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    Organisation    
         
   

The Order is ruled by a Grand Master, who is presently Sâr Perseverando, and daily administration is undertaken by the Grand Recorder, Sâr Omnia Venet Ab Deo. The Order is organised on a Lodge system similar to that of Freemasonry. A Heptad is composed of a minimum of seven members and a Lodge has a minimum of 21 members. A Circle has less than seven members. Meetings are known as Conventicles.

There are three grades, or degrees in the system of the Hermetic Order of Martinists:

  • First Degree: Associate.
  • Second Degree: Initiate
  • Third Degree: Supérieur Inconnu, SI or Unknown Superior.

For a Brother to become Master of his Lodge he receives the PI (Philosophe Inconnu) ceremony and is installed. This ceremony can only be performed by an Unknown Philosopher such as the Grand Master, the Grand Inspector or the Principal Inspector as well as some Past Grand Inspectors.

The regalia consist of a white alb, a black cloak with hood and a cordelier. The cordelier is composed of black rope for a member, red rope for a PI, two red and white ropes for an Unknown Philosopher and red and two white ropes for the Grand Master.

The Culmination is a celebration of the member being advanced to the degree of SI. During this ceremony, the member is bestowed with a beautiful white collar with gold embroidery.