About the Initiatic Journey
In an authentic organization, initiatic rituals are essential. Their spiritual and theurgic power is based on several main factors. They must be known only by initiates and be practiced by Officers who have been trained to work on the visible and invisible planes.
It is for this reason that it is important, to obtain a result on your personal and inner evolution, to ask for your initiation in a Chapter of the Order.
The initiation received directly by properly trained Officers of the Order is a theurgic process that can bring you real help in transforming your being and your life! You cannot do everything by yourself! Initiation is a powerful and respectable theurgic process, which will allow you to go further and faster.
The initiatic process is the first step of the Great Work of your realization. This work is not only symbolic, but operative, opening the doors for your progression in the initiatic degrees. It is absolutely safe, because you will be protected by the powerful egregore of the Kabbalistic Tradition of the Rose-Cross. Even if it is obvious, we must say that initiations are in no way pacts with the devil or any evil power, just as they imply no sacrifice.
When you have received the initiation, you will be able to participate in the various group practices that are specific to your degree.
Initiations transmitted within Chapters
DEGREE OF THE THRESHOLD
- INITIATION OF UNKNOWN SUPERIOR
Presentation : This preliminary degree constitutes the moral and spiritual foundation of the Order. It is the prerequisite.
In the 17th century, a Frenchman named Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin was introduced to the occult rites of Christian esotericism by his master Martinès de Pasqually. A few years after the death of the latter, Saint-Martin, also known as the "Unknown Philosopher," moved away from his master’s doctrine to create a “small school in Paris,” whose aim was to practice a pure spirituality. He incorporated doctrines of Martinès that had been received orally into his own, and created a unique degree called “Unknown Superior” (in French “Supérieur Inconnu”). Saint Martin chose to introduce a teaching that focused essentially on ethics and mysticism. The goal was to receive the key which would open the inner door of the soul, allowing people to communicate with the spheres of the Spirit. The only requirements were a manifestation of true desire, a commitment of the soul, and an awakening of good will. This was the original “Martinism.”
The Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross has always considered this degree as a moral precondition for the initiatic journey. It is therefore crucial and fundamental, while paradoxically requiring only minimal theoretical training. Spiritually, it constitutes an unavoidable inner step.
Since the beginning of its existence, the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross has used an initiatic ceremony of “Unknown Superior,” thus associating the mystical dimension with a very powerful theurgical ritual dating back to the authentic sources of Martinism.
Duration fo the degree: 6 months
Practices and rituals of this degree: Preparatory document for initiation; Martinist Operative Ritual; Martinist’s instructions; Rites of consecration of ritual tools and clothes; Martinist’s practices of the “Unknown Superior.”.
DEGREES OF THE CHAPTER
1- INITIATION of the 1st DEGREE
Presentation: The initiation of the first degree is rooted in the Hebrew magical (practical) Kabbalah, which is foundational to the esoteric Judeo-Christian tradition found partly in 19th century occultist schools. For hundreds of years, few rituals were communicated outside Jewish Kabbalist groups practicing this form of magic Kabbalah. Among the fundamental texts of this tradition, three have a special place. These are the Zohar, the Sepher Yetzirah, and the Sepher Ha-bahir - although the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross is not limited to the theoretical teachings in these books. To cross the veils of the Sacred Mysteries and obtain a real transformation, the initiate must live the initiatic rituals described therein. This is what this initiation ritual of the 1st degree allows. Remember that the initiations of our Order have never been published, so they have retained their authenticity and power.
This explains why only this type of initiation can accompany the initiate to the heart of the Mysteries
Reception of the degree: The candidate must have successfully completed his 6 months of training in the previous degree, memorized the instructions and practiced the individual rites.
Duration of the degree: Set of 22 practical meetings in a Chapter.
Practices related to this degree: As in every degree of the Order, there is a set of spiritual and psychic practices taught orally within the Chapter. Initially, they allow the deepening and the appropriation of certain parts of the ritual of initiation, along with learning the secrets of the degree. In this first degree, the practices are obviously focused on the magical and practical Judeo-Christian Kabbalah.
