- The first degree of Keyes is called the apprentice. This is the initiates first exposure to the whole system and they can seem overwhelmed at first. At each of the degrees, there is a test to determine when one is ready to move on to the next. The first degree is all about introducing one to the rest of the system so that they are able to understand the tenets of the system of Keyes. This is also the first introduction to the deeper parts of the spiritual aspects of the whole system of Epochalism. This is the step of the fall and the emergence into the state of the world.
This is something that is similar to the fall of humanity and the state of being after the fall. It is the realization that we are human and that we will make mistakes. The first degree is simply the first step to understanding the way for us to get back to the light that we lost sight of. It is the demonstration that we can overcome our vices and strive to improve ourselves within the system of Keyes. We need to be able to start with a good foundation and this degree is the foundation.
- The second degree of Keyes is the fellow. The apprentice and the fellow are tasked with the most basic of the virtues, which is Charity. They are encouraged to donate their time and commitment to learning all of the tenets of the Keyes system that will lead to enlightenment. The fellow is different from the apprentice in that they have a better understanding of the system and they are able to go through it. With this expectation comes a great deal of responsibility. More is expected and more needs to be learned. The point of the fellow is to prepare someone to start on the path to being a master.
When we are a fellow, we are like those who just come out of the garden and start to explore the forest of the wilderness to find the city of the light. We will be able to see the world for what it is and we will find our calling to be a good example to those around us. We are not perfect, but the second degree will put all of these doubts to rest that we will be able to do something to make us more perfect and that comes with the increased responsibility.
- The master, which is the third degree of Keyes, is the transition that people see from being a follower to a leader. There is a lot of pride and prestige that comes with being an individual of the third degree of Keyes. This is the first time that people in the position of Keyes comes to understand that their role as a supporter is over and that they are called to be leaders in their own time and to do the things that will cause them to be leaders. One of the most important things lies in the fact that one is set out to think about more than themselves.
This is the first time that one who is going through Keyes is set out to and called to think about something more than their own lives. It is important to think about your life as it is the life that will bring you to where you are at now. We need to start thinking about tour lives as it is set out in the life of the society around us. Our life directly affects those around us and we need to be able to act in kind. It is about time that many of us do.
- Secret Master
- The fourth degree of Keyes emphasizes what is taught in the first three degrees. What we need to understand is that we are still important in the eyes of the people who are directly affected by us. We are still important to the people around us and we are still important to us. We need to understand that we make ourselves better so that we can better serve the people around us. Being a secret master is about being someone who puts the mind of the individual on the individual and they are also putting their mind on the people around them.
We are living in a world full of people who will not have the same perspectives on life that we will have. We need to understand that the people that we encounter in our lives will not have the same life that we will have. When we go through life, we begin to understand how the lives of other people affect our lives and vice versa. There is not a lot in the world that matters in the end. The one thing that we think about and the only thing that we think about is the effect that we have on those that really matter to us.
- Perfect Master
- The fifth degree of Keyes is called the perfect master. The perfect master is there to teach us that there is a difference between the humanity and the spirituality. While these are powerful forces that, for the most part, work in opposite ways, we need to have them work together and balance one another out so that we take on the manner of the Christs for ourselves. There are a lot of things that we can do in life that will be destructive. We need to learn to subdue our passions and that can require us to do things that we do not feel comfortable with.
There is ultimately one path to the light. This path is not found in any religious tradition, but it is found in an attitude that we need to take on for ourselves. It is a decision that we have to take and that will take us down the path of destruction or it will take us down the path of perfection. We need to keep our mind to serving our god, our country, our family, and ourselves. We need to be able to work in harmony with ourselves and with those around us. That is the essence of life.
- Mark Master
- In life, we become the person that we surround ourselves with. If you want to be successful and have a good life, then you need to surround yourself with those types of people. Unfortunately, even the people with the best intentions surround themselves with people that are not the best. With the master of the Rod, we are able to discern who our true friends are, who the people are in our life that will bring us to the path that will lead us to the light. Who are the people that will lead you away from the light? We have some hard decisions to take.
