initiate to initiate. The metaphorical construction of the "Third Temple" within oneself is presented as the ultimate goal, symbolizing a new conception of divinity brought to life through the individual's journey of self-discovery and enlightenment.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages:32nd Degree Regalia32nd Degree - Encampment DiagramThe Hermaphrodite by Heinrich KhunrathOverview:01:14 Introduction02:02 Ritual Setting05:38 Degree Ritual07:28 The Encampment12:33 Degree Symbols16:01 Morals and Dogma17:46 White Light19:57 Rainbow Bridge22:46 Compass and Square25:10 Spirit Over Matter27:12 The Logos28:52 Third Temple33:10 The Sacred Word34:55 ConclusionsLinks:Solomon’s Temple (Wikipedia)Tetragrammaton (Wikipedia)Second Temple (Wikipedia)INRI (Wikipedia)New Jerusalem (Wikipedia)Om (Wikipedia)Monochord (Wikipedia)Cymatics: Chladni Plate - Sound, Vibration and Sand (YouTube)
37:06 3/5/23
31st Degree: Inspector Inquisitor
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In the heart of the episode, the mythological setting of the Egyptian "Hall of Judgment" from the Book of the Dead is explored, serving as the backdrop for the degree ritual. This setting is not just a mere stage but a profound allegory for the final judgment, a theme resonant across many world religions but here, uniquely intertwined with ancient Egyptian mythology.The ritual itself, focusing on the "Weighing of the Heart," is a dramatization that uses symbolism to probe the depths of one's character and actions through a series of questions posed at four altars, each representing different aspects of the participant's life. This process is not merely a ritualistic formality but a deep introspective journey, encouraging participants to reflect on their actions, intentions, and motivations, ultimately leading to a judgment of their worthiness to dwell in the everlasting light.The episode further delves into the philosophical underpinnings of justice as discussed in the degree's lecture, drawing from Theodore Parker's "Ten Sermons of Religion." It challenges the listener to consider the source of our sense of justice, suggesting it comes not from observing nature but from an innate moral faculty or conscience. This distinction between ideal and practical justice is highlighted, emphasizing the importance of striving towards an ideal while being grounded in the realities of the world.The discussion on the Tetractys and its symbolic significance in relation to the degree adds another layer of depth, connecting the dots between the principles of the natural world, cosmic harmony, and the ascent to the divine. Through these discussions, the episode not only sheds light on the rituals and symbols of the degree but also invites listeners on a journey of self-examination and spiritual enlightenment.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages:31st Degree RegaliaWeighing the HeartGates of the Duat - 5th HourOverview:01:14 Introduction02:06 Mythological Setting03:27 Degree Ritual13:46 Morals and Dogma13:57 God’s Justice15:36 Human Justice17:06 Ideal Justice19:22 Tetractys21:37 The Underworld24:47 Hall of Truth26:24 The Inquisition28:13 Negative Confessions31:39 Winged Sun Disk32:45 King of the Two Lands36:04 ConclusionsLinks:Ten Sermons of Religion (Amazon)Book of the Dead (Wikipedia)Ennead (Wikipedia)Maat (Wikipedia)Negative Confessions (Wikipedia)Papyrus of Ani (Wikipedia)Christ’s Harrowing of Hell (Wikipedia)Winged Sun (Wikipedia)Tetractys (Wikipedia)
38:26 2/19/23
30th Degree: Knight Kadosh
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In the episode, the historical context of the Knights Templar's fall and the execution of their Grandmaster, Jacques de Molay, is examined, revealing the financial might that led to their downfall by King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V. The degree ritual is described as a symbolic journey through four apartments representing Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, where initiates confront death, undergo purification, face judgment, and ultimately ascend. The purpose of the degree is to shed light on the historical persecution of the Templars and draw parallels with Anti-Masonic movements, suggesting a vision for enlightened leadership and a "New World Order" free from corruption.The discussion then delves into the Templars' aspirations to rebuild the Temple of Solomon and reclaim the Papacy for the East, with the "Ladder of Kadosh" serving as a metaphor for the initiatic journey of moral and philosophical growth. The "Templar Treasure" is speculated to be not a physical artifact but the realization of inner spiritual enlightenment. The symbolism of the Templars' demise and the destruction of physical temples points to a spiritual rebirth and the construction of an inner temple.The episode concludes with the idea that the initiates themselves are the angels in Jacob's dream, representing the journey of spiritual ascent and descent, and the construction of the "Third Temple" within oneself.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages:30th Degree RegaliaHeinrich Khunrath - Cosmic RoseJacques de MolayOverview:01:14 Introduction01:38 Historical Setting05:58 Degree Ritual13:16 Purpose of the Degree13:59 Morals and Dogma14:42 New World Order17:27 Knight of the East and West18:54 The Templar Secret20:42 From The Ashes21:37 Ladder of Kadosh23:35 Journey to the East26:18 Down From the Mountain27:28 View From the East30:08 Angels Ascending and Descending32:13 ConclusionsLinks:Knights Templar (Wikipedia)Philip IV of France (Wikipedia)Pope Clement V (Wikipedia)Hugues de Payens (Wikipedia)Jacques de Molay (Wikipedia)Emerald Tablet (Wikipedia)Trivium (Wikipedia)Quadrivium (Wikipedia)Jacob’s Ladder (Wikipedia)Friday the 13th (Wikipedia)Tour de Nesle Affair (Wikipedia)Church and state in medieval Europe (Wikipedia)
34:42 2/5/23
29th Degree: Knight of Saint Andrew
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In this episode, the rich symbolism and rituals of the "Scottish Knight of Saint Andrew" degree in Freemasonry are explored in depth. The Saint Andrew’s Cross, an equal-armed x-shaped cross, is identified as the main symbol of the degree, with its presence in the ritual space and on the regalia of the officers, who are dressed as Knights. The cross is adorned with the Tetragrammaton, emphasizing the spiritual and elemental significance of the symbol. The ritual involves lighting candles in the shape of the cross, each representing a duty expected of a Knight of Saint Andrew, such as reverence for the Deity and service to Truth.The episode delves into the nine knightly virtues that are central to the degree, which are grouped into three categories reflecting one's relationship to self, others, and actions in the world: Humility, Patience, and Self-denial; Charity, Clemency, and Generosity; and Virtue, Truth, and Honor.The discussion also touches on the challenges posed by scientific skepticism to spiritual beliefs and the balance between embracing technology and maintaining spiritual integrity. The esoteric interpretations of the Saint Andrew’s Cross are examined, including its representation of the alchemical process and the integration of elemental forces within the individual.The symbolism of the Banner of the Order, the concept of Western Yoga, and the significance of the Tetragrammaton are also discussed, culminating in reflections on the depth of the Scottish Rite system and its encapsulation of the Western Mystery Tradition.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages:29th Degree RegaliaOverview:01:14 Introduction01:51 Degree Ritual08:34 Purpose of the Degree09:08 Morals and Dogma09:47 Knightly Virtues11:49 Science and Technology15:56 Saint Andrew’s Cross17:30 Banner of the Order19:02 Western Yoga20:04 Crossing the Streams22:08 Tetragrammaton23:37 The Sphinx26:11 The Lemniscate27:10 The Juggler28:54 Lucifer’s Crown31:23 Third Eye33:18 ConclusionsLinks:Andrew the Apostle (Wikipedia)Robert the Bruce (Wikipedia)“Outlaw King” Trailer (YouTube)Knights Templar (Wikipedia)Battle of Bannockburn (Wikipedia)Picts (Wikipedia)Flag of Scotland (Wikipedia)Stream of Consciousness (Wikipedia)Magician Tarot Card (Wikipedia)Lemniscate (Wikipedia)Third Eye (Wikipedia)Pineal Gland (Wikipedia)
