Category Archives: Rectified Scottish Rite

Double Cross

Emblem of the Preceptor of the Knight Templar degree and of the same office in the Rectified Scottish Rite. A similar two barred cross appears in the regalia of the last degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Outside Freemasonry there are several varieties to this cross with names such as the patriarchal cross, the Jagiellonian cross and the cross of Lorraine.

Broken Column

The image shows a broken column with the text “Adhuc Stat!” (“It stands still”) on a First Degree “Orient Board” of the French Rectified Scottish Rite. The same image was used in the Strict Observance.

The broken column/pillar sometimes refers to the destroyed Temple of King Solomon. In some lodges lectures are given from behind a broken column. The broken column has a general grave symbolism of an ended life. Sometimes a weeping lady (virgin) stands next to the pillar (often with a man behind her representing time). The latter image is sometimes a reference to the passing of Hiram.

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Cubic Stone

(Cubic) stones come in many shapes and forms within Freemasonry. This specific stone (an oblong stone with a square laying on it) can be seen on the Second Degree “Orient Board” of the French Rectified Scottish Rite. The text “dirigit obliqua” translates to: “directs obliquely”. The same image was used in the Strict Observance.

Ship

Third Degree “Orient board” of the French Rectified Scottish Rite saying: “in silentio spefortitudo mea”, “in the silence of my hope”. The same image was used in the Strict Observance.