“The Third falls prey to an infernal heath; but, nevertheless, some inferior beings live there; The Second is the one where we live; The First, separated from us by the Milky Way, is composed of subtle matter. The beings that live there inhabited this earth at an earlier age, in the Second Region, and remember it. They are highly conscious. They communicate amongst themselves by means of wireless macrophones of ten centimeters in length, containing a macrometer and a magnetic needle that allows them to calculate orientation and
their interlocutor's distance. They also have optical disks and thought cameras, fixed upon the forehead or the nape of the neck. Them tranportent themselves, in their Region, from world to world. Déon and Déa often make these interstellar journeys. I have the narrative of the journeys made by them, which is authentic: it is Mr. Dupré who gave it to me. -What! I said the other day to Mr. Dupré. Your wife, with whom you walk, with whom you eat, again I say 'What!' … She with whom you live, who became, one fine day, Déa, presides over the destiny of the white race, accomplishes interstellar journeys, are you not … struck, are not you seized with dizziness before her? - I can note the reality of it all, indeed better than anyone, since I was her husband.” (18) - “Parmi les sectes et les rites: Les Petites Eglises de Paris" (1937) Returning to the subject of Sémélas’ succession after his death in 1924, it would have been obvious that Déa’s first-born child, Blanche Dupré, succeeded Sémélas as the new leader of the Order. After all, after Déa’s death it was Blanche who’d received the title of “Grande Maîtresse Marie II - Notre Mère Venerable”. She was placed under the wings of Mme. Courtout (Réa) at the time and the future belonged to Blanche. But Blanche had lost her interest in the Order. Her younger sister Jeanette, on the other hand, did not loose her interest and later continued her activities as a Grand Mistress of the O.L.A., directing one of the Initiatic Colleges of the Order. Nevertheless, It seemed as if the Order D.P. Sémélas had founded in 1914 went down with him into his grave. It is quite clear that If it wasn’t for Eugène Dupré, the O.L.A. possibly would not have survived. After Dupré had remarried he personally restored the Order. "It is Déon Our Master who designated me, amongst those of us remaining, as his successor at the head of the Order", thus Dupré in conversation with Pierre Geyraud. “He placed in my hand a gold ring with a two-headed eagle that Déon, who had himself received it from a Master, bequeathed to him. He hated it that I stubbornly refused initiation: but, he abridged for me the stages of accession to the higher degrees”(19). The Order was installed in his home in Le Pré-Saint-Gervais (Paris). A Ritual Chamber was established in one of the rooms which was painted blue with a double-headed eagle and Lilies decorating the walls. But the Order changed its direction. Dupré gave it a social activity that it didn’t have under the direction of Sémélas. Dupré’s Order published a journal called ‘Justice Et Vérité’ (Justice & Truth). The newly refounded Order i.a. attracted the attention of two important French Martinists, Georges (Bogé de) Lagrèze (1882-1946) and Augustin Chaboseau (1868-1946). Chaboseau was the Grandmaster of the French ‘L’Ordre Martiniste Traditionnel’, officially founded in 1931. Lagrèze (20) is already mentioned on page two as one of the initiates who’d received the ‘aspirant R.C’ degree of the ‘Freres d'Orient’ from D.P. Sémélas back in 1911. Chaboseau allegedly implanted the degree of ‘Commandeur’ into his Martinist Organization. It is stated that each S:::I::: (3rd degree of Martinism) of the French O.M.T. received automatically the third degree of ‘L’Ordre du Lys et de L’Aigle’. This explains why the F.U.D.O.S.I. approached the Order to join the organization. The F.U.D.O.S.I. was a federation of initiatic orders and societies that was established in Brussels, Belgium in 1934. Chaboseau became one of the three members of the Supreme Council of this federation after the expulsion in 1938 of the earlier-mentioned Victor Blanchard. Unfortunately for both Lagrèze and Chaboseau, Dupré was not interested in a collaboration with the F.U.D.O.S.I. As stated in my essay on this federation (21), Eugène Dupré died in a bombing-raid on June 12, 1944. After the War, in 1946, ‘L’Ordre du Lys et de L’Aigle’ was invited to present the successor of Dupré at the fifth convention of the F.U.D.O.S.I., held in Brussels, Belgium. Allegedly, the