We should not be living in a life where we are told what is right and what is wrong. In this world, right and wrong are relative and subjective. However, the consequences of any action that we take will be objective. We need to learn about the actions on the paths that we are planning to take and we need to learn about the consequences of the actions and the decisions that we take. We are ultimately in control of our lives and we need to surround ourselves with the people that will support us on our journey.
- We need to judge all people the same. We should be able to judge all people according to their attitude. Judging people based on the religious traditions of the person judging is not the right way to go about it. When we enter into the degree of a provost, we learn that only one law should apply to all people and this should be based on the sole truth of the divine plan. The divine plan will judge people based on their attitude in life and the virtues that they expound towards others. When we are good in life to all people, it does not matter what religion we are in the end.
We should let the divine judge the people based on their spiritual intentions. We should only judge people based on the decisions that we take. When we look back in history, we see that these people will be judged based on the actions that they take in life. As humans, that is something that we have to leave with as humans. We should not judge people spiritually because we do not have the capacity to do so. While we are on the earth, we should judge people for the actions that they take on the earth. This is usually reflected in their spirituality.
- The intendant is all about becoming a leader. We need to be able to take leadership of the nature of our own life and we need to express the right virtues to get to that point. We need to be leaders because we need to be an example to all the people around us. We do not need to be leaders in the physical sense, but we do need to express this in the context of our lives. There are many of us who are called to be silent leaders. If we are even a good example to one person, then we will have fulfilled a part of our destiny. It is important that we show leadership and that will make us better internally as well.
We need to take on more duties and responsibilities as we age. As such, we will also be given more to watch over. It is rare that we leave schooling to become CEO’s. We need to be able to pay our dues to those who are below us. When we do this, we will eventually be trusted enough to get to a better place to take on more in life. This is something that all of us should strive for.
- Elect of the Seven
- There are a lot of religions in the world today. It is sometimes hard to understand that there are a lot of religions in the world that are similar in terms of the things that they try to teach. The purpose of the master elect is to understand how all of the religions of the world are connected and to look beyond the religions of the world to seek out the truth. The truth is very similar, but it is fundamentally better, than all of the religions of the world and all of the things that are taught about the nature of religion.
There are a lot of religions that hide the truth behind rites, rituals, doctrines, and dogmas. These things may be necessary to those who are on the path to the truth, but they are something that is not necessary to the development of our spirituality. When we enter into this degree, we start to learn about the similarities of religions of the world and we begin to realize that there are a lot of religions that have similar goals for the people that they serve. There are a lot of things in the world that we will not understand, but religion can be better understood through comparative religion.
- Elect of the Ten
- In life, we need to learn that all of the things that we have and do in life will have their consequences. As Epochalists, we are not taught about what is right and what is wrong. The world is not black and white and all the decisions that we make in the world will not come down to this reality. We need to learn about the consequences of the actions that we need to take. This is something that the elect of the seventeen teach. We are taught about the important lessons in life not through what is right, but about what the consequences may be.
As we start to understand more of the path to the light, the responsibilities that are a part of our understanding will increase. We will be given more,but we will also be given more to keep track of and that is something that will ultimately fall on our lives. As we are entrusted with more, we will begin to understand that there are a lot of things that we need to keep track of. As an elect of the seventeen, we will learn about all of the virtues and the vices. It is up to us to keep track of managing and getting rid of the vices. At the same time, we need to espouse the virtues.
- Elect of the Seventeen
- There are a lot of people in the world who think that being horrible and only thinking about themselves will bring about success. The sublime elected degree teaches us that being nice to other people will actually have the greatest benefits on our life. There are not a lot of things in the world that are truly worth our time and energy, but if we help other people to be better, then we will have the capacity to be better on our terms as well. The sublime elected teaches us that we can be the perfect example to the people of the world by being good to other people.
