Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite expands upon the lessons founded in the first three degrees of Freemasonry. Scottish Rite may also be viewed as its own educational institution. It seeks not to teach men the truth but, instead, a way to the truth. The Degrees of the Scottish Rite, from the 4th to the 32nd, do not reveal specific lessons but give allegorical examples from earlier cultures, raising questions of morality which challenge us to reflect. Freemasonry is a journey of self-discovery and self-development.
Many questions raised in the Craft Lodge are answered in the Scottish
Barrie Lodge of Perfection
This Body confers the degrees from 4th to 14th. They amplify the legend of
the Master Mason Degree and the story of the building of King
Solomon's Temple. These degrees are designed to build on the teachings
of the first three degrees given in the Craft Lodge. Unlike the Craft
Lodge, candidates are not required to do memory work in any of the
Scottish Rite degrees.
Upon completion of the 14th degree, the new
Scottish Rite member is entitled to wear the distinguished Scottish
Rite ring that has retained its design over 200 years. An inscription
inside the ring reads: "Virtue has joined, death shall not separate".
Spry Chapter Rose Croix
After completion of the 14th degree, the Masonic educational journey
continues with the degrees of the Rose Croix. The 15th and 16th degrees related to the rebuilding of the Second Temple by Zerubbabel.
The Second Temple degrees portray the never ending struggle against the adversaries of Truth and Light: a struggle which is still going on today.
In these degrees important moral and spiritual precepts of value to Masons of all ages are proclaimed.
The 17th degree is an approach to, and the 18th degree a recognition of, the religious ethics in universal terms:
thus assisting in the building in our hearts of the Third Temple not made with hands.
The 18th degree culminates with the degree of the Knight Rose Croix.
This Body is responsible for conferring the 19th to the 32nd degrees
inclusive. These degrees are often elaborate and highly dramatic, covering
a variety of approaches to Masonic knowledge. The 30th, 31st and 32nd
degrees culminate the teachings of the Scottish Rite and must be conferred
in full ritual form. The 31st degree is the judicial branch of the
The 32nd is a military degree, providing a bright beacon for candidates in
search of a deeper understanding of man and compassion. Candidates are
shown a way to erect the Third Temple - that Temple being Truth and Love
which exists in the hearts of man when he strives to identify himself with
that which is highest and best.