posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 11:20 AM
reply to post by spikey
No, Freemasons again and again will tell you that the highest rank is the 3rd degree.
Masons of the 3rd degree may join other bodies that have their own degree systems, but by doing so, it does not make them any higher rank than any
other Master Mason (3°).
One of the other bodies a Master Mason can join is the Scottish Rite, which confers degrees 4-32, with a 33° given as an honorary title to 32°
Scottish Rite Masons who have shown a dedicated service to Masonry.
But Scottish Rite is just one appendant body. The Shriners, the York Rite, the Grotto are all others, and there are more which have varying popularity
in different parts of the world.
So the highest rank a Mason can receive is the 3°. The highest honorary rank Scottish Rite member can receive is 33°. (The highest rank a York Rite
member can receive, I believe, is the 13°). I don't know if the Shrine or Grotto confer degrees beyond simple membership or not.
(edit to add...) And you're the first person I've ever seen claim there was a 33 1/3 degree. I'd be curious to know how you might have arrived at
such a conclusion...
[edit on 6/11/2008 by JoshNorton]