About Us - Northern California Valley - 2005
The Scottish Rite Valley of Northern California was chartered on by __________ under the jurisdiction of Meetings are held at the Eel River Empire Masonic Center in Fortuna, California. The local Scottish Rite organization, called a "Valley," confers the 4th through 32nd degrees in degree-conferring meetings. The Scottish Rite is sometimes called the "College of Freemasonry," because it uses extensive allegory and drama to emphasize the message of its degrees. The degree work may, but not necessarily, be completed at one time. The Scottish Rite shares the belief of all Masonic organizations that there is no higher degree than that of Master Mason. The degrees are in addition to, and in no way "higher" than, those of Blue Lodge, or Craft Lodge, Masonry. Scottish Rite degrees simply amplify and elaborate on the lessons of the craft, providing further knowledge of Masonry, the building of the Temple, and ancient religions, with memorable lessons ranging from the days of chivalry to modern times. Becoming A Member If you are already a Mason, you may wish to petition for Scottish Rite membership to receive additional instruction and explanation regarding the allegory and symbolism learned in the Masonic Lodge as an expansion and enhancement of your Masonic career. The Scottish Rite bodies elaborate on the basic tenets of Freemasonry. You can, of course, ask a Scottish Rite Mason for a petition. Please Contact us for a petition or if you would like to speak with a Scottish Rite Mason. Freemasonry The purpose of Freemasonry is to build character. Our Masonic duty is to develop the highest quality within us. To reach this end, we must have knowledge of the goal and the pathway by which it may be obtained. The time honored method of teaching in our fraternity is through a system of degrees by which a fuller understanding of Masonic concepts is developed. Bibliography Sources The World Wide Web
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