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"Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it."(Morals and Dogma, p. 104-105)

"The symbols and ceremonies of Masonry have more than one meaning. They rather conceal than disclose the Truth. They hint it only." (Morals and Dogma, p. 148)

Albert Pike wrote in Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry that the artistic representations (symbols) which are revered by the uninitiated are in fact "idols" which represent occult teachings that are understood by high level adepts (initiates of the Luciferian mysteries):

“The symbols of the wise always become the idols of the ignorant multitude. What the Chiefs of the Order really believed and taught, is indicated to the Adepts by the hints contained in the high Degrees of Free-Masonry, and by the symbols which only the Adepts understand.” [3]

Another esteemed Mason put it this way:

FREEMASONRY is a fraternity within a fraternity — an outer organization concealing an inner brotherhood of the elect. Before it is possible to intelligently discuss the origin of the Craft, it is necessary, therefore, to establish the existence of these two separate yet interdependent orders, the one visible and the other invisible. The visible society is a splendid camaraderie of 'free and accepted' men enjoined to devote themselves to ethical, educational, fraternal, patriotic, and humanitarian concerns. The invisible society is a secret and most august fraternity whose members are dedicated to the service of a mysterious arcanum arcanorum. Those Brethren who have essayed to write the history of their Craft have not included in their disquisitions the story of that truly secret inner society which is to the body Freemasonic what the heart is to the body human.” - Manly P. Hall 33°, Lectures on Ancient Philosophy and Introduction to the Study and Application of Rational Procedure, p. 397 [Chapter 19 - Rosicrucian and Masonic Origins] [4]


Masonic individuals are often classified by various masonic degrees. In most religious cults these classes range from degree 1 to 3 for common people, all the way up to the 33rd degree for more valued members of the cult. The York Rite and Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine each have their own degree system. [5]. Note: There are definitely higher degrees than the 33rd degree. (Higher Dergrees in Freemasonry are called Esoteric Degrees. The rite used is the "Rite of Memphis-Misraim" which contains 90-97 Degrees. Some other people says there are 360 Degrees. See Interview with an Ex-Vampire by Bill Schnoebelen )

Degree Number Southern Jurisdiction Northern Jurisdiction Canada
Entered Apprentice Entered Apprentice Entered Apprentice
Fellow Craft Fellow Craft Fellow Craft
Master Mason Master Mason Master Mason
Secret Master Master Traveler Secret Master
Perfect Master
Intimate Secretary Master of the Brazen Serpent Intimate Secretary
Provost and Judge
Intendant of the Building
Elu of the Nine Master of the Temple Elect of the Nine
10° Elu of the Fifteen Master Elect Elect of the Fifteen
11° Elu of the Twelve Sublime Master Elected Elect of the Twelve
12° Master Architect Grand Master Architect
13° Royal Arch of Solomon Master of the Ninth Arch Royal Arch of Solomon
14° Perfect Elu Grand Elect Mason Grand Elect Perfect and Sublime Mason
15° Knight of the East, or
Knight of the Sword, or
Knight of the Eagle
Knight of the East, or
Knight of the Sword
16° Prince of Jerusalem
17° Knight of the East and West
18° Knight of the Rose Croix Knight of the Rose Croix de Heredom Knight of the Rose Croix
19° Grand Pontiff
20° Master of the Symbolic Lodge Master ad Vitam
21° Noachite, or
Prussian Knight
Patriarch Noachite
22° Knight of the Royal Axe, or
Prince of Libanus
Prince of Libanus
23° Chief of the Tabernacle
24° Prince of the Tabernacle Brother of the Forest Prince of the Tabernacle
25° Knight of the Brazen Serpent Master of Achievement Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26° Prince of Mercy, or
Scottish Trinitarian
Friend and Brother Eternal; Formerly "Prince of Mercy." Prince of Mercy
27° Knight of the Sun, or
Prince Adept
Knight of Jerusalem Commander of the Temple
28° Knight Commander of the Temple Knight of the Sun, or
Prince Adept
Knight of the Sun
29° Scottish Knight of Saint Andrew Knight of St. Andrew
30° Knight Kadosh, or
Knight of the White and Black Eagle
Grand Inspector Knight Kadosh
31° Inspector Inquisitor Knight Aspirant Inspector Inquisitor Commander
32° Master of the Royal Secret Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
33° Inspector General

Blue Lodge

Blue Lodge is the expression used to represent a mason that is still within the first 3 degrees of masonry and is part of the the "outer organization concealing an inner brotherhood of the elect" or part of the "The visible society is a splendid camaraderie of 'free and accepted" men quoting Manly P. Hall

  • 1° - Entered Apprentice – the degree of an Initiate, which makes one a Freemason
  • 2° - Fellow Craft – an intermediate degree, involved with learning; and
  • 3° - Master Mason – the "third degree", a necessity for participation in most aspects of Masonry.

