The Societas Rosicruciana
in Civitatibus Foederatis (Rosicrucian Society of the United States)
was formed on September 21, 1880, by three Colleges within the previous
ten months by the Society in Scotland. It is entirely autonomous and
in no way connected with any other institution.
The Society in the United States is in amity with the only other similar
societies in the world Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (England),
Societas Rosicruciana in Scotia (Scotland), and Societas Rosicruciana
in France. The Society in the United States is not in amity with Societas
Rosicruciana in Canada.
which is by invitation, is predicated on being a Master Mason and Christianity.
The Society is not merely another degree of Freemasonry which may be
acquired and outside of the normal workings of the Craft.
The Masonic qualification assures its membership that the neophyte has
given proof of the fidelity and privacy which characterizes a member
of that Fraternity. The Christian qualification is required because
the character of the Grade rituals is completely Christian, and would
not be understood or appreciated by those of other faiths. This character
is emphasized in the Ceremony of Admission and it will be noted that
a certain community outlook and understanding among the members (called
Fraters) is necessary.
The governing body of the Society is known as The High Council composed
of Fraters of the Third Order (IX° and VIII°), plus any College
Celebrant not a member of the Third Order. The head of the Society is
titled The Supreme Magus, IX°, elected each triennium. The subordinate
bodies are termed Colleges each being headed in the United
States, by a Chief Adept, IX°, appointed for a three year term by
the Supreme Magus. A Chief Adept can serve a maximum of three terms
of office. Membership in a college is restricted to 72. New members
are required to select a distinctive Latin Motto and state
that they are not a member of a non-Masonic Rosicrucian organization
as a matter of ethics. The Society is not interested primarily in increasing
its membership, but considers such brethren whose interest in the Societys
aims is sincere and whom it considers to be in sympathy with the movement.
Colleges have the power to confer the following grades:
First Order: Consisting
of Four Grades:
First Grade: Zelator
Second Grade: Theoricus
Third Grade: Practicus
Fourth Grade: Philosophus
These are classified as the Learning Grades.
Second Order: Consisting
of Three Grades:
Fifth Grade: Adeptus Minor
Sixth Grade: Adeptus Major
Seventh Grade: Adeptus Exemptus
These are the Teaching Grades.
Third Order: consists
of Two Grades conferred by the Supreme Magus:
Eighth Grade: Magister
Ninth Grade: Magus
These are the ruling grades, conferred only by or with permission
of the Supreme Magus.
The jewel of the college
are as follows:
II degree: a silver
bar with the letters S.R.I.C.F. from which is suspended a Burgundy
ribbon and Jewel.
IV degree: a silver bar with letters S.R.I.C.F. from which
is suspended a Purple ribbon and Jewel.
degree: a silver bar with letters S.R.I.C.F. from which is suspended
a Green ribbon and Jewel.
VIII degree: a gold bar with letters S.R.I.C.F. from which
is suspended a Yellow ribbon and Jewel.
degree: a gold bar with letters S.R.I.C.F. from which is suspended
a Red ribbon, Crown and Jewel.
The See of Supreme Council in the United States is Washington D.C.
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