invitation was turned down or so it seems, since no official delegate of the Eonian Order was sent to the Convention. Eugène Dupré posthumously received the title / mystical nomen “Sar Lilium” [Lily] at the F.U.D.O.S.I. Convention of 1946 (June 22, 1946). THE ORDER OF THE LILY AND EAGLE AFTER 1945 What happened to the Order after Eugène Dupré’s death in 1944? There’s not much information on this period. I’m not even sure if the original Order officially continued its activities at all. Although it is alleged that the French branch was headed, or more precisely, co-headed by Mme Weill of Paris. It is further known that OLA had correspondent members in Athens, Greece, and in Cairo, Egypt, during their heydays under Sémélas Marcel Roggemans claims that after Sémélas the names of three ‘ Grand Commandeurs’ are known to us; Antonios Hatziapostolou, Nikolaos Kontaros and Georgios Agathos. All three were involved in the foundation of OLA, back in 1915. Georges (Georgios) Agathos succeeded Dupré as Grand Commander in 1945 in Greece. Today the Order has branches in, amongst others, Greece, France and the United States. In the States the Order makes itself known
through the ‘Center for Inner Initiative’ at Littleton, Colorado. In Greece the seat of the Order is in Athens. Already since 1951 the seat of the Order has been Athens, Greece, where the Order is represented by the non-profit organization ‘The Philosophical Society of the Order of the Lily And the Eagle’. Just recently (2005) the Greek branch claimed to have received the complete archives of the French branch from the days of Dupré. Apparently, the archives had been lost after Mr. Dupré’s death in 1944, since no one back then allegedly knew where Dupré had stored the OLA archives. This claim contradicts certain information which I present in the history of the Rose+Croix d’ Orient, where it is stated that Robert Ambelain received some original documents from the earlier mentioned Mme Weill. And, as stated above, Mme Weill headed (co-resident) OLA after the War in the 1950’s and apparently possessed original Order material. Just an observation … It is generally known that in the heydays of the French O.L.A. the Order conveyed the initiation of the Rose-Croix of the Orient, ‘l’Aspirant R.C (Freres d'Orient)’. According to a high dignitary of the British Grand Lodge of the Martinist Order & Synarchy (Ordre Martiniste et Synarchique) from London (22) “the degree disappeared from the Order of the Lily and Eagle and most (current) members know nothing about it”. Personally, I assume the degree disappeared with the death of Sémélas in 1924, when Dupré took over and changed the direction of the Order. It is stated that the Order developed into some kind of philantropic organization, or so it seems. Anyway, Eugène Dupré gave the Order a social activity which it didn’t have under the direction of Sémélas. To the esoteric community the Rose-Croix of the Orient became known through the works of Robert Ambelain (1907-1997), without whom we might never have heard of this esoteric order. The story goes that in 1942 the ‘Rose-Croix d’Orient’ came under the direction of Dr. Edouard Bertholet (1883-1965), successor of Victor Blanchard as Grandmaster of ‘L’Ordre Martiniste et Synarchique’. And, as stated on page three, it was Blanchard who‘d united with Sémélas’ ’Groupe Indépandant d’Etudes Marinistes’’ in 1918. Blanchard also received membership in L’Ordre du Lys et de L’Aigle. The above-mentioned British Grand Lodge member, whom I hereafter will refer to as ‘mr.J.’, claims that some of the RC d’Orient documents are hinted about at the Martinist S:::I::: initiation (3º), especially within ‘L’Ordre Martiniste et Synarchique’. “Other levels of the OMS material also point in this direction with many not knowing what they are talking about. I have studied these lines so I can vouch for its authenticity”, thus F.J. As for the O.L.A. of today, the Order describes itself as a “A Western initiatic school continuing the living work of an ancient line uniting the Judeo-Christian tradition . . . from Egyptian initiation . . . through Moses and the Prophets . . . culminating in Jesus the Christ . . . To the Hellenic mystery schools of Orpheus, Pythagoras, and Socrates . . . And re-stated in the teachings of St. Martin, Alchemy, the Kaballah, Contemporary science and Psychology.” ( ‘Center for Inner Initiative’ U.S.A.). Some of the information on the current O.L.A. I have is derived from the “controversial” American branch. It is stated that this branch was