According to Albert Pike Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite:

"The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry." (Morals and Dogma, p. 819)

Rite Teachings

Todo: The progressive brainwashing system of Freemasonry by degrees

  • 4° - Master Traveler (Scottish Rite degrees)
    • This degree investigates the concept of duty.  To a Mason, duty embraces an obligation to take an interest in the problems of his environment, learn the social problems of his community, country, and even the World; and try to contribute solutions to these problems.
  • 5° - Perfect Master
    • The moral teaching of this degree is that we live in peace with our own conscience and are honored by good people when we perform our duties honestly and diligently.  When honesty, diligence, justice, and brotherhood do not exist, freedom and independence are meaningless.  Masonry values man as a person.
  • 6° - Intimate Secretary
    • The principle lesson of this degree is that decisions should not be made only on appearances.  To be curious is a good quality when directed toward the examination of social miseries, their reasons, and how they can be eliminated.  A Mason should not remain detached from the world around him; he should not be an indifferent person.  To keep and restore peace, he must be involved in the events of his world.  It is the duty of a Mason to provide that men live in peace and harmony.
  • 7° - Provost and Judge
    • A law voluntarily accepted by a community should be a kind of lifestyle for the individuals comprising that community, and justice must always be observed.  For a law to be considered as being accepted voluntarily, it should have been freely examined, discussed and voted by the people.  A man who is not free cannot be considered as being just, and the unjust cannot be considered as being free.  Masonry teaches man to avoid evil behavior and to not do injustice to others.
  • 8° - Intendant of the Building
    • This degree investigates the necessity of acting on what we learn; and that we should freely transmit our knowledge to others.  The strength of the Temple depends on both hard work and ownership.  When a man attains a title or position based on his own earning of it, he becomes both knowing and free; he is not indebted to anyone, his reward is attained by his own qualities and diligence.  Masonry believes that balance and Brotherhood is established and maintained between the two principles of work and charity.
  • 9° - Master Elect of the Nine - North
    • Fear and ignorance are the two major enemies which enslave men.  It is important that we do not become slaves of certain ideas; that we have the power to fight against ignorance and intolerance for the sake of civilization and our own intellectual freedom.  It is our duty to morally raise our own conscience, to enlighten our souls and minds so that we may actively participate in instructing and enlightening others.
  • 10° - Master Elect - North
    • Masons will always be opposed to ignorance, fanaticism, and tyranny.  While it is our duty to continuously fight against these oppressive forces, we must ourselves be educated, tolerant, and open to freedom of thought.  The war against fanaticism and terrorism is won with education and enlightenment.
  • 11° - Sublime Master Elected - North
    • This degree emphasizes that life is a school for moral and spiritual training; that the entire lesson is a course in virtue, happiness, and a future existence.  As Masons, we are to view ourselves and the entire human race as one great family.  We are a champion of the people.  Our work is never done, and our examples in life must be such that no man will have cause to repent because he has relied on our resolve, our profession, or our word.
  • 12° - Grand Master Architect
    • This degree forces the Mason to consider the problems of his social life.; that the life we have and the world we live in are what we make them by our own social character, by our ability to adapt to our fellows, our relationships, and our circumstances.  It is important that we gain wisdom so that we may add dignity to the human race.
  • 13° - Master of the Ninth Arch
    • Men must find the truth within the caverns of their own conscience.  There is one great arch, or bridge, which makes the passage achievable, and allows us to master our own vices and passions.  That bridge is the will of God.  By seeking knowledge and moral character and being guided by faith and reason, the Mason will know how to combine science and religion, philosophy and theology; and recognize that these notions do not contradict each other, but form a harmonious whole.
  • 14° - Grand Elect Mason
    • This degree is considered the Degree of Perfection and is the most mysterious of all.  In it, the Mason finds the meaning of the concept of Deity in his own conscience, and thus opens for himself the gate to true knowledge.  Knowledge has two sources.  One is human and is obtained by intelligence and labor.  The other is divine and revealed only to those who have prepared themselves well.  Until these two sources are united, one cannot be perfect.  But to the Mason who truly becomes a Perfect Elu, he will recognize no frontiers in this life.
  • 15° - Knight of the East or Sword
