What Just Happened? The Fellow Craft
So you have just taken your second step in Freemasonry! The Second or Fellow Craft Degree is arguably, and certainly historically, the most interesting of all because it embraces in a symbolic way the active part of your adult life. In some ways it is similar to your First Degree but why is it so short?
In the early days of speculative Freemasonry, in the seventeenth century, there was just one degree, that of making a mason. In the next, eighteenth, century as the order became more widespread, something was wanted to distinguish the very new member from the more experienced. So the Entered Apprentice Degree was created using parts of the making and the truncated remains becoming the Fellow Craft Degree (also called Masters and Fellow-Craft). Lodge records, however, often show both degrees were still conferred one after the other at the same meeting.
In this small volume, you will not find anything fanciful but rather authoritative explanations backed by footnote references to highly respected sources allowing you to understand the historical context and original intended meaning of every aspect of the ritual. This short guide covers everything you experienced including the working tools tracing boards and different sections of the ritual.
36 Printed Pages