posted on Apr, 26 2010 @ 03:06 PM
Originally posted by getreadyalready
The first 3 degrees are the Blue Lodge, or the 3 degrees of Masonry. They are not Scottish or York Rite. Scottish Rite numbers their degrees
starting at 4 and going to 32 (33 is honorary).
Actually, the first three degrees that you received in your Blue Lodge are York Rite degrees, if you are in the United States. Canadian and British
Lodges mostly work in the Emulation Rite, whereas US Lodges work in the York Rite.
The main exception is District 18 in Louisiana, where the Blue Lodges are Scottish Rite. They were originally chartered by the Grand Consistory of
Louisiana. When the Grand Consistory merged with the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite, the Grand Lodge of Louisiana reissued charters to the
District 18 Lodges, but allowed them to continue working the Scottish Rite ritual for the first three degrees.
Outside of English - speaking countries, most Blue Lodges are Scottish Rite bodies.
There are many similarities between the Blue Lodge rituals of the York and Scottish Rites, but also many important differences.
Scottish Rite numbers their degrees starting at 4 and going to 32 (33 is honorary).
The Scottish Rite actually begins with the Fist Degree, or Apprentice, and ends with the 33rd, Sovereign Grand Inspector General. In the United
States, the Scottish Rite recognizes the first three degrees conferred in Blue Lodges of the York Rite, and begins at the 4° because of that
The 33rd degree is "honorary" in the sense that it makes the recipient an honorary member of the Supreme Council. But it is an actual degree, being
the highest of the Scottish Rite.
[edit on 26-4-2010 by Masonic Light]