We need to be good citizens to the world. We all have a part to play in the world and in the society that we are placed in. There are not a lot of things in the world that will be worth our time truly. However, many of us will find the greatest solace when we know that we help people in the world around us. This is something that will be remembered throughout the world for now and forever. This degree teaches us to be good citizens and good people to all those around us and in our society.
- Most Excellent Master
- There are a lot of tools that we can use to improve our life. The most important tools that we have will help us to uplift others. When we use our talents to improve the lives of the people of the world, we accomplish something that is set forth for us by the divine plan. No matter where we are at in life, we will always find the resources and the talents that we need to in order to improve the lives of those around us. The poor will be able to help the rich just as much, if not more, than the rich will be able to help the poor. No matter what place we are in at life, we will always find the time to help people with the things that we have.
The Grand Architect will find and utilize the tools that they have for the purpose of being able to help people and improve the lives of other people. This is something that we will be able to have for the rest of our lives. There are a lot of things in the world that are temporary, but the things that are permanent will help us in our lives the most.
- Knight of the Crypt
- There are a lot of vices in the world that will lead us to the path of darkness. What we need to be able to master are the virtues of the world that will lead us to the light. We need to understand and apply all of the virtues of the world, but more especially the grand seven virtues. These will counteract the seven vices of the world that is at the source of all things that will lead us to the darkness. In order to get to a point of practicing the virtues, we often have to go through a painful process where the vices that control our life are exposed.
The master of the seven is the one who holds the keys of the virtues. We will not get to a point of being in the light unless we enter into a world where the virtues are seen as the right path and the vices are seen as the wrong path. This is something that we have to overcome in our own life. We cannot state the importance of this enough. It is at the core of Epochalist thought and it is something that we need to be able to master to the fullest extent.
- Grand Elect
- The Grand Elect is the keeper of the things of the covenant. In this degree, one learns about the source of the perfection of the Ten Aquarian Commandments and the holy orders that constitutes all of Epochalism. Epochalism as a philosophy rests on the ideals of the covenant. It is the foundation and the crown of the philosophy. Nothing else matters if one does not quite understand where we are at in the universe.
We are born of the spirit and we come into the world with two natures. We are given an animalistic body at birth and a spiritual soul. We are unique in the world for this reason alone. There are no other animals that have mastered understanding the universe in an abstract form. We understand that the balance of these two natures that we are given will lead us to attaining the characteristics of the divine. This is something that we all strive for, especially in life before our death. It is not something that is an ideal, but it is truly attainable if we begin to understand the ways of the covenant and the source of all the things of the covenant. This is what we need to strive for always.
- Knight of the East
- There are many paths in life that we can go down. A lot of these paths can still lead us to the light, but there is only one truth about the state of the world. It is our life’s goal to find this one path to this one reality about the world. There are many ways to get to this path and our life will somehow lead us to this reality. We need to have the capacity to discover this path for ourselves. When we have this path be a part of our life, we can make intentional decisions to get to where we need to be in order to be happy.
We also need to be loyal and have a conviction to this path. It is not easy to defend it. You will have a lot of people who will not be on your side. We need to understand that life will not magically be easy because you are on this path to the light. You do not need to take this path alone. There are a lot of people who will be with you on this path. When you take up the responsibilities of the sword, you will have to defend it to the end.
- Prince of Zion
- Now that we understand the nature of truth and the paths that will lead us to this point along with understanding that we need to be able to defend the truth from all people who will try to invalidate it, we also need to understand that we have a responsibility to build up the kingdom of Zion. It is not something that will be easy to build. We need to understand that we will have a lot of work that will go into something like this. When we work towards goals that build up Zion, we will discover more about ourselves and the world we live in than ever before.
There are many people who think that they have the world figured out. They think that they are following in the truth that is the be all end all. They think that they are at the means that will bring them to the end. However, what we need to understand is that there will always be things that will challenge the faiths of all the religions of the world. There is not one religion that is perfect because there is no one religion that has the entirety of the truth. We need to find the truth from within.