established under the authority of Ronald V. Cappello, who is said to hold a lineage which descended from Robert Ambelain. Mr.Cappello leads various Orders in - what I refer to as - the French Martinist RC tradition (Co-Masonic Order of Memphis-Misraïm, Gnostic Church, Martinist Order), including its inner Orders. Cappello does not openly admit his involvement but he also does not deny it. Cappello comments on this subject: “I have never claimed any affiliation to any organization. And if I do or do not belong, it is only my concern and I would never speak of it. The Rose+Croix d’ Orient, the Frères Aines de la Rose+Croix and the Rose+Croix Kabbalistique are not for public consumption any way. And should never be discussed in any public forum and especially over the Internet thru e-mails.” And, “If someone has put my name somewhere in connection with these groups, I assure that it was not myself. It is therefore not my place to confirm or deny anyone's self motivate or contrived belief about me“.(23) Be that as it may be, the continual references to Cappello and the fact that he does not deny it, somehow suggests that mr. Cappello holds a lineage in this tradition. But this assumption is once more contradicted by the author’s ‘mysterious source’ from England, mr. J. : “The Rose Croix of the Orient is not active in America under Mr R. Cappello. He did get the book of Ambelain translated into English. He asked me for any material I could lend him on this Order and he personally told me he was never received into the KR+C or the R+C d’Orient. The reason I am sure of this also because G.Kloppel did not have it to give because Kloppel never received it from Ambelain and Cappello had only contact with Kloppell through Memphis Mizraim.” (email correspondence with F.J., June 2002) Of course, it is possible that mr.
Cappello did receive the neccesery information, charters etc. from somewhere else. For instance through the Ancient Martinist Order, an order which claims to hold many of the French lineages (including the Ambelain lineage). Note: More information can be found in the chapters on the Martinist Order(s).
But what is this French RC tradition exactly? As stated before, Ambelain (who’d received his lineage directly from Lagrèze) originally implemented the RC d’Orient into the fourth degree of his Martinist Order before he had another name. “Ambelain had the seals and some papers of KR+C but i have all these and they are not very interesting. Gerosa (24) of Italy had more material.” (F.J. -O.M.&S) It seems that when Cappello was expelled by Gérard Kloppel from the Rite of Memphis-Misraïm (more of Kloppel later), he allegedly went to Ambelain and received a charter from the Rite of Misraïm. Mr.J. continues by stating that“Ambelain gave him permission to translate the book SR+C (25) but never gave him anything else”, as we already know. Other alleged lineage holders (OKRC/RC d’Orient) are the earlier mentioned Gérard Kloppel and Joël Duez. Kloppel claims he had the degree from Ambelain but, according to mr.J.,it turns out “to be just a simple laying of hands and basically useless”. Joël Duez also has a lineage derived from Ambelain through André Mauer and another one through Marcel Jirousek (a former Belgian disciple of Ambelain). But these lineages represent the RC d’Orient tradition, a tradition which is the subject of our next chapter. Returning to the subject of this essay - the Order Of the Lily And The Eagle – I think we may conclude that the Order of today is a bit different to the one of the heydays of its existence (1920’s). The Order keeps a low profile and not much information is presented to the outside world. One of my sources on the current branch is a work entitled ‘Dictionnaire Des Groupes Religieux Ajourd’hui’ (26). The author, Jean Vernette, classifies the order under ‘Gnostic groups – esoteric’ with a membership between 50-500 people. The actual text of the book refers to the French branch of the Order and was published in 1996. The ‘Grand Commandeur’ resides in Paris and there were allegedly orderactivities in the capitol and in Perpignan, in the south of France. The author descibes the Order as a group that was “founded upon a cosmological myth with its origins rooted in Gnosticism…” (freely transl. from original in French c) 1996). The Order Of The Lily And The Eagle has a chivalric constitution and it i.a. teaches, next to the above-mentioned Cosmogony, a form of sacred astrology which they refer to as ‘Astrosophia’ (27), the Wisdom of the Stars. The Order’s theosophical/ philosophical doctrines finds its origin with the mythical brothers of the East, ‘‘Les Frères d'Orient’. Sometimes the Order also emphasizes the adaptation of spiritual therapeutical powers within its curriculum. A modern version of the original Order’s organ, Eon, was published in the form of a book by the American “Center For Creative Initiative" in Littleton, Colorado. Not much original material by the Order’s original leaders, Deon and Dea, is published in this book. This in contrary to material derived from teachers outside from the original Order like, for instance, G.I.Gurdjieff (1872?