35:33 1/22/23
28th Degree: Knight of the Sun - Part 3 of 3
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In the episode, the exploration of light and darkness as primary metaphors in "The Mysteries" is revisited, with a deep dive into the symbolic significance of these elements across various religious and mythological contexts. The unity underlying apparent dualities is emphasized, alongside the quest for higher conceptions of God. The discussion transitions into the exploration of the "Central" or "Formless Fire" from Kabbalistic and Egyptian cosmologies, raising philosophical questions about the nature of reality and the human mind's role in shaping it. The "Cosmic Egg" and the "World Animal" are discussed as symbols representing the universe's vitality and interconnectedness, with the "Astral Light" highlighted as the creative force within human imagination.Alchemy is explored as a metaphor for personal and spiritual transformation, with the "Emerald Tablet of Hermes" and the concept of "The Great Work" in alchemy examined as the ultimate goal of self-creation and mastery over one's faculties. The episode culminates in a discussion on the "Dual Current" and the figure of Baphomet, symbolizing the unity of opposites and the creative potential of the human mind. Baphomet is presented as a misunderstood symbol, historically obscured by superstition and fear, yet holding significant philosophical and spiritual implications. The episode concludes with reflections on the transformative power of the discussed symbols and concepts, inviting listeners to continue their exploration of these themes in their own lives and spiritual practices.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages:Knight of the Sun RegaliaBaphomet by Eliphas LeviOverview:01:14 Introduction02:48 Hidden Light05:18 Formless Fire09:18 Cosmic Egg10:47 World Animal14:08 Astral Light15:39 Alchemy18:14 Emerald Tablet21:08 The Great Work24:07 The True Nature of Sacrifice26:34 Necessity, Liberty & Reason28:18 Miracles29:51 Magic30:52 Dual Current32:41 Baphomet37:00 Sphinx39:34 ConclusionsLinks:Dogma and Ritual of High Magic (Amazon)Emerald Tablet of Hermes (Wikipedia)Orphism (Wikipedia)Phanes (Wikipedia)Lucifer (Wikipedia)World Egg (Wikipedia)Baphomet (Wikipedia)Rider-Waite Tarot (Wikipedia)Trials of the Knights Templar (Wikipedia)Oedipus Complex (Wikipedia)Phrygian Cap (Wikipedia)
41:32 1/8/23
28th Degree: Knight of the Sun - Part 2 of 3
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In the episode, the depth and complexity of the 28th Degree - Knight of the Sun are explored, revealing its position as a distillation of the entire Scottish Rite system. The discussion begins with Albert Pike's Christian interpretation of the Blue Lodge Degrees, which symbolizes the human condition of blindness and the journey towards enlightenment through Masonic initiation. The conversation then transitions to the universal myths of celestial bodies, where the similarities in worship and personification of these entities across various cultures are examined. The focus shifts to the gods of nature, highlighting the symbolic representation of the alternation of light and darkness.The Greek god Dionysus is presented as a symbol that unifies light and darkness, transcending the duality found in mythological interpretations. The Ancient Mysteries are discussed for their role in preserving sacred symbols and their true interpretations, emphasizing the importance of initiation. The rise of the priesthood is critiqued for transforming religious symbols into objects of worship and acting as intermediaries rather than teachers, leading to a loss of original truths. The episode also delves into the metaphorical journey of understanding, drawing parallels with "The Matrix" and the awakening to a deeper reality, as exemplified by the story of Helen Keller and her "soul's awakening" through the acquisition of language.The concept of living in a dream world, shaped by language and symbols, is explored, suggesting that the perceived separation from the divine is an illusion. The Kabbalah is examined for its teachings on the unity of God and the symbolic language of creation. The process of creation is likened to esoteric counting, illustrating the journey from the abstract to the concrete, and the dual current of creation and destruction is discussed in the context of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes. The episode concludes with a reflection on the intense exploration of Masonic philosophy and the anticipation of continuing the discussion in the next episode.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages:Knight of the Sun RegaliaOverview:01:14 Introduction01:37 Morals and Dogma02:09 Christian Interpretation of Blue Lodge Degrees04:17 Gods of Heaven05:40 Gods of Nature07:12 Dionysus08:37 The Ancient Mysteries11:45 Rise of the Priesthood13:33 Down the Rabbit Hole15:45 Helen Keller18:09 The Matrix21:02 Living in a Dream World23:20 The Clear Light25:11 The Kabbalah26:40 Stairway to Heaven29:15 The Dual Current30:27 ConclusionsLinks:Zohar (Wikipedia)Joseph Cambell (Wikipedia)Dionysus (Wikipedia)Helen Keller (Wikipedia)Language (Wikipedia)Emerald Tablet (Wikipedia)The Matrix (Wikipedia)
33:17 12/25/22
28th Degree: Knight of the Sun - Part 1 of 3
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In the episode, a comprehensive examination of the "Knight of the Sun" degree's Ritual, both in its original and revised forms, is undertaken, revealing significant philosophical and symbolic depth. The revised Ritual, simplified for modern practice, is described as featuring two presiding officers and a choir of angels representing the planets, focusing on teaching through symbolism such as geometry, the pentagram, and alchemy. Despite its accessibility, the revised Ritual is critiqued for lacking the depth and esoteric richness of the original, which included elaborate decorations, costumes, and a more profound invocation of spiritual and intellectual themes. The original Ritual's emphasis on equilibrium, the power of the Magus, and the importance of mastering reason and knowledge for societal benefit is highlighted, showcasing a stark contrast to the revised version's approach.The episode also delves into the original Ritual's lectures, which offer deep insights into Kabbalistic philosophy, the Macrocosm and Microcosm, and the practical application of these teachings. The discussions underscore the Ritual's influence on the formation of The Golden Dawn and other esoteric groups, emphasizing the legacy of Pike's work in the broader context of occult and Masonic traditions. The importance of the "Knight of the Sun" degree is further underscored by its extensive coverage in "Morals and Dogma," with the Rebis symbol serving as a focal point for understanding the degree's teachings on equilibrium and the interplay between the material and spiritual. The episode concludes with reflections on the Ritual's significance and its potential connections to ancient myths, suggesting a deeper, esoteric lineage that continues to inspire and challenge practitioners and scholars alike.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages:Knight of the Sun RegaliaThe Hermaphrodite by Heinrich KhunrathMacroprosopus by Eliphas LeviOverview:01:14 Introduction01:58 Ritual Background03:32 Ritual of the Degree10:38 The Original Ritual18:41 Lecture of Brother Truth24:04 Lecture of Father Adam29:43 Lecture of Malak Gabriel32:10 A Tale of Two Rituals34:02 The Golden Dawn36:18 ConclusionsLinks:Zohar (Wikipedia)Christian Knorr von Rosenroth (Wikipedia)Ancient of Days (Wikipedia)Adam Kadmon (Wikipedia)Rebus (Wikipedia)Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (Wikipedia)Fraternity of the Inner Light (Wikipedia)Argenteum Astrum (Wikipedia)Ordo Templi Orientis (Wikipedia)
39:02 12/11/22
