Opening of the Lodge When all are seated in their proper places, the Master raps "oo" with gavel and says to the Light of the West: - Master Light of the West, our first duty in convening this Lodge of Light is to see that the inner taper is alright, and that no criticism, envy, malice or other shape or moral darkness obscures its shining. You will communicate with the Inner Guard and let him inquire if the avenues are closed, so that the pure in heart who bear witness to the Light may enter. Light of the West Inner Guard, inquire of the Outer Guard if the avenues are closed against all wordly influences and if we are properly guarded against them. Inner Guard (Gives one knock at the door outside of which sits the Outer Guard who answers with one knock) Are the avenues to the Temple closed and properly guarded? Outer Guard Brother Inner Guard, the avenues are secured and are properly protected. Inner Guard (Turning to the Master) Master of the Temple, the avenues are secured and we are properly guarded. Master Light of the West, is the Light of the senses unobstructed? Are you consecrated to the Highest and willing to proceed with the duties of your Office? (Here all the officers and members respond by giving the sign) Light of the West Light of the South, is the Light of the senses unobstructed? Are you consecrated to the Highest and willing to proceed with the duties of your office? (Here all the officers and members respond by giving the sign) Light of the West Light of the North, is the Light of the senses unobstructed? Are you consecrated to the Highest and willing to proceed with the duties of your office? (Here all the officers and members respond by giving the sign) Light of the South The Light of the senses is unobstructed by any cloud or moral darkness and I am conscious of the Divine presence which permeates every atom of space. Light of the North We have been told that the North is a place of darkness, but in the Lodge of Shekinah shines as in the days of old when it rested upon the mercy-seat in the Holy of Holies dispelling darkness from the North; for the Lord shall arise and his glory be seen upon thee, and those who are in darkness shall see the wondrous Light and Kings shall come to the brightness of thy rising. We now see the Light emanating from the Shekinah. Light of the West Master of the Temple, the Light of the senses is unobstructed and is never darkened by the shadow of earth. We are called to the marvelous Light of the Divine Presence and will.i. list;en to the Beth Rol - the voice of the Shekinah. Master (Giving ooo) Light of the West, then you will see that all present are in possession of the pass-word. Light of the West Light of the South, you will see that all are in possession of the pass-word. Light of the West Light of the North, you will see that all are in possession of the pass-word. (The Light of the South and the Light of the North whisper the pass- word to their assistants, who after receiving it, collect it from the members in the Temple) (While the assistants are collecting the pass-word, the High-Priest goes to the Light of the West receives the pass-word from the Light in the West and carries it to the Master, after which he returns to his seat.) (While this is taking place there is music by the organist. Music: Queen of the Night.) Master Are all within the body of this Temple consecrated to the Highest? (All respond by giving the sign) (A circle is now formed around the Altar. The Master gives a Mantram to be held, and while this is held, there is music of a dreamy, imaginative kind.) Master My heart is glad, for I have seen the glory of His Presence. (The Circle breaks and all return to their seats. Music continues until all are seated.) Master I now declare this Temple open for Exoteric work. Let us proceed with honorable and holy intent to the business to be transacted. No one Opening. Order of Business Roll Call Reading of Minutes Etc. Closing of Temple (To close the Temple, all arise, form a circle about the Altar, join hands, the organist plays the organ or piano and Master says:) Master You will now break the Circle by each Brother turning to the right. Peace be with you. Music Initiation Officers. Master, High Priest, Conductor. Lodge Room Vestibule and Hall of Meditation in the East. The Cross and Rose painted in the East of the Lodge Room. (Conductor who sits in the East, gives one rap on the door which is answered by the Outer Guard in the same way. He opens the door, standing in it and addresses the candidate as follows: - Conductor Thou seeker of Truth, have you seriously considered the step you are about to take in becoming initiated into this Degree? Are you able to say on your Sacred honor that you see this initiation without any sinister motive, selfish purpose, or ignoble curiosity; that you are actuated alone by the desire to fit yourself for a better man or woman, a better citizen and a better Brother? If you have any doubt in your heart of your perfect consecration and loyalty to the Principles of this Order, now is your opportunity to withdraw from further obligations. We will now give ourselves to silent meditation and prayer. (The Members remain very quiet while the organist plays some dreamy music. After the music has ended, Conductor produces hood-wink and says: -) Conductor Those who wish to proceed will now advance in line. (Candidate advances. As he advances the Conductor hoodwinks him, throws around him a black mantle, and when ready says:) Conductor You are now ready to consciously take the steps which lead to the door hitherto closed to you. Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you, this is applicable to the Great Door of which this is but an emblem, and which leads into the vast and boundless realm of Truth. (The Conductor now gives one tap on the floor with his Staff or Sword and Master demands:-) Master Who seeks entrance? Conductor Those who desire to leave the fog-bound valley of the senses and ascend to the plain of Illumination, the Light of which has appeared as a Beacon. Master By what means do we know that they seek the Light? Conductor By their willingness to renounce the guidance of the senses and accept the Inner Light as their Criterion of Truth. Master Are they willing to prepare the dead for burial and pass all tests to prove their sincerity? Conductor They have signified their willingness to conform to all requirements. Master In the name of the One Supreme Being common to all religions, even to those which include Polytheism and the worship of Idols, the Para Brama of the Hindoos, the Eternal Spirit of Budda, the Zerbane Akeren of the ancient Persians, the Supreme Essence floating on the dark waters of Scandinavian Mythology, the Belus of the Chaldeans, the Kneph of the Egyptians, the Virococha of the Mexicans, all identical and representing the God of the Jews, Mohammedans and Christians, I bid you enter. (Conductor with Candidate enters. As they do so, the Master draws down the hood-wink and with the right hand lightly presses the lower point of the triangle to the middle part of the Candidate's forehead, saying as he does so:) Master I receive you into this Lodge of Light on the lower point of the triangle. Thus far you have done well. You are now about to traverse the valley of the shadows of death. Be steadfast throughout the journey before you. (The hood-wink is now replaced and the Conductor takes the Candidate by the right and in order to lead him seven times around the Temple before taking him to the Hall Meditation. While he walks around the Temple he repeats the following:) Conductor The Lord is my Light and my Salvation. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me. Thy Rod and Thy Staff, they comfort me. (The Conductor times himself so that there is but one repetition for each round made. There is soft music in harmony with this.) (When the East is reached on the seventh round, the Conductor takes him to the Hall, where there should be a small table whereon there is pen and red ink and slips, one of which the candidate signs. When possible, this room is draped in black. There is a Cross, a skull and cross-bones on the table and a coffin along-side of it. The hood-wink is raised so he can see. But one candle is allowed on the table.) (Soft funeral music while in the Hall of Meditation) (After the card is signed, the Conductor replaces the hood-wink and takes the Candidate before the Master, who stands between the Cross and Rose on the Wall and the Altar.) (The Candidate is told to kneel before the Altar and places his hand on the Holy Bible. The Master presses the lower point of the Triangle against the Breast of the Candidate, and says, in a low and impressive voice:-) Master If you still wish to proceed you will now take the Obligation of this Degree: I ... in the presence of God the Father, the great Jehova, Adoni, God of Light, Agla and Ahih, Masters of the Hierarchic forces and in the presence of these, my brethren, and of my living soul, promise vow and pledge, that I well never, in any manner whatsoever, betray anything that shall take place in this Sacred Temple. I further promise and swear, that I will, to the best of my ability, remain faithful to this Temple and to the Great Temple; that I shall work for the Fraternity; and that I shall not, in any manner, do aught that might bring disgrace or disrepute to any member hereof or to the Order generally; and that if I cannot interest and bring members to this Order I shall not in any way whatsoever, interest them in any other work not in harmony with this. To this Order and its work I shall remain faithful unto death; and should I, for any reason, be expelled from the membership of this Temple, I shall not, in any manner whatsoever, either