–1949), who’s mentioned a lot. The American branch is not recognized by the European branch. According to a Serbian member of the Greek OLA this branch is the product of a schism and “they have no rituals or complete teachings” (email-correspondence Sept. 2005). In France the order appeared on a –by some considered controversial- governmental list of so-called sects in 1996. The afore-mentioned Greek branch with its seat in Athens has already been active (after the war) since 1951. As we have read before, since that year the O.L.A. in Greece makes itself known to the outside world through the non-profit organization ‘The Philosophical Society of the Order of the Lily And the Eagle’. The Greek branch of the OLA presents the following Lines of Succession : 1915 -1918 1918 -1924 1924 -1944
Marie Routchine Dupré Dimitrios Sémélas Eugène Dupré
1945 -1955 1955 -1984 1984 -1992 1992 -1995 1995 - ,,,,,,,
GEORGIOS AGATHOS VASSILIOS GOULETAS KONSTANTINOS CHALIOTIS KONSTANTINOS PAPATHANASSIOU ANDREAS PROKOPIOU
It appears as if the Order has the same degree structure as the original Order with sideorders in the higher levels of the O.L.A. In the first degree the Order teaches theoretical- and theosophical material, including classical biblical cosmogony (Genesis) as well as material on the concepts of Agartha and/or Shambalah. In the higher levels we find several side-orders, such as “the R+C Order”, a Martinist Chapter, a College of Kabbalah, a College of Alchemy and of Astrosophy, each with its own degrees. Just recently the Greek branch claimed to have received the complete archives of the original French branch. It includes “Templar and Rosicucian” (RCO) material, along with specific teachings on Psychurchy which seems to be part of EASIA-EASIE (Eques A Santi Ioannes Evangelistae - Santi Ioannes Apostolica, see also the essay on the RC d’ Orient). In 1997 Triantafyllos Kotzamanis became involved in writing and developing [new] material for the Order, the continuation of Sémélas’ original teachings as authorized by the Grand Commander for Greece, Andreas Prokopiou. Kotzamanis is the successor of Armand Toussaint (1895-1994), founder of L’Ordre Martiniste des Chevaliers du Christ -OMCC- and a former honorary Grandmaster of Roger Caro’s Frères Aines de la Rose+Croix -FAR+C-. Besides being a Grandmaster of the OMCC, Kotzamanis also heads a Pythagorean Order and the Masonic L’Oriënt Universel des Rites Traditionnel [M:.M:.] and is the Patriarch of Toussaint’s Rosicrucian and Apostolic church, L’Eglise Rosicrucienne Apostolique [et Gnostique]. He was also one of the members of the famous Groupe de Thèbes, a meeting group organized by the French Order leader Remi Boyer which included several European Grandmasters of various initiatic currents [see my essay “FUDOSI 1934-1951”]. After a long stay elsehere in Europe, Kotzamanis returned to Greece at the end of the 1980’s. In a private correspondence, dated April 21, 2006, a foreign Mason [who wishes to remain anonymous] claims that he returned to Greece holding various lineages from the occidental tradition; “the Fraternity of Myriam, the Gnostic Rosicrucian Apostolic Church, the FAR+C, a Pythagorean order, many French lines “Fraternite du Dragon Lunaire”, “le Circle d’ Atoum”, the IFAM, the Templar order called “Ordre Souverain du Temple Initiatique”, the Elus Cohen, the Martinist Order of the Poor Soldiers of Christ, the Grand Orient des Rites Traditionelles) and others that I do not remember the names) and finally the Misraim and Memphis Rite [G.S.A.]”