Freemasonry is structured into two groups “York Rite” and “The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (AASRF).” York Rite Masonry has 13 steps and is more Biblical or Christian based than AASRF which is composed of 33 steps or degrees. AASRF is based on deism, the worship of man’s reason rather than revelations from the Holy Spirit.
Both groups have the first three degrees in common called the “Blue Degrees.” The candidate must take blood oaths not to reveal any Masonic secrets. After the candidate finishes these introductary degrees, he must decide which one of these paths he will take.
The “Blue Degrees” represent the outer part of Freemasonry meaning Masons in the first three degrees are not privy to any deep Mysteries. In fact, the candidates are lied to or deceived into believing false interpretations. The great Albert Pike, Grand Commander, confirmed this in his book Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He states: “The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explanation is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry (p. 819).”
Note to the reader: Albert Pike was MP Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States from 1859-1891, whose headquarters was in Charleston, South Carolina.
By DeVita Brown
Edited by: Dr. Lee Warren
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History of Freemasonry - Ancient roots of Masonry
Craft of Masonry
Do Freemasons fall into one of three groups?
Structure of the Freemasonry
Freemasonry, the Universal Religion
God of the Freemasonry
What is the Mystery of the light of Freemasonry?
Other Beliefs of Masons Important figures an/or events in Free Masonic History
Secrets and Power of the Masons Revealed
Are Freemasons and Secret societies operating by a pattern?
What are the goals of the Freemasonry?