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Ancient and Heroic Order of the Gordian Knot

This Order was founded in the United States by WB Lloyd E. Atterson, Sr. who received this it in Germany and for many years searched for a Synod in the United States. There was one but with no activity. He petitioned to start a Synod in Indianapolis, Indiana it was originally housed at Millersville Lodge No. 126 F&AM. He then proceeded to resurrect the Supreme Grand Synod which is now headquartered at Hancock Lodge No.101 Greenfield Indiana.

The ritual of the order is loosely based on the events which took place during the time of Alexander the Great during his excursion to Gordium. The ritual was written by Bro. Varick Steele while he was working as a civilian employee in Germany in the 1960s. Bro. Varick was active in the York Rite in Germany and rose to the office of Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Germany during his tenure in the country.

Given the magnitude of Alexander's accomplishments, it is hardly surprising that Masonic Research and fiction have also plumbed the depths of his historic and legendary exploits. In this regard, many Freemasons may be unaware of the existence of this obscure degree conferred only on Master Masons.d in Synods of the Ancient and Heroic Order of the Gordian Knot.

There are four officers of the Synod who act as the executive committee and must hold the rank of Knight Templar in the York Rite or be a 32° Master of the Royal Secret of the A.A.S. R. this degree is open to any Master Mason.

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