The Modern Scot Rite- Pro Libertatem ad Veritatem -
Modernity and tradition
A masonic rite of European tradition
The Modern Scot Rite is a ritual that is in keeping with traditional Masonic rites; the three great lights of Freemasonry (square, compass and volume of the Sacred Law) are present in all its symbolic lodges, the invocation to the Great Architect of the Universe is made, the debates of a political or religious order are prohibited.
The rite uses the background of European traditions in general and Celtic in particular to offer its members an original and yet traditional initiation course. This background complements the Judeo-Christian tradition which is at the origin of Freemasonry and which one naturally finds in the Modern Scot (in particular as regards the construction of the Temple of Solomon and his architect).
We call coeducation the fact of having lodges made up of brothers and sisters. The twenty-first century is one of openness and diversity; so we think that the Brothers and Sisters must be able to freely and regularly meet within a same lodge. We know that the ways of thinking between Brothers and Sisters may be different and we believe that this difference must be a factor of cohesion and not of division. The word “coeducation” comes from a word used in Scouting that corresponds well to our vision of educating men and women together to become responsible beings in the city.
Respectful of human universality and Masonic diversity, our rite welcomes Brothers and Sisters of all the structures with which we have treaties of amity and according to equivalences of grades in use.
The Masonic course we propose to our members takes place in different times and in different structures. There are 2 main structures.
The first is the symbolic Lodge which has authority over the degrees of:
- Entered Apprentice ; it is the first degree, the one that allows you to enter the fraternity and to understand how a lodge works. It is a grade of real discovery.
- Fellowcraft (and Mark Fellowcraft) ; the Fellowcraft is the one who goes off to discover the other ways of working, the other lodges. This degree is – according to certain Scottish usage – supplemented by that of Mark Fellowcraft considered as the second part of the degree.
- Master Mason ; it is the degree which confers the fullness of the Masonic rights and which makes it possible to accede to the functions of lodge officer.
The second is the Clan that has authority over the degrees of:
- Scottish Master ;
- Rose+Croix de la Tour ;
The initiate then has the choice of his journey; either he chooses a chivalrous approach or he goes to a very spiritual step. These degrees are always performed within a Clan.
- Squire ;
- Free Knight.
- Boar ;
In accordance with international Masonic traditions, the rite and its structures are placed under the administrative authority of the grand lodge.
The Modern Scott is coming from several cultures and spiritualities :
- The Judeo-Christian culture that has largely participated in the construction of modern Freemasonry as we know it,
- European culture in general and Celtic in particular; Clan-related degrees draw on the legendary Scottish, Welsh, Irish, and Breton cultures …
Thus the “Solomonian” degrees are followed by “Arthurian” ones, which are part of the legendary tradition that links the East to the West.
The legends that are used are those of Freemasonry in general and the themes of the different symbolic degrees are respected. It is a so-called “Modern” rite, that it uses the criteria related to the rites born in London around 1717 and imported in Europe around 1725. A specificity however, the Modern Scot borrows also to the workings in use in Scotland and mainly the “standard” one.
The higher degrees are similar to other known higher-degrees with the main difference that the legendary setting is now located in the islands of Scotland, Ireland and Brittany with explicit references to Celtic mythologies and Arthurian legends. Today we find these references in other Masonic degrees used in the Anglo-Saxon masonry.
Its motto is “pro libertatem ad veritatem”, Latin motto meaning that truth is acquired through freedom; it is a reference to Plato and his myth of the cave. The Mason initiated at the Modern Scot working will follow a gradual apprenticeship that will allow him to discover in a symbolic way the freedom that finally will allow him to walk on the paths of truth.