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The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Keystone State

Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry


The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite is one of three branches in Freemasonry in which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the three Degrees of the Symbolic or 'Blue" Lodge Masonry. The other branches are the York Rite, and the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners).


Scottish Rite Bodies are grouped in what is known as a, 'Valley.' A Valley consists of four Bodies; a Lodge of Perfection (4°-14°), a Council of Princes of Jerusalem (15°-16°), a Chapter of Rose Croix (17°-18°) and a Consistory (19°-32°). Each of the Bodies within a Valley is an independent organization in itself. Each is separately officered and has full control of the Degrees in its structure.