- Rose Cross
- There are a lot of things in the world that are full of temporary realities. We need to remember that we are in a short life on this earth and that there are a lot of things that we will not be able to bring with us when we die. There are only a few things that we are, in fact, allowed to take, but they are the things that are the most neglected in life. The knight of the heavens is tasked with reminding the people of the things that are the most important. We should align our values with the things of the heavens.
There are not a lot of things in the world that are worth keeping. The things that matter the most to us are the things that are priceless like the people that we love and the peace that we have. These are the things that we do not understand the value of until the day of our last breath. It is something that we also need to keep in mind as we go about our life. Even if it is not something that we think about all the time, it is something that we will continue to discover as important as we face trials in our life.
- Grand Pontiff
- There are a lot of people in the world. There are as many spiritual paths as there are people on the earth today and there have been as many as have existed throughout human history. Not a single person will have the same experiences and the same perspectives as another person. It is something that is simply impossible to have in life. However, we also exist in a duality and there are many things that exist only in a duality. No matter what happens in life, it always falls down to two things. It is good and evil and black and white in a world that is otherwise gray.
There are a lot of things in the world that you are able to do. Each of the things that you do in life and each of the decisions that you make will result in two different things for the individual. It will either be good or it will be bad. There is not a lot that happens in between. No matter who you are and what you believe, there will, in the end, only be two things that matter. Something is either right or it is wrong. That is just the way that things are in the world and there is nothing that can be done to change it.
- Cardinal Knight
- There are a lot of people in this world. Each one of these people have their own values and challenges that they must face on a daily basis. We have to accept that we are entering into a new way of thinking and that there are a lot of things that we need to keep on our minds as we go about our daily lives. One of the most important things is the realization that we are all different and that we will all have our own experiences to get to the path to the light. The knight of the rose cross helps us to understand how this realization works.
The principles of universality and tolerance are some of the most important things that we need to understand when we are walking down the path to the light. We do not need to be accepting of all people, but we do need to practice tolerance. We also need to understand that the principles of unity are some of the most important principles that we can focus on in life. We will all come to the same place in life and we will all experience different things to get to this path to the light.
- Grand Master of the Temple
- There are a lot of values that we have in the world. All of us are held to some standards and values based on our religious persuasion, our country of origin, or otherwise. There are also a lot of things that we cannot control and a lot of things that are almost forced on us because of the environment that we are raised in. As someone in the life master position, we are called to live in the means that we are placed in and we are called to help other people to do the same. Our life is not worth time because we do not agree on the simplest things.
We should stand up for those and to those who are oppressed and to those who do. There are a lot of things that we think are just but do not matter in the end. The world will continue no matter how much you think you can change it. Nature and history will take its course and the things that you fight for will come to fruition if it is something that is meant to be. This is not everything. We need to find out what is and is not meant to be and we need to act on these things.
- Knight of the City of the Wilderness
- There are a lot of people in the world who are of impure thought and mind. Just because we have the free will to do what we please does not mean that we should do what we please. We should have a little sense of self control and that will come through our example set for us by the Christs and the prophets. It is something that has been handed down from the beginning and will stay with us to the end.
The life that we are living will teach us that we need to first control our own mind and conscience should we ever knowingly control other people. This is something that the Christs and the prophets have known to be unattainable without great knowledge and an intimate connection with the Christs. We should strive to be like them in this way not for the purposes of controlling others, but controlling our own minds.
- Knight of the Royal Hammer
- When we are in the world, the world will come after us no matter what we have or where we are at in the path to the light. The path to the light will not protect us from the evil of the world. Just because we are on the path to the light does not mean that life will get that much better. In fact, there will be facets of life that will not be better. We need to understand this reality and we need to be able to rise above this. This is one of the biggest tests that we will face in our life.
When we understand that the world sucks, we will do all that we can in order to get to a place that we are happy with. It all falls down on us. We cannot get past these things of the world and we cannot just wish them away. We need to make the best of all situations no matter how bad they are. All of the situations of the world will not just go away from us. We need to be able to turn the bad situations into good ones and that is what this degree is all about.