27th Degree: Knight Commander of the Temple
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In the episode, the intricate rituals and profound symbolism of the "Knight Commander of the Temple" degree are explored, revealing a ceremony steeped in historical reverence and moral testing. The degree, originating from the siege of St. Jean d'Acre, is depicted as a transformative journey where candidates undergo a rigorous process of self-examination, confession, and amends-making before being led into a ceremonially adorned hall. Here, they embody "Constans," a figure tested through trials that challenge their virtues of chastity, poverty, and obedience. The trials, designed to mirror the knightly vows, culminate in a knighting ceremony that only those who prove their unwavering commitment to justice and humanity can undergo. This segment of the episode vividly illustrates the degree's purpose: to instill in candidates the essence of knighthood, emphasizing truth, duty, and sacrifice.The discussion further delves into the moral teachings from "Morals and Dogma," emphasizing the scarcity of truth in society and the knightly virtue of honesty. The episode draws parallels between historical knights and modern-day heroes who embody the spirit of self-sacrifice and duty, such as firefighters and pilots. The symbolism of the degree apron is analyzed, revealing layers of meaning in its heraldic elements that signify the union of light and darkness and the quest for inner truth. The episode concludes with reflections on the transformative power of ritual and the embodiment of chivalric values in the modern world, likening the degree to a "Grail Quest" that challenges individuals to live by a code of honor and truth. This summary encapsulates the essence of the discussion, highlighting the degree's rich symbolism and its relevance to contemporary moral and ethical challenges.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages:Knight Commander of the Temple - RegaliaOverview:01:14 Introduction03:19 Ritual Context03:45 Degree Ritual12:42 Purpose of the Degree14:04 Morals and Dogma15:27 Truth18:21 Religious-Military Orders21:00 The Knight of Light Rises22:50 Degree Apron27:14 ConclusionsLinks:Siege of Acre (1189–1191) (Wikipedia)Hospitaller commandery of Saint-Jean-d'Acre (Wikipedia)Teutonic Order (Wikipedia)Knights Hospitaller (Wikipedia)Knights Templar (Wikipedia)Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Wikipedia)Heraldry (Wikipedia)Saladin (Wikipedia)Kingdom of Jerusalem (Wikipedia)True Cross (Wikipedia)
33:00 11/27/22
26th Degree: Prince of Mercy
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In the exploration of the third and final Degree dedicated to the Greater Mysteries, a profound journey through the symbolism and progression of the Mystery Degrees is undertaken. The discussion delves into the intricate teachings and secrets reserved for the final degree, where the grand mysteries of the Christian religion, such as the incarnation, nativity, passion, and resurrection of Christ, are unveiled. This revelation is made exclusively to "The Faithful," highlighting the profound secrecy surrounding the celebration of the Holy Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist. The narrative extends to the nature of perception and consciousness, where the mysteries and miracles that constantly surround us are contemplated. The everyday phenomena, often overlooked, are presented as unseen miracles, prompting a reflection on the forces beyond mechanical explanations and the enigmatic origins of colors, perfumes, and tastes in nature.Further, the significance of the Trinity in various religious traditions is examined, revealing the "Masonic Trinity" as a universal concept encompassing the Universal Soul, the Thought in the Soul, and the Word or Thought expressed. This exploration into the esoteric interpretations offers a unique perspective on the interconnectedness of material, intellectual, and spiritual realms. The discussion is enriched by the examination of symbols such as the Triple Triangle and the Tessera, each carrying deep allegorical meanings that contribute to the overarching narrative of the Degree. Through this journey, the listeners are invited to ponder the profound mysteries of existence, the nature of divine creation, and the endless quest for understanding that transcends the boundaries of conventional religious doctrines.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages and Diagrams:26th Degree - Apron, Cordon and JewelOverview:01:14 Introduction01:43 The Greater Mysteries03:45 Degree Ritual08:59 Purpose of the Degree09:59 Morals and Dogma10:15 The Great Reformers10:55 Unseen Miracles13:07 The Triple Triangle15:00 The Three Sacraments18:03 Beyond the Demiurge20:14 First Cause21:22 Where Do Thoughts Come From?23:18 The Masonic Trinity24:51 Palladium - Pallas Athene27:22 Tessera29:47 ConclusionsLinks:The History of the Christian Religion (Amazon)Palladium (Wikipedia)Athena (Wikipedia)Nashville Parthenon (NashvilleParthenon.com)Notarikon (Wikipedia)Yahweh (Wikipedia)Demiurge (Wikipedia)Yaldabaoth (Wikipedia)The Jesus Prayer (Wikipedia)Philip K. Dick (Wikipedia)
32:38 11/13/22
25th Degree: Knight of the Brazen Serpent
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This episode marks a significant shift from the previous degree's focus on Jewish Mysteries, in that it delves into the teachings and traditions of Islamic mysticism, emphasizing the importance of inward purification and personal sacrifice to establish a covenant with God. The ritual underscores the challenge of genuine transformation and self-assessment, illustrating the difficulty of true change.The Degree highlights the philosophical depth and the continuous effort required to grasp the deep truths of existence, that require a continual focus on self-improvement and the readiness to sacrifice for the greater good. The themes discussed include celestial influence on human life, the soul's journey, and the symbolism of light in Masonic ritual. The allegory of the Fallen Angels and the significance of celestial symbolism in conveying spiritual truths are also discussed.The episode also delves into the symbolism of the stars and constellations in Masonic mysteries, the transition between astrological ages, and the mythological symbolism of the Precession of the Equinoxes. The myth of Isis and Osiris is examined as a representation of celestial movements and their influence on earthly cycles, as well as the ancient perception of celestial bodies as intelligent beings influencing earthly affairs, and the pitfalls of idolatry stemming from misconceptions about causality. The episode concludes with reflections on the interplay of light and darkness, the cyclical nature of life, and the Masonic pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages and Diagrams:The Brazen Serpent (engraving by Pierre Mejanel)25th Degree - Apron, Cordon and JewelOverview:01:14 Introduction02:57 Degree Ritual13:27 Purpose of the Degree14:34 Morals and Dogma15:44 Fallen Angels18:09 Stairway to Heaven21:42 Becoming Jacob25:30 The Age of Aquarius27:49 Isis and Osiris30:26 Angels and Demons31:19 Idolatry by Cause & Effect33:13 The Brazen Serpent35:12 ConclusionsLinks:The Middle Chamber (MiddleChamber.org)Prince Hall Freemasonry (Wikipedia)Hamlet's Mill (Amazon)The Spiritual Science of the Stars (Amazon)The Geography of the Heavens (Amazon)The Origin of All Religious Worship (Amazon)Sabaean Researches (Amazon)The Progress of the Intellect (Amazon)The Worship of the Serpent (Amazon)Druze (Wikipedia)Sufism (Wikipedia)Nehushtan (Wikipedia)
38:45 10/31/22
24th Degree: Prince of the Tabernacle
