Originally posted by Cassius666
Apparently as you ascend in rank in masonry new information is divulged to the member. What kind of information, what does it consist of and what does
a 33 degree mason know? How much has been leaked?
Masonry doesn't have "rank".
In Freemasonry there are three degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason).
Master Mason is the highest degree attainable by a Freemason.
All Master Masons are equal to all others. None of us has any rank or authority over brothers or the lodge. CAVEAT: For one year a Master Mason
leads a local lodge as Worshipful Master which is a chairman of the board type thing, paying bills, etc. but he is no higher or lower than any other
When a Master Mason has made it to the third degree he has received all of the secrets of Freemasonry. He then has the option to pursue other degrees
in other bodies (York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shrine). These are optional and not required.
He may choose to join York Rite and go through "appendant" or "side degrees" and orders leading up to the Order of the Temple (Knight Templar).
These orders and degrees don't make him any higher in rank over another Mason.
They are all "electives" that are for his own spiritual journey, not "more rank"
He may decide to join the Scottish Rite and become a 32nd Degree Mason over the course of a weekend for about $150.
It's my understanding that Scottish Rite weekends typically consist of a couple of dinners, lunch, breakfast starting on a Friday night and ending
Sunday morning where a few of the selected 'degrees' (4th, 9th, 14th, 32nd... varies) are presented as theatrical dramas on a stage.
A 32nd degree mason has not necessarily gone through 32 individual degrees, he has just received the 32nd.
Then after a lifetime of service he may be nominated by the Scottish Rite (don't know the terminology.. not a Scottish Rite Mason) and get to go to
Washington DC and receive the 33rd as a reward for service to the community.