What is a 33 Degree Freemason

Ⓘ Degree (Freemasonry)


2. High grades

The grades 1 to 3: apprentice, journeyman and master are referred to as blue see above, the grades above as red high grades or Scottish grades or as cognition or perfection levels. Depending on the basic theme of these high degrees and depending on the high degree system, the assemblies are called perfection lodges, Andreas lodges, Schottenlogen, chapters, councils, councils, Areopage, Inner Oriente, consistories or preceptories. The list is not exhaustive, but only includes a few names from the most common high-grade systems.

In explanatory representations, the degrees of Freemasonry are often shown in a pyramid shape one above the other with the blue degrees as a broad base. This gives the impression of an elitist caste system with groups that are getting smaller and smaller and have at least a spiritual claim to leadership over those below. This impression is reinforced by the fact that one has to be "selected" in most lodges for access to a high-grade system, so that one cannot apply as an interested party in contrast to the "blue" masonry. The criteria of such a "selection" are intransparent, just as the conveyed values ​​remain unrecognizable through the screen of secrecy. Formally, however, no authority of the "higher" grades can be derived from this alone. Almost everywhere in the world the blue grades are organizationally separated from the high grades and form independent boxes. Within the higher grades, every Freemason theoretically has the opportunity to rise to the next higher grade, only the so-called "administrative grades" are an exception, as they are reserved for the brothers elected to the board. The topic of secrecy plays a much stronger role in the high-grade systems. While blue Freemasonry sees itself as a bond of friendship and a place of free speech, the practice of the high-level lodges is heavily shielded and formally very ritual-related.

Those who "edit" high grades usually go through several grades in sequence. Thus the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite A.A.S.R. Depending on the country, four to six degrees, which can be "worked on" with a ritual experience, while the York Rite has no well-structured hierarchical arrangement. The exact subdivision of the degrees depends on the respective rite. In public, high degrees are always the cause of conspiracy theories.

In Germany, the levels of knowledge of the Great National Mother Lodge "To the Three World Balls", the Swedish teaching system of the Great State Lodge of the Freemasons of Germany, and the levels of knowledge of the Great Lodge of Prussia called Royal York are widespread in Germany to Friendship, the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite AASR and the York Rite.