Master Craftsman Program

Discussion in 'The Scottish Rite' started by LDSpears, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. LDSpears

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    Have any of you taken the Master Craftsman Program? What did you think of it and what has changed for you since you took it?
     
  2. Robert G

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    I have completed three of the six lessons of the Master Craftsman-I program. The course costs $35.00 and includes the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide, by Arturo De Hoyos. This book alone is priced at $65.00. If you've ever tried to read Albert Pike's Morals & Dogma, you will appreciate the Monitor & Guide because it makes the material very accessible. The correspondence course is well thought out and very useful, particularly if you intend on going to SR meetings, hearing the monthly symbolism lectures and attending the reunions. The degrees are filled with very esoteric symbolism, so studying them makes the SR experience more meaningful.
     
  3. jwhoff

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    I completed Master Craftsman I and am now working Master Craftsman II. It jump started me in the Rite. I joined a couple of years ago but had been hanging back working the chairs in my two lodges. I had been reading and attending a few reunions along the way. I am now a Duck and looking forward to working esoteric work in one or more of the degrees soon. I also have now started attending stated meetings and a study group at my valley.

    The Scottish Rite is everything I joined masonry for. Having obtained a minor in philosophy and done post graduate work in anthropology, I have more than a passing interest.

    If you haven't already started the course do so. It will be a benefit and should peak your interest. I considered the experience well worth the $35 investment.
     
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  4. Jacob Johnson

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    I receive the 19-32nd on Saturday, so I'll probably send off for my Master Craftsman stuff early in the week following. It sounds like a really good way to get a lot more out of the degree work.
     
  5. Jacob Johnson

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    ok... so I didn't think about this until I dropped Quiz I in the mail... I finished all of my reading and quiz I all before my dues card was mailed to me, so I didn't have my member number to put on the info section on the quiz... oops... will this cause an issue?

    and one other question... wouldn't it make better sense to send out at least 2 quizzes at a time? I mean, I could probably get through all of Master Craftsman I in about a week if I had all the quizzes... The reading doesn't look too daunting.
     
  6. jwhoff

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    Been there, done that. Yet, I got pretty frustrated waiting for the next quiz to show up. Six sessions about four weeks between. Most times I was so hungry for the light I poured through the materials in a couple of days, dropped it in the mail and started the wait anew. Yeph, I remember that part.
     
  7. MikeMay

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    Hurry up and wait...sounds like the Marine Corps... LOL!
     
  8. Tony Siciliano

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    No kidding!

    My local Valley is holding a Reunion on April 1-2. I cannot wait. I am going to order MC1 the following week also.
     
  9. Jacob Johnson

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    What valley is "local" for you brother Siciliano? i may come visit your reunion in april if you're within driving distance
     
  10. Tony Siciliano

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    New Bern,NC brother Johnson.

    Definitely not within driving distance!
     
  11. Jacob Johnson

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    lol yeah that's a haul
     
  12. Mac

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    I just completed MC I and am starting MC II. This program is great, and it really makes those of us who don't live close to their Valley feel like we're still in the Scottish Rite.
     
  13. Jacob Johnson

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    ooh, you get a snazzy "perfect 100%" sticker on your quiz when you ace it! just got my quiz back in the mail and i'll be mailing in the next one tomorrow.
     
  14. Tony Siciliano

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    Ordered MC1 today, and I'm trying to get a MC study group started in my county.
     
  15. jwhoff

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    Good news brethren ... keep up the good work. Isn't it sad one cannot get a lodge serious about learning masonry. Too many lost hours in stated meeting, aren't there?
     
  16. Tony Siciliano

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    Got my book and test in the mail yesterday. What a book!
     
  17. Mac

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    It is indeed an awesome book. I genuinely believe the Ritual Monitor & Guide should be given to all new SR Masons instead of Bridge to Light. It almost replaces BtL altogether.

    For my last quiz of MC I, I begged for Morals & Dogma to be re-printed by the Supreme Council for study by us. They said it's almost ready for print. :)
     
  18. Brent Heilman

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    If you want an electronic copy of Morals & Dogmas I posted a bunch of stuff on 4shared.com and it is a part of that. If you go to this link you will find it there: http://bwheilman.4shared.com/

    It might be okay until you can get a hard copy of the book. Thought I would let you know though.

    Oh and all the stuff I posted at that link are free as long as you download one at a time.
     
  19. Beathard

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    The new Morals & Dogma is supposed to have a lot of Pike's research fixed.
     
  20. Mac

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    Thanks, brother! This is the kind of brotherhood that makes e-Masonry such a great thing. ;)

    I'll poke around to view the other documents, too. I have a hard copy of M&D, but I've kept it on my bookshelf mostly due to its age. I would take it down to read during each quiz of the Master Craftsman program. I'm just glad they've listened to the requests of the brethren!

    I'm hoping they also consider reprinting Pike's Magnum Opus for esoteric study.
     

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