My St. Andrew’s Lodge

CCV: a young and progressive lodge

I now have an official date for my advancement into the Lodge of St. Andrew, the second “tier” of the Swedish Rite. I will join Cubus Causa Vera (CCV) on October 9, 2009

ccvnyt60dummyCCV was born in 1989, so quite young. It is also the smallest of Denmark’s lodges of St. Andrew. These two factors are part of why I chose this lodge: I know that the lodge’s leadership is willing to think outside of the box, and there is room to get involved in offices, education and more, should I wish. My first responsibilty, one I have already signed up for, is editing the revamped publication; we are quite ambitious about this, and have a professional layouter on board, as well as advertising, which allows for buying picture rights and full colour printing. Other than that I look forward to experiencing these new degrees, which are supposed to be extremely thought-provoking.

ccvmc3a6rke(I will try to write a few lines about our Lodge of St. Andrew, but I have to weigh my words carefully, so as not to reveal too much. For now it will suffice that these degrees share themes with Mark, Royal  Arch, Cryptic, and possibly a few others.)

I mentioned in a recent post that I had had a small “crisis” over my freemasonry, and another reason for choosing CCV, is that it is quite open about esoteric work, and works hard to educate its brethern. It is also a lodge that has a high percentage of active brethren; in my experience a benefit of being a smaller lodge.

I will also look forward to having a handful of Welsh/English brethren over, who were also at my Initiation and Third. Their presence have been a great boon, and to me a symbol of the strength of our ideas and bonds.

Picture: Dummy cover for the new publication, and the jewel of CCV.

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Waiting for St. Andrew

l13Just a “half-way” report …

Nine months after having advanced to the Third degree, I was given a “letter of passage”, which allowed me to approach a Lodge of St. Andrew (the next step in the Swedish Rite, see this post), and I decided on “CFS”: Cubus Fredericus Septimi, Orient Copenhagen. It is the oldest St. Andrew’s lodge in Denmark, named for the monarch, Frederick VII, who introduced the Swedish Rite here. It is also the largest in Copenhagen, and the one with the most applicants, so I am still waiting for a date, even though I was confirmed for advancement more than a year ago; the earliest possible date is now fall of 2009, two and a half year after my Third.

I think the wait between degrees is a good thing, but I have to admit, I am itching by now. The third degree was very enlightening, and I could happily spend another couple of years here. But since we don’t have a system of progression through chairs, the only way to move on is to move “up” (through the degrees). It is definitely one of my big hopes for the Masonic year of 2009, but it could come as late as 2010. I will just have to find other paths to explore until then and exercise patience.

Picture: The emblem of CFS.