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About the Supreme Council

nmjThe Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in each country is governed by a Supreme Council. There is no international governing body—each Supreme Council in each country is sovereign unto itself. In the U.S. there are two Supreme Councils.

The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (NMJ) is located in Lexington, Massachusetts, and the Southern Jurisdiction (SJ) is centered in Washington, D.C. In the Southern Jurisdiction, individual states are referred to as Orients and local bodies are organized into Valleys; the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction refers to State organizations as Councils of Deliberation and the local bodies are also organized into Valleys.

Each Valley has up to four Scottish Rite bodies, and each body confers a set of degrees. In the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, the bodies are:
Lodge of Perfection (4°–14°)
Council of Princes the of Jerusalem (15°–16°)
Chapter of Rose Croix (17°–18°)
Consistory (19°–32°).

The 29 Degrees of Scottish Rite Masonry
4° Master Traveler
5° Perfect Master
6° Master of the Brazen Serpent
7° Provost and Judge
8° Intendant of the Building
9° Master of the Temple
10° Master Elect
11° Sublime Master Elected
12° Master of Mercy
13° Master of the Ninth Arch
14° Grand Elect Mason
15° Knight of the East
16° Prince of Jerusalem
17° Knight of the East and West
18° Knight of the Rose Croix
19° Brothers of the Trail
20° Master ad Vitam
21° Patriarch Noachite
22° Prince of Libanus
23° Knight of Valor
24° Brother of the Forest
25° Master of Achievement
26° Friend and Brother Eternal
27° Knight of Jerusalem
28° Knight of the Sun
29° Knight of St. Andrew
30° Grand Inspector
31° Knight Aspirant
32° Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret