The fourth to the fourteenth degrees amplify the legend of the Master Mason degree and the story of the building of King Solomon's Temple.

These degrees are designed to impress more forcibly the teachings of the first three degrees.

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The fifteenth and sixteenth degrees relate to the rebuilding of the Temple of Zerubbabel. In our rituals of the seventeenth and eighteenth degrees we teach religious philosophy.


The 19th through the 30th Degrees continue our Masonic education. These are termed the philosophical and chivalric degrees.


The thirty-second further amplifies and summarizes the teachings of the previous degrees. This completes the formal lessons of the Scottish Rite.

Welcome to the Seattle Scottish Rite home page. We are a fraternal organization dedicated to furthering Craft Freemasonry beyond that of a Master Mason. The Scottish Rite consists of the 4th through 32nd Degree including the 33rd and last degree, which is awarded only for exceptional service.

It is the mission of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, to improve its members and enhance the communities in which they live by teaching and emulating the principles of Brotherly Love, Tolerance, Charity, and Truth while actively embracing high social, moral, and spiritual values including fellowship, compassion, and dedication to God, family and country.

In the United States the Scottish Rite is an extension of the degrees of Freemasonry. The Scottish Rite builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy offered in the craft lodge through dramatic presentation of the individual degrees.

Like the mystery schools of ancient times, the many degrees imparted in the Scottish Rite system introduce thoughts and lessons not available to you in craft lodge degrees. As masons we are always looking for more light, and the Scottish Rite serves as an extension on what you have learned in the first three degrees and builds upon those degrees to enhance and enrich your life. The Scottish Rite degrees are rich in symbolism causing each mason to study, reflect, and deliberate on his own. The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry came to Seattle in 1872 and we are proud to be the first truly esoteric body in not only thought, but also in practice and in our educational system.  We welcome you to Seattle Scottish Rite, no matter where you are on your path.

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