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Who we are:

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.

If you are already a Mason, you may wish to petition for Scottish Rite membership to receive additional instruction and explanation regarding the allegory and symbolism learned in the Masonic Lodge as an expansion and enhancement of your Masonic career.

The Scottish Rite bodies elaborate on the basic tenets of Freemasonry. You can, of course, ask a Scottish Rite Mason for a petition. Or, you can and contact us and we would be happy to send you one. Once you express your interest in becoming a Scottish Rite Mason, you will then receive a petition along with information regarding the next Scottish Rite Class to be held.

If you are not a Freemason:

If you are not already a Mason, you need to become one before joining Scottish Rite. Simply contact us and we will be happy to help you get in touch with a Craft Lodge in your area.

If you are already a Freemason:

The Scottish Rite bodies elaborate and enhance the basic tenets of Freemasonry. If you are already a Mason, we invite you to petition for Scottish Rite membership. You will then receive information regarding the next Scottish Rite Class to be held in the area. If you are outside the greater Snohomish County area. We will forward your petition to a Scottish Rite Valley in your area.

What is the Scottish Rite?

It is a branch of Freemasonry designed to supplement and amplify the philosophical teachings of the first three degrees. To help the Mason understand more about the craft.

How does the Scottish Rite elaborate on the craft lodge degrees?

It presents in degrees from the fourth to the thirty-second an interpretation of the lessons of the Craft degrees by the use of drama and lectures appealing to both the ear and eye to teach the great truths which Freemasonry professes.

How many degrees are there in Scottish Rite?

Thirty-three including the Craft degrees. However the Craft degrees (the first three degrees) are accepted as conferred by the Grand Lodges. The Thirty-third is conferred directly by Supreme Council, the governing Body of the Scottish Rite.

Why are these degrees called Scottish Rite?

Any connection with Scotland would seem to be vague. The reason may be that one or two of the degrees were long supposed to have been devised by the Chevalier Andrew Michael Ramsay, a learned Scotsman, who was tutor to Prince Charles Edward, the young Pretender. These degrees seem to have afforded a meeting place for those in exile in France who were adherents of the Stuarts, and who were plotting for the restoration of James II and his son to the throne of England. No degree of the Scottish Rite seems to have ever had its origin in Scotland.

Scottish Rite Overview

Ancient & Accepted scottish rite of Freemasonry