Welcome to the website of the Martinist Order of Unknown Philosophers (or M.O.U.P.). Martinism is a transcendant Christianity, and that those who do not proclaim the Christian Tradition cannot call themselves Martinists. It is a system, both for the learning and practice of spirituality. It includes initiatic grades open to people of good will, regardless of race, gender or sexual-orientation. The teachings have passed from initiator to student for many years.
Our lineage and tradition is descended from the Lyon Martinists, who were the proud guardians - and martyrs for - the Martinist tradition during the Second World War. The line is distinctly spiritual and Christian in outlook, and owes this strong influence to Constant Chevillon, who was himself a bishop in the independent Catholic and Gnostic traditions.
The M.O.U.P. possesses two lines of filiation, that of the Ordre Martiniste, and also that of Chevillon-Chambellant through the Ordre Martiniste de Lyon, which has infused our lines with the very essence of Constant Chevillon's deeply Christian spirituality, and also that of Maître Phillippe de Lyon, who together permeate the whole of our Martinist tradition.
Membership of the M.O.U.P. is open to all men and women who profess a belief in the Christian Faith.
In this current website we bring resources to those interested in the Martinist Order and Christian Esoteric Tradition in general. This website is currently being transformed to have richer content and a nicer design. Please check back regularly to find out more about the order.
The Martinist Order of Unknown Philosophers has a large and ever growing circle of Chapters in:
- the United Kingdom,
- Central America,
- New Zealand,
- South America,
- United States of America
all of which which welcome all men and women who seek both the mystical path of Louis Claude de Saint-Martin, and also the theurgic path of his original master, Martinez de Pasqually.
The Martinist Order of Unknown Philosophers avoids the modern stance of apathy and pessimism, opting instead to open a ray of light, illuminating the path to restore our spiritual freedom.
The Martinist Order Initiation consists of a probationary association, an initiation and then a transmission of the custodial powers of apostolic and esoteric lineage through a myriad of lineages and sources, most notably in the case of the MOUP, that preserved and given by Constant CHEVILLON and René CHAMBELLANT.
Practically, it is recommended to do it in three phases, not to perpetuate the innovations of PAPUS, but in order to be assured that the recipients are true men and women of aspiration and not simply curious. The time between initiations is variable, it depends upon the degree of evolution of the new Martinist, upon the work accomplished, etc. It is never in anyone's interest to expedite the time between these initiations. The S:.I:. alone can truly be called a Martinist, but the Martinist teaching can, as of the first degree, be dispensed in its totality.
To the S:.I:. who has proven to have a true comprehension of the spirit of Martinism, and who will be judged capable of transmitting the initiation in turn, may be given the administrative grade of S:.I:. Initiator (called S:.I:.I:.) allowing them to run a Chapter on behalf of the MOUP and to initiate into that Chapter.
The MOUP does not charge dues, though some lodges who do not own their own temple may collect amongst themselves in order to rent a temporary space in which to meet. Martinist ritual does not consist solely of initiatory framework but also of daily practices by which one might strive to purify themselves and reintegrate with the divine.