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Now that you have an understanding of what the basic degrees are, before we proceed further, you must understand that there are other bodies within Masonry that once you have reach the Sublime Degree of Master Mason you will be entitle to join.
But before going further and you read about what each Masonic body is about, please take a look at the Masonic Degrees Structure. This will provide you a general overview and will make it easy to understand on how the Masonic structure is set up.
As stated earlier, once achieving the "sublime degree" of Master Mason in the "Blue" Lodge, a Freemason arrives at a broad vista of opportunity for fellowship enhancement.
First, bodies of the York Rite and Scottish Rite offer ritual instruction for a continuous search for "Masonic Light". Advancement through these bodies not only invites participation in this Masonic network, but also promotes a more comprehensive understanding of its ritualistic system of ceremonies, doctrines, and symbols. Secondly, you have the Shriners, but one thing you must remember, each member of other Masonic bodies is a Mason first.
No Mason is required to advance beyond his Blue Lodge or participate actively in its ritual or business affairs, but those who do so find personal fulfillment in the rewards of public speaking, teaching, community work, and even music and the dramatic arts.
Now a brief explanation of the other Masonic bodies that you may be able to affiliate once you reach the Sublime degree of a Master Mason.
Scottish Rites, an explanation of its jewels, and The Book of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 1914
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