What's the difference between scottish rite and york rite?
Scots wear kilts and have tartan aprons and bowties. You're also allowed to wear a dirk.
York Rite is defunct since the compact of 1813, but it was normal English Rite combined with a few other degrees accepted by the Antients all practiced in the one Lodge.
they don't believe in the narrow path essentially.
Sorry, didn't mean to sound dickish. Just that that and the pyramid one exclude stuff like the AMD, SRICF, HRAKTP, Knight Masons, and so on. There isn't everything in America, but there is a lot, and those types of pics seem to do them a disservice.
It's also structured poorly, implying that they're equal paths, and somehow above the Craft, when really they're just two of many optional groups, several of which are above those two as well.
Scottish rite is usually worked in one extra meeting after you are raised, York rite is a load of side degrees thought of in a hierarchy. So if you go York route, you join lots of things, Scottish rite just craft, arch and Scottish rite lodges. I joined in England, we don't have either route, masonry is just craft and arch. Other non masonic degrees are offered, my fave was mark degree. Scottish and York rites are mostly American I think.
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Same as England for the most part. There are several Grand Lodges working together with all the different rites. So one might do American Rite because of the soldiers after WW2, most do English Rite but German, and a couple do Swedish Rite.
They use a slightly different ritual called the Schroder Ritual.
I've been to a lodge in South Australia, Lodge Concordia that uses the Schroder ritual and it mostly the same but has it's differences, can't remember what they were though.
Here's some links about MW Brother Friedrich Ludwig Schroder.
South Australia really does rock for the diversity of Lodge rituals.
The rest here really could take a leaf out of their book, rather than being total Nazis and trying to elbow out even Scottish Rite and Irish Rite.
Free men, 18+ with faith in God, and no criminal convictions.
I'm 23 now and was really considering joining the masons.
I'm not too sure yet because I have the feeling that if you join them you are never going to be able to leave.
I have read queit some stuff on them but I just want to know more.
Please share some interesting information.
>I'm not too sure yet because I have the feeling that if you join them you are never going to be able to leave.
You can leave when ever you like, many people have left. All you have to do is stop paying your dues for a while and they won't let you in.
What topics do you consider interesting?
Freemasonry for Dummies is a good start.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the free, slow download.
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is only for Christians too.
York Rite is just any belief until you join the Templars, which is only for Christians.
Jews are excluded from both because of that.