Martinist Order of Unknown Philosophers
Welcome to the website of the Martinist Order of Unknown Philosophers (or M.O.U.P.). This line 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 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 website we hope to bring resources those interested in the Christian Esotericism of the Martinist Order. Most key books and articles remain in their original French, and part of our mission is to encourage the setting up of a central catalogue to enable the seeker after translations to find the works he or she requires.
The Martinist Order of Unknown Philosophers has a large and ever growing circle of Chapters in the United Kingdom, United States of America, France, Brazil, Nigeria, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Canada, Greece, Central America, South America, and the Greater Antilles, which welcome all men and women who seek both the mystical path of 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 leak 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. In principal, the Martinist initiation must be conferred all at once.
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 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.
Martinism is a transcendant Christianity, and that those who do not proclaim the Christian Tradition cannot call themselves Martinists. 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 to meet at. 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.