The Masonic Career of A.E. Waite
THE SECRET COUNCIL OF RITES
Secret Council of Rites
The S.C.R. was constituted on December
2nd, 1902 for the determination in a particular direction of existing Mystic Interests,
more especially in connection with Masonry and the Orders which are connected with and
dependent upon it. (2) The work of the S.C. lies entirely outside that of any legislative
bodies, Grand Lodges, Grand Chapters or Supreme Councils; it does not seek to intrude
among them and it will not tolerate their interference in its concerns.
The S.C. will for its better protection
vigilantly conserve an occult and anonymous character and, save in the Supreme Degrees of
the Council, will at no time divulge the names of its Members to any person in the world.
The S.C. consists of the following
brethren: Frater L.S.; Frater M.W.G.; Frater S.R., under the conditions now to be set
forth:- The S.C. of R. does not exist and no person is, therefore, a Member of it, except
when it is called into being and declared to be in activity by some one or more of the
above mentioned Fratres or their successors for executive or consultive purposes and on
the completion of the work in hand or before if so declared it automatically lapses until
again in like manner revived. Membership of
the S.C.R is therefore to be understood in the sense just defined whenever referred to in
(5) Frater L.S., Frater M.W.O. and Frater
S.R. being Members ab initio by whom the C. was constituted simultaneously, there is no
priority or precedence in respect of them and this fact is to be borne in mind more
especially by the Frater S.R. who first suggested the constitution of the Secret Body for
those objects which are known to the C.
(6) The Members of the S.C. can work only in
common for the furtherance of the objects which it proposes and therefore no action must
be taken by one independently of the others in respect of any O. matters
(7) The S.C. has no power to add to its
numbers and the absence of any Member from the country of its present location does not
constitute a vacancy, since an efficient inter communication can always be preserved.
This rule is absolute and invariable in
respect of both its clauses.
(8) Vacancy is constituted by death or
permanent alienation as also by insanity or unfitness to act; agreement on the part of the
other two Members as to the existence of either disability being alone necessary in order
to take action. Each Member has the right to
nominate his successor, who shall be of the male sex and a Royal Arch Mason.
Such nomination may be made absolute prior to
decease by the approval of the other Members and ranks alternatively as a very serious and
urgent recommendation to be adopted if possible, failing which, the appointment rests with
(9) In the event of permanent alienation,
insanity or unfitness to act without a successor having been nominated previously, the
other Members shall appoint a suitable Mystic Mason to complete the Triad at such time as
may be advisable and in any case within a period of twelve months.
In the event of the death of a Member suddenly and
without nomination, similar procedure shall be adopted, as two Members cannot constitute a
complete C. (11) The C. as
it now stands is complete, perfect and permanent, without power of expulsion or the right
to insist on resignation.
The S.C. will always deprecate resignation on the
part of a Member, but it must not disallow it altogether.
In such event the right of nomination is abrogated but one of counsel
remains, such counsel to be regarded with great respect and followed if reasonable and
In the event of two Members resigning
simultaneously, the C. would cease to exist, and this therefore is interdicted by the
honourable pledge which has been taken by each Member, as will appear hereinafter.
As it is necessary for the furtherance of its
objects that the S. C. shall have a certain acknowledged existence, it has appointed the
Frater S.R. as its present Envoy-Extraordinary with full powers in conjunction with the
whole C. only.
The Envoy-Extraordinary is not as such a Member of
The S.C. may and will appoint Envoys-Subordinate for
different countries or districts for the spread and representation of the Rites conserved
by the C. but such Envoys shall represent special Rites only.
The Frater S.R. is at this time the sole
Envoy-Extraordinary representing all Rites of the C., under the obedience of the C., with the special
Envoys to him subordinate, also under the obedience of the C., and this rule shall be
absolute henceforward for every Envoy Extraordinary successively appointed and for the
The S.C. will obtain and exercise jurisdiction over
Independent Lodges, Chapters and Temples of the following Rectified Occult Orders and
The Independent and Rectified Rite of Martinism.
