About Cryptic Masonry

The Cryptic Rite is the completion of a story.

It is the story of the preservation of a word.

  • Symbolic Freemasonry treats of the loss of a word.
  • Royal Arch Masonry treats of its discovery.
  • Cryptic Masonry teaches of its preservation, and completes the story of Ancient Craft Masonry.
  • Those who have assumed the Council obligation, have done so because they were interested in the complete story of Freemasonry.

    The Cryptic Rite derives its claim to the word “Cryptic” because the scene of the Royal and Select Master is laid in the underground Crypt beneath the Solomonic Temple. The word “Cryptic” means hidden. Hence its use in describing these degrees.



    The SQUARE is one of the most significant emblems of Masonry, symbolizing the four Cardinal Virtues which are imprinted upon the memory of every true Mason,

  • Temperance
  • Fortitude
  • Prudence
  • and Justice
  • The TRIANGLE is emblematic of Diety, representing His Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence — Universal Power, Universal Knowledge, Universal Presence.

    The CIRCLE is an emblem of Friendship. It is an emblem of Divine Providence which surrounds us on every side. It is also an emblem of Eternity, having neither a beginning or end. This emblem encourages the Hope of Immortality by Faith in the Divine promise.

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