. “Some of the orders I have referred he tried to develop but most of them with their rituals and their ordinations are somewhere in his… drawers” [anonymous, e-mail dated April 21, 2006]. Allegedly, the Grand Commander for Greece, Andreas Prokopiou, held Kotzamanis in very high esteem, some even say he considered him to be a special reincarnation [ Generator or Giant?, see p.3] Two foreign Masons, who wish to remain anonymous, confirmed this claim recently in a private correspondence to me: “Some five years ago T.K. [Kotzamanis] was accepted as a great incarnation by the heads and council of the Lily and the Eagle Order. Together with his wife they were considered as a divine couple.” The O.L.A. accepts members by invitation only. There are no fees for membership, the Order propagates philantropy and works of charity for which it accepts gifts. Under the leadership of Andreas Prokopiou the Order seems to have developed a more international orientation. The O.L.A. is today represented, next to Greece and France, in countries like Spain, Italy, Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria, and Brazil. In Brazil there even exist two branches of the O.L.A. One is recognized by Athens and is lead by Tadeu Rodrigues Jordan (Sâr Michael) who’s also the Grandmaster of L’Ordre Martiniste et Synarchique in Brasil (Sâr Gulion lineage) and the delegate of Rémi Boyer for Brazil.The other branch has been established by “former A.M.O. members in Brazil, as for example the director of the Sufi Martinist Order”. Three names. A few sources claim that the latter branch is a schism from Tadeu Rodrigues’ branch. It could be possible since three of its original dignitaries, Ruy Bisognin [Tau Petrus, formerGM AMO Brazil, etc.], Lúcio Paneque [Sâr Mejnour - who was murdered, former-GM Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis, AMO, etc.] and Mário Alves da Silva Filho [Ahmad - Sâr Hamza, director of the Sufi Martinist Order, former-Vice-GM Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis, AMO, etc.] were connected to Tadeu in the past through the Martinist Order - OMCC and/or Elus-Cohen. But this is contradicted by a statement made in an email by Ahmad, dated November 11, 2004 [freely transl.] “We didn’t know about the existence of Tadeu’s “Ordem da Lis e da Águia”. We have a lineage of this Order, but we didn’t know that Tadeu also had one”. Lúcio Paneque refers to himself as Imperator of the “Antient and Primitive Order of the Lily and the Eagle” [ Antiga e Primitiva Ordem do Lírio e da Águia ], as can be seen on a
charter granted to Tau Camael in Spain for the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis. Lúcio Paneque created the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis, S.S.G., as an ante-chamber to the Inner Orders [it is –amongst others- based on the lineages received from the American Ancient Martinist Order, A.M.O.]. Lúcio and Ahmad were close friends. Brazilian sources think that it is Ahmad who’s the head of the “Antiga e Primitiva Ordem do Lírio e da Águia“. It seems that Ruy Bisognin never spoke about the O.L.E. to my Brazilian sources. Lúcio Paneque died a couple of years ago, as a matter of fact, he was murdered. Paneque’s death is surrounded in mystery. Some say he was a victim of Black Magic, others claim he was involved in a drug deal of some kind…. Returning to Europe, what is of special interest to us is that one of my sources, a SouthAmerican Martinist, mentioned a recent schism in the Greek branch of the Order. In an emailcorrespondence he wrote that during the turn of the year 2005/2006 the current Grand Commander, mr. Andreas Prokopiou, was removed from his office by the members of the Supreme Council of the Greek O.L.A. Prokopiou is said to have agreed. As a matter of fact, In December 2005 Prokopiou wrote two letters in which he declared his resignation as head of the Order. Allegedly, the members of the council thereupon decided not to install a new Grand Commander. It is said that Prokopiou did resign in order to force the Supreme Council to reform and accept his views. This included the return to the Constitution of 1919, drawn up under the original leadership of D.P. Sémélas. Suddenly, in January 2006, Prokopiou wrote a third letter in which he declared his return to his original post of Imperator. That’s when the troubles began. It is not quite clear why Prokopiou decided to officially declare his reinstatement of his original post of Imperator, rumour has it that he was persuaded by other members. Another theory is that he already planned to do this at forehand. “I think that with the first two letters he tried to change things and with the 3rd and final one he did what he would have done anyway regardless of anything.”, thus an anonymous source. According to Grand Commander Prokopiou, the root of all problems was that mr. Kotzamanis “was trying to dominate in the Order for economic reasons”, as my foreign source puts it [e-mail send by two foreign masons, Summer 2006 -this information was later added to the original text]. “We know that thing because we had large discussions with one of the heads of the order who has been a member of the
