Originally posted by BlackGuardXIII
I have heard of degrees up to 33, but no higher. Where can I look to find out the theories on the alleged next 57 degrees? I too have seen no proof
of this illuminati.
The one thing I wonder is if all of what this author claims is true, why is he not dead yet?
Trinityman's assessment is correct. The Scottish Rite of Masonry consists of 33 degrees. In the 19th century, it was in competition with the Oriental
Rite of Memphis (which consisted of 97 degrees) and the Egyptian Rite of Mitzraim (which consisted of 90 degrees).
Memphis and Mitzraim experienced lots of trouble. They often found themselves declared irregular, and most of their higher degrees never had
ceremonies written for them, the degrees themselves consisting only of a password. The Grand Orient of France assumed jurisdiction over them in the
mid 1800's, and effectively tabled them. They were irregularly propagated by John Yarker, an irregular Scottish Rite Mason, in England in the late
1800's, and early 1900's. Yarker assumed the 97° of Memphis, which is Grand Hierophant (or chief) of the Rite, and named Aleister Crowley as his
successor. Crowley, who had become an irregular 33° Cerneau Rite Mason in Mexico, first attempted to blend Cernaeu, Memphis, and Mitzraim, without
much luck. Eventually, he gave up on it as a Masonic endeavor, and focused on building up the Ordo Templi Orientis, which he considered a "pure"
form of the Rites of Memphis and Mitzraim.
In the US, unlike in the UK, these Rites were still populated by regular Masons. Brother Harold Van Buren Voorhis, a regular 33° Scottish Rite Mason,
became nominally (and temporarily) the Grand Hierophant 97° of the Rite of Memphis, for the sole purpose of convening the Sovereign Sanctuary of the
96° in order to vote on tabling the Rite. The vote was unanimous, which led to the formation of the Grand College of Rites of the United States.
Today, the Grand College still exists as the only regular Masonic body in the USA with jurisdiction over Memphis and Mitzraim, as well as other Rites
that are not longer practiced, such as the Swedenbourgian, the Martinist, etc. The Grand College does not confer degrees in these Rites per se, but
all members of the College hold all of the degrees ipso facto
when approved for membership in the College. The primary purpose of the College
is the study of such older degrees and Rites no longer practiced.
Footy's man who claimed to be a 90° is possible, but all such Rites are now irregular. Those Rites have always been occultic and hermetic in nature,
so his statement that his organization was into occultism is certainly not surprising. However, his mention of the Illuminati shows much factual
error. None of these Rites had any tie to the Illuminati, and the Illuminati itself consisted of only ten degrees.
[edit on 2-2-2006 by Masonic Light]