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This degree is associated with the Greater Mysteries, following the "Chief of the Tabernacle" degree, and its timing is linked to the Jewish festival of Sukkot, also known as the "Feast of Tabernacles."David and Gene discuss the ritualistic aspects of the degree, and the symbolic items used such as the Lamp of Trismegistus, the Cloak of Apollonius, and the Staff of the Patriarchs. These items symbolize reason, liberty or self-control, and faith, respectively. The Sphinx and its elemental teachings are also examined, emphasizing the "Power of the Magi" and its components.The episode further delves into the philosophical aspects of the degree, emphasizing the commonalities among the world's major religions and the universal search for Divine Truth. It touches on the soul's journey, the struggle between divine and natural will, and the concept of the soul as a battlefield. The narrative of detachment from the natural order and the soul's eventual return to the divine source is also discussed.Gene and David conclude the episode by reflecting on the teachings of the degree, its emphasis on self-improvement, and the Masonic tradition's connection to ancient mysteries. They share their personal takeaways, discussing the importance of self-examination and the elimination of unnecessary elements in one's life to embody the force one wishes to bring into the world.The series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages and Diagrams:24th Degree - Cordon, Jewel and ApronHarmonia Macrosmica of Andreas Cellarius - Plate 05Harmonia Macrosmica of Andreas Cellarius - Plate 19Overview:01:14 Introduction02:10 Ritual of the Degree10:17 Purpose of the Degree11:51 Morals and Dogma12:02 Mysteries of Eleusis13:44 Initiation15:28 Death16:38 Lingam and Yoni18:36 The Sacred Marriage20:23 Sic Mundus Creatus Est23:17 Death as Transmutation24:44 Transmigration & Past Lives25:21 Heavenly Drama27:01 The Myth of Osiris30:43 Gate of Souls32:30 The Mystic Egg33:44 Rites of Purification35:22 ConclusionsLinks:Sukkot (Wikipedia)History of Initiation (Amazon)Eleusinian Mysteries (Wikipedia)Dionysus, Demeter, Persephone (Wikipedia)Sacred Way (Wikipedia)Telesterion (Wikipedia)Hierophant (Wikipedia)The Spiritual Science of the Stars: A Guide to the Architecture of the Spirit (Amazon)Tikkun Olam (Wikipedia)
39:43 10/16/22
23rd Degree: Chief of the Tabernacle
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This degree begins with a journey back to the biblical era of Moses and the construction of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, a structure that symbolizes the universe and reflects the Hermetic principle of "As Above, So Below." This allegorical representation serves as a foundation for the ritual's aim to guide the rebuilding of the participant's mind and character in alignment with divine intentions.The ritual unfolds within a court designed to mimic the encampment of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, with each tribe symbolized by a standard bearing specific colors and emblems, linking the ritual to astrological and biblical symbolism. The officers of the ritual, including the "Venerable High Priest" and "Excellent Priests," guide the candidate through a process of initiation that emphasizes purity, dedication to God, and the welfare of humanity.The Degree's teachings underscore the importance of enlightenment, symbolized by the sun's path, and the transformation of the candidate into a "Son of Light." The lecture accompanying the Degree delves into the initiatic “Mystery Traditions”, the significance of symbols, and the role of personal interpretation in spiritual development. It also addresses the responsibilities of priesthood and the moral lessons of devotion to divine service and zeal for the betterment of mankind.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages and Diagrams:23rd Degree Cordon, Apron & JewelOverview:01:14 Introduction01:38 Degree Ritual11:11 Purpose of the Degree13:01 Morals and Dogma16:43 Symbols Taught Before Books and Letters17:24 The Mysteries Unveiled the Purpose of Existence17:58 Masonry, Like the Mysteries, Uses Symbolism to Teach18:43 Imagery of the Mysteries20:40 The Development of the Initiatic Rites21:43 The Role of the Priesthood22:26 Initiatic Process23:23 Progress of the Mysteries26:01 Pythagorean Mysteries26:43 Mysteries of the Druids and Goths27:32 The Egyptian Priesthood30:00 The Encampment30:24 The Tabernacle32:50 The Holy of Holies34:47 ConclusionsLinks:History of Initiation (Amazon)Tabernacle (Wikipedia)Zodiac (Wikipedia)Ark of the Covenant (Wikipedia)Eleusinian Mysteries (Wikipedia)The Sungod's Journey through the Netherworld (Amazon)Mysterium Coniunctionis - Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 14 (Amazon)Kykeon (Wikipedia)Manna (Wikipedia)Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter (Amazon)The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries (Amazon)
39:13 10/2/22
22nd Degree: Knight Royal Axe
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In this episode, Gene and David first discuss the Degree Ritual, a ceremony with roots tracing back to the Crusaders' interactions with the Druze, a mystical Islamic sect from Lebanon. This ritual, set in the Middle Ages, involves a candidate assuming the role of a Prussian Knight, undergoing a transformative journey through two symbolic apartments. The first apartment, representing a carpenter's workshop on Mount Lebanon, hosts an induction ceremony emphasizing the dignity of labor and the rejection of idleness. The candidate is introduced to the College of Artificers, an ancient group of artisans with connections to Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite, suggesting a lineage of knowledge and craftsmanship dating back to Rome around 700 B.C.The second apartment in the Ritual of the Degree symbolizes the Council of the Round Table, where the candidate learns about the College's ties to the construction of Solomon's Temple, highlighting the Druze's central role in the shared mysteries of Solomon and Hiram, King of Tyre. The working tools of the Degree - the Saw, Plane, and Ax - serve as metaphors for patience, equality, and civilization, respectively.The purpose of the Degree is to instill an appreciation for work as a noble, humanizing force, essential for personal and societal advancement. The discussion also covers the Degree Lecture's emphasis on work as worship, the nobility of labor, and the lifelong duty to contribute meaningfully to the world, encapsulating the Masonic valorization of industriousness and moral integrity.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages and Diagrams:Knight Royal AxeOverview:01:14 Introduction01:33 The Degree Ritual08:56 Purpose of the Degree09:40 Morals and Dogma10:37 Work is Noble14:51 Laborare est Orare, “Work is Worship”17:19 Duty is With Us Always19:45 Industry Lies at the Foundation of Human Improvement24:45 The Poor Have Made Many Great Achievements28:04 Masonry Ennobles Common Life29:15 The Cedars of Lebanon30:09 The Royal Ax32:55 The Workshop33:22 The Round Table33:51 ConclusionsLinks:Druze (Wikipedia)Sons of Noah (Wikipedia)Aholiab (Wikipedia)Bezalel (Wikipedia)Ezra (Wikipedia)Nehemiah (Wikipedia)The Matrix Reloaded - The Architect Scene Part 1 (YouTube)Oath of the Abyss (Hermetic.com)
36:29 9/18/22
21st Degree: Prussian Knight
