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  1. Pierre Normand
    October 11, 2012

    The primary difference between these two Rites of Freemasonry is one of origin and tradition. The Scottish Rite describes a comprehensive series of degrees that represent a Masonic tradition that was developed in the French or continental tradition during the Age of Enlightenment. As a result, the degrees of the Scottish Rite are much more deeply developed and philosophical. On the other hand, the York Rite (or American Rite) describes a series of degrees that were developed in England and the United States, and teach lessons that are much more mundane in their presentation and interpretation. The York Rite is named for the city of York, because of the legend that King Athelstan called a convention of Masons at York during the 9th century. But, this legend is pure fiction. The Scottish Rite is so-named because the earliest degree of that particular tradition was the degree of Scottish Master, which was believed to have originated in Scotland, and was introduced into France during the mid-18th century, thus sparking a proliferation of Ecossais (Scottish) degrees.


  2. Pierre Normand
    October 17, 2012

    By the way, the terms “Scottish Rite” and “York Rite” are singular, not plural, as it is incorrectly written in this article.

    Further, this article states that the degrees of the Scottish Rite are “conferred to Freemasonry members in the United States.” This is only partly accurate, as the degrees of the Scottish Rite are only conferred on members of the Scottish Rite, and they are conferred on members in many countries around the world wherever the Scottish Rite may exist. It is not an American institution, but an international one.

    Also, the Scottish Rite has more than four bodies. It has five bodies, the last being the Supreme Council, which confers the Thirty-third and last degree of the Rite. It actually has six bodies, if you include the craft lodge (1st, 2nd, and 3rd degrees), and there are Scottish Rite craft lodges.

    By the same token, the York Rite (or American Rite) has more than three bodies, as it also includes the craft lodges of the York Rite, and the York Rite College, which confers the degree of Knight of York.

    Further, each of the degrees of the Scottish Rite has its own traditional regalia, many of which also include a ceremonial sword, although these are normally only worn by the ceremonial teams during conferrals.

    In regards to the Scottish Rite cap, only the cap of the 32nd Degree has the double-headed eagle. There are other Scottish Rite caps that do not have that insignia.


  3. Frater Minister Ronald Darrel Garr
    October 22, 2019

    Raise from a dead level from a perpendicular square with the lions paw to silents but how can I intervine or brake the Silent when the one who is saying that they are are raised from a dead level to a from a perpendicular square is showing their buts and I have to sit them down working to sit them down but their blocking me and I would like to know is our freedom fighters masonry schools for 33 degree Mason living in Cleveland Ohio USA to learn masonry or the White Brotherhood Lodge application form I can apply to the White Brotherhood Lodge in USA please send me information on both


    • willi wong
      May 31, 2020

      Bah blah blah,


  4. King Theron Preston Washington
    May 27, 2020

    I would like to know whether a person would go the Scottish rite way or York rite way if I am beginning a new federal to say the least to say most under a new Masonic royal family seal with amendment 10 as it’s foundation would it be Scottish or York.


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