- Chief of the Tabernacle
- There are a lot of things that we can do in the world to bring about the light in our lives. There are a lot of things that we need to be able to do to bring about this light and most of this comes through the works and the attitude of the people who are trying to get to the city of the light. The city of the light is only brought about through the things that we do and the mindset that we have while doing it. We will not get to the light simply be believing, we need to be able to incorporate all of these things into our life.
The city of the light is not a city that anyone who claims to believe will be able to get into. It is something that only comes about as a result of our attitude and the things that we do to become a better person. We are called to make good people better as people who are going through Keyes. That means that people need to do a little bit on their own end before they are committed to the true understanding of the city of light and all the things that the city of the light teaches.
- Prince of the Tabernacle
- There are a lot of people in leadership that do not understand the concept of being a leader. They do not possess all of the things that are necessary for them to take this on in their life. One of the biggest things is that they tend to shift the blame to other people when they make a mistake in their leadership. True leaders will blame themselves for their own mistakes. We need to make sacrifices as leaders to help other people to be better. The chief of the tabernacle helps us to understand the principles of leadership. This is what we need to be able to have in order to faith in the divine plan.
The divine plan falls on good leadership. Having a bad person at the head of anything is not good for the life of the organization. We need to be able to have a good leadership in order for the organization to survive all that comes to it. There will be a lot of challenges, but they can be overcome with the right mindset and the right guidance to help people to get to a better place in life. A true leader will have the right mindset and will bring their skills to those who come below them.
- Trinitarian Knight
- When we come to discover the light, it seems like it is a great thing to stay in that point and not go out into the world that is full of the bad things. We are called to come to the people of the world and we are called to tell people about the other things that will bring them to the light. The things of the world will simply not get people to come to the light anymore. The knight of the forest teaches us that there are a lot of things that we can do to help people to get to the light, even if they are fully immersed in the world.
One of the most important things that we can have in life is the idea of unity. As a people, we need to be able to find the need to unite with those around us to help us to understand life in a better way. We need to have a new perspective on life and that will usually come around when we see the world through a new set of eyes. We need to be able to come together as a people so that all can be uplifted.
- Prince of Mercy and Peace
- One of the most important principles that we can have is to have mercy. Not only do we want to have mercy shown by other people towards us, but we also need to show mercy towards other people. This is something that many people do not think about. We are living in a world that is full of the “me” and the life of the individual. One of the most important parts of mercy is to forgive and to be forgiven. It is the source of all life and it will enable us to focus on the things that are truly important.
The role of the prince of mercy is to help to understand this important principle. We need to practice the great virtue of mercy, which is much like what all of the Christs of the world practiced. Because they did this, we must learn to live in this way as well. It is not important that we believe all of the things that have been taught to us, but it is important that we apply all of the teachings of the Christs to our life. In that application, we will believe more of it. Do not take the virtue of mercy for granted.
- Knight Commander
- We will all go through tough times in life. Even the Christs were unable to escape the snare of the trials that the world can throw at them. The achievement that we are trying to get to in this degree are the lessons that can only be learned through going through the trials. Usually, these trials come about as a result of bad decisions that you make. When you make bad decisions, you will fall into a place in life that is not good. When you get out of the trials, you will have learned and seen more than you have been able to see before.
The master of achievement is called to help people to come to a clarification of their place in the world and serves as a call of faith and a call to action to not make the same mistakes in the future. When you learn your lesson, you will want to do all that you can to make sure that you will not get to a bad place anymore. That is one of the most important things that we can understand, but it is often something that is overlooked in this day and age. Let us get back to learning those important lessons.
- Knight of the Sun
- There are a lot of people who try to bring Church and State together today. In this society, it is simply not possible to do so because of the multitude of religions throughout the world. The knight of Zion is mainly the protector of the school of the prophets and the parliament of religions that has been set throughout the world. Religion is still necessary today, but each religion needs to look beyond their own faith and they need to look to the faith of all the people of the world in relation to the other major player in the affairs of the world, which is the state. Church and state do need to be separate, but they can also stand together for the benefit of all the people.