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In this episode, Gene and David delve into the 21st Degree’s dark and strange Degree Ritual, which is based on the secret medieval German tribunal, the Vehmgericht or "Holy Vehm".The Vehmgericht was an extra-legal but efficient criminal tribunal that emerged in Westphalia near the end of the 12th century. It combined old traditions with new legal forms and operated where ordinary territorial justice failed. The degree's ritual is intended to be performed under moonlight, on a full moon night, which is a reference to this secretive justice system. The ritual setting serves as a backdrop for discussions on humility, modesty, and the importance of faith in divine providence, contrasting the dangers of arrogance and the necessity of focusing on the positive aspects of others.The episode highlights the challenges of ensuring justice in a world where judges may be corrupt, and the belief in a higher justice that operates unseen. The hosts also touch upon the historical context of the degree, including its previous association with the Tower of Babel and the Noachites, and the significance of moon lodges in the ritual. The discussion concludes with reflections on the degree's teachings, emphasizing self-reflection, the avoidance of harsh judgment, and the belief in a higher justice that, while not always visible, is ultimately inevitable.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages and Diagrams:The Tower of Babel (painting by Hans Bol)Harpokrates (sculpture)Overview:01:14 Introduction01:41 The Degree Ritual10:31 Purpose of the Degree13:42 Morals and Dogma16:09 Speak Evil of No One; Guard Over Yourself18:18 Pantheism and Atheism Condemned21:12 Be Satisfied That God is Real22:49 The Noachites24:02 The Tower of Babel25:52 Moon Lodges28:04 Jewel of the Degree29:57 The Degree Apron31:46 ConclusionsLinks:Resolves, Divine, Moral and Political, of Owen Felltham (Amazon)Vehmic Court (Wikipedia)Noahidism (Wikipedia)Seven Laws of Noah (Wikipedia)Tower of Babel (Wikipedia)Harpocrates (Wikipedia)Sub Rosa (Wikipedia)What’s a Moon Lodge (Orrstown Lodge)Tranquility Lodge #2000 (Actual Lodge on the Moon)Fiat justitia ruat caelum (Wikipedia)
35:16 9/4/22
20th Degree: Master of the Symbolic Lodge
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This degree is characterized by its simplicity and focus on the fundamental principles of Masonry. The ritual involves a straightforward lecture on symbols, with an emphasis on personal interpretation rather than elaborate drama. The degree uses classic Masonic symbols such as squares, triangles, and pillars, and highlights the significance of the number nine, which is represented by nine candles forming a right triangle around the altar. This arrangement symbolizes the "47th Problem of Euclid" or the "Pythagorean Theorem."The degree's purpose is to teach leadership and the virtues of leniency, kindness, and humility, and advocates for restoring Masonry to its original purity and simplicity. It criticizes the dilution of Masonic values through unnecessary innovations and emphasizes the importance of moral centering and fair judgment. The "Symbolic Lodge" is seen as a metaphor for the mind, with the degree teaching a way of thinking through symbols and allegories.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightImages and Diagrams:Pythagoras of Crotona (by J. Augustus Knapp)Overview:01:14 Introduction01:39 Degree Ritual10:57 Purpose of the Degree12:56 Morals and Dogma13:58 Ignorance and Innovations in Freemasonry14:43 The Meaning of Masonic Titles15:46 Masons Kneel Before God and Honor16:39 The Scottish Rite is a Teacher of Great Truth17:52 Masonry Teaches by Parable and Allegory)19:09 Exercise Humanity to Those Beneath You19:50 Masonry is the Performance of Duty21: 16 Duties of the Masonic Classes22:40 Duties of a Master of a Lodge24:50 The 47th Problem of Euclid27:07 Square Work28:53 Thoth30:56 ConclusionsLinks:Thoth (Amazon)Pythagorean Theorem (Wikipedia)Squaring the Circle (Wikipedia)Trigonometry (Wikipedia)Kabbalah (Wikipedia)Numa Pompilius (Wikipedia)Hammurabi (Wikipedia)Mani (Wikipedia)Alfred the Great (Wikipedia)
33:12 8/21/22
19th Degree: Grand Pontiff
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This degree is the first in the "Council of Kadosh," a series of "Chivalric" degrees, and discuss the mystical and philosophical nature of these degrees, as well as the meaning of the term "Kadosh," a Hebrew word often translated as "holy" but more accurately meaning "separated." David and Gene explore the idea of being "set apart" from others, following a different set of rules or living by a different standard, which is the essence of priesthood. They also touch on the paradoxical nature of the word, which can also mean "unclean" or "defiled," suggesting that defining what is "holy" implicitly defines what is "unholy".The Ritual of the Degree is founded on apocalyptic mysteries relating to the New Jerusalem that proclaims the “Alpha and the Omega”, the beginning and the end of things. The symbolism of the ritual space, the twelve columns representing the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve tribes of Israel, and the ritual's connection to the "Twelve Apostles" in the New Testament are discussed, before delving into the ritual's depiction of the Apocalypse - the complete annihilation of the old world view and values. The purpose of the Degree, is to free a person from the bondage of servile and base behavior, by shattering and destroying the structures of the old and faulty systems of belief.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightDiagrams19th Degree Jewel (front)19th Degree Jewel (back)High Priest's BreastplateColumn Placement & Traversal in 19th Degree RitualTree of LifeOverview01:14 Introduction01:49 The Council of Kadosh05:10 Degree Ritual10:11 Purpose of the Degree11:31 Morals and Dogma12:48 Our Actions Continue After We Die13:41 The Dead Govern, and the Living Obey16:01 Sow, that Others May Reap16:38 We Build Slowly and Destroy Quickly18:42 Lucifer Blinds and Deceives Selfish Souls With His “Light”21:44 The Apocalypse and the Symbolic Attributes of God22:47 The Three Principles of Being24:11 The Four Worlds of Kabbalah26:48 Jewel of the Degree27:19 Melchizedek, Priest of the Most High God28:52 The Breastplate of the High Priest30:28 The New Jerusalem31:42 The Mark of the Beast33:51 King Solomon is The Beast35:29 No Buying or Selling36:43 The New LawLinksTree of Life (Wikipedia)Four Worlds of Kabbalah (Wikipedia)Number of the Beast (Wikipedia)Lucifer (Wikipedia)Solomon (Wikipedia)Melchizedek (Wikipedia)New Jerusalem (Wikipedia)The Cube of Space: Container of Creation (Amazon)
38:37 8/7/22
18th Degree: Knight Rose Croix
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This episode delves into the capstone Degree of the "Chapter of Rose Croix", which  reveals the "Secret of the Reconciliation of Opposites". David and Gene discuss the three "apartments" or scenes that the candidate is taken through in the "Ritual of the Degree". The first apartment, "The Dark Chamber", represents a world in chaos under the tyranny of evil, where the "Sacred Word" is lost. The second apartment, referred to as the "Dark Side", is likened to depictions of hell in various religious texts. The final apartment represents the Universe, freed from the tyranny of evil and filled with the true Light that flows from the Supreme Deity.This degree is described as one of the most philosophical and practical degrees in Freemasonry. It encourages introspection and presents the enigma of the universe: the question of opposites, and reconciliation of sin and wrong, and pain and suffering, with the theory of the unbounded and unwearying beneficence of God. The Degree both reveals and conceals one of the great secrets of Alchemy, and then unfolds the knowledge required preparatory to receiving the Royal Secret.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightDiagramsKnight Rose Croix - EagleKnight Rose Croix - PelicanTree of LifeOverview01:14 Introduction01:35 Ritual Setting06:01 Purpose of the Degree09:06 Morals and Dogma10:26 The Enigma of Good and Evil13:24 The Supreme Being13:49 The Word or Logos16:27 A Religion of Light17:11 Light and Shadow18:51 The Glory of the Heavens20:44 The Dark Side of Doubt23:05 The Human Instinct27:18 The True Word29:28 Double-Sided Regalia30:00 The Rosy Cross31:06 The Eagle and The Pelican32:23 Crowned Compasses32:55 The Tetractys33:47 ConclusionsLinksScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide (Amazon)A Bridge to Light (Amazon)Histoire Critique du Gnosticisme (Amazon)Jesus (Wikipedia)William Blake's illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy (Tate Museum )C. G. Jung and the Alchemical Renewal (Gnosis.org)Logos (Wikipedia)Gnosticism (Wikipedia)The Shape of Light: Hayakal al-Nur (Amazon)Tree of Life (Wikipedia)Tetractys (Wikipedia)
38:05 7/24/22
17th Degree: Knight of the East and West
