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Craft Freemasonry

"Craft" Masonry as practiced in England, can be defined as the Three Degrees of Freemasonry; are those of:

Entered Apprentice – the degree of an Initiate, which makes one a Freemason;

Fellow Craft – an intermediate degree, involved with learning; and

Master Mason – the "third degree", a necessity for participation in most aspects of Masonry.

The degrees represent stages of personal development. No Freemason is told that there is only one meaning to the allegories; as a Freemason works through the degrees and studies their lessons, he interprets them for himself, his personal interpretation being bounded by the Book of Constitutions.  A common symbolic structure and universal archetypes provide a means for each Freemason to come to his own answers to life's important philosophical questions.

There is no degree of Craft Freemasonry higher than that of Master Mason. Although some Masonic bodies and orders have further degrees named with higher numbers, these degrees may be considered to be supplements to the Master Mason degree rather than promotions from it. An example is the Ancient and Accepted Rite, conferring degrees numbered from 4° up to 33°.

It is essential to be a Master Mason in order to qualify for these further degrees.


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