'Order of Knight's Templar'..
|Governed by the Supreme Council|
|Order of the Knights Templar||
|32nd-Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret|
|Order of the Knights of Malta||30th-Knight Kadosh|
|29th-Grand Scottish Knight of St. Andrew|
|Order of the Red Cross||28th-Knight of the Sun Adept|
|27th-Knight Commander of the Temple|
|26th-Prince of Mercy|
|'Royal and Select masters'..||25th-Knight of the Brazen Serpent|
|Super Excellent Master||24th-Prince of the Tabernacle|
|23rd-Chief of the Tabernacle|
|Select Master||22nd-Knight of the Royal Axe|
|21st-Noachite or Prussian Knight|
|Royal Master||20th-Master, Symbolic Lodge|
|18th-Knight Rose Croix|
|'Royal Arch Masons'..||17th-Knight of the East and West|
|Royal Arch Mason||16th-Prince of Jerusalem|
|15th-Knight of the Sword|
|Most Excellent master||14th-Perfect Elu|
|13th-Royal Arch of Solomon|
|Past master||12th-Master Architect|
|11th-Elu of Twelve|
|Mark Master||10th Elu of Fifteen|
|9th-Elu of Nine|
|8th-Intendent of Building|
|7th-Provost and Judge|
Blue degrees or the 'outer Portico' governed by the Grand Lodge.
Royal Arch Mason degree in English Masonry is placed here as a 'completion' of the Master Mason.
A Master mason can go directly to 18th degree in English Freemasonry
Two routes to the same top.
This is the 'main frame' of freemasonry worldwide though there are some geographical / regional differences and also a substantial number of sub-degrees along the York Rite.
In August 1938, the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland each agreed upon and issued a statement identical in terms except that the issuing Grand Lodge appeared throughout. This statement, which was entitled 'Aims and Relationships of the Craft': stated that the Blue degrees (that is1st 2nd and 3rd degrees) 'do not recognise or admit the existence of any superior masonic authority however styled'. The official wording states..
In practice however this is not the case. I have watched an official Masonic video of a large Masonic gathering in Northern Ireland attended by many hundreds of rank and file Masons, where many of the guests of honour who were interviewed for the video were high ranking (32nd degree) American visiting Masons. In Ireland Scotland and the USA the popular Holy Royal Arch degree is outside the Craft jurisdiction.
A minister friend who had moved into a new home found in the attic two official Masonic handbooks which he handed over to me. One (which was in Masonic code) contained the rituals of the first second and third degrees. The other was a Masonic report for Northern Ireland and included all the photographs of local high ranking Masons (18th -33rd) all of which are featured in this databank. EVERY higher degree Mason is also a Master Mason and if such a war existed they would not be allowed to be members of both.
One English Mason who argued this point of total separation between Craft and higher Degrees then admitted that he was also an 18th Degree Rose Croix.Mason. The Rose Croix comes under the authority of the Supreme Council in Duke Street, which is in turn under the seniority of the Supreme Council in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, and the Rose Croix receives its charter from the USA.
Despite all its variances from country to country freemasonry is simply Freemasonry.
Supreme Lodge = 10 Duke Street,St James's London