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.The ritual of the degree involves a narrative drawn from the New Testament, featuring a confrontation between King Herod II and John the Baptist, symbolizing the dangers of pride and sin, and emphasizing spiritual aspirations over worldly gains. The purpose of the degree is highlighted as encouraging the construction of “a Temple not made with hands” within oneself, dedicated to the God of Truth, and also prepares initiates for the mysteries to be revealed in the next degree.The episode also explores the influence of various religious practices and philosophies, and the importance of an allegorical reading of scriptures. The discussion extends to the concepts of the "One True God," the process of emanation, and the personified attributes of deity, as well as the opposing forces to the creative process. The Kabbalah is presented as a key to understanding esoteric writings, and the Tracing Board and Degree Ritual are analyzed for their symbolic significance.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightDiagramsSt. John's Vision (by Albrecht Dürer)17th Degree Tracing Board17th Degree Jewel Front17th Degree Jewel BackTree of LifeChapters01:14 Introduction02:03 Mythological Setting04:34 Purpose of the Degree07:19 Morals and Dogma10:36 A Survey of Ancient Religions12:36 Timeline of Religious Influences15:12 Gnosticism17:11 The One True God17:52 Emanation20:18 Allegorical Reading of Scriptures22:30 Personified Attributes of Deity23:15 Logos - The Creative Word24:34 Contending Forces25:52 The Kabbalah29:30 The Tracing Board31:53 The Degree Ritual35:22 The Jewel of the Degree37:59 ConclusionsLinksHistoire Critique du Gnosticisme (Amazon)Apocalyptic Literature (Wikipedia)Gnosticism (Wikipedia)Philo (Wikipedia)Kabbalah (Wikipedia)A Garden of Pomegranates (Amazon)The Mystical Qabalah (Amazon)Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi (Amazon)Aryeh Kaplan (Amazon)Gershom Gerhard Scholem (Amazon)
39:46 7/10/22
16th Degree: Prince of Jerusalem
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This episode explores the mythological and historical context of the "Prince of Jerusalem" degree, which begins with  the story of Zerubbabel, a direct descendant of David and Solomon, who is entrusted by God to return the "holy fire" to the new temple in Jerusalem, and the challenges that the Israelites faced in rebuilding the templem from those who did not believe in the "One True God".David and Gene also discuss the moral and spiritual implications of the story, emphasizing the importance of justice, equity, and labor. They highlight the idea that all Masonry is work and that labor, when rightly understood, is both noble and ennobling, intended to develop man's moral and spiritual nature. They also discuss the concept of seeing the whole world as a Temple of God and the importance of being honest and just in all relationships.The episode concludes with the idea that there is a secret in the simplest things, and that a world of spiritual objects, influences, and relations lies around us all... though most remain unaware of this spiritual world.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightDiagrams:Hebrew LettersChapters:01:14 Introduction01:32 Mythological Setting06:04 Morals and Dogma07:47 Justice and Equity10:13 Labor is Noble and Ennobles the Spiri16:02 There is a Secret in the Simplest Things19:54 Mankind is Endowed with Noble Virtues22:11 The Degree Apron24:40 Cordon of the Degree26:10 Jewel of the Degree27:57 ConclusionsLinks:Discourses on Human Life (Amazon)Second Temple (Wikipedia)Kings of Judah (Wikipedia)Kingdom of Israel (Wikipedia)Kingdom of Judah (Wikipedia)Cyrus The Great (Wikipedia)Zerubbabel (Wikipedia)Darius The Great (Wikipedia)Nehemiah (KingJamesBibleOnline)Maat (Wikipedia)Lady Justice (Wikipedia)Work as a Spiritual Practice (Amazon)
30:41 6/26/22
15th Degree: Knight of the East
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com. This is the first degree of the "Chapter of Rose Croix," which is composed of the 15th through the 18th degrees. The goal of these degrees is to reveal the solution of one of the great enigmas of Nature and the manifested world - the "Secret of the Reconciliation of Opposites".The mythological setting of this degree is the destruction of the Temple and the Israelites' captivity in Babylon. A "Perfect Elu" named Zerubbabel travels to Babylon to plead with the Persian King Cyrus to free the Israelites and allow them to rebuild their Temple in Jerusalem. Zerubbabel's journey and his interactions with King Cyrus, including his refusal to reveal the secrets of the Order of the "Perfect Elu" and his interpretation of King Cyrus's dream, form the core of the mythological narrative.The degree teaches us how to "make advantage out of adversity". The sword and the trowel, which are key symbols in this degree, represent the need to protect oneself against external threats and the ability to cut through obstacles. The rebuilding of the Temple symbolizes the restitution of the "Primitive Truth" to man. The teachings of the degree are encapsulated in the quote, "The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve; which could not happen unless we had commenced with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light".This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightDiagrams:Zerubbabel, Bound in Triangular Chains, Appears Before King Cyrus (engraving)Overview01:14 Introduction01:28 The Chapter of Rose Croix03:08 Mythological Setting07:14 Morals and Dogma11:30 What Does Duty Require?13:43 What Masonry Teaches About God15:43 God's Works Are Good16:42 Symbols of the Degree19:48 Liberty of Passage23:03 From Mars to Jupiter25:15 Reconciliation of Opposites27:34 Trying Gold28:43 The Triple Triangle29:40 ConclusionsLinks:Babylonian Captivity (Wikipedia)Unity of Opposites (Wikipedia)Hegel’s Dialectics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)Alchemy (Wikipedia)Thought Police (Wikipedia)Zeus (Wikipedia)Jupiter (Wikipedia)
31:40 6/12/22
14th Degree: Perfect Elu
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This episode explores the 14th Degree of the "Lodge of Perfection" - "Perfect Elu." The episode begins with a brief recap of the Royal Arch of Solomon Degree, highlighting Enoch's efforts to preserve the "True Name of God" amidst a forewarned calamity. This narrative sets the stage for the discussion on King Solomon's "Secret Vault," distinct from Enoch's vault, which served as a private meeting space for Solomon, King Hiram, and Hiram Abiff. Following Hiram Abiff's death, the vault remained sealed until a suitable replacement was found. The episode connects this story to the previous degree, where the discovery of Enoch's vault by three architects leads to their initiation into Solomon's Vault and the revelation of the "Sacred Word," thus establishing the "Degree of Perfection."The episode concludes with a reminder of the significance of personal reflection in uncovering Masonry's secrets and the overarching goal of promoting human happiness through the dissemination of truth.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightDiagrams:"Grand Elect Perfect and Sublime Mason" (engraving)Overview01:14 Introduction02:24 Mythological Setting04:28 Morals and Dogma05:12 The Practical Object of Masonry06:41 Laborare est Orare: Labor is Worship07:36 Pure Religion is to Help Others and Keep Oneself Unspotted from the World11:49 Nothing Can be Imagined More Excellent than God13:34 God Concerns Himself With Human Affairs14:14 Hiram: A Symbol of Humanity in its Highest Phase17:33 God Has a Plan for His Creations18:23 God’s Existence is Self-Evident20:26 God is Our Father, and We Are His Children21: 14 God’s Laws are Designed for Our Happiness22:54 No Good Work is in Vain24:29 The Mason and This and The Future of Life25:34 Masonry Imposes No Sectarian Doctrines26:15 Symbolic Numbers29:03 Jacob’s Ladder Revisited30:20 Solomon’s Seal31:11 The Perfect Elu Ceremony31:59 The Cordon32:40 The Apron33:05 The 14th Degree Ring34:36 The Fall of Solomon’s TempleLinks:The Creed of Christendom (Amazon)Scottish Rite for Children (ScottishRiteForChildren.org)Shriner’s Children (ShrinersChildren.org)Ronald McDonald House (RHMC.org)Emerald Tablet (Wikipedia)Be Here Now (Amazon)Real Alchemy (Amazon)
