The Side Degrees
We have seen that two types of systems exist side by side:
- The complete systems: These include the first three degrees of Freemasonry which are universally worked in the four corners of the world.
- The systems of perfection: These higher degrees systems are addressed to the Freemasons who have for several years attained and studied the degree of Master Mason in their blue lodge. Attendance at their blue lodges are mandatory.
These systems provide the supplements and commentary on the Master Mason degree and three degree system. They may in no case be considered as “superior” degrees; the last and highest degree of universal Freemasonry remains the one of Master Mason.