Rectified Scottish Rite

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The Rectified Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

Based on the German Rite of Strict Observance, which itself was based on the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, this flavor of fringe Masonry was created by Jean-Baptiste Willermoz as soon as the original author of the Rite, Baron Karl Gotthelf von Hund died and could not protest. Willermoz was involved in several Masonic and Magical Organizations, each a different aspect of the philosophies of the Martinist, Martinez de Pasqually, Papus, and Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin. He was a member of the Order of the Elus CohensAKA The Order of Knight Masons of the Elect Cohens of the Universe (Cohens here means High Priest).

His conception of Freemasonry was NOT universal, as Freemasony teaches, but decidedly Catholic, French and with a hidden, if idealistic, belief in overthrowing democracy and substituting a "Sacred King Philosopher" ala Plato and Adam Weishaupt of the Illuminati. While Freemasons were bound by oath to live in the country in which they reside as peaceful citizens, we are more willing to own up to the success of the American Revolutions (North and South) than the bloody mess of the French Revolution. It served as a reminder to The Craft that lesson of the English Civil War, there needs to be a sanctuary away from religious and politician arguments to keep Civilization moving forward and preserve the gains of the Past.

A lesson the "Grande Loge de France" (one of its two Grand Lodges) is learning to it's regret today.

It consists of the regular Blue Lodges degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, Master Mason)(dedicated to the two Saints John), followed by the Green Lodges (dedicated to St Andrew) which conferred the Scottish Master of St Andrew as a "portal" degree for the Inner Order. That consisted of the degrees of Squire Novice and Beneficent Knight of the Holy City (Chevalier Bienfaisant de la Cité Sainte) or CBCSV. The Third Order or Secret Class consisted of the two degrees of Profes and Grand Profes, as well as the Chief of the Order.