Originally posted by Vandettas
What is the difference between a 1st degree & a 33rd degree mason
and anything in between those two? The so called "knowledge" they have?
Mostly a matter of experience.
There are only 3 degrees in Masonry. (OK, 4 in some countries, but I'm just going to give you an American perspective.)
Once you've gotten the 3rd degree, you're a Master Mason, and an equal to all other Master Masons. At that point, if you so choose, you can join a
variety of side orders. Most popular in the US are the York Rite, the Scottish RIte, and the Shriners. The York Rite doesn't number their degrees. The
Scottish Rite does, and it ends with the 32°, with a 33° which is conferred as an honor to Scottish Rite members who have given service to the
fraternity for more than 8 years. The way the nominations work for the honors, not too many people get them. In my city, last year I think there were
5 new guys in my city who got it, out of 3 or 4 thousand Scottish Rite Masons in my city. All said, I think there are about 120 33° members in my
city. It IS an honor, but it's not like they're rare or anything. Their names are regularly
when the honors are given.
But being a 33° Scottish Rite Mason doesn't give one any power over a regular 3° Master Mason. Nor does it impart any particular extra knowledge or
secrets. It's like getting a service award.
Where are they getting their information from? And where did the people who gave out the information get their information from?
philosophy. Going all the way back to ancient Greece. Freemasonry really found its footing during the Enlightenment era, and there was an odd mixture
of philosophy and religion among the thinkers of the time.
Whats so special about a lodge?
It's a collected of men with similar motivations who can work together to make a difference in their
communities, setting aside their differences.
If these people are so powerful, (which I've heard and see on ATS all the time) why do I see people
constantly saying "join a lodge near you"?
Masons aren't powerful, and haven't been in about 40 years. And yes, if you're a man, above the age
of 18 or 21 (depending on where you are), not a convicted felon, and you believe in God, you can join.
Why do these masons on ATS give out information and try to answer peoples questions if the knowledge is so sacred?
We became Masons to
try to better ourselves. If we can help others find enlightenment, even if they never set foot in a lodge themselves, then we've done well. Education
is very important to Masons.
How is it a secret society if their are almost 7 million masons worldwide?
It's not, particularly. There are only a handful of secrets,
and they're nothing earth-shattering.
My friends friends granddad claims to be a mason. Claims he has the certificate and all. Is he lying?
Probably not. We're relatively
easy to join.
How are they powerful?
We're not, particularly. But there can
be strength in numbers. It just doesn't manifest itself in the way most people would imagine.
What do they control?
What do they know that we don't know?
Nothing you couldn't learn on your own through a multitude of other methods.
2012.6.30 by JoshNorton because: (no reason given)