The Martinist Order is derived from a regular high-degree system of Freemasonry and is considered spiritual Freemasonry.
Among the founders of Martinism are Martines de Pasqually, Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin and Jean Baptiste Willermoz.
Martinism is an initiatory path of hermetic and alchemical refinement. Within Martinism, the aspirant receives answers to the essential questions of life, especially regarding the origin and purpose of human development.
Martinism is a mystical-spiritual path of initiation that goes back to the mystical tradition of Don Martines de Pasqually (1727-1774).
He founded this initiatory tradition around 1740 within a regular high-degree system of Freemasonry.
As a result, it is often referred to as the “esoteric branch” of Freemasonry.
For this reason, Martinists are also referred to as “Spiritual Freemasons”.
After his death, his disciples, Jean Baptiste Willermoz and Marquis Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin, continued and developed this mystical tradition. Their tradition remains alive and intact to this day.
Since its inception, this tradition has spread internationally, giving rise to various branches and undergoing continuous development. As a result, these differences have led to various expressions of Martinism in different orders, grand lodges and lodges.
Despite the many variations in the practice of the fundamental teachings, Martinism has the same overarching goal in all orders and lodges: to enlighten with divine light those who still dwell in darkness and the shadows of death.
Thus, in 1889, Gérard Encausse (Papus) and Augustin Chaboseau founded the so-called Ordre Martiniste to unite scattered Martinists into a common order.
The teachings of Martinism are based on elements of ritual practice, initiation, symbolism, Christian mysticism, and hermetic Kabbalah.
The initiation path of Martinism aims to consciously connect the aspirant with the principle of creation, providing access to the inner knowledge of creation.
Unlike Freemasonry, Martinism offers an equal initiation path for women and men.
Martinist lodges serve as learning forums for the aspirant. They teach the aspirant to refine his personality, live chivalrous virtues, acquire creative knowledge, improve his interactions with others, and question his subjective and egocentric view of the world.
The aspirant practices applying his acquired knowledge in the world to serve humanity and to practically demonstrate his abilities.
Thus, Martinism serves as the basis for the spiritual transformation of the individual.
The authentic line of Martinism preserves the teachings of spiritual alchemy. Alchemy describes this refining process as “the transformation of lead into gold“.
The goal of Martinism is to provide individuals with a tool for inner transformation. Through this inner transformation, the individual’s spiritual development is gently nurtured.
This enables the Martinist to unlock the mysteries of creation: where man comes from and what his purpose is.
The teachings of the Hermetic Academy delve into advanced courses on this subject.
If interested, the aspirant can knock on the doors of the Martinist Order.