About the Fraternity of the Hidden Light

Esotericism
Esotericism is the theory and practice of the arcane arts and sciences. The dictionary defines arcane as "mysterious" or "secret." These same secret arts have been practiced by the great Adepts and Masters of all ages. Furthermore, entire civilizations practiced the recondite arts, including the ancient Egyptians. In the Orient, esotericism is practiced openly as Yoga, etc.

The esoteric arts have been misused by some, and thus have fallen suspect. Nevertheless the Sacred Mysteries are part of the Arcane. They have been hidden intentionally from the masses and kept secret through the ages. The Fraternity of the Hidden Light practices these Sacred Mysteries or esoteric arts for good, as they were intended by the great Adepts and Masters.

History
Mystery Schools, as individualized expressions of the Western Mystery Tradition, have been in existence for millennia, their origin lost in time. Tradition ascribes the founding of the first Mystery Schools to immortal beings of godlike stature, whose compassion for mankind lead them to form Mystery Schools for the evolutionary advancement of a comparatively infant humanity.

These first Mystery Schools, having served their purpose, have long since vanished. Dying embers on their altars, however, were carried to new temples and rekindled into burning flames, to be living messages to a humanity in great need. Notable among these various Schools formed down through the centuries are those of Isis and Osiris, the Zoroastrian Mystery Schools, the Mysteries of Dionysus, the Mithraic Mysteries, the Eleusinian Mysteries, the Gnostics, the Essenes, the Sufis, the Knights Templar, and the Brotherhood of the Golden and Rosy Cross.

In more recent times, just before the turn of the century, a new and eclectic expansion of the Western Mystery Tradition for English speaking nations took form in Europe as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. A few years later an American branch of that order was established as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in America. Reconstituted under European dispensation, it became the Rosicrucian Order of the Alpha et Omega in America, with temples in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with the governing or mother temple in New York, the THOTH-HERMES Temple #9.

Perhaps one of the most important events for modern man in the history of the Western Mystery Tradition occurred a little over one half a century ago when the Praemonstrator, or ruling Chief, of the Thoth-Hermes Temple, along with three other Officers, reor-ganized and expanded the teachings of the Alpha et Omega and formed a new Mystery School operating under a new age dispensa-tion: to be a transitional Order to bring Piscean Age humanity into the Aquarian Age, the Age of Man, or of Brotherhood and Humanitarianism.

The founders of this new Order have since made their transition, but have left the vestiges of a lofty tradition capable of infinite expansion by those who hold the "keys." To the Fraternitas L.V.X. Occulta, inheritor of these "keys," has fallen this task of expansion.

Fraternitas L.V.X. Occulta
Fraternitas L.V.X. Occulta is Latin for "Fraternity of the Hidden Light," and refers to that hidden light resident in all life, the Spirit within.

Through application of a Qabalistic numerological system known as Gematria, "Hidden Light" equates to the phrase "The stone which the builders rejected", and refers to the legend concerning the building of King Solomon's temple, where the rejected stone became the Keystone of the temple, the temple of God and indwelling place of the Holy Shekinah.

Statement of Purpose
One of the Primary Purposes of the Fraternity of the Hidden Light is to prepare its members for illumination so that they may serve humanity. Members progress through several grades of instruction and experience, which aid them in achieving all that they are capable of becoming.

The common goal is illumination and the full expression of wisdom, love and power. Wisdom is acquired by the experience of correct actions based upon true knowledge and insight. Love is developed through meditation which opens the heart for the illumination of Union with the ALL. Power is developed through the correct application of Wisdom and Love, as for example, through Ritual. The power employed in the rituals of the Fraternitas L.V.X. Occulta is the power of Love, the only true power in the Universe.

Organization
The Fraternity of the Hidden Light is organized into several levels. The preliminary level is called the "Probationary" and is composed of students who are being trained in the general knowledge of esotericism. The curriculum includes the study of the Tree of Life, Tarot, Meditation, and the work of the Esoteric Orders. After the Probation-ary the Initiated work of the Fraternity proper begins.

The "First" or "Outer" Order is composed of Initiates of the mystery tradition of which the Fraternitas L.V.X. Occulta is a part. The objective of the First Order is to train its members in the growth of Wisdom, Love, and Power. Specifically, as Initiates progress through the grades, they learn to develop the elements of their being, resulting in balance and harmony. The goal is to be in control of ones own actions, thoughts, and emotions, and ideally, at peace with oneself, the world and every creature in it.

The "Second" or "Inner" Order is composed of Initiates who not only have developed balance and harmony in themselves, but who have also received illumination. Their Higher Self is both awakened and in control of their lives. They seek to become truly those who "know" and can serve humanity.

The "Third" or "Invisible" Order is composed solely of Great Adepts and Masters throughout the ages. These great souls guide the Order, and other spiritual organizations that have similar objectives and high ideals. The Masters that guide the Fraternity of the Hidden Light serve the Will of God.

Curriculum
The curriculum of the Fraternitas L.V.X. Occulta, or Fraternity of the Hidden Light, is a structured, graduated system which utilizes grades as a means of identifying the level of a student for the purpose of receiving the Ancient Wisdom teachings.

Mystery Schools of all Ages have employed elaborate methods to screen their students and test their integrity and dedication to the Great Work. At the same time, these methods were intended to give the student an understanding of and feeling for that particular school's approach to the Work of L.V.X.

The Fraternity of the Hidden Light is no different. The curriculum of the Fraternity is personally guided and consists of study, meditation and ritual. Its studies center primarily around the mystical Arts of Qabalah, Alchemy, Astrology, Magick, the Tarot and what may be called Occult Psychology. Meditation is used to bring about an in-depth understanding of the Tradition and to create in the Aspirant a personal communication link with the only true Teacher -- one's own Higher Self. Rituals are used for numerous purposes; the most frequent purpose is an initiatory one. The rituals are aimed at invoking quantum changes in consciousness, leading toward a perception of the inner realities behind outward appearances.

An important part of the curriculum is the application of the teachings toward healing. With the use of color and sound, a harmonizing and equilibrating energy is released by their work, for all those who are in need -- be they student, friend or foe.

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