The Degrees of the Rite

The Degrees of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite within Australia are listed below. Although the Rite has its own particularly ornate and solemn rituals for the first three Degrees, these Degrees as conferred within warranted Craft Lodges are accepted as being completed by Master Masons who Petition for Perfection to any regular Supreme Council across the world. The 4° to 18° are conferred in a Sovereign Chapter, the 19° to 30° in a Sovereign Council, the 31° and 32° in a Consistory (or Council if a Consistory is unavailable), and the 33° is conferred only by a Supreme Council.

Only one member per District, once in every five years, is honoured to be selected and invited to join the 33°.

Craft Lodge 

Conferred in an EAF Lodge
Entered Apprentice Freemason
Conferred in a FCF Lodge
Fellow Craft Freemason
Conferred in a MM Lodge
Master Mason

 

Sovereign Chapter

Conferred in a Lodge of Perfection
Secret Master
Perfect Master
Intimate Secretary
Provost and Judge
Superintendant of the Building
Elect of Nine
10° Elect of Fifteen
11° Sublime Elect
12° Grand Master Architect
13° Royal Arch of Enoch
14° Grand Elect Perfect and Sublime Master
Conferred in a Council of Princes of Jerusalem
15° Knight of the Sword
16° Prince of Jerusalem
Conferred in a Lodge of Knights of the East and West
17° Knight of the East and West
Conferred in a Sovereign Chapter of Princes Rose Croix of Heredom
18° Knight of the Pelican and Eagle, Sovereign Prince Rose Croix of Heredom

 

Sovereign Council

Conferred in an Assembly of Philosophers
19° Grand Pontiff
20° Venerable Grand Master
21° Patriarch Noachite
22° Prince of Libanus
23° Chief of the Tabernacle
24° Prince of the Tabernacle
25° Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26° Prince of Mercy
27° Commander of the Temple
28° Knight of the Sun
29° Knight of Saint Andrew
Conferred in a Sovereign Council of Grand Elect Knights Kadosh
30° Grand Elect Knight Kadosh

 

Consistory

Conferred in a Sovereign Tribunal
31° Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander
Conferred in a Grand Consistory
32° Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret

 

Supreme Council 33°

33° Sovereign Grand Inspector General

 

Although minor variations in naming convention for the Degrees can be found in some international jurisdictions the philosophical teaching and lessons in each remain consistent.

Most Supreme Councils throughout the world place minimum time requirements at certain progressive points. The Supreme Council for Australia has decreed the following:

  1. a minimum of three years active engagement at the 18° to be eligible to progress to the 30°;
  2. a minimum of three years active engagement at the 30° to be eligible to progress to the 31°;
  3. a minimum of three years active engagement at the 31° to be eligible to progress to the 32°; and
  4. progression to the 33° is by Supreme Council invitation only.

In addition, through a Concordat agreed between Supreme Council for Australia and the United Grand Lodge of NSW & ACT, which encourages and promotes a reasonable period of education and instruction in the Craft Degrees and uninterrupted engagement with their Craft Lodge, a Brother within the NSW & ACT jurisdiction must be a Master Mason for a minimum of two years before he can be Perfected in a Sovereign Chapter.

Supreme Councils throughout the world are each sovereign authorities over their jurisdiction; there is no higher authority nor is there a global authority. Supreme Councils operate collaboratively for the good of the Rite.

Under the Supreme Council for England & Wales, and the Supreme Council for Scotland, progression to the 31° and 32° is awarded strictly for merit therefore membership at those higher degrees is low when compared to Australia. Members of the Rite visiting England & Wales, or Scotland, will be warmly welcomed as visitors with full recognition of their higher degree; however, if that visitor chose to join or affiliate with those jurisdictions he would be required to join at the 18°.

Conversely, under the Southern Jurisdiction of the USA, Master Masons may attend a full weekend of instruction where each of the 32 Degrees are enacted in spectacularly orchestrated stage plays. Master Masons thereafter graduate, at the end of that weekend, at the 32°. Therefore, membership at the 32° under the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction is significantly higher than in Australia and other Jurisdictions across the world.

The Supreme Council for Australia permits progression to the 32°, assuming proactive engagement, so that all members can benefit from the philosophical teachings of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite.

 

MWS Collarette and Jewel

MWS Collarette and Jewel

The collarette and jewel worn by the Most Wise Sovereign of a Sovereign Chapter

PMWS Breast Jewel

PMWS jewel

The breast jewel worn by Past Most Wise Sovereigns of Sovereign Chapters

GC Collarette and Jewel

Grand Commander Collarette

The collarette and jewel worn by the Grand Commander of a Sovereign Council

PGC Breast Jewel

PGC Jewel

The breast jewel worn by Past Grand Commanders of a Sovereign Council

KCoM Breast Jewel

KCoM

The rare Knight Commander of the Order of Merit (KCoM) breast jewel recognising distinguished service to the Rite. Recipients carry the title Very Eminent Brother (V∴Em∴Bro)

CoM Collarette Jewel

CoM

The Companion of the Order of Merit (CoM) collarette jewel recognising extraordinary service to the Rite and where the recipient has held an OoM for at least 4 years. Recipients carry the title Eminent Brother (Em∴Bro)

OoM Collarette Jewel

OoM

The Member of the Order of Merit (OoM) collarette jewel recognising outstanding service to the Rite. Recipients carry the title Eminent Brother (Em∴Bro)

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