Ritual Cipher

Discussion in 'Officers of the Lodge' started by Justin D., Jan 15, 2019.

  1. Justin D.

    Justin D. Registered User

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    I moved to New Jersey and just put in for dual membership and wish to hold an office in my new lodge. When I went to our officer's practice last night a lot of my brothers had a cipher book of all of the rituals. I was never told about ciphers, nor given anything to help to figure them out. Does anyone know where I could get a ritual cipher book for New Jersey? Also is there a book to help unencrypt the ciphers in that manual?
     
  2. David612

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    Best bet would be to Ask your lodge?
     
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  3. David612

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    Best bet would be to Ask your lodge?
     
  4. David612

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    Your lodge would be the place to ask, as for figuring out the cipher again your lodge will help you.
     
  5. Chaz

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    I had a Texas cipher, my lodge directed me on where I could purchase it. As far as deciphering it I just had to learn the work and then it was easy enough.
     
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  6. Justin D.

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    Thank you so much for the response. I talked to my lodge and they sent me a digital copy of the NJ cipher ans told me we can sit down after the meeting this week to go over it.
     
  7. Warrior1256

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    True. Here it is written in cypher in case it would fall into profane hands.
     
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  8. jrnteach

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    Our ritual book in California is also written in cypher for the same reasons. It is easy enough to read if you've progressed through the degrees because it uses the same cypher as EA, FC, and MM cyphers. I can't imagine a lodge having its ritual written in plain English so I hope that isn't happening!
     
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  9. jermy Bell

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    But you can find all of it on the internet. So I don't get why we try to keep it all secret. The passwords, obligations, the whole ten yards. We had a candidate who got it all before being initiated. So there was no mystery or surprise.
     
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  10. David612

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    Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t absolve your obligations.
    That said the real secrets aren’t really able to be written.
     
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  11. Warrior1256

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    I understand your point Brother but I took an obligation that I, MYSELF, would not reveal certain secrets whether they are already known or not
     
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  12. Brother JC

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    I seem to remember a Brother on another forum, I believe he was from Germany, who said his jurisdiction required the ritual to be read so it was correct every time.
     
  13. David612

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    When reciting religious passages we are required to read.
     
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  15. Brother JC

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    You can get a dozen different English rituals from Letchworth’s. I’m slowly collecting them.
     
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  16. Keith C

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    Our Ritual Books are owned by the Grand Lodge and a limited number are issued to each Lodge's WM at the beginning of his year in the East, and he decides who to assign them to. Mid November they are all turned in, checked off by the WM against the list where he issued them and turned over to the DDGM, who checks them all against the list again and then issues them to the incoming WM.

    98% of the ritual is written out in plain English and the rest is in cypher.
     
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