A further step in
Masonic knowledge thro' the A&ASR
very first day that we are initiated into Masonry we
are admonished to make every endeavour to expand our
knowledge of Freemasonry, indeed we are told "to
make a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge".
a very good way that you can do this, and the
following is a brief introduction as to how to
achieve this goal through the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (all 33 degrees) or as
it is commonly known -`Rose Croix Masonry'
Masons are left with a sense of an unfinished story
when we complete our 3rd Degree and look for some
sort of completion. Some join other Orders including
Mark & HRA and still find that the story is somehow
this is caused by 2 statements in the “H A” story as
it is portrayed to us in the Craft. These are:
The statement that ---- "the
Master Masons WORD was lost"; How can this be?, many
ask, as King Solomon and King Hiram knew it?.
And that we told we are receiving
substituted secrets `until time or place restored
statements leave us with a strong conviction that
there MUST be more to Freemasonry. Why substituted
Secrets?, What are the genuine secrets?, Where are
they?, & Why haven't they been found by now?.
the reason that a good many dedicated Masons look
for, and find answers to these questions "Beyond the
Craft" third degree.
is there beyond the 3rd Degree? - Well- There are in
fact more than 15 other Masonic Orders and Rites of
Ancient and Accepted Freemasonry operating in
Australia. So there is a great deal to choose from -
but which Rite or Order to choose is the question?
Grand Lodges and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish
Rite (A&ASR) in Australia can truly claim to have
the three Craft Degrees, BUT of these, only the
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite continues the
story after the death of “H A” (Grand Lodges having
stopped doing so in the 1800s). The other Orders do
contribute valuable insights to Masonic education in
their own way, and with their own place in history.
second largest Order, (or Rite) of Freemasonry,
(after the Craft) in the World is the A&ASR, and
indisputably it is (by taking the degree of the Rose
Croix of Heredom) the first step in continuing the
story after the death of Hiram Abif, toward the
ultimate 33rd, and last Degree in Freemasonry.
Croix degree takes you from the 4th to the 18th
Degree. The full degrees of which cover in detail
the events following the death of “H” to the
building of the 2nd Temple by Zerubabel, and also
some preparation for the degree of Perfection in
Masonry. This is done in a Sovereign Chapter of
Princes Rose Croix of Heredom. These Chapters come
under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Council of the
33rd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish
Rite for Australia, which traces its origin to the
early to mid 1700's.
Croix Chapters meet 3 to 6 times per year (4 is most
common) so the time commitment is not too great. The
ceremonies and charges are much shorter than those
of the Craft and the ritual does not overwhelm the
`message', all in all making them easier to learn,
to deliver and to assimilate for the Candidate. A
further difference is that in the Rose Croix the
ceremony is much more participative, again making
learning and assimilation easier. After three years
as a Rose Croix Mason you can apply to be elevated
to the 30th Degree
and take the degree of `Knight Kadosh'(a Templar
type Degree) in a Sovereign Council, and from there
32nd Degrees and possibly, over time
to the highest and last degree in Freemasonry, the
benefit of this system, or Rite, is that you can
progress toward the ultimate, at a pace that suits
your availability or desire with fees for only two
bodies the Chapter and the Council.