2- INITIATION of the 2nd DEGREE
Presentation: The initiation of the second degree reveals the heart of the esoteric Christian tradition as it was constituted in France and Italy in the Middle Ages. During the Renaissance, some teachings from the Byzantine tradition were associated with the original corpus. In the works of Dante Alighieri, a 13th-century author, the Western occult tradition was often presented in a poetic way. More specifically, his book The Divine Comedy reveals the structure of spiritual worlds and archangelic hierarchies taught since antiquity.
We also know that the troubadours of the Middle Ages and some "Knights of the Temple" preserved a knowledge of the ancient Mysteries associated with the most original Christian esotericism.
According to the process described for the first degree, the second initiation is based on this Medieval heritage to accompany the candidate in this path of initiation described by Dante. Connections with the true Rose-Croix tradition become obvious. This was understood by writers Stanislas de Guaita and Joséphin Péladan.
Reception of the degree: The candidate must have completed the 22 practical meetings of the previous degree, memorized the instructions and finished the second step of the Archconfraternity of Ieschouah.
Duration of the degree : Set of 32 practical meetings in a Chapter.
Practices related to this degree: In this second degree, the practices focus on the esoteric Christian tradition, the mysteries of the incarnation and the celestial ascent, the archangelic mysteries, and the authentic Rose-Cross, as well as the chivalry of the temple.
2- INITIATION of the 3rd DEGREE
Presentation: The initiation of the third degree reveals a very little-known aspect of the esoteric Christian tradition. However, it originated the revelations in the Middle Ages, associated with the Kabbalah in the Renaissance, and gave birth to occultism in nineteenth-century France. Between the 1st and the 5th centuries, several Christian Gnostic communities flourished in Egypt and various countries of the Middle East. We are not talking here about Gnostic recreations of the 19th century, which are copies of the Roman Catholic Church, but of original Gnostic schools. Many of them incorporated magical and religious knowledge from pre-Christian traditions. Their rites and secrets were interesting and powerful, which probably led to the elimination of most of these groups by the exoteric Christian church we know today. Happily, a number of texts have recently been discovered, but it is extremely difficult to study and understand their ritual functioning. However, this third initiation makes it possible to receive this original knowledge in the most authentic form. The original source of gnosis becomes accessible, revealing the true nature of the tradition that gave birth to the Rose-Cross.
Reception of the degree: The candidate must have completed the 32 practical meetings of the previous degree, memorized the instructions and have completed the fifth step of the Archconfraternity of Ieschouah.
Duration of the degree: Set of 40 practical meetings in a Chapter.
Practices related to this degree: In this third degree, the practices focus on some of the original Gnostic traditions, early Christianity, and medieval Gnostic traditions such as Catharism. Various occult keys from pre-Christian traditions are also taughts.
DEGREES OF THE GRAND CHAPTER
CONSECRATION of PATRIARCH ROSE-CROSS
Presentation: The Patriarchs R+C are brothers and sisters who have received the four degrees of the order, received the initiation of Knight Rose-Cross (head of the Chapter) and reached the second priesthood of the Archconfraternity of Ieschouah.
This consecration transmits priestly authority as it was instituted in the original esoteric Christian tradition.
Reception of the degree: The candidate must have completed the 40 practical meetings of the previous degree, memorized the instructions and completed the second priesthood of the Archconfraternity of Ieschouah.
Practices: The studies and practices take place on three levels. First, the Patriarch works within the occult circle of the Patriarchs Rose-Cross; then, he performs a regular individual work arising from the priesthood consecrations he received.
He is also in close and regular contact with a more experienced initiate who accompanies him in fundamental spiritual exercises.
Parallel to the daily practice of his spiritual duties, he is prepared for the accomplishment of the great theurgical operations of invocation of the beings of light
Archconfraternity of Ieschouah
As it is explained in the history of our Order, the occult lineage of the Grand Patriarchs of the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross has consisted of mystics and ecclesiastics who have been in charge of various important religious organizations. This succession ensures a continuous transmission of occult powers and sacerdotal authority linked to the Archconfraternity of Ieschouah.
The Archconfraternity is totally different from the more recent Martinist organizations or pseudo-esoteric churches which do not know the occult keys of Christian Kabbalah.
It is open to non-members of the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross. However, the initiatic journey of K.O.R.C. explained before implies that the sister or brother also practices asceticism provided by the Archconfraternity.
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