    • This degree teaches that it is not possible to keep people in slavery once they know the value of liberty and can decide for themselves how to defend it.  Likewise, it is not possible to defeat Masonry by attacking it; for we are building the Temple of liberty, equality, and fraternity in the souls of men and nations.
  • 16° - Prince of Jerusalem
    • This degree emphasizes the fact that one must use every means to be beneficial for the society in which one lives.  We not only set our own example for our society, but we enlist the aid of our Brothers.  Together, Masons are custodians of freedom.  Our charge is to leave a noble heritage to those who follow us in this world.  We build temples of the Living God in our hearts by following the truths of justice, equity, morality, wisdom, labor, fidelity, and Brotherhood-so that the collective liberties for mankind can be protected.
  • 17° - Knight of the East and West
    • In this degree, Masonry says only one thing-differences in religions will not matter, and these differences will not hinder people to live together in peace if all people gather sincerely around the belief and concept of the GAOTU.  It is sufficient only to keep one's heart pure, to believe in God, and to respect the religious feelings and ideas of others.  In this way, people who meet, respect and love one another will not find it difficult to understand that no one is lying, that truth prevails in people's words and deeds.
  • 18° - Knight of the Rose Croix
    • This degree teaches that, in reality, what causes us to be immortal is affection; is love.  Only if one loves is he conscious that he lives, and that he therefore loves life.  As Masons, we should practice virtue that it may produce fruit.  We should have faith in God, mankind, and ourselves.  And we should be loving men.  Masonry teaches that, so long as man is loved, so long as he is remembered with love; he continues living in this way even in his grave.   And a brother who conveys this image and this message proves that Hope is never lost.
  • 19° - Grand Pontiff
    • The great lesson of this degree is that life, when lived properly, is but a bridge to eternal life.  Once the secret of life after death is known, a man understands that there is no time but eternity.  Therefore, calamities which happen are temporary and will not continue.  We are not taken down by calamities, but remain strong to fight against oppression and ignorance; we have passed from the Alpha to the Omega, have learned all the letters of the alphabet and understand that Alpha comes after Omega, that life is renewed.  There is no end to learning and science.
  • 20° - Master ad Vitam
    • This degree teaches that a Mason who knows that he does not possess the qualities of leadership, and who has not duly prepared himself to be a leader, should not want to be one.  Notwithstanding, every Mason should endeavor to educate himself, bearing in mind that one day he may be asked to lead.  Because he is of his community, it expects him to dispense light and knowledge; to practice the virtues both in and out of lodge.
  • 21° - Patriarch Noachite
    • The principle lesson of this degree is to not be conceited, or belittle others.  Nobody should rely on his wealth, nobility, heavenly or worldly titles.  We should be humble and modest and sincerely seek God's mercy; for God protects those who are sincere and honest.  A Mason should never lose hope and confidence in the fact that correctness and honesty will always be victorious.
  • 22° - Prince of Libanus
    • Work is the mission of man.  We should respect our labor for its own sake, and do our work.  Manual and mental work complete one another; thus, one who works in either manual or mental labor should not try to exploit, or oppress, the other.  A Mason must be a person who makes no distinction in the nature and kind of work in which his brother is engaged.
  • 23° - Chief of the Tabernacle
    • In this degree, we are reminded that we owe our knowledge to our faith in a revealed God.  Therefore, it is our duty to disseminate this knowledge to all mankind.  A Mason who believes in God has a duty to acquire knowledge and disseminate this knowledge to other people so that others are also enlightened.  A Mason who is generous with his knowledge knows that he will receive the blessing of God, not by sacrificing living beings, but by destroying superstitions and bringing happiness and prosperity to other people.
  • 24° - Prince of the Tabernacle
    • This is a continuation of the last degree and examines the nature of knowledge.  We must be vigilant not to accept corrupted and erroneous echoes of real knowledge.  We have to distinguish for ourselves what is truth; for many do not realize that they are in error when they think they have found the truth.  As Masons, we must fight continuously against superstitions, wrong knowledge, false prophets, tyrants, and despots.  Our task is to free knowledge from the monopoly of classes, casts, leaders, or priests; and to disseminate it to everyone.
  • 25° - Knight of the Brazen Serpent
