posted on May, 5 2013 @ 06:06 PM
Originally posted by Witness2008
reply to post by phantomjack
Does the Scottish Rite limit it's membership to only 32nd degree Masons? Is it possible that he could have been a 33rd degree? I had no idea that
there could be so many 33rd degree mason's. I thought the rank was a figure head one and that there was only one.
I suppose that I'm really looking for is what type of man he was. Getting that far in Masonry took a lot of dedication and work. What sort of
responsibility does a 32nd degree Mason have?
Regular Masonry (AKA "the Blue Lodge") has 3 degrees; "Entered Apprentice", "Fellow Craft", and "Master". When you reach the 3rd, you can
petition to join one of the appendant bodies (the Scottish Rite or the York Rite, etc), and earn supplementary degrees. The Scottish Rite confers
degrees from the 4th to 32nd degrees; the York has fewer. The degrees are not "ranks". NO Mason is "higher up" than a 3rd Degree, or Master
Mason. If you want to visualize it, imagine a capital "T". The first three degrees are the stem, and the once at the top of the stem, you can move
"sideways" into the "appendant" degrees.
Before any tinfoil hatter chimes in, that does NOT imply that because the cross of the T moves away from the stem, that the other degrees "move
away" from the central blue lodge; I used it only to illustrate that everyone from the 3rd and higher degrees are the same "rank".
When you speak of a 32nd Degree Mason, you're likely talking about a Scottish Rite Mason. In some jurisdictions, earning the 4th through 32nd
Scottish Rite degrees is as easy as spending a weekend watching morality plays; in other jusrisdictions, they actually make you "work" the degree
(do the memory work and so on).
A 33rd degree is an HONORARY degree only, conferred on those who have done exceptionally good works for the Lodge or the community at large.
There are no limits to the number of 32nds or 33rds there may be in a given lodge.