THE LINAGE OF SUCCESSION
THE ORDO SATURNI
If today someone wants to become a member of Lodge Fraternitas
which was founded in 1928 by Gregor A. Gregorius, then he has the
opportunity to inform himself on account of the literature which
stems from the founder of the Lodge. He does not have to depend on
some pamphlets of a sensation seeking journalist or some "church-commissioner
in charge of sects".
Even the Fraternitas Saturni of today published a booklet with an "Imprimatur" (official
permission to print a book, which officially authorises it), similar
to the way it was practised at one time by the Roman Catholic Church: "Die
Fraternitas Saturni heute, Frater V.D. spricht mit Großmeister
Thot, Bad Münstereifel 1994." (The Fraternitas Saturni
today, Frater V.D. talks with Grandmaster Thoth.)
All quotations are taken from that booklet.
It mentions there: "For the first time in the history of
the FS a sitting Grandmaster gives an interview and offers current
into, the probably most well known magical Order of German origin." (p.
Do the teachings and magical succession of today's Fraternitas Saturni
(= Neo-FS) meet the intentions of the founder and of the old Lodge?
Or did the Neo-FS develop new ideas which do not conform or are even
contrary to the old teachings?
The Neo-FS answers this question itself to some degrees. "Extremely
formulated, one could say that someone who today, only by motivation
of his studies of the existing literature feels attracted to the
FS, is seeking in the FS a Lodge, which actually doesn't exist anymore." (p.
As far as the Neo-FS is concerned this is right!
The same however does not apply to the Ordo Saturni, which actually has the traditional teachings and it alone possesses the magical
In two areas we will show by example how much the Neo-FS distanced
itself from the content of the original teachings and how it doesn't
represent what it was under Gregor A. Gregorius and his immediate
successors. It is simply not enough to use the authentic name. Because "name
is clangor and smoke" as Goethe formulated it. And from oak
sapling I expect an oak tree and not a cactus!
A Lodge who intents to be more than a study society has a body of
teaching (grk. dogma), which is a binding element for its members,
even more, it is constitutive. Dogma cannot be mistaken with narrow
minded Dogmatism! Dogma (teaching) is a requirement for the cult
(ritual), because the description of the cult-goal is dogma already,
otherwise the cult-ceremony (ritual) would just be a nonsensical
and needless playing around.
Gregor A. Gregorius has as founder of the Saturn Lodge postulated
the Reincarnation- and Karma doctrine as unconditional prerequisite
for the Lodge work. The February 1954 issue of "Blätter
für angewandte okkulte Lebenskunst" contains two articles
about this fundamental subject.
Not so with the Neo-FS. On page 66 it says: "Now what the
ideas about death or life after death are concerned, today, we
in the Fraternitas
Saturni are not dogmatic about this anymore and it is not important."
What really is supposed to survive?" (p. 67)
Gregorius is seen more as a talented organizer. The "elite" of
concludes about Gregorius: "He hardly created anything new." (p.
63) References to Old Lodge sources are also not allowed. "The
warning (i.e. to take sources too serious) applies by the way to
some degree also to the completely authentic writings, which in the
Fraternitas Saturni of today do not play a role anymore, because
one sees many things differently today." (p. 53)
What they say here, is in no way an adoption of the tradition to
today's conditions. Which certainly would be justified, but it is
a "false label" swindle. One decorates oneself with a respected
name, but one can not or will not accept the content of the teachings.
And today's leadership of the Neo-FS believes that only they have
the right perspective. The goals of the Neo-FS are hardly different
from any therapy-group, which is confirmed by quotations by its "grandmaster": "I
would even be happy, if the Lodge were able to help a limited number
of people to reach their potential." (p. 36)
"In the Fraternitas Saturni we deal therefore with the
crystallisation of the 'I'." (p. 67)
To take SATURN as a code for these superficial processes proves that
they never penetrated into the Saturnian Mystery.
2. Magical Succession
"It is a component of all great Initiation-systems that they
claim to have something like an energy-field or energy-current, or
a line of transmission in which initiations are bestowed, who in
deed effectuate something. Something of this sort also happens in
the Fraternitas Saturni." (p. 49)
Is this supposed energy-current of the Neo-FS identical with the
power-field which Gregorius and the Old Lodge initiated? The way,
in which the Neo-FS claims this, we deny this categorically! The
passing on of the energy-current has to happen in a manner which
can be compared with the "successio apostolica" of the
Catholic Church, to which Gregorius refers with emphasis. Already
in the antique mystery-schools, the initiates were marked with the
seal of the Deity. They were branded so to speak with a seal (lat.
caracter) which was inextinguishable (lat. indelebilis). In Sacramental-Magic
it is the same process. Only the High-Degree holders (comparable
with the bishops of the Catholic Church, who alone possess the full
ordination authority), have the power to ordain and consecrate and
are therefore succession- or linage holders. Only they are in the
position to transmit the energy-current.
The Neo-FS perhaps has an energy-field, but not the same one which
was inaugurated by Gregorius!
In spite of contrary statements, the Neo-FS has not even one High-Degree
holder from the time of Gregorius in their ranks, not even a Master
(12º - Gradus Solis). They may say publicly: "In fact,
Degrees are rather like admission tickets to a certain laboratory,
to a very certain area, which one examines." (p. 43)
But these Degrees do not represent a link to the energy-field which
was built up by Gregorius.
The Neo-FS is of the opinion that "there is no reasonable
33) to join the Ordo Saturni.
While they otherwise permit double-memberships, membership in the
Ordo Saturni is prohibited! "Why would one join the O.S. if
one can be a member of the authentic FS?" (p. 33)
The more the Neo-FS demonises a (supposed) adversary like the Ordo
Saturni, the more it believes that they can stylize themselves as
a "light-figure". To the rhetoric question of the Neo-FS
and their assertion to be "authentic" there is indeed an
answer: The "authenticity" of the Neo-FS exhausts itself
in continuity of the name in the sense of corporation law but not
in a continuity of the teachings (dogma) and consecration.
ONLY the ORDO SATURNI hands down, unbroken and
pure, the old Lodge-Knowledge! ONLY the ORDO
SATURNI has the High-Degree members from the time of Gregorius as
Succession- and Linage -holders, who
are entitled to ordain and consecrate!
We are not saying at all, that the groups, who lately spring up
like mushrooms, and who for the most part disappear again quickly,
that they do not have good intentions to do saturn-magical work.
But they, exactly like the Neo-FS of today, do not have a connection
to the energy field which was created by Gregor A. Gregorius and
the High-Degree holders of the old FS. As a result they have lost
the key to the Mysteries of the old Saturn-Lodge or they have never
possessed it. Only the Ordo Saturni still possesses it today.
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