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Fraternitas L. V. X. Occulta

Fraternitas L. V. X. Occulta

The Fraternitas L. V. X. Occulta, also known as the Fraternity of the Hidden Light, is one of several contemporary groups inspired by the tradition of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (HOGD), the British magical order that flourished at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was founded in 1982 in Covina, California. It is the assertion of the leaders of the Fraternity of the Hidden Light that early in the century, leaders of the HOGD reorganized as a mystery school and a transitional body whose task was to bring in the New Age. That mystery school is now assuming a more public profile.

The fraternity draws the substance of its teachings from the Hermetic writings attributed to Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus. Atunement to the ancient wisdom has suggested three primary objectives for the fraternity: preserving and perpetuating the ancient wisdom, training individuals in the wisdom tradition so that they can develop a life of selfless service, and promulgating the ancient wisdom in society. The fraternity teachings include instruction on the use of the Tarot, astrology, alchemy, and occult psychology. These are offered through a graded progressive curriculum that includes instruction in practices such as meditation and in the performance of magical ritual. Ritual centers upon high magic, i.e., that aimed at altering the consciousness of the magician.

The fraternity was founded and is now headed by Paul A. Clark. It is organized in three levels: an outer training level; a second level of the accomplished magicians; and a third level of the Great Adapts who are believed to guide the fraternity in its course. The individuals composing the third level are equivalent to the Great White Brotherhood or the Hidden Masters spoken of by other occult orders. The fraternity may be contacted at Box 5094, Covina, CA 91723. It publishes several periodicals including The Hidden Light and has a web presence at http://www.lvx.org.

Sources:

Clark, Paul A. The Book of the Rose. Covina, Calif.: Fraternity of the Hidden Light, 1985.

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