Wherever Freemasonry flourishes there will be found the highest type of citizenship and the best standard of living. - Albert Pike, 33°
Although there is no higher degree than that of a Master Mason, the 29 degrees of the Scottish Rite serve to enrich the philosophy of the Symbolic Lodge. A Mason who chooses to further his Masonic experience by becoming a 32° Scottish Rite Mason will be expanding upon the fundamental principles of Freemasonry.
In the Scottish Rite, you will indeed find an untold wealth of knowledge. It will teach you more about Masonry. It will answer some of the questions raised in the blue lodge degrees. It is a sort of graduate course in Masonic teachings. In fact, it aids, supplements and reinforces the Blue Lodge in every way. As organizations, these bodies are mutually dependent because they strengthen each other.
The four Coordinating Bodies in the Scottish Rite are:
Lodge of Perfection, by which are conferred the degrees from 4° to 14°
Chapter of Rose Croix, by which are conferred the degrees from 15° to 18°
Councils of Kadosh, by which are conferred the degrees from 19° to 30°
Consistories, by which are conferred the degrees from 31° to 32°
At its biennial session, certain 32° Masons who have attained the age of 35 years and have been 32° Masons for at least 4 years, and who have rendered significant service to the Rite, are chosen to receive the Rank and Decoration of Knights Commander of the Court of Honour. The decoration is conferred in a very impressive Ceremony of investiture in the local Bodies. This is a rank and decoration and not a degree. The members who hold it are designated 32°. KCCH. A member must be a KCCH for at least 5 years before he can be nominated for election to receive the 33° IGH.
The 33° is the highest or official degree which can only be granted and conferred by the Supreme Council upon members of the Rite in recognition of outstanding service to the Rite, or in public life, to the principles taught in the Degrees. It cannot be petitioned for and if applied for must be refused.
The only requirement in petitioning for the Scottish Rite Degrees is to be Master Mason in good standing in a Blue Lodge. As such, he is very much encouraged to apply for membership in the Scottish Rite without awaiting specific invitation.
Why Become a Scottish Rite Mason?