New Jersey Council of Deliberation



Attainment of the third Masonic degree, that of a Master Mason, represents the attainment of the highest rank in all of Masonry. Any Master Mason stands as an equal before every other Master Mason, regardless of position, class, or other degrees. Additional degrees are sometimes referred to as appendant degrees, even where the degree numbering might imply a hierarchy.

Appendant degrees represent a lateral movement in Masonic Education rather than an upward movement. These are not degrees of rank, but rather degrees of instruction. In many countries, some craft lodges use Scottish Rite ritual in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees. In the United States, members of the Scottish Rite can be elected to receive the 33° by the Supreme Council. It is conferred on members who have made major contributions to society or to Masonry in general.

The Supreme Council is the governing body of the Scottish Rite in the various jurisdictions, and charters all subordinate bodies. Voting members of the Supreme Council are chosen from among those members who have obtained the 33°. These members are referred to as Active Members.

Degree Name and Number:

4° Master Traveler
5° Perfect Master
6° Master of the Brazen Serpent
7° Provost and Judge
8° Intendant of the Building
9° Master of the Temple
10° Master Elect
11° Sublime Master Elected
12° Master of Mercy
13° Master of the Ninth Arch
14° Grand Elect Mason
15° Knight of the East
16° Prince of Jerusalem
17° Knight of the East and West
18° Knight of the Rose Croix
19° Grand Pontiff
20° Master ad Vitam
21° Patriarch Noachite
22° Prince of Libanus
23° Knight of Valor
24° Brother of the Forest
25° Master of Achievement
26° Friend and Brother Eternal
27° Knight of Jerusalem
28° Knight of the Sun
29° Knight of St. Andrew
30° Grand Inspector
31° Knight Aspirant
32° Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
33° Sovereign Grand Inspector General

The Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction designates its degrees in the following manner:

4° through 14°: Lodge of Perfection
15° and 16°: Council of Princes of Jerusalem
17° and 18°: Chapter of Rose Croix
19° through 32°: Consistory
The 33° is an honorary degree and is conferred by the Supreme Council.