The story of the Degree is based around certain events that led up to Solomon becoming King. The Degree has an interesting history. Ray Shute and J. Edward Allen were appointed to a Committee to prepare a Ritual for the Degree of Thrice Illustrious Master which was officially adopted at the Assembly. The main portion of the Degree was different and arranged to fit in with American Freemasonry. The password, signs, etc. At the Grand Assembly in May of , the Degree was conferred upon fifty-four candidates, five of whom lived in South Carolina. The Degree was impressive, and everyone who saw it enjoyed it. In April of , the Grand Council of South Carolina adopted the Degree and other jurisdictions have adopted it as well.
Symbolism of Cryptic Degrees
The Order of the Silver Trowel
Moves were made to bring the Degree to England and Wales. Having witnessed a most impressive ceremony the Grand Master decided the Degree should be brought across the Atlantic under the aegis the Grand Council of the Royal and Select Masters for England and Wales and should be conferred only as a special award. The Silver Trowel is practiced as an adjunct to the Order of Royal and Select Masters, not as a separate Order but as special reward for merit and conferred in very limited numbers.
Freemasonry uses extensively rituals, formalized texts, full of symbolism in order to give some acts more depth. These rituals are one of the secrets of Freemasonry. Masonic Orders fight severely to the publication of these texts. The largest Dutch order, the Grootoosten Grand Orient threatened with legal procedures in order to try to have ritual texts removed from an internet site.
Symbolism from other authors has been incorporated. It is the belief of The Grand Council, that if our members understand the beautiful symbolism of our Order, they will become better members of their subordinate Councils. We encourage you to study and learn more about our great Order, as it is not possible to include everything of interest or importance in this brief synopsis.