Originally all Grotto names were to be of Persian character derivation. There is a list of acceptable names at our SC Office. The name selected must be approved by the Grand Monarch.
At this time, there is consideration taken on names relevant to current trends. This issue will be discussed at our 2012 Supreme Council Session in July.
You can join by directly contacting a Grotto in your area. Go to the Main Page then to the Quick Links. Listed is a Map of the Grottoes. On the left is the Grottoes in Order with their city and state. On the right is a map of North America with the locations posted. Using the information there you can determine the closest Grotto. Also on the Quicklinks are the Grottoes by State. Type in the Grotto name you found listed on the map and you will find the contact information. You may also contact our Supreme Council Office at 614-933-9193 and we will direct you to your closest Grotto or have a Grotto Officer contact you.
The Mokanna head is an illustration of an ancient Persion character in our initiation ritual. The following is how the Mokanna head became adopted as our logo:
For a few years the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm had no official emblem to wear. Word got around that the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets were permitted to wear an emblem that set them apart from others and a black Fez head covering was selected with a Mokanna Head in the center, giving the name of the Grotto. Naturally, this attracted attention. The minutes of a February 26, 1903 stated meeting of Azim Grotto, Bronx, New York states: "Prophet Charles E. Lansing, Past Potent Monarch, after some preliminary remarks, descriptive thereto, presented to those present, a drawing in color of a headgear appropriate for the Order. The same was received with favor and by motion, regularly made and seconded and carried, it was unanimously decided to adopt and wear them on serious and other appropriate occasions." In the minutes of October 29, 1903, it is recorded: "The Potent Monarch reported that the Fez worn by our members was, at the Annual Session of the Supreme Council held at Hamilton, New York on October 20, adopted as the official headgear for all Prophets of the Realm."
The Twelve Commandments of the Grotto
- To draw the Master Masons of different Lodges into close and more friendly relations.
- To create and maintain a spirit of fraternity among us.
- To discount jealousy, enmity and ill feeling.
- To teach us that we are not only members of one Blue Lodge, but belong to the fraternity at large.
- That there are good Masons outside of our Blue Lodge and they are worthy friends and companions.
- To build up and strengthen the character and individuality of the Mason and to teach, recognize and develop the principles of Masonry outside the Lodge room.
- To teach that a Mason is not judged by his actual appearance or worldly wealth.
- The Grotto meets all Masons on the level, not figuratively but literally, and teaches that Masons are brothers on the street as well as in the Lodge room.
- That Masonry must not be used as a means of advancing the material interest of any man.
- To get out of the rut into which we too often fall.
- To forget our cares, for there is good in all of us.
- The GROTTO is a social organization for Master Masons.