Frater Choronzon | 1990-05-22 - One feature shared in common between many of today's Secret Societies, of both ritual/charitable and occult flavour is that of a membership structure consisting of graded or hierarchical degrees. The number of degrees can vary widely, even within different branches of the same society, as can the direction of numbering.
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