Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is the most widely practised Rite of high Masonic degrees in France and in the world. The term "high masonic degrees" refers to degrees that go beyond the first three symbolic degrees (Apprentice, Fellow, Master) and offer a deeper understanding of their themes.
While the symbolic degrees - common to all Rites - are managed by Obediences (in France, the Grande Loge Nationale Française), the high degrees of the Scottish Rite are managed and governed by a Jurisdiction: in France, the Supreme National Council of France. The Jurisdiction offers its members a path of spiritual and moral perfection in thirty degrees, each presenting teachings based on myths and allegorical legends.
These thirty degrees are practised in different types of workshops:
- Lodges of Perfection (4° to 14° degree)
- Chapters (from 15° to 18° degree)
- Areopagi (from 19° to 30° degree)
- Tribunals (31° degree)
- Consistories (32° degree)
- Council Supreme (33° degree)