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  • The three degrees of Craft or Blue Lodge Freemasonry are those of: 1. Entered Apprentice - the degree of an Initiate, which makes one a Mason; 2. Fellow Craft - an intermediate degree; 3. Master Mason - the "third degree", a necessary qualification for participation in almost any aspect of Masonry. The degrees represent stages of personal development. No Freemason is told that there is only one meaning to the allegories; as a Freemason works through the degrees and studies their lessons, he interprets them for himself, his personal interpretation being bounded only by the Constitution within which he works. A common symbolic structure and universal archetypes provide a means for each Freemason to come to his own answers to life's important philosophical questions. As previously stated, there is no degree of Craft Freemasonry higher than that of Master Mason. Although some Masonic bodies and orders have further degrees named with higher numbers, these degrees may be considered to be supplements to the Master Mason degree rather than promotions from it. An example is the Scottish Rite, conferring degrees numbered from 4° up to 33°. It is essential to be a Master Mason in order to qualify for these further degrees. They are administered on a parallel system to Craft or Blue Lodge Freemasonry; within each organization there is a system of offices, which confer rank within that degree or order alone. In some jurisdictions, especially those in continental Europe, Freemasons working through the degrees may be asked to prepare papers on related philosophical topics, and present these papers in open Lodge. There is an enormous bibliography of Masonic papers, magazines and publications ranging from fanciful abstractions which construct spiritual and moral lessons of varying value, through practical handbooks on organization, management and ritual performance, to serious historical and philosophical papers entitled to academic respect. http://tinyurl.com/dg93c
  • Symbolisms of Masonry: 1- Masonic candidate: Prepared for the oath. - "blindfold" as a sign of "spiritual darkness". - "cable tow" around his neck as a sign of slavery, submission, to the Master and the Lodge. 2- Grand hailing "sign of distress". 3- "Grips: Apprentice, Master Mason http://www.religion-cults.com/Secret/Freemasonry/freemas2.html

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