Headstone in Shelby County of a Brother of Four Orders


This grave in Shelby County’s Calvary Cemetery boasts not one, not two, but four fraternal organizations – The Freemasons, the Knights of Pythias, the Oddfellows, and the United Brothers of Friendship. What, no Loyal Order of Moose?

Source: The Unusual Kentucky

http://unusualkentucky.blogspot.com/2009_05_01_archive.html

Some Fraternal Orders in Sweden


These Orders are NOT appendant bodies within Swedish Freemasonry but entirely separate Orders.

They all have degree systems.

Not all of them where founded in Sweden.

Svarta Örns Orden (Order of the Black Eagle).Founded to protect protestants. The Black Eagle was a ship.

W6. Founded 1851 in my hometown, Gothenburg. Has lodges all over Sweden but not outside.

WF. Founded 1865 in Stockholm and has lodges in many cities.

Bifrostorden (The Order of Bifrost, the rainbow bridge of Norse mythology). Founded 1925 in Örebro and has lodges in several cities.

Bifrosrorden works in 10 degrees (last one honorary): I:Freedom, II:Friendship:III:Knowledge,IV:Hope, V:Fidelety,VI:Love,VIITruth,VIIIBeauty,IXWisdomX:? (X can only be held by 30 brothers)

Götiska Förbundet (The Geatish Society). Founded 1815 and has its seat in Gothenburg. It works 6 degrees.

The seat of Götiska Förbundet in Skansen Lejonet , a fortification i have been in and passed many times.

Svea Orden (Order of the Swedes). Founded 1795. Like Götiska furbundet for the Geats (Götaland), Svea Orden works for the understanding of the history of the Swedes (Svealand)

The jewel of Riksgraden (The Degree of the Realm),Götiska Förbundet and Svea Orden shares their highest degree.

Medieval Maritime Order from the Mediteranian, now only working in Sweden and Finland

Svenska Druid Orden (Swedish Order of Druids). Branch of an Order founded in London 1781

Members of Sirius Orden (The Order of Sirius) at a festivity.

There are many , many more Orders active in Sweden but the list would be insane even without pictures.

Swedish Rite Freemasonry


The Swedish Rite is a variation of Freemasonry that is worked in SwedenNorwayDenmarkFinland and Iceland. A slight variation is common in parts of Germany under the Große Landesloge der Freimaurer von Deutschland. Also other craft masonic bodies are working in the nordic countries (see further under freemasonry in Sweden and freemasonry in Denmark). However only one Grand Lodge in each country is working the Swedish Rite, each of which governs its own jurisdiction.

The Rite is divided into three divisions: St. John’s (Craft) degrees (I–III), St. Andrew’s (Scottish) degrees (IV–VI) and the Chapter degrees (VII–X). In addition one may attain the XIth degree, although only a very few gain this. Progression from one degree to the next is not automatic. A brother not only has to be in regular attendance, but also has to show that he has a certain proficiency and knowledge of Freemasonry. The Swedish Rite demands members be Christian and not just that they believe in a supreme being. Like other regular Masonic organisations, only men are allowed membership.

Since 7 November 2006 all laws of the Swedish Order of Freemasons are publicly available on the Internet.Among others, the laws prohibit any member to gain advantages outside the lodge by using the lodge as an instrument. The laws also stress the charity works of the members and the observance of the Golden Rule.

Charles XII of Sweden

Degrees

  • St. John’s degrees
    • I Apprentice
    • II Fellow Craft
    • III Master Mason
  • St. Andrew’s degrees
    • IV/V Apprentice and Companion of St. Andrew (one degree)
    • VI Master of St. Andrew
  • Chapter degrees
    • VII Very Illustrious Brother, Knight of the East
    • VIII Most Illustrious Brother, Knight of the West
    • IX Enlightened Brother of St. John’s Lodge
    • X Very Enlightened Brother of St. Andrew’s Lodge
  • Grand Council honorary degree
    • XI Most Enlightened Brother, Knight Commander of the Red Cross

Grand Lodges using the rite

The Swedish Rite is used by:

An earlier version of the rite, the Zinnendorf Rite, is used by:

  • Große Landesloge der Freimaurer von Deutschland