as well.” According to this source, Prokopiou simply expelled Kotzamanis “and his wife” from the O.L.A., after which the latter “created a schism and took many people with him”. At the time of writing, February 2006, some say the controversy is still going on but it looks as if both parties, the Supreme council and the removed Grand Commander, continue each with their own branch. It is also said that Andreas Prokopiou will continue his [official] branch under the Constitution of 1919, which means that everything will be erased that was added since then. The -let’s-call-it- schismatic branch is said to reside in the premises of the Kyveli Publishing House in Athens. Kyveli is the publication company of Triantafyllos Kotzamanis. Whatever the truth, the situation at the moment is still not clear and it seems that we have to wait when all the dust has settled to get the complete picture. Kotzamanis’ branch continues the Order without its original Grand Commander, Andreas Prokopiou. It seems that the members of the O.L.A. were informed of the problems and were given the choice to leave or continue under the circumstances. A large number of people apparently have chosen to continue under the leadership of the Supreme Council and as far as they concern the schism never occurred. Well, it seems that Andreas Prokopiou begs to differ. At the moment his group “is in mourning”, as one of my sources puts it. The whole affair “created a lot of pain and strain to the legitimate heirs of the order as the above mentioned head has revealed to us. This person had a light stroke due to the stress he suffered from the situation.” [e-mail send by two foreign masons, Summer 2006] But it is Prokopiou who carries the lineage of the Order of the Lily and the Eagle. And it is Prokopiou who announced his reinstatement as Grand Commander/Imperator of the Order in February 2006. The schism allegedly created a lot of turmoil in the Greek esoteric community, and the issue is very sensitive. All sources emphasize the fact that they want to remain anonymous. Triantafyllos Kotzamanis is propably the most well-known esotericist and Order leader of Greece, and probably of the complete region, who has a lot of influence in Greece and some of its neighboring countries. One of his Greek critics stated that Kotzamanis “was - and for some people still is - a gifted occultist and surely a charming personality”. But despite his great knowledge and many talents, Kotzamanis has been proven unreliable, often “motivated by financial and egoistic incentives”
[anonymous, April 21, 2006]. It is also claimed that institutions like the Grand Lodge of Greece, Grand Orient of Greece, “Le Droit Humain”, as well as the Theosophical Society are not very positive in their judgements on Triantafyllos Kotzamanis. I want to emphasize that the claims and statements you have just read are telling just one side of the story. I’m still trying to obtain some information, views, claims etc. from the other side of the camp. To be continued ….
Magnum Opus The Magnum Opus of an initiate consists in: “Attaining the knowledge of oneself, of where I come from and where I go, of what I can do, as well as of what I want; Acquiring an integral understanding of the nature of Man, the Universe, and God; Working against ignorance under all its guises; Instructing and enlightening human beings; Healing the mind, soul, and body of his fellow creatures; Using initiatic sciences for the above purposes, and for them only; Uniting with the spiritual plane by the daily practise of meditation and prayer; and; The synthesis of all of the above, which is the practise of integral charity.”
Introductory Booklet to the Order of the Lily and the Eagle Center for Inner Initiative Attn: WS 5594 S. Prince Street Littleton, Colorado 80120
Milko Bogaard December 6, 2006
