The York Rite does not consist of a large number of degrees. Its degrees are conferred-never communicated, believing that if a degree is worth anything at all, it is worth the effort necessary to confer it. Your Masonic education will not depend so much upon how many degrees you may receive, but upon how well you understand and practice those you have received.
Appendant means just what it sounds like, things attached to something else. The word is used to describe groups that require you to be a Master Mason as a prerequisite for joining.
Every regular Grand Lodge has the sole authority in its jurisdiction to confer the three lodge degrees, not other appendant body is allowed to confer the three degrees. Any group that claims otherwise is in violation of Masonic law.
All the Grand Lodges regardless of the country or state has its own rules about what other Masonic groups its member may join, and each and every Grand Lodge decides what other groups operating in its territory are compatible.
In North America, the York Rite is divided into three smaller, cooperating that confer ten degrees: Three of four Royal Arch Degrees, depending on the jurisdiction; three Cryptic Mason degrees; and three Chivalric Orders of Christian Knighthood, The Royal Arch and Cryptic degrees do not require a belief in Christianity, but the Templar Order is decidedly Christian based.
Sometimes those degrees use to be named as “American Rite”.
Besides Appendant Bodies, Freemasonry has some other degrees you may join called playful or recreational degrees, those were designed, as its name says, with the only purpose to brothers can invest their time together in al funny and well-know way outside the orthodoxy of a rite.
The Holy Royal Arch
The four degrees of the Royal Arch are the first steps within the York Rite, Capstones are the row of stones that are the cap of a wall, and these degrees, especially the Royal Arch degree, are described as the capstones of the three degrees conferred in the Masonic lodge. Therefore, in other parts of the world, these degrees are described as capitular degrees.
The Cryptic Council
The Cryptic Council is organized into local Councils of Royal and Select Masters, and the primary officer is the illustrious Master. There are statewide Grand Councils and a national General Grand Council, although a handful of states do not participate in this national group. These grades are related to the previous legends to the construction of Salomon’s Temple.
Chivalric Freemasonry is organized into local Knight Templar commanderies. The primary officer of a commander is the Eminent Commander. The statewide bodies are known as Grand Commanderies, and the national body is called the Grand Encampment, Knights Templar Order. If you want to become in A Knight Templar you must profess the Christian faith.
Besides the Appendant Bodies, there are some other groups called Related Bodies which are in a close relationship with the York Rite, these groups confer several degrees which may be connected or not with the Appendant Bodies, most of these organizations are exclusively invitationals, it is to say, you cannot apply for membership, also having limited membership.
It is important to point out that if you ask a member about how to join, you could be banned for life. If you want to access these degrees, the only possible thing you can do is investigate on your own about the admission criteria and be sure of meeting the requirements.
If you are regarded as a suitable member, you meet the requirements, and luck plays on your side, one day the assembly of such Related Bodie could call you for joining, however, the above mentioned does not grant your admission, you must convince at least two, active members, to support your petition.
Currently, the York Grand Lodge of Mexico F.&A.M. is in connection with the following Related Body:
Red Cross of Constantine
The Red Cross of Constantine is the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and St. John the Evangelist, the latter two of which are called the Appendant Orders. The purpose of the Constantinian Orders are to commemorate the first elevation of Christianity as well as to cultivate the social virtues of Freemasonry.
If you already meet the requirement for joining the York Rite Appendant or Related bodies, do not hesitate to apply directly on their websites.
Please remind a Grand Lodge is only responsible for the three first degrees of Freemasonry of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason, in that logic, the York Grand Lodge of Mexico F.&A.M. is not responsible for such degrees.