    • This degree teaches the virtue of hospitality.  One who shows hospitality to guests is obliged not to differentiate between race, nationality or religion from whoever knocks at his door.  The nature of Masonry is to heal those who are in distress from moral collapses, psychological crises, diseases caused by superstitions and ignorance.  To save our fellows from these, to break the chains which represent moral slavery, to set men free, to be faithful and kind in every respect is the compulsory thing to do.   We fulfill our destiny by re-creating ourselves, by enlarging our knowledge.
  • 26° - Friend and Brother Eternal
    • Practice forgiveness! Be tolerant! Masons are to respect all beliefs that do not dirty sacredness.  Masonry is not a religion, nor do its members belong to one religious order, or any one religion.  It embraces the truth in every belief and respects all of them.  The truths of Masonry are contained within the religions of the world.  Our task is to love all mankind; to be faithful to the agreement between the GAOTU and ourself-we should trust that we can attain His boundless affection and compassion, the mercy in the degree's title--that is, we can attain God's love.
  • 27° - Commander of the Temple
    • This degree teaches the virtues of knighthood and asks its adherents to practice these virtues in life.  Virtue requires duty; and both remain the same, regardless of the times.  The Knight Commander of the Temple learns that he is the manager of the time, that he himself will decide when he will perform his duty; he does not wait for orders or authorization.  He is his own man, and his task is to abolish distress at just the right time.
  • 28° - Knight of the Sun
    • Be a lover of wisdom.  This degree points out seven truths: There exists an indefinable and incomprehensible principle that governs the universe.  Human life is but a speck of eternity.  Universal equilibrium is a result of a balance between similarities and contrasts.  The absolute is the soul in its proper essence.  The visible is the invisible.  Evil, disaster, and misery are indispensable for universal equilibrium.  Similarities are the only keys for comprehending nature.  The majority of men fail to realize their errors.  Masons are required to take up the arduous struggle against error.  The moral code of Masonry is more extensive than that of philosophy.
  • 29° - Knight of St. Andrew
    • In this degree, the Mason learns that there is no contradiction between religion and science; that religion can be better understood through science and science can be better understood by religion.  He who denies science is as fanatical as he who denies religion.  Our lifetime is limited in time; thus we must see God within this limited period of our time.  Yet, God transcends all time; he is an energy over and beyond time.  There is no other energy that creates that energy.  There is no end to that energy.  Freemasonry is thus the continual effort to exalt the divine in man over the human so that we may come to better understand the nature of God in our time.
  • 30° - Grand Inspector
    • This is the last of the philosophical degrees.  To spread the sciences, to apply the virtues, to learn the sublime doctrines which enable humanity to live as one great family-this is the school of which Masonry is engaged.  It is not within the realm of Masonry to punish oppressors and tyrants who enact barriers to brotherly love and affection.  They are always punished in the course of history.  It is our goal to defeat the passions and fanaticism which lead to oppression by spreading love and toleration.  The Knight Kadosh is aware of his obligations.  He is just, equitable, and respectful of all ideas.  He battles for freedom of conscience.  He opposes those who would attack these liberties, but material revenge is not in his thoughts and philosophy.  He is a lover of great example.
  • 31° - Knight Aspirant
    • The central teaching of this degree is justice.  To be free, a Mason must begin by passing judgment on himself.  He presents himself for examination.  By acting honestly in first giving judgment on himself within the principles of justice and equity, it should not be doubted when he shall do the same to his brothers.  The brother who finds mercy in himself, who has not been too lenient towards himself, or punished himself too severely, can also judge his brothers.  In so doing, he can be certain that he has not acted contrary to his former obligations.  He has freed himself.
  • 32° - Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
    • This degree teaches many lessons, but the mystery concealed is that man is a creature of free will and capable of recreating himself.  If he accomplishes this goal, he will attain a genuine power that can shake the limits of science, surpass the problems of this earth, decipher the secrets of space, surpass the limits of ceremony and catechism, and attain genuine enlightenment; a gnosis which is the foundation of all religions.  He will also surpass the narrow views of interest in the area of morals, and will comprehend a genuine virtue that transcends his own interest.  Thus, it will become his nature to help his fellow men, and, in so doing, he will discover the divine light within which brings true freedom of thought, freedom of conscience, and freedom of culture.
  • 33° - Sovereign Grand Inspector General
    • You must be called and chosen in order to become part of this level. Its teaching is extremely secret, and although there are thousands of 33rd degree freemasons, most of their identities are not publicly known.