L'ORDRE DU LYS ET DE L'AIGLE Notes 1 “In physical terms Mount Athos is a peninsula, 56 kilometres long and not more than 8 kilometres in spiritual terms Athos is not of this world at all: it is, at least for those who live there, a station in sacred space, a foretaste of paradise. “ taken from : ‘Mount Athos – The Holy Mountain’ 2000-2004 Macedonian Heritage 2 Pierre Geyraud, "Parmi les sectes et les rites: Les Petites Eglises de Paris", Editions Emile-Paul Freres, 1937; pp 194-209 (English translation: Phillip A. Garver ) 3 Email posted by ‘Br. Nicholas’ on the Martinist E-group at Yahoogroups.com. ‘Br.Nicholas’ is a Martinist S.’.I.’. from Greece and a (former) longtime member of the current ‘Order of the Lily & Eagle’. More on the Frères/ R+C d’Orient in the next chapter. 4 Marcel Roggemans - “Geschiedenis van de Occulte en Mystieke Broederschappen” 5 Christian Rebisse “Le Histoire du Rosicrucianisme” (A.M.O.R.C. – O.M.T.) Rebisse furthermore claims that H.S. Lewis, who contacted Dupré around 1913, was promised a charter and the necessary documents to establish a (Martinist) Lodge in the United States. The correspondence (a letter dated July 23, 1913) was allegedly discovered in 1996 at the former mansion of H.S. Lewis’ son and successor, Ralph M. Lewis (19041987). Unfortunately, the War of 1914-1918 prevented the establishment of an American Lodge, thus Rebisse. See also “1915 - Antiquus Mysticusque Ordo Rosae Crucis (A.M.O.R.C.)“ 6 Other sources claim that Lagrèze received this initiation shortly before he returned to France in 1914 7 Pierre Geyraud, "Parmi les sectes et les rites: Les Petites Eglises de Paris", English translation: Phillip A. Garver 8 Ibid, pp 194-209 (transl. P.A. Garver) 9 Ibid 10 ibid 11 ibid, trandlated in English by Phillip A. Garver 12 Br. Nicholas, Greek Martinist (S.’..I.’..) and (former) member of the Order of the Lily & Eagle (2004) 13 See also ‘F.U.D.O.S.I. Orders & Societies –History of the M.O. – “1891 SUPRÊME CONSEIL DE L'ORDRE MARTINISTE“ page 21 14 Victor Blanchard allegedly received also the Degree of Commander of the O.L.E. at (or after) the occasion. 15 ‘Federation Universelle Des Ordres Et Societes Iniciatiques’, International Federation Of Initiatic Orders And Societies’ founded in 1934 at Brussels by i.a. H.S. Lewis, Victor Blanchard, and Émile Dantinne. 16 J. Marquès – Rivière was condemned to death after the war in 1945. All his assets were confined, all his (civil) rights were taken. Luckily for him, he’d decided to flea from France just before the War had ended. 17 Pierre Geyraud, "Parmi les sectes et les rites: Les Petites Eglises de Paris", English translation: Phillip A. Garver 18 M.D.S.M.D.L.U.A.F.D.L.T. is the abbreviation of, in English, “Mandate of the Sublime Master of the Universe to the Sons of the Earth” 18 The doctrine of the O.L.E. on the ‘unseen worlds’ is quite bizarre and rather ‘unique’ in its descriptions, to say the least. Of course, there are the usual concepts that we also find in other esoteric doctrines. For instance, the concept of the different root races is a concept which we also find in Blavatsky’s writings (Theosophic Society) th and other 19 century occultists such as, for instance, Saint Yves d’Alveydre (1842-1909) and Antoine Fabre d'Olivet (1768-1825). Nevertheless, the decriptions of ‘the beings of the First Region’ (the higher world) are quite unique, bizarre and even, in some way, ‘futuristic’ as it were… 19 Pierre Geyraud, "Parmi les sectes et les rites: Les Petites Eglises de Paris", English translation: Phillip A. Garver. 20 Georges (Bogé de) Lagrèze was one of the most prominent French esoterists of his time and a member and high dignitary of various masonic as well as non-masonic initiatic organizations (more information can be found (i.a.) in the series on the Martinist Order, Memphis-Misraïm and on the F.U.D.O.S.I.) 21 “F.U.D.O.S.I. 1934 – 1951” (version 1.2., November 2000) by Milko Bogaard. 22 Email-correspondence between the writer and the O.M.&S. dated June 12 and June 13, 2002. Out of respect for his privacy, the name of the British Grand Lodge dignitary is not published. 23 Email posted by Mr. Cappello on the Martinist E-group at Yahoogroups.com.in 2002 24 Ambrogio Gerosa was the Grandmaster of Dantinne’s Pythagorean Order (O::H::T::M:: ) in Italy during the fifties (see history on the F.U.D.O.S.I. 1934-1951 25 “The book SR+C” = The Sacramentary of the Rose+Croix, the so-called “secret formulay of the Rose+Croix d'Orient”, as Ambelain claims. 26 “Dictionnaire Des Groupes Religieux Ajourd’hui” – Jean Vernette; Presses Universitaires de France 1996. 27 “La Magie” - Massimo. Introvigne, Paris, Droguet-Ardant 1993, p. 108-110. On a special note, it is claimed that the Order’s founder, Sémélas, was the first who discovered the planet Pluto around 1915 (before the ‘official’ discovery in 1930). Allegedly Sémélas had named this planet Dora. The discovery is written in a text of his, under the title of ‘Astrosophia”, in which he furthermore claims that Dora (Pluto) was known to the Orpheans and Pythagoreans.