No 15 (Satan) from a variation of the Marseille tarot; secretly representing Judas Iscariot.
A commonly held misconception is that the “Knights square” is part of the initiation of the 1°, perhaps so in some Priories, however a more ancient version is actually an alchemical journey over 9 squares, or square of Saturn which relates to the No 15 tarot card and varies 9 times (9×9) which equals “81” as to be found in older hidden French rituals dating back to the early 18th C, and before that, to Geber the Arabic alchemist.
Members of all ranks or grades are encouraged to request any ritual that they have already received. They may experience these degrees as many times as they wish. Such is the high spiritual nature of our rituals, not only do they impart Knowledge on many levels, they also cause change on every level; experienced differently each time they are practised.
Eventually, over time, it is expected that the Adept will finally experience the Grail- the Philsopher´s stone.
“Sion” influenced and “sealed” the original Templar initiation ceremonies and statutes of which aspects are still used by Le Prieuré de Sion (Rectifé) to this day. The original Knights Templar ceremonies are historically proven via the French translation from the Latin known as “The Primitive rule” circa 1135-1147.
In our modern era there are “rituals” claimed to be from Pierre Plantard, who became famous as first “Known” Grand master, who later recanted to becoming “Unknown”. These modern variant rituals are abundantly available for all to purchase and see, however, the Prieuré de Sion (Rectifé) does not recognise them in totality. As might be expected, these “modern ritual variants” are already in our archives. It is true that certain aspects of these “modern” rituals are valid and traces of which are to be found in the Priory of Sion’s older rituals, which as we have stated, can and do demonstrate historical validity.
There are a number of other festivals that we observe; such as the “Emet Festival” at the beginning of March, which celebrates the actual birth of Christ. The veneration of the Madelaine is also observed on the 22 of July, when Magdalene cakes are shared.
No 16 “The Tower” from a variation of the Marseille tarot, secretly representing the Madelaine.
The original known stautes are explicitly clear about the final and most sublime degree in the Ordre De La Rose-Croix de Véritas being that of 9° or Nautoinier; Grand Master. The reason there is no higher degree in the statutes of 1956 is because the “Nautonier” is the highest degree, there is only one person holding it; there are no more higher degrees, unless, 9° is by “Honoris Causa”. The Grand Master, steers his ship by the nine strars of arcady, in the four realms of the universe as exhibited by the plough, or big dipper.