Originally posted by JoshNorton
To the best of my knowledge there are Masons here who hold all of the degrees, titles, or associations on that chart except for 3 that I'm aware of.
(I don't know if we've got a Red Cross of Constantine here, we do have a 33° Honorary, but not a 33° Active. Don't know if we've got any Royal
Order of Scotland, and I don't recall if any of our members are in Eastern Star. Otherwise, between a few of us, we probably have all the other
titles accounted for.
I guess I partially qualify
I'm a member of all but two. I'm not Red Cross of Constantine or a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite member, but am Royal
Order of Scotland and the others (although I'm on demit from the Shrine and the O.E.S.) If I recall correctly Appak does belong to RCC and he is,
of course, a 33rd.
There are a number of problems with this chart, some of which have been pointed out. In the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, the 32nd Degree is
"Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret" and is, of course, part of the Scottish Rite and not the York Rite, as shown here. In the Southern
Jurisdiction, though, the title is "Master of the Royal Secret"
It's also funny that the compiler of this chart chose the Northern Jurisdiction's 32nd Degree title, and then included the Knight Commander of the
Court of Honour (KCCH) which is only given in the SOUTHERN Jurisdiction. And as far as placement goes, it should be between the 32nd Degree and the
33rd Degree, as it is a prerequisite (in the SJ) to the 33rd.
Additionally, the Royal Order of Scotland and the Red Cross of Constantine are invitational Orders and not a part of either Rite.
although, I believe membership in one of the Rites is a prerequisite.
To call this chart "The Hierarchy" is inaccurate, as we all know there is nothing "Higher" per se, than a Master Mason (3rd Degree) Everything
else is an addition TO, not an addition ABOVE that degree. The highest ranking Mason in the United States is The Grand Master...and there's one in
EVERY State and in the District of Columbia. And that's just in the so-called 'main-stream' Each Prince Hall Jurisdiction has a Grand Master as
This chart would be better suited to be in landscape format with the York & Scottish Rites (both of which are OPTIONAL to the Master Mason) going from
and not above the Master's degree.
The O.E.S. shouldn't even be on the chart at all as it's a co-ed organization with it's own set of officers.
This chart is also out of date as to Shrine membership, which once required her members to be a member of either the York or the Scottish Rite. Now
any Master Mason (3rd Degree) can be a Shriner.
To the OP, if you're sincere in wanting to understand the structure of Freemasonry, there are a number of us here who'll be glad to give you very
open and honest answers, backed up by fact (which is easily found these days on the net).
If you're interested in proving there's some super-secret upper-degree body that controls all of us and that we're not privy to that, or that we
lie about it...have fun...you won't be the first and sadly, not the last.
Besides, you've already said you despise me, which, to be honest, came as quite a surprise...you don't even KNOW me.
[edit on 7-2-2009 by senrak]