Cryptic Masonry Worldwide
The Cryptic Rite is widespread, although governing bodies exist only in England, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. In England the Cryptic Degrees are controlled by a General Council of the Cryptic Degrees. In Scotland, the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter has jurisdiction over the Cryptic degrees, the Royal Ark Mariner degree, the Knight of the East and West; bodies of the Cryptic Rite are attached to Chapters. It is interesting to note that while Scotland received the first three degrees of the last series from American sources, the degree of Thrice Illustrious Master, taken over recently in this country, was of Scottish origin. In New Zealand, their organization is similar to that of the Scottish with the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand having jurisdiction over Cryptic Masonry. The New Zealand Councils confer four degrees: Select Master, Royal Master, Most Excellent Master, and Super Excellent Master (awarded in that order).