Is Freemasonry a religion

  • According to Bill schnoebelen there are 3 basic conditions to qualify as a religion:
    • (1) To have "Holy Books" / sacred scriptures
      • Freemasonry uses all major holy books (bible, koran, research others)
    • (2) To believe in god(s)
      • In the case of Freemasonry it is The Great Architect Of The Universe (GAOTU ), or Jahbulon
        • Each syllable of the 'ineffable name' represents one person of this trinity
          • JAH = Jahweh, the God of the Hebrews
          • BUL = Baal, the ancient Canaanite fertility god associated with 'licentious rites of imitative magic'
          • ON (Genesis 41:45, "...Potipherah priest of On") = Osiris, the Ancient Egyptian god of the underworld." [6]
      • Atheist cannot register as Freemasons
    • (3) Have rites and rituals
      • List all major Freemasonry rites
  • According to 33° Sovereign Grand Commander Albert Pike
All the truely dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabbalah and return to it: everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of the Illuminati, Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin, and others, is borrowed from Kabbalah, all the Masonic associations owe to it their secrets and their symbols. Sovereign Grand Commander Albert Pike 33°, Morals and Dogma, page 744
  • In his book, A Bridge to Light, an official Scottish Rite publication of the Supreme Mother Council, 33°, Rex Hutchins, 33° explains that the triangle of the Masonic Lodge represents pagan religions as well and he especially cites the Hindu trinity of Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.3 [7]
  • Freemasonry’s ties to the occult
  • "Much of the writings of Albert Pike are extracted from the books of the French magician Eliphas Levi, one of the greatest transcendentalists of modern times. Levi was an occultist, a metaphysician, a Platonic philosopher, who by the rituals of magic invoked even the spirit of Apollonius of Tyana, and yet Pike has inserted in his Morals and Dogma whole pages, and even chapters, practically verbatim. To Pike the following remarkable tribute was paid by Stirling Kerr Jr. , 33 Deputy for the Inspector-General for the District of Columbia, upon crowning with laurel the bust of Pike in the House of the Temple: 'Pike was an oracle greater than that of Delphi. He was Truth's minister and priest. His victories were those of peace. Long may his memory live in the hearts of the Brethren.' Affectionately termed 'Albertus Magnus' by his admirers, Pike wrote of Hermeticism and alchemy and hinted at the Mysteries of the Temple. Through his zeal and unflagging energy, American Freemasonry was raised from comparative obscurity to become the most powerful organization in the land." - Manly P. Hall, Rosicrucian and Masonic Origins pp 413-414 [8]

Also see:

Who is the god of Freemasonry

  • Manly P. Hall, 33rd Degree Freemason [9]
  1. "I hereby promise the Great Spirit Lucifuge, Prince of Demons, that each year I will bring unto him a human soul to do with as it may please him, and in return Lucifuge promises to bestow upon me the treasures of the earth and fulfill my every desire for the length of my natural life. If I fail to bring him each year the offering specified above, then my own soul shall be forfeit to him. Signed....  Invocant signs pact with his own blood." - The Secret Teaching Of All Ages, 1978.
  2. “When The Mason learns that the Key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the Mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply this energy.” - Lost Keys of Freemasonry, 2006.
  • Albert Pike, 33rd Degree Freemason, Morals and Dogma, 1871. [10]
  1. “That which we must say to a crowd is - We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition. To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees – The Masonic Religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian Doctrine.  If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him?  Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also god.”
  2. “For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two gods: darkness being necessary to the statue, and the brake to the locomotive. Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.” …
  3. “Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the son of the morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with it's splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!”
  • In God We Trust?
  1. In God We Trust – When an initiate [Entered Apprentice] in the Blue Lodge kneels before the altar of Freemasonry, they are asked the question: “In whom do you put your trust?” The answer is: “In God I trust.” This is the same message on all US coins. Unfortunately, the god of Freemasonry is GAOTU not the true God. [11]

