posted on May, 17 2012 @ 02:25 PM
Had to confirm it before posting, but was just given the breakdown. In the states, aside from memphis misraim which is generally NOT recognized by
grand lodges, there are 3 degrees of freemasonry, also called the blue lodge. After your third degree, that's it - you're as much in the club as
anyone else. Once you complete your third degree you can optionally persue any/all of the optional continuances.
The ring is specifically scottish rite. To be scottish rite, you do need to first be a freemason of the 3rd degree. From there you can attain the
4th - 32nd degree, the 32nd being the title of "Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret". The honorary 33rd degree (titled "Sovreign Grand Inspector
General") is by invitation only, and usually reserved for vips, celebrities, or generous donators. The only 33rd degree mason I have personally met
was a 32nd degree who donated a sizeable amount of money to a masonic childrens hospital (I BELIEVE the scottish rite hospital in dallas,tx) and
he'll tell you firsthand he doesn't believe it was his masonic career, but the donation that landed the 33rd.
York rite has 7 degrees and is another branch you can proceed to after your third, but is completely seperate from the scottish rite, and the degrees
shouldn't be considered "ranks" I'm told. While you must be mason to join either rite, they are seperate from one another.
The best/easiest to follow link I can find on it is:
So yes, it's a Masonic ring, but also implies the wearer continued past the blue lodge and chose the scottish rite continuance. So as best I can
tell the answer to "how many degrees in masonry?" is simply three, however ONE of the optional continuances (the one relevant to the ring) has up to