There are a lot of people who do not think that they need religion at all. However, we are still influenced in our life by spirituality and these religious traditions and we need to understand that they are important to the vast majority of people and that includes people who are a part of the state. When we understand religion, we understand world affairs and politics. Do not forget to educate yourself on these things and you will be in a better place.
- Grand Knight
- There is a lot of symbolism that is found in the movement of Epochalism. There are a lot of things that can be said about the people who are tasked with the very important task of trying to keep all of the symbolism in being a part of the movement. Throughout history, symbolism has been a large part of who we are and what we are able to become. There are a lot of important things that can be taken into account with the idea of being a part of the knights of the sun. These people are tasked with keeping this alive.
In the world, there are not a lot of people who see the symbols in the things that they see. There are a lot of things that can be said that will lead people to certain thing simply because of the symbols and the colors that make it into something that is more than it is. We need to be able to distinguish all of the symbols that are found in our lives and we need to make it into a part of what we are. We need to make the symbols into something that is important to our very beings.
- Knight of Zion
- There is no truth in the world that is above truth. The truth about the things of the world are found in all religions, but they are also not found in any religion at all. The angels are the ones that will bring about the true religions of the world, but they do bring about the spirituality of the prophets. The prophets are the ones that will bring about the truth of the world before the coming of the Christs. We need to be able to defend the truth and the light that are found on the angels of the world that will eventually bring all of these things together.
There is not one thing and one religion that has a monopoly on the truth. As a result, we not only need to find all of the things of the truth, but we also need to be able to be tolerant of all the people and we need to be able to discover what this truth is in our lives. When we discover what truth is, we do not discover religion, but it is religion that discovers us through the things that we say and do. That is why there are so many religions throughout the world today. It is because there is no monopoly on these things.
- Grand Inspector Inquisitor
- On the path to the light, we will undergo a lot of development into who we are. Our character and our virtues will develop over time and will take time to perfect. We need to build up these virtues in our life to be most excellent. This is not something that will happen overnight, so we need to take up the words of the Grand Inspector to help us with that process. We cannot improve these things on our own, but can achieve these things as a group and all of us will get to where we need to get to if we work together.
We need to also have experiences in our life to get us to the point that we need to get at. We will not get these virtues merely through learning about them. We need to get to that point by actually gaining wisdom through our experiences. This is something that has been passed down through the generations and it is also something that the Christs themselves even emphasized. We should heed these words as there are some things that will come to us in our own time and place. It is something that will simply become a part of our life without us knowing that it is there until it is too late.
- Sublime Prince of the Secret
- The prince of the secret is the protector of what we deem to be the good news. It is the idea that we can take on the characteristics of divinity by mastering the humanity and the spirituality. This is something that we can master with understanding both sides and the worth of all that which is around us. We are guided through our lives mostly through self-interest. Taking that away and not making it a part of our being is one of the most difficult things that we can do in our life. We need to not only make the right choices, but we must also sacrifice as well.
The prince of the secret keeps these things a secret. We are ultimately called to subdue our passions and to improve ourselves. There are many of us who will only think of ourselves and our personal path to the light. However, we are supported by the people, places, and things that are around us. We need to be able to give back to these people and we need to help them to understand that they can have this path to the light as well. That is what it means to be an Epochalist.
- Sovereign Grand Master
- The Knight of the Priest of Zion is the highest degree that one can have on the journey to the path to the light. It is something that is only held by a few. When you get to this point, you begin to understand that the fundamentals of the covenant are something that can be found at the beginning. There are only a few rules that guide the lives of Epochalists and most other people in the world. No matter who we are, we will all be guided by these things in the context of our own lives. This is something that many forget on the path to the light.
The path to the light is not a complicated path to go down. It is something that most people will begin to understand and it is something that most people will not understand until it is too late. That is why a lot of people will leave religion. It is all truly not that complicated, but the leaders of ages past like to make things complicated because it is something that they think they need to have. It is not about being complex, but being simple. We should live in and live for the simple things in life.