33rd Degree, Sovereign Grand Inspector General
The Supreme Council Medal of Honor is conferred by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Supreme Council, 33°.
|Ring of a 33° Scottish Rite Mason|
|Conferred By||Supreme Council, 33°|
Achieving the 33° is an honor that can be bestowed upon a Scottish Rite Mason. It is not campaigned for. It is granted solely by Jurisdiction's Supreme Council. A 33° Mason is a Master Mason who has exhibited knowledge, passion and sacrifice to his craft. The Supreme Council awards the 33° as a way of honoring outstanding and selfless work performed in the Rite or in public life. At its annual session the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite to receive the degree. Members unanimously so elected become Honorary Members of the Supreme Council.
There are approximately 11,000 33° Scottish Rite Masons in the United States.
The ring of a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason is easily recognizable from its three bands of gold and delta, featuring the number 33. Inside is inscribed the words Deus Meumque Jus ("God and My Right") and the name of the Mason, along with the date in which he received his degree.
Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
The jewel of an Honorary 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Northern Jurisdiction features an enneagram, or nine-pointed star, above a Teutonic cross (filled with gold pillars) and a crossed sword and baton. The whole is suspended from a white ribbon pinned with the number 33 and a bar bearing the recipient's name. Inside the enneagram is the seal of the Supreme Council and the words Ordo ab Chao ("Order out of Chaos") and Deus Meumque Jus ("God and My Right").
The jewel of an Honorary 33rd Degree Mason in the Southern Juristiction is similar to the one used in the Northern Jurisdiction. Inside each of the nine triangles forming the seven-pointed star is one of the letters SAPENTIA, the Latin word for wisdom. A sword extends from the lower part of the left side of the jewel to the upper part of the right side. Crossing that is a "Hand of Justice". This forms a scepter, terminating in a carving of a hand. On top of the cross, triangles, crossed sword and Hand of Justice is a circular plate, and on the plate is a shield with a crowned double-headed eagle. To the right of the eagle is a balance and to the left is a square and compass. Around the design are the words Ordo ab Chao ("Order out of Chaos"), enclosed by two serpents, each biting its tail.