The Reformed Order of the GD. Masonically reconstituted.
The Rectified Rite R.R. et A.C.
The Rectified Rite of Swedenborg.
The Independent Order of the Illuniinati.
The Order of the Novices and Knights Beneficent of the
Holy City of Jerusalem.
The New and Reformed Rite of Adoptive Masonry.
The Incorporated Order of the Eastern Star.
Members of the
S.C. are Members of these Bodies and will work them in a constitutional manner for the
purposes of the C., and all other Rites and Orders which it may subsequently acquire for
the same purposes in like manner.
The Members of the S.C. will if possible obtain their reception into
the Secret Order 7.16., as it is requisite for the purposes of the
The S.C. will if necessary and desirable acquire
other Rites and Orders, Masonic and non-Masonic, to work in connection with its purposes
and will at the proper time constitute two further Rites for the completion of the
existing series as follows:-
a The Order of the Daughters of Zion.
b The Third Order R.R. et A.C.
The C, will distribute these Rites upon an ascending scale as
Rite of Martinism, referred to Malkuth.
Rite of the G.D., referred to Jesod.
Rite of Swedenborg, referred to Hod. (with its complement)
of the Eastern Star, referred to Netzach.
Rite of the R.R. et A.C., referred to Tiphereth.
Rite of the Illuminati, referred to Chesed. (with its
Rite of Adoption, referred to Geburah.
Rite of the Novices and Knights of the Holy City, referred to
(with its complement)
Rite of the Daughters of Zion, referred to Binah.
Rite of 7.16, (intermediate) referred to Daath.
of the Supreme Crown or Third Order R.R. et A.C., referred to Kether.
This distribution is in part a matter of convenience
and in part arises naturally from the ascent of the Grades.
Its design and arrangements are entirely a C. Secret, as ostensibly there
will be an independent working of all the Rites. (24) The scheme of Rites belonging to the
Pillar of Benignity can be entered only through Martinism, with the exception of that
referable to Death.
The Masonic Rites can be entered independently without passing from
one to another.
The Adoptive Rites can be entered only through the Order of the
By the design of the S.C., the Rite of Martinism will act as a drag
net for all the Rites, but especially for those of the Central Pillar, and the most
suitable Members who have drifted independently into the Masonic and Adoptive Orders will
ultimately be absorbed by the Androgynous Centre.
With the exception of the Third Order R.R. et A.C., all Rites
will meet and recognise each other in Daath, and so far the Scheme of the S.C. will be at
Those who attain the Third Order will meet the C. for the first time
face to face, and it is hoped that in the course of Nature the C. will be recruited there
The Members of the S.C. pledge themselves hereby to communicate to one another all occult knowledge and all knowledge
concerning occult Orders which they may possess now or obtain hereafter, and in the case
of such knowledge being communicated to them individually under binding obligations, each
will do his best to obtain for the two others a participation of such knowledge and
reception by such Rites. (31) The Members also honourably pledge themselves, each to each
and all to all, to work seriously and in harmony for the objects of the S.C., to keep
their names unknown, not to desert one another, to resign only by necessity, simultaneous
resignation being interdicted unless it be unanimously determined to dissolve the C., and
to bear in mind the desirability of finding someone to succeed them if possible.
The objects of the S.C. of R. are the stimulation
and the nourishment of Mystic Aspiration, more especially in Freemasonry, towards the
Great Work of Reintegration with the Centre, or Union with the Divine as the Supreme End
of all research, such objects to be pursued by all legitimate means, from which any
identification with social or political movements is expressly excluded, the same being
neither means nor ends.
These are the 32 Paths of the Absolute in
respect of the S.C. of R. and are the irremovable Landmarks thereof, to which, in token of their
agreement, the contracting parties here append the initials by which they are known to
each other within the C.V.
in succession to L.S.
May 25th, 1910
Dated this 25th day of May, in the year of
our Lord 1903.