Ordre Reaux Croix is today the custodian of the complete martinist tradition, as it was developed by Martinez de Pasqually, Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin, Jean-Baptiste Willermoz, Nikolay Novikov and Ivan Lopukhin.
This extensive heritage of initiations, instructions, practice and texts is organized in a manner that respects the distinctive characteristics of the traditions, but also perceive them as branching streams from one common source, with a common destination.
Our Order is therefore organized as Three Branches:
The Voie Cardiaque, the Elus Coën, and the Chevaliers Bienfaisantes de la Cite Sainte (C.·.B.·.C.·.S.·.) .
We represent the relationship between these branches as a candelabra; one luminary or flambeaux, that dispels the same darkness and where the same fire burns.
The Initiatory journey begins for all in the Associate’s Degree of Voie Cardiaque. Upon attaining the second, or Initiate’s Degree, the seeker reaches a crossroad, where he or she may apply to a be received in one or both of the other branches as well.
In this manner the Voie Cardiaque constitutes a cornerstone in the work, and also a common ritual and social meeting-place for all members of the Order, regardless of degree and branch.
All the degrees of the order are open for both men and women, and so the three teaching-systems are now made available for all who are willing to work through the tasks of the initiations, and perceive and manifest their central Mystery.
The One Mystery, also known as the Royal Secret, is conveyed in at the same level of degrees, across the Branches, in respectively the Superieur Inconnu, Master Coën, and Scottish Master of St. Andrew degrees, indicated by the ribbon on the Candelabra-table.
The Order considers this Mystery its most precious inheritance, and perceives all further degree-work as a deepening of its realization.
Those who have attained the highest degrees of all the branches, may be invited to the ‘Collegia Reaux Croix’, where they meet for a common work in a system of their own.
The Candelabra: The Degrees and Branches of the Ordre Reaux Croix
The Work of the Order
Ordre Reaux Croix is an order, and is therefore unlike other organisations.
It is neither a sociable society, a movement or a religious community, but a community of independent mystics who study an esoteric initiatory path together with fellow peers.
The tradition of Orders is ancient, and have a long history in Europe as well as the East, where systems of teaching, practice and initiations traditionally are organized and conveyed in monasteries and secular orders from different religions and beliefs.
Martinism is not a monastic tradition, but a lay-order, that does not prescribe any form of asceticism, but rather an anchoring of the spiritual life in the mundane life, and seeking a harmony between them both in their interdependency.
The teachings and initiations of the Order are secret, and so is the identity of its members. Upon entering the Order, an oath of silence is sworn. All members are free to state that they are martinists and members of the order, and should always keep their life-partners informed. At the same time must it be respected that others may want to keep this private.
The oath of silence regarding the initiations and teachings are due to the rituals being formed to gradually unveil parts of oneself in a certain order. If their contents are known beforehand, they will not have the same effect as when experiencing them for the first time.
The reason for the initiations being conferred in degrees or grades, is that by them one works with different elements of oneself, in a gradual unfolding and discovery of what one is.
The knowledge of the system is built gradually, and can therefore be compared to grades in a school, with a pedagogical purpose and structure.
Admission into the order takes place after an independent application for membership. After a series of discussions, where the applicant may mutually come to know the order, and following a written application, the order will discuss if it can provide what the applicant is seeking.
If it is consented to, an initiation into the first degree is held, where the Initiate begins his or her studies and practice.
Further initiations are only conferred in recognition of actual development, and the ability to manifest this in ones life, not based on seniority, time nor dues.
As the order is a non-profit organisation, there are no dues for membership. Local expenses for meetings, regalia and initiations are covered by the members themselves, and these local dues are continually adjusted to reflect the actual expenses the Temple has. The Order and its administration have no paid positions, and does not receive any funding from neither members nor local units.
One can freely leave the order if one wishes to do so.
Membership in the Order does not involve any commitments in the neither the private nor professional life of the individual, but requires an active participation in both ones own and the common spiritual work.
The Order is the custodian of a non-dogmatic enlightenment –tradition, and does therefore not profess any exclusive religious confession.
Even so, the system has an esoteric gnostic-Christian origin and form, but of such a nature that it only requires a dedicated spirituality, accompanied by an idea of a higher deity of those who seek membership.
The order today has members of many religions, as well as those who do not adhere to any religious denomination whatsoever.
The order does not demand any way of life, dogmatism or moral, apart from an unquestionable respect for humankind, its equality, the freedom of the individual and spiritual nobility as the cornerstone of its teachings. The core writings of the Order, being the Manifest, Compass, and Rule of the order constitute this foundation. All interested seekers must have read these and contemplated their implication.
Martinists meet monthly for initiations and other common ritual work. In addition we meet in study-groups for one’s degree, where we seek exchanges of views, inspiration and social community.
Ones own independent practice is however the cornerstone in all spiritual development, Studies, meditations and rituals deepen and expound the mysteries of the initiations.
Through the first degrees of the order, one is appointed an individual tutor that will make himself available for answers and advice, based on his or her own experiences with the work. When mastership in the tradition is reached, one works individually and those who desires it can become mentors for others.