The 4th through 14th degrees are called Ineffable Degrees because their principal purpose is the investigation and contemplation of the ineffable name of Deity. Following each of degrees listed below, we have provided a brief statement of the moral teachings found in its lecture.
In the Orient of the District of Columbia, these degrees are conferred by Mithras Lodge of Perfection4° – Secret Master
5° – Perfect Master
6° – Confidential Secretary
7° – Provost and Judge
8° – Intendant of the Building
9° – Elu of the Nine
10° – Elu of the Fifteen
11° – Elu of the Twelve
12° – Master Architect
13° – Royal Arch of Solomon
14° – Perfect Elu
The degrees of the Chapter of Rose Croix are very complex. They attempt to invest the candidate with a deeper understanding of Religion, Philosophy, Ethics, and History. The intellectual challenges presented in these degrees are times overwhelming and can take years to master. A thorough reading of the chapters related to them in Morals and Dogma and in the Legenda and Readings is essential to achieve even a basic comprehension of their true meaning.
In the Orient of the District of Columbia, these degrees are conferred by Evangelist Chapter of Rose Croix.
15° – Knight of the East
16° – Prince of Jerusalem
17° – Knight of the East and West
18° – Knight Rose Croix
The degrees of the Council of Kadosh are chivalric and philosophical but also contain mystical material. The word “Kadosh” is a Hebrew word meaning “Holy”. The complexity of these degrees cannot be overstated and is exemplified by the number of pages attributed to them in Morals and Dogma. The twenty-eighth degree alone is over a quarter of the 1000+ page tome.
In the Orient of the District of Columbia, these degrees are conferred by Robert de Bruce Council of Kadosh.
19° – Pontiff
20° – Master of the Symbolic Lodge
21° – Noachite or Prussian Knight
22° – Knight of the Royal Axe
23° – Chief of the Tabernacle
24° – Prince of the Tabernacle
25° – Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26° – Prince of Mercy
27° – Knight of the Sun, Prince Adept
28° – Knight Commander of the Temple
29° – Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
30° – Knight Kadosh
The Consistory Degrees are very different from all the preceding degrees. They attempt to illustrate the creation of the ideal balance between the spiritual and the temporal.
In the Orient of the District of Columbia, these degrees are conferred by Albert Pike Consistory.
31° – Inspector Inquisitor
32° – Master of the Royal Secret