THE RITE OF THE ILLUMINATED – BOARD OF STUDY
In the Rite of the Illuminated appear objects and garments with a rich symbolism. In
this degree we review them, and in the next degree we will know the symbolism of
It’s named sacrifice table or prayer podium, and it is the objects table,
with the sacred book (the Book of The Law), the Baphomet image, the incense, and the
papers of the rite. It represents the most sacred place of temple and of the rite. It’s a kind
of microcosms and it’s able to catalyze the most elevated of Universe.
The mosaic of the lodges, black and white bricks like chess, symbolizes
the duality that the illuminated must surpass when he aspires to join divisions at the
lodge and himself.
THE LODGE’S COLUMNS.
Columns are the support of the constructions in the
different levels. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition are the symbol of connection between
the top and the bass. The columns of Solomon's Temple came from cedar and of bronze.
The Chapter’s two columns (Jakin and Boaz) indicated with the letter J and B
symbolize the two beginnings: masculine and feminine, positive and negative, right and
left ... Otherwise the pillars Thelema and Agape as illustrated earlier.
It is the triangle with an eye inside that symbolizes the Great Architect of
the Universe, Baphomet ... It’s between the Sun and the Moon, right behind the
Venerable's altar. The symbolism of the Sun and of the Moon is in the Board of Study
THE SACRED BOOK.
The Book of the Law. When it is opened and
commented in the rite, its divine word crowns the whole rite. There is more information
of sacred book in third degree.
The candles symbolism is very united to symbolism of the flame, of
the fire, of the stars, of the Light. Candles have a lot of utilities and the act of light them
is a ritual. Light of candles can help to wake our interior god, so we must light them and
extinguish carefully, using wax matches and a candle extinguisher. Red candles that use
Illuminati Order are associated to Mart god, to secret societies, to authority.
In traditions, the incense is very present. The word incense proceed of Latin
‘incensum’ which means the whole that burns and it’s associated to rite and
transcendent world. In fact, the incense helps to transcend to the other reality. A lot of
type of incense exists: myrrh, benzoin, musk, grey amber, sandal, rue… In Illuminati
Order, we will use sandal, because it results suitable to create an adequate ambient for
rite. Myrrh can be a variant.
THE TAPE OR CHAIN.
Around the temple there is a chain or a white tape that
symbolizes the union of Brothers and Sister who work in temple. And also it symbolizes
The clothes or ceremonial garments are named habits when they are the
symbol of a spiritual or initiation activity, representing an interior level of initiation.
The tunic has two realities: an interior tunic (the skin that covers man) and an exterior
and ritual tunic that protects and symbolizes the level of work and initiation. In any
cults, tunic disappears and followers address to their gods with interior tunic. Initiated
must prepare a cotton or line (if it’s black) tunic and cowl himself or with a confidence
person (dressmaker, etc.). Another possibility can be to buy the tunic and the cowl in
stores and consecrate it with an easy ritual. When you finish your daily work, put the
tunic and the cowl extended in front of you, light two candles in the sides, cross the
arms on the breast (right over left) and say: ‘These tunic and cowl be purified by you,
Baphomet. These tunic and cowl be saved for the initiation. Oh Lux, these tunic and
cowl are consecrated to you’.
THE COWL AND THE APRON.
The cowl is used in the Rite of the Illuminated. It’s a
protection for the whole of superior degrees. The apron is not used in the Rite of
Illuminated, but it’s in superior degrees symbolizing the purity of intentions, the work.
THE WHITE GLOVES.
They symbolize the work and the purity of intentions.
The shod symbolizes the possession of the earth where you walk, a
symbol that we will analyze immediately, because temples and lodges start in the earth,
with Rite of Illuminated included. Illuminati Order recommends a special and comfort
shod for ritual practices, because it serves for make a difference between sacred and
THE EARTH AND HOLY LAND.
The Earth is the most passive, dens and dark
element of the whole Creation. It represents the primordial substance where all created
forms starts. Mountain and pyramid starts in earth. The cavern is a class of door to inner
earth, the temple or the lodge are constructed from earth (you can see Temple
symbolism in the next degree of Illuminati Order). The Holy Land has a great number
of synonymous: Pure Land, Saints Land, Blessed Land… And it’s designed with
expressions like ‘centre of the world’ or ‘heart of the world’. There are a lot of holy
lands, although the most known land is Jerusalem. For Illuminati Order, Holy Land is
the whole Universe, although its Holy Land could be Cathar country, where it’s a
‘special power’, where heresies went on and the famous Sion Priory went on too. About
this, we can say that it was founded by Pierre Plantard in 1956. The influence of George
Monti and Alfa Galatas Order was very present in its foundation. The modern Sion
Priory was constituted in Saint-Julien-en-Genevais (Haute-Savoie) and immediately it
edited the Circuit bulletin.
The actual Sion Priory structure has 9 degrees of initiation and it results similar to
masonry. Degrees go since Prentice since Nauta, and Crusaders, Shield Bearers,
A big part of Sion Priory mysteries are presents in Rennes-le-Chateau, a village near
Carcassonne, in the south of France, where a curious priest called Saunière left a present
for history full of symbolism and mysteries.
For Illuminati Order, another Holy Land could be Jerusalem, the Zion Mountain, where
a Luciferian legend of Masonic Tradition says that Hiram Abiff tomb is there, a few
meters of TZión Door
INITIATIONS OR SELF INITIATIONS.
Initiation supposes an initiates death for the
adept. Through a ritual, he leaves the old man to gives life to a young man. It’s usual to
give the initiation in a lodge, temple, etc. A different possibility is the self initiation so
individual initiation. This is the initiate model that you will practice in Illuminati Order
and it helps you like an introduction to Knowledge.
You must work awakening of conscience to initiations and self initiation be valid. How
does a sleeper man win the message of an initiation rite or a teaching?
Remember that awakening of conscience is worked paying attention when you walk,
think, talk, speak, eat, act…