by look, word, or anything written or engraved, do aught against it. Furthermore, should I thus be expelled, or should I leave the work, the Temple, or the Order of my own free will, I shall return all manuscripts, books, regalia, or aught else that I may have received with my scholarship or membership. Should I, for any reason bear ill-will to any member, I will not enter this or any other Temple until such time as I may be able to free myself from such destructive passion, knowing that should I enter the Temple, and take part in the Invocations it might bring death to me. All these things I vow, promise, and swear, to hold and to keep unto death. To work harmoniously with all Brothers; interest others who are worthy so that they will become workers for this mighty Order. These things I vow, upon my heart, my Soul, and my Sacred honor, in the presence of Almighty God, the Father of all. So help me God, and witness all Hierarchies. Amen (Pause). (After the obligation, the Master places his right hand on the Candidate's head. High Priest places his left also on his head, and then extending his right hand to meet the Master's left they thus form a triangle in which the Brother is closed. Both remain thus while the High Priest says:) High Priest Mayst thou be anointed with the oil of eternal joy and receive an Unction from the Holy Fire, by which thy heart will be purified, thy mind illuminated and thy whole being prepared for the Holy Work before thee, and the Holy Light which thou art to radiate to the world. (There is now silence for a few minutes whole there is dreamy, imaginative music.) (The Master now asks the Candidate.) Master What is the wish of thy heart? Candidate (Prompted by Hight Priest:) More Light. Master (Extending the right hand of fellowship) Arise, Brother, I greet you as a Brother and extend the right hand of fellowship while you are still hood-winked to indicate that even to Brothers unenlightend defenseless the hand of brotherly love must ever be extended. (The Master now removes the hood-wink, places a taper in the hand of the Brother and bids him light it. After he has lighted it, the Master again extends his right hand and says.) Master Again I give the right hand of fellowship and welcome you into Brotherhood of Light. You are now a Knight of the Rose and the Cross. Your pass-word is ... Lecture Master I will now interpret the significance of the different steps of the Initiation. Unbiased by any person or persons, but through your own choice and free will, you made application to become a Brother of Light in this Temple. In the vestibule as you waited, you sat on the seat of decision. You were blindfolded to indicate your groping, unenlightened state. Your right hand was placed upon the back of your Brother, a searcher after light like yourself, as emblematical of the brotherly help to be given in time of darkness and need, and also the strong, brotherly support which should uphold all Brothers in the Brotherhood work. The one knock given by the Conductor, signified the one yearning desire of your whole soul to enter into the Holy of Holies within your own Temple where the Altar flame of God's presence forever glows with a fadeless radiance. You were admitted because this one pointed desire swallowed up all others and you were willing to undertake an unknown journey, blindfolded and ignorant, were willing to promise obedience even though you were required to work with the dead which in reality refers to your own dead and dying self which must be prepared for death, before the resurrection, and all this in order that you might find the Light. You perceive the significance of the journey through the unknown vale of darkness and how it can be accomplished, when trusting to the Lord of Salvation and leaning upon the rod and staff of Omnipotence. Even in the midst of the dark shadows and the grim reminders of ephemeral mortality, you still held to your purpose and solemnly inscribed your name in blood-red ink in token of your loyalty to your ideal and the obligations you assume toward God and the Brotherhood which represents humanity. You were then brought to the foot of the cross still blindfolded as indicating that, though partically ready for the light, you had not yet received it. The triangle is a symbol of Deity, of which more will be revealed later. Your admission on the point as it pressed against your forehead is a reminder that God only may open the eye of intuition and that when you begin the search for the True Light, you are touched with Divine Wisdom. You were asked to kneel in token of your willingness to be taught, and again touched the point of the triangle as an indication that, though touching it while still on the plane of human weakness, yet as the side of the triangle reaches towards its own apex, or Divine Perfection, so do your aspirations and strivings after spiritual