37:25 5/30/22
13th Degree: Royal Arch of Solomon
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In this episode, Gene and David, delve into the myth of the Royal Arch of Solomon degree, focusing on the Biblical Patriarch Enoch. In Enoch's dream, God reveals his "True Name" and shows him a vault of nine arched chambers, with the last one containing a triangular plate of gold bearing God's name. Enoch interprets this as a divine sign and constructs a similar vault to protect this treasure for future generations. The vault is later discovered during the construction of Solomon's Temple, leading to the revelation of the "True Name of God" to King Solomon and his conferral of the title of Masons of the Ninth Royal Arch to three individuals.The episode discusses the ineffable name of God, the symbolism associated with it, and its interpretation across different cultures. It explores the concept of esoteric knowledge, which is defined as - personal, ineffable knowledge that can only be communicated indirectly. The conversation also touches on the symbolism of numbers in Solomon's Temple, particularly the Holy of Holies, and how the "True Name of the Deity," as revealed in Enoch's dream and inscribed on the cube in Solomon's Temple, is the Master Mason's Word.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightDiagrams:"A Brother, Lowered Into a Subterranean Vault" (Engraving)Overview01:14 Introduction01:49 Mythological Setting06:05 Morals and Dogma06:46 The Ineffable Name of God10:44 Symbolism and the Name of God13:26 Hebrew Monotheism15:17 Masonry Includes the Communication of Esoteric Knowledge17:40 Solomon’s Temple Represented the Universe20:42 The Lodge Represents the Universe22:50 Preserving Liberty24:45 The Religion of Toil, Life and Society26:35 On the Religious Nature of Masonry27:47 On the Law of Retribution29:49 Symbols of the Degree31:05 The Philosopher's Stone32:17 Finding the Stone34:25 Childhood & The Flood35:28 The Perfect AshlarLinks:The Secrets of Enoch in the Masonic Tradition (Arturo De Hoyos)Tao (Wikipedia)Om (aka Aum - Wikipedia)Isaac Ben Solomon Luria (Encyclopedia.com)Primary texts of Kabbalah (Wikipedia.com)The Eight Gates of the Arizal (Safed.co.il)Jewish meditation (Wikipedia)Madonna - Isaac (YouTube)
37:42 5/15/22
12th Degree: Master Architect
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This episode discusses the 12th Degree of the Scottish Rite, exploring themes of leadership, morality, and the philosophical underpinnings of Masonic teachings. The degree ritual centers around the promotion of Adoniram to Chief Architect, symbolizing the elevation of the wise and able to leadership positions. The degree represents a shift in focus from earthly tools to heavenly ones, emphasizing the importance of virtue, the contemplation of human nature, and the quest for moral improvement. Symbols examined include the Seal of Solomon, astronomical symbols, and the Jewel of the Degree.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated EditionScottish Rite Ritual Monitor & GuideA Bridge to LightDiagrams:Jewel of 12th DegreeAncient Samaritan LettersOverview01:14 Introduction01:45 Mythological Setting03:08 Morals & Dogma05:37 The Plight of Humanity07:19 The Arch of Mystery08:33 A Greater Life Beyond10:30 Life is What We Make It12:08 The Lures of Temptation15:21 God Exists, and Cares for Us21:30 Religious Faith is Indispensable to Masonry23:02 Necessity of Society24:08 Virtue Garners an Incomparable Treasure24:56 Sensitivity of the Soul26:35 Cognition Unlocks the Treasures of the Universe28:21 Seal of Solomon29:21 Five Columns and Orders of Architecture30:11 Rule of Benedict31:21 Astronomical Symbolism33:07 Tools of the Master Architect33:58 The Jewel of the DegreeLinks:Hebrew4Christians.comCore Values: Benedictine Spirituality (Part 1 of 3)The Rule of Saint Benedict and the Origin of Masonic Ritual (Amazon)Rule of Saint Benedict (Wikipedia)Compass (Wikipedia)Sector (Wikipedia)Slide Rule (Wikipedia)Scale Ruler (Wikipedia)Parallel Rulers (Wikipedia)Polaris (Wikipedia)Ursa Major (Wikipedia)
36:30 5/1/22
11th Degree: Elu of the Twelve
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This episode delves into the 11th Degree of the Scottish Rite, "Elu of the Twelve." It explores the symbolism of the trial and judgment of the Ruffians, highlighting the themes of truth, fidelity, and moral virtues as outlined in Freemasonic teachings. The discussion also covers the importance of overcoming the so-called, “Seven Deadly Sins” and emphasizes Masonry's role as a champion for morality, virtue, and the betterment of humanity. The episode concludes with reflections on life's lessons, the significance of suffering and virtue, and the continuous journey toward enlightenment and moral improvement within the Masonic tradition.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated Edition Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide  A Bridge to LightDiagrams:Tree of Sin (WayOfTheHermit)Overview01:14 Introduction01:42 Mythological Setting03:26 Morals & Dogma04:38 Sympathy for Suffering Humanity06:11 The Subjugation of Avarice, Ambition and Sensuality08:12 Disparity of the Social Classes09:27 Masonry, A Champion of the People11:33 Life is a School15:33 Death is the Great Teacher18:23 What Remains to be Done in Masonry21:29 Masonry has Yet Much to Accomplish24:42 Conclusions26:16 The Golem28:28 Vicere Aut MoriLinks:Discourses On Human Nature, Human Life, And The Nature Of Religion (Amazon)Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley (PoetryFoundation.org)Perfect Blue Buildings - Lyrics (CountingCrows.com)Egyptian Book of the Dead - 42 Negative Confessions (HouseOfTruth.education)The Path of Freemasonry with Mark Stavish (RightWhereYouAreSittingNow podcast)Grand Lodge of PennsylvaniaThe Path of Freemasonry: The Craft as a Spiritual Practice (Amazon)Golem (Wikipedia)The Hebrew Alphabet - Aleph (MysticalBreath.com)Spiritually Dead (Bible.Knowing-Jesus.com)
29:52 4/17/22
10th Degree: Elu of the Fifteen
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This episode explores the 10th Degree of the Scottish Rite, "Elu of the Fifteen". The episode begins with a discussion of the mythological setting, where Solomon forms a group of fifteen men to bring justice to the murderers of Hiram Abiff. The episode delves into the teachings of the degree: tolerance, respect for private religious beliefs, and the distinction between Masonry and religion. The hosts discuss the universal moral principles shared across different religions and highlight the importance of education, moral improvement, and charity as Masonic duties. The episode concludes with a philosophical discussion on the nature of truth, tolerance, ambition, and the interconnectedness of all beings, drawing insights from various religious and philosophical perspectives.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated Edition Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide  A Bridge to LightDiagrams:Elu of the Fifteen (engraving by Pierre Mejanel)Tree of Sin (WayOfTheHermit)Overview01:14 Introduction01:39 Mythological Setting03:00 Morals & Dogma03:28 Respect of Private Religious Beliefs05:01 Freemasonry Preserves Faith, But is Not a Religion07:42 The Moral and the Good09:41 The Dangers of Intolerance11:23 Most Receive Religion At Birth, Not By Choice14:20 What is Truth?16:15 Freedom of Religion17:43 Moral Precepts - Summary19:39 Education and Moral Improvement20:46 Charity is a Mason’s Duty21:56 The Rewards of Persistent and Steady Labor22:47 Scottish Rite Ritual - Monitor & Guide24:03 ConclusionsLinks:Persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire (Wikipedia)Inquisition (History.com)Martyr (Wikipedia)Amsterdam Torture MuseumReformation (Wikipedia)Martin Luther (Wikipedia)Salem Witch Trials (History.com)Seven Deadly Sins (Wikipedia)Monty Python Spanish Inquisition Part 1 (YouTube)Zoroastrianism (History.com)Hávamál (Wikipedia)The Meaning of Namaste (Yoga Journal)You Cain’t Whup a Bear (Ed Francisco - AppalachiaBare.com)
