The Order of Great Osiris The Saviour

Florence Farr

Florence Farr

So there I was in the Library and Museum of Freemasonry in London, checking out their extensive collection of original Golden Dawn material, when I came across something I hadn’t seen before, so I presume it had only been recently been catalogued. Namely: the rituals of “The Order of Great Osiris The Saviour.”ย  This apparently was a post-Golden Dawn order devised by Florence Farr.

I have no evidence that the Order ever got beyond the planning stage: however Farr did manage to write out a full set of rituals for it. In a note appended to the first ritual, she wrote that she received them from “the Akashic Records” between 1899 and 1900.

The rituals themselves consist of a series of ceremonies intended to be performed at very specific times of the year: mainly when the Sun is conjunct certain of the fixed stars (the Royal stars); but also there is at least one full moon ritual as well. Each ritual centres around the adoration of one particular Egyptian God: Isis, Osiris, Horus, Thoth, Hathor etc. There is a lot of use of mantra and indeed silent contemplation throughout the rituals, so it would appear that the intention was to lead the initiate into a state of mystical consciousness as he or she participated in the ceremony.

Farr’s rituals bear little resemblance to those of the Golden Dawn. There is no “Egyptian magic as seen through a Victorian prism” of the GD, instead the symbolism is practically all ancient Egyptian (though unlike any discovered by archaeological means). Curiously though, some of the descriptions of the Royal stars bear a passing resemblance to the 7=4 ceremony of the Stella Matutina, so I wonder if this was not Florence Farr’s attempt to channel higher grade rituals herself.

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18 responses to “The Order of Great Osiris The Saviour

  1. Thank you sooo much for finding and posting this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. THANKS heaps for this Alex. This is a great find, and I I look forward to more… I hope. Would love to see the rituals… oh, England, my England… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mike Bryant

    Fascinating stuff. I will be going to the library today to read these documents. Thanks much for this.

  4. Very Interesting Alex, Thanks for the Info. LVX, Joe (VV’s) Friend from NY.

  5. Julia

    Fabulous stuff thank you

  6. Very interesting! – Soror SD

  7. Alex, awesome post, thanks for taking the time to share.

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  9. Seeing references to the Akashic record, one wonders if she wasnt well versed in theosophy as well as thr GD.

    • I’m sure she was. Just about everybody on the occult scene in the late 19th century was influenced by Theosophy. I think Westcott & Mathers would have taken it as read that everyone joining the GD would already know about it.

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