Please, anybody, I invite you to correct any inaccuracies in my posts!... I am carrying out research for my own personal enjoyment and welcome corrections
Yes Phil, a MOST interesting history! As I understand it, what is termed here in NZ as the Rite Rose Croix is the NZ manifestation of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite... is that right? The supreme masonic authority for the rite was established in 1786 by King Frederick II of Prussia (the emblem of whose royal house - the double headed eagle - is the emblem of the rite... as I understand it anyway!). This governing body is known as the Supreme Council (there are a number of them all over the world although I believe there may only be one per country, with exception of the United States). The Knight (or sometimes Prince or Sovereign Prince) of the Rose Croix is the 18th degree of the rite. I believe here in NZ that the degrees 4 - 18 are conferred in one ceremony.
I am interested in what appears to be a difference here in NZ unless I have misunderstood you Phil... my reading suggests that there are 33 degrees (including Grand Inspector General) rather than 30. Am in incorrect in my understanding that the Ancient and Accepted Rite Rose Croix is the same as the Scottish Rite? Even if they are essentially the same, can you tell me the significance of the different name? Why the change?
Haydn - originally, the number of members on the council were restricted to 9, a minimum of 5 of whom would have to profess the Christian religion... I believe that the council numbers have been extended - in the case of the Southern Jurisdiction I think they have 33 members.
I HIGHLY recommend reading Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike
, former Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction in the US. A most erudite and moving work... one of those rare books that really speaks to you... it is a text that outlines each of the degrees in the Scottish (or Rose Croix in NZ) Rite (up to 32 as my understanding is that the 33rd is conferred on those appointed to the Supreme Council? i.e. rather than it being a degree that is 'worked'). You can order a facsimile copy of the book in two volumes from Amazon.com (useful for making notes through it)... but if you want a book in which you do NOT want to write - keep an eye out on eBay. Occasionally an 1871 first edition comes up, but that is reasonably rare and they generally fetch a decent price too! You can reasonably expect to pay around USD20 for copies from 1925 onwards.