WHY JOIN THE SCOTTISH RITE?
Do you have questions? We have answers. We are the University of Freemasonry.
Come immerse yourself in the brotherhood of man’s vast body of ancient symbols and use the limitless potential of your mind to unveil the mysteries of antiquity dating to a time before the great deluge. You will embark on a journey of a lifetime, where past and present coalesce to reveal a deeper understanding of the world we experience. By Joining the Scottish Rite you will participate in a robust fraternal organization with a stable membership; financially secure in all domains; and recognized, respected, and valued by its members, the Masonic world, and the public at large for its ideals, values, philanthropy, and positive contributions it makes to its members and communities in which they reside and work.
Begin your esoteric quest for truth and understanding:
The path to becoming a Thirty-Second Degree Scottish Rite Mason starts at your local Scottish Rite Bodies. Any Master Mason belonging to a regular Symbolic Lodge is eligible to petition for the 4°–32° of the Scottish Rite. Petitions can be obtained from a Scottish Rite Mason or from the Secretary of the Austin Valley.
The petition is simple, basically requiring information about your Symbolic Lodge and how to contact you. The Austin Valley Scottish Rite initiation fee is $275 and must accompany the petition. You must also have two Scottish Rite Members sign your petition.
Submit your petition and check, for the total amount, by mail or in person to:
Austin Scottish Rite
207 West 18th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Attn: General Secretary
Your petition is reviewed by a committee, which may visit with you to explain the Rite, and is presented to the membership at a meeting for a vote. After election, you will take the Scottish Rite Degrees at a “Reunion,” usually held twice a year, but you should confirm all details with the Secretary of your local Scottish Rite.
If you are not a Master Mason, all you have to do is ask. In Texas, members are not allowed to ask you to become a Mason; thus, you must do the asking. Just call the Lodge closest to you (check the “Yellow Pages” telephone directory, usually under “Fraternal Organizations”). Most Lodges meet in the early evening hours on a weekday, so try calling between 6:00 and 7:30 pm.