New Orders And Claims Of Transmission


I mentioned that i wish there was an order like “The Irish Order of Thelema” in a Swedish version (degrees connected to culture, history and the land + the law of liberty) and got the response that i should found one.

Fact is, i once did found an order that survived and initiated for years (even in my absence). It was meant as a Hermetic order including the GD techniques but also several other traditions. It had a degree system inspired in part by the Scottish Rite (though the rituals where unique to it) and in part on the tree of life.

(Me and one other person still has charters to the Ordo Arcanae as it was called).

I noticed a “wee” problem that i had suspected.

Many orders (i am initiated to quite a few) have a founding myth that is sometimes taken too literally and they seem to want to make claims on tranference that on closer inspection just isnt there (to me a charter is a charter, no charter is no charter).

I avoided that and got the feeling that the order would have been more popular (not that that was a goal) if it seemed as ancient as much of its content and if i pretended to have a lineage to a lot of other historical or semi historical societies.

If simply having a member initiated to several high degrees and such of defunct orders was enough (say a GD 5-6) i could claim a “lineage” to the Bavarian Illuminati, Memphis / Misraim, Royal Arch, The Odd Fellow FLT degrees, certain (contemporary) templar degrees, Rocicrucianism, The Golden Dawn, Several Swedish degrees,  some neo druidic degrees , AND John the Baptist, Apostles John, Peter and James (i dont).

So could almost anyone by extension if they are initiated to any mystery school (if nothing else since that one will claim such a lineage).

How hard would you say it would be to have a newly founded order get traction and what would be its major obstacles?

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Headstone in Shelby County of a Brother of Four Orders


This grave in Shelby County’s Calvary Cemetery boasts not one, not two, but four fraternal organizations – The Freemasons, the Knights of Pythias, the Oddfellows, and the United Brothers of Friendship. What, no Loyal Order of Moose?

Source: The Unusual Kentucky

http://unusualkentucky.blogspot.com/2009_05_01_archive.html

Some Fraternal Orders in Sweden


These Orders are NOT appendant bodies within Swedish Freemasonry but entirely separate Orders.

They all have degree systems.

Not all of them where founded in Sweden.

Svarta Örns Orden (Order of the Black Eagle).Founded to protect protestants. The Black Eagle was a ship.

W6. Founded 1851 in my hometown, Gothenburg. Has lodges all over Sweden but not outside.

WF. Founded 1865 in Stockholm and has lodges in many cities.

Bifrostorden (The Order of Bifrost, the rainbow bridge of Norse mythology). Founded 1925 in Örebro and has lodges in several cities.

Bifrosrorden works in 10 degrees (last one honorary): I:Freedom, II:Friendship:III:Knowledge,IV:Hope, V:Fidelety,VI:Love,VIITruth,VIIIBeauty,IXWisdomX:? (X can only be held by 30 brothers)

Götiska Förbundet (The Geatish Society). Founded 1815 and has its seat in Gothenburg. It works 6 degrees.

The seat of Götiska Förbundet in Skansen Lejonet , a fortification i have been in and passed many times.

Svea Orden (Order of the Swedes). Founded 1795. Like Götiska furbundet for the Geats (Götaland), Svea Orden works for the understanding of the history of the Swedes (Svealand)

The jewel of Riksgraden (The Degree of the Realm),Götiska Förbundet and Svea Orden shares their highest degree.

Medieval Maritime Order from the Mediteranian, now only working in Sweden and Finland

Svenska Druid Orden (Swedish Order of Druids). Branch of an Order founded in London 1781

Members of Sirius Orden (The Order of Sirius) at a festivity.

There are many , many more Orders active in Sweden but the list would be insane even without pictures.

Ordo Templi Orientis


 Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) (Order of the Temple of the East, or the Order of Oriental Templars) is an international fraternal and religious organizationfounded at the beginning of the 20th century. English author and occultist Aleister Crowley has become the most well known member of the order. Originally it was intended to be modelled after and associated with Freemasonry, but under the leadership of Aleister Crowley, O.T.O. was reorganized around the Law of Thelema as its central religious principle. This Law—expressed as “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”  and “Love is the law, love under will” —was promulgated in 1904 with the dictation of The Book of the Law. Similar to many secret societies, O.T.O. membership is based on an initiatory system with a series of degree ceremonies that use ritual drama to establish fraternal bonds and impart spiritual and philosophical teachings. O.T.O. also includes the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (EGC) or Gnostic Catholic Church, which is the ecclesiastical arm of the Order. Its central rite, which is public, is called Liber XV, or the Gnostic Mass.

 

Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) (Order of the Temple of the East, or the Order of Oriental Templars) is an international fraternal and religious organizationfounded at the beginning of the 20th century. English author and occultist Aleister Crowley has become the most well known member of the order.

Originally it was intended to be modelled after and associated with Freemasonry, but under the leadership of Aleister Crowley, O.T.O. was reorganized around the Law of Thelema as its central religious principle. This Law—expressed as “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”  and “Love is the law, love under will” —was promulgated in 1904 with the dictation of The Book of the Law.

Similar to many secret societies, O.T.O. membership is based on an initiatory system with a series of degree ceremonies that use ritual drama to establish fraternal bonds and impart spiritual and philosophical teachings.

O.T.O. also includes the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (EGC) or Gnostic Catholic Church, which is the ecclesiastical arm of the Order. Its central rite, which is public, is called Liber XV, or the Gnostic Mass.