30:19 4/3/22
9th Degree: Elu of the Nine
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.In this episode, we explore the 9th Degree of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry -  "Elu of the Nine", and discuss its ceremonial narrative, the capture of the ruffians involved in Hiram Abiff's murder. This degree addresses the need for personal self-control, for rebuking vice, and highlights the contrast between noble sentiments and actionable virtues ("armchair spirituality"). Themes of internal conflict, the struggle with personal vices, and Masonic duties towards the greater good are also examined. The episode emphasizes the importance of active participation in Masonry's principles, and the quest for personal and societal liberty.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated Edition Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide  A Bridge to LightDiagrams:Elu of the Nine (Engraving by Pierre Mejanel - ca. 1887)Overview:01:14 Introduction02: 12 Mythological Setting04:13 Freemasonry is Experimental and Practical06:17 The Spirit is Willing, But the Flesh is Weak09:12 Duty is With Us Always10:43 A True Citizen, The Apostle of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity13:51 Liberty15:40 Power is Delegated for Good 17:46 Masonry Inspires Patriotism19:04 Service is an Honor21:30 Ritual - Monitor and Guide22:36 A Bridge to Light23:24 Free Barabas!24:35 Go Into Your Cave29:06 Shadow Work29:56 ConclusionsLinks:Carl Jung - Archetypes - The Shadow (Carl-Jung.net)Carl Jung and the Shadow: a Guide to the Dark Side of the Mind (ArtsOfThought.com)
31:41 3/20/22
8th Degree: Intendant of the Building
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This episode provides an in-depth analysis of the 8th Degree in the Scottish Rite, "Intendant of the Building." Set in the period after Hiram's death, the narrative of the degree revolves around the challenges faced in continuing the construction of King Solomon's Temple. It focuses on the collaborative effort and the selection of five individuals to assume Hiram's responsibilities, emphasizing themes of unity, shared knowledge, and collective endeavor.  Key themes discussed  include stoicism, charity, benevolence, and the virtue of contentment. The episode also explores Masonic symbols like the beehive, representing collective effort and unity. David & Gene emphasize the importance of reflecting on life as a divine blessing, encouraging Masons to find contentment and practice charity. The overarching message is that Masonry teaches practical virtues applicable to everyday life, emphasizing the significance of personal development and ethical conduct in both Masonic and worldly contexts.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated Edition Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide  A Bridge to LightDiagrams:Emblems of God (names of God on Tree of Life)Letters on the Triangle (engraving by Pierre Mejanel)OverviewIntroduction (01:15) Mythological Setting  (02:13)Morals and Dogma (04:08)Emblems of the Degree (10:47)Signs of the Degree (12:27)Mankind Seeks the Truth (13:19)Masonry Preserves Faith (14:08)Hoc Opus, Hic Labor Est (15:45)Masonry Does Not Dogmatize (19:34)Mankind Has Both Duty and Destiny to Fulfill on Earth (20:36)Life is a Divine Blessing (23:45)The Virtue of Contentment (24:44)Enjoy the Blessings of the Day (27:49)Principles Require Practice (29:24)Conclusions (30:45)Links:The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, Volume 1 (Amazon)The Creed of Christendom by William Rathbone Greg (Amazon)Discourses on Various Subjects by Orville Dewey (Amazon)Discourses on the Nature of Religion; And on Commerce and Business by Orville Dewey (Amazon)Intendant (Wikipedia)Oc opus, hic labor est (SubSubLibrarian)Stoics and Moral Philosophy - The 8 Principles of Stoicism (ThoughtCo)Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up (YouTube)
32:46 3/6/22
7th Degree: Provost and Judge
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This podcast episode explores the 7th Degree of the Scottish Rite, "Provost and Judge," focusing on themes of judgment, fairness, and self-reflection. The narrative of the degree is set in the time of King Solomon and revolves around the characters Uriah, Naboth, and Zabud. It highlights the challenges of fair judgment in a diverse community, and discusses the importance of impartiality  and the dangers of bias and corruption. It connects these Masonic teachings to broader philosophical and spiritual concepts, stressing the eternal consequences of actions, and the importance of mindfulness. David & Gene discuss the significance of the primary symbols of the degree: the Gold Key, the Ebony Box, and the All-Seeing Eye in the context of moral judgment and self-awareness, and they conclude by stressing the importance of introspection and personal growth in the journey of a Mason.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated Edition Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide  A Bridge to LightDiagrams:The Most Illustrious Delivers a key symbolic of the Masonic mysteries (Engraving by Pierre Mejanel, ca. 1887)OverviewIntroduction (01:14)Mythological Setting (01:49)Morals and Dogma (05:39)Wrong and Injustice (08:30)Repentance and Restitution (11:12)Cause and Effect (11:59)Judge Righteous Judgment (13:35)Judge Only When Duty Mandates (17:17)Charity and Loving Kindness (18:51)Divine Judgment (20:19)Can You Escape Justice?  (21:25)The All-Seeing Eye  (22:05)What's in the Box?  (23:22)The Gold Key (24:51)Final Thoughts  (26:07)Links:The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, Volume 1 (Amazon)The Creed of Christendom by William Rathbone Greg (Amazon)Discourses on Various Subjects by Orville Dewey (Amazon)Discourses on the Nature of Religion; And on Commerce and Business by Orville Dewey (Amazon)The Story of Elijah and Rabbi Joshua ben Levi (Wikipedia)Collective Unconscious (Wikipedia)Astral Light (Wikipedia - Levi’s Theory of Magic)
28:15 2/20/22
6th Degree: Intimate Secretary
Transcripts, Chapter Markers and Show Notes for all episodes are available from our website - WayOfTheHermit.com.This episode delves into the symbolic and moral teachings of the 6th Degree - "Intimate Secretary" in the Scottish Rite system. It's story revolves around the characters King Solomon, King Hiram, and Zabud. The key themes of this degree are: peacemaking, disinterested benevolence, and the balancing of passions. It also explores the concept of internal conflict and self-awareness, and references the work Eckhart Tolle, in addition to other works by of Albert Pike. This degree underscores the importance of self-observation, forgiveness, and cultivating inner peace, as foundational principles for those who are interested in esoteric wisdom.This series on the Scottish Rite uses the following primary sources (which you are encouraged to read as well):Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma: Annotated Edition Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide  A Bridge to Light. Diagrams:A Brother Discovers Hiram of Tyre in a Heated Conversation with Solomon (engraving by Pierre Mejanel, ca. 1887)Chapters:Introduction (01:14)Mythological Setting of the Degree (01:52)Morals and Dogma (04:50)Be Zealous and Faithful (05:56)We are Not Born for Ourselves Alone (06:42)The True Mason is Disinterested and Generous (09:57)The True Mason is a Peacemaker (10:45)Scottish Rite Ritual - Monitor and Guide (13:57)A Bridge to Light (14:20)Why Act the Peacemaker? (15:29)The First Awakening (16:43)Cultivating Peace Within Ourselves (18:48)The Power of Imagination (19:57)Take Me to the Pilot (21:58)Links:How to Calm the Voice Inside | Eckhart Tolle Teachings (YouTube)A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Amazon)Oprah & Eckhart Tolle  - A New Earth (Chapter 1 of 10 on Podcast App)
23:04 2/6/22

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