Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

“Much of the Masonic secret manifests itself, without speech revealing it, to him who even partially comprehends all the Degrees in proportion as he receives them; and particularly to those who advance to the highest Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. That Rite raises a corner of the veil, even in the Degree of Apprentice; for it there declares that Masonry is a worship.” – Albert Pike Morals and Dogma,p. 218

“The end of the drama is well known, and how Jacques de Molay and his fellows perished in the flames. But before his execution, the Chief of the doomed Order organized and instituted what afterward came to be called the Occult, Hermetic, or Scottish Masonry. In the gloom of his prison, the Grand Master created four Metropolitan Lodges, at Naples for the East, at Edinburg for the West, at Stockholm for the North, and at Paris for the South.” [The initials of his name, J∴ B∴ M∴ found in the same order in the first three Degrees, are but one of the many internal and cogent proofs that such was the origin of modern Free-Masonry” – Morals and Dogma p820 Albert Pike 

The Southern Jurisdiction is based in Washington, D.C., the Southern Jurisdiction often referred to as the “Mother Supreme Council of the World” was founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 1801. It oversees the Scottish Rite in 35 states, which are referred to as Orients, and local bodies, which are called Valleys. Washington D.C. is home of the “House of the Temple” which is Home of The Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction. It is located 13 blocks from the White House. The House of the Temple contains the remains of Albert Pike.

Supreme Council

“This Supreme Council consists of not more than thirty-three Active Members (Sovereign Grand Inspectors General) and such Emeriti and Honorary Members as the Supreme Council may elect. The Active Members shall be so distributed that no Orient within its general jurisdiction shall have more than one Member.”-Statutes of The Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S. 1., U.S.A. Revised and Approved August 2011 ART. IV – 1

Sovereign Grand Commander

Elected by the Supreme Council, 33°

Albert Pike  33°, (GC, 1859)
John Henry Cowles,33°, (GC, 1921–1952)
Henry C. Clausen, 33°, (GC, 1969–1985)
C. Fred Kleinknecht, 33°, (GC, 1985–2003)
Ronald Armbrust Seale, 33°, (GC, October 7, 2003-)


1º  – Apprentice
2º  – Fellow-craft
3º  – Master
4º  – Secret Master
5º  – Perfect Master
6º  – Intimate Secretary
7º  – Provost and Judge
8º  – Intendant of the Building
9º  – Elu of the Nine
10º – Elu of the Fifteen
11º – Elu of the Twelve
12º – Master Architect
13º – Royal Arch of Solomon
14º – Perfect Elu
15º – Knight of the East
16º – Prince of Jerusalem

17º – Knight of the East and West

Scotch Rite masonry illustrated : the complete ritual of the ancient and accepted Scottish Rite profusely illustrated by Blanchard, Jonathan, 1811-1892; Scottish Rite (Masonic order)

In the Scotch Rite, the 17th Degree: Knights of the East and West, is  one of the Apocalypse and Christian grades. This degrees scared word is Abaddon.

And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. – Revelation 9:11 KJV

18º – Knight Rose Croix
19º – Pontiff
20º – Master of the Symbolic Lodge
21º – Noachite or Prussian Knight
22º – Knight of the Royal Axe or Prince of Libanus
23º – Chief of the Tabernacle
24º – Prince of the Tabernacle
25º – Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26º – Prince of Mercy
27º – Knight Commander of the Temple
28º – Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept
29º – Scottish Knight of St. Andrew

30º – Knight Kadosh

“…the history of the Knights Templar is revealed to him. It is also explained to him that the Knights Kadosh do not fight to revenge DeMolay. Rather, they fight in the present world to oppose tyranny and to protect the weak.

And then, it is essentially left to him. He knows what tyranny is. He has been made aware that a king, a president, a congress, or a school board can enforce it. He has been assured that tyranny is not something that happened only in the past; it is something which happens every day in his world. He may encounter examples of it a dozen times a day, and a dozen times a day he will have to decide whether to let tyranny continue or to oppose it. If he truly understands the 30th Degree, he realizes that he has undertaken a very great responsibility. But a true Knight Kadosh also understands that if no one fights, the battle is lost before it starts.” –
Knight of Kadosh, or Knight of the White and Black Eagle by Jim Tresner, 33° Grand Cross

31º – Inspector Inquistor
32º – Master of the Royal Secret

33º – Sovereign Grand Inspector General

The 33rd degree is the  highest degree in Scottish Rite Freemason.  A 32nd degree Scottish Rite have do their best toward the furtherance of the Great Work in order to attain the 33rd degree, which can only be attained by meritorious work to bring about the completion of the Great Work, which is the destruction of the church, the state and the enslavement of the mob, which is all of us.

“It is curious to note too that most of the bodies which work these, such as the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, the Rite of Avignon, the Order of the Temple, Fessler’s Rite, the ‘Grand Council of the Emperors of the East and West — Sovereign Prince Masons,’ etc., etc., are nearly all the offspring of the sons of Ignatius Loyola. The Baron Hundt, Chevalier Ramsay, Tschoudy, Zinnendorf, and numerous others who founded the grades in these rites, worked under instructions from the General of the Jesuits. The nest where these high degrees were hatched, and no Masonic rite is free from their baleful influence more or less, was the Jesuit College of Clermont at Paris.”

“That bastard foundling of Freemasonry, the ‘Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite,’ which is unrecognized by the Blue Lodges was the enunciation, primarily, of the brain of the Jesuit Chevalier Ramsay. It was brought by him to England in 1736-38, to aid the cause of the Catholic Stuarts. “-Vol 2, Page 390 ISIS UNVEILED H. P. Blavatsky

The Scottish Rite Masonic Calendar

A.M, Latin for Anno Mundi, “In the year of the World” date the same as Craft Masons, except for the use of the Jewish Chronology. It found by adding 3760 to the common time.

33rd Degree members

All Masons elected to the 33º have their names published in the Transactions of the Supreme Council, 33º S.J.

1st President of Philippines  Emilio Aguinaldo Coroneted 33rd Degree on February 12, 1955 .

Foster Bailey, Alice Bailey’s seccond husband, was a 33rd degree .

Manly P. Hall

Albert Mackey

Frank S. Land founder of DeMolay organization in 1922. In 1925, he was named Knight Commander of the Court of Honor of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and crowned with the 33rd degree.

Buzz Aldrin (NASA)

Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, 33°, the Manager of the Apollo Program Command and Service Modules; Deputy Manager, Gemini Program; Manager, Project Mercury (brother is C. Fred Kleinknecht, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander, 1985–2003)

George Bannerman Dealey, Dealey Plaza is named after him.


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