Originally posted by MrNECROS
I'd estimate there to be only a dozen or so at any one time in any country except the USA where there are probably double that amount.
To begin with, each Supreme Council has 33 members, each of which is a 33° Mason. Therefore, in each Jurisdiction, there are at the very least 33
members who have the 33°.
Secondly, Deputies of the Supreme Council must also be 33° Masons. A Deputy is the representative of the Supreme Council in a sub-jurisdiction (called
an Orient) where there is no Sovereign Grand Inspector General (an S.G.I.G. is a member of a Supreme Council). This occurs, for example, in the
Southern Jurisdiction USA: since the Supreme Council only has 33 members, only 33 states have SGIG's. Therefore, the remaining states and territories
have a Deputy of the 33°.
Thus far we have approximately 45 members in the Southern Jurisdiction who are 33° Masons, each of which form a part of the Rites' government. Photos
of these Brothers, along with short biographies, are published in the biannual Transactions of the Supreme Council.
Next come all the "other" 33° Masons; these are the Brothers who have been made Honorary Members of the Supreme Council, and have received the 33°
as an honorariam.
I would approximate that there are eight thousand 33° Masons in the Southern Jurisdiction, but even this figure may be conservative. Large batches of
33° Masons are made every two years.
Every two years, the SGIG or Deputy of an Orient will turn in a list of members in his Orient who he believes should be honored by receiving the 33°.
The number of Candidates for the 33° from each Orient is dependent on the number of members in the Orient, as well as how many new 32° Masons were
made in he past 2 years.
According to Article IV Section 9 of the Statutes of the Supreme Council, the SGIG or Deputy may nominate 6 Brothers for the 33° for every 2500 32°
members that were on the roll as of the preceding Dec. 31. In addition to this, the SGIG or Deputy may nominate 1 Brother for the 33° for every 200
new members that joined the Rite in the past two years. The nominations then go to the Supreme Council for a vote. The Supreme Council meets
Therefore, basically, the number of 33° Brothers depends upon how many members there are in a certain state, similar to the Electoral College. Every
two years, an average of 6 members of my Temple become 33°; we currently have about 25 members in my Lodge who are 33°.
[edit on 31-8-2004 by Masonic Light]