Freemasonic Oaths

Source Ronayne, Handbook of Masonry p. 183

  1. ".. binding myself under no less penalty that of having throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue torn out by its roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea, a cable length from the shore where the tide.." - from the oath of obligation Entered Apprentice/First Degree
  2. ".. binding myself under no less penalty than having my left Breast torn open, my heart plucked out, and given to the beasts of the field and fowls of the air as prey." - from the oath of obligation, Fellow craft/Second Degree.
  3. ".. binding myself under no less penalty that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken out and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered to the four winds of heaven.." - from the oath of obligation, Master Mason / Third Degree.
  4. " .. in willful violation whereof may I incur the fearful penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to thru center with a three edged blade, my feet flayed and forced to walk the hot sands upon the sterile shores of the red sea until the flaming Sun shall strike with a livid plague, and may Allah the god of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support me to the entire fulfillment of the same." - from the oath of obligation, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine ("Shriners")
  5. "You must conceal all the crimes of your brother Masons... and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother Mason be always sure to shield him.. It may be perjury to do this, it is true, but your keeping your obligations."

Freemasonry and the Mysteries

[12] [13]

"Warburton says: 'Each of the Pagan gods had (beside the public and open - Exoteric) a secret worship (Esoteric) paid unto him, to which none were admitted but those who had been selected by preparatory ceremonies called initiation. This secret worship was called "the mysteries."'

"Mackey, another member of this order, says: 'These mysteries existed in every country of heathendom, in each under a different name, and to some extent under a different form, but always and everywhere with the same design of inculcating (teaching) by allegorical and symbolical teachings the great Masonic doctrines of the unity of God and the immortality of the soul. This one important proposition and the fact which it enumerates (states) must never be lost sight of, in any inquiry into the origin of Freemasonry; for the Pagan mysteries were to the spurious Freemasonry of antiquity precisely what the Masters' lodges are to the Freemasonry of the present day.'

"This is certainly a frank statement, coming as it does from a man who is an acknowledged and highly esteemed authority in matters pertaining to the craft. Daniel Sickles says, 'In Egypt, Greece, and many other ancient nations Freemasonry, that is, the Mysteries, was one of the earliest agencies employed to effect the improvement and enlightenment of man.' Pierson says, 'The identity of the Masonic institutions with the ancient Mysteries is obvious,' which means clearly to be seen, manifest to any and all.


To research: Jesuits who wrote the initiatic rites of Freemasonry

Scottish Rite


See also:

York Rite


Swedenborg Rite

  • Also known as the Rite of Avignon

French Rite

Ancient and Primitive Rite

The Rite of Adonhiramite

The Rite of Adonhiramite Freemasonry consisted of twelve degrees, which were as follows, the names being given in French as well as in English:

  • Apprentice-Apprenti.
  • Fellow-Craft-Compagnon.
  • Master Mason-Maitre.
  • Perfect Master-Maitre parfait.
  • Elect of Nine---Premier Elu, qu L'Elu des Neuf.
  • Elect of Perignan-Second Elu nomme Elu de P�rignan.
  • Elect of Fifteen-Troisieme Elu nomme Elu des Quinze.
  • Minor Architect-Petit Architecte.
  • Grand Architect, or Scottish Fellow Craft-Grand Archirecte, ou Compagnon Ecossais.
  • Scottish Master-Maitre Ecossais.
  • Knight of the Sword, Knight of the East, or of the Eagle-Chevalier de l'Epee surnomme Chefalier de l'Orient ou de l'Aigle.
  • Knight of Rose Croix-Chevalier de la Rose Croiz.

Of these twelve degrees, the first ten are occupied with the transactions of the first Temple; the eleventh with matters relating to the construction of the second Temple; and the twelfth with that Christian symbolism of Freemasonry which is peculiar to the Rose Croix of every Rite. All of the degrees have been borrowed from the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, with slight modifications, which have seldom improved their character. On the whole, the extinction of the Adonhiramite Rite can scarcely be considered as a loss to Freemasonry. [15]


  • Official name: "Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine"
  • Founded in 1870

Palladium Rite

In 1870, Mazzini, Lord Henry Palmerston of England, Otto von Bismarck of Germany and Albert Pike, all thirty third degree Scottish Rite Masons, completed an agreement to create a supreme universal rite of Masonry, that would arch over all the other rites, even the different national rites. It centralised all high Masonic bodies in the world under one head. To this end the Palladium Rite was created as the pinnacle of the pyramid of power: an international alliance to bring in the Grand Lodges, the Grand Orient, the ninety-seven degrees of Memphis and Mizraim of Cagliostro, also known as the Ancient and Primitive Rite, and the Scottish Rite, or the Ancient and Accepted Rite. [19]


todo: Pink Masonic Initiation