About the Degrees
Remember, there is no higher degree in all of Freemasonry than that of a Master Mason. The third degree taken in a Symbolic, or Blue lodge, represents the highest attainment in all of Freemasonry. Each and every Master Mason stands alongside one another as an equal regardless of class, rank, position, or number of additional degrees taken.
While the numbering system of the degrees seems to indicate a hierarchical structure, in reality, they represent a lateral movement in Masonic instruction. All that the numbers indicate is the advancement of one's Masonic knowledge beyond the foundation of the Craft degrees.
Each of the Scottish Rite degrees in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction falls under the control of the following four separate governing bodies:
The number and title of each degree in the Rite is as follows:
*The 33rd Degree is administered only to those who have been elected to receive the honor by the Supreme Council. Election is contigient upon one's ability to produce significant contributions to both society at large and Masonry in general.
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The Bodies of the Scottish Rite, sitting in the Valley of Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council, 33°, of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, whose Grand East is in Lexington, Massachusetts.