light traces the straight, upward path, by which you rise into the apex of your God-like nature. Your hands upon the Holy Scriptures revealed the child-like spirit of consecration which is essential to the finding of the Light, either within or without. My Brother, go thou still further on your quest. (The Conductor now turns the Brother towards the High Priest.) (The High Priest, with a slender rod in his hand, points to the Rose and the Cross and says: -) High Priest Out of the mystery of darkness cometh light. You are, therefore, dressed in black and standing on a black background to represent that out of the black ground of your earth nature, shall be manifest the light of the Soul, and that your earth must be under your Soulual foot. This cross upon which you gaze, is an age symbol of the passing from death to life, or the crucifixion of the sense man [!] upon the cross of material conditions. Back of the flesh man is the Soul man, back of the red cross of the sensual life is the radiant effulgence of the Soul, and man, though he appears nailed to the rod, will be freed by the transmuting power of the gold and awaken to find, though the human die in the process, the Divine Will live, for back of the visible, or earthy cross, is the one invisible of living light which unites the individual, or resurrected Soul, to the Universal Source, though individualized according to the channel through which it passes, is yet at one with the sun from which it comes. The cross stands now as it ever has through all the ages of human history as a symbol of life, the life emanating from God. The rose flushed with the tint of awakening day is the beauteous emblem of the Aurora, dawn or resurrection of life, and together the cross and the rose signify the dawn of Eternal Life. The rose is also a symbol of discretion concerning the mystery of life which dawns slowly and secretly upon the Consciousness and concerning which no loud or profane word should be spoken, but rather revealed by lips consecrated to the sayings of words of life and light which display the inner Soul beauty, as the rose silently, sweetly and beautifully reveals the ideal of itself as it must be in the mind of the Creator. (The High Priest turns to face the Master who stands back of the altar. Conductor motions the Brother to form a circle around the Altar with the Master opposite the High Priest. Master Brothers, you are now in the first circle of Light. Your faces are turned to the eternal goal. You are committed to the Pathway of Light, on which are many whose feet might stumble and whose hearts might falter were not your Brotherly hands ever extended in sympathy and strength. To the light of Love be true and the Light of wisdom will ever illuminate your life and conduct in your family, social, business and civil relations. You are now a Knight of the Rose and the Cross, Entrance Degree Faithful unto death, is the watchword of a true Knight. Love God above all, and your Brother as yourself. Live the interior life and prove yourselves Brothers by the outer. Remember the word ... Remember the sign ... (Silence, then soft music, then the High Priest raises her [?] hands in benediction, and repeats seven times to soft music:) The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting Light and thy God thy Glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Amen. Amen. Amen. (Triumphant music.) Queen of the Night (Music is to be operatic) Queen of the Night Thou Goddess Queen, Diffusing silvery light. Osirian born, And wandering through the gloom of night. With stars surrounding, paying homage to thy beauty Night's torch extending, Through the heavens you ride: Mother of ages, Fruit-producing Moon, Whose amber orb makes Night's reflected noon: Creator of Love, Beautiful Queen of the night, Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, In peace rejoicing And a prudent life: Fair queen of Night, Beautiful and sublime, Who giveth to Nature's work their destined end. Queen of all the stars, All-wise Diana, hail. Decked with a graceful rove and ample veil. Come blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, Come, moony lamp, with chaste and splendid light, Shine on these sacred rites with prosprous rays, And please accept thy supplicants mystic praise. © P.R. Koenig, 1993/2000
English: Theodor Reuss and the Brothers of Light in the Seven Churches of Asia. The origins of Brotherhood of Light of Theodor Reuss.
Deutsch: Die Brueder des Lichtes der sieben Gemeinden in Asien. Theodor Reuss' Hermetische Bruderschaft des Lichtes.
Français: Les Frères de Lumière dans les Sept Églises d'Asie. Les origines de la Fraternité de Lumière de Theodor Reuss.
More about all this in: Andreas Huettl and Peter-R. Koenig: Satan - Jünger, Jäger und Justiz.
Theodor Reuss' O.T.O. rituals.
More on Memphis Misraim.
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