August Order of Light
August Order of Light of Freemasonry
While in India in the late 1800s, Dr. Maurice Vidal Portman, like Arthur Avalon, Carl Kellner and Gerald Gardner took the opportunity to study the religion and magick of the Native people he met. He taught what he had learned, using Masonic themes as his analogy, to Brothers T. H. Pattison and Brother B. E. J. Edwards, who polished his ideas into degrees. In 1902, Frater Pattison became the first Guardian of the Light, Frater Edwards succeeding him the next year, and the three of them becoming the Top Three Officers, or Arch Presidents of the Center.
The Degrees were...the First degree, the Passing degree, and the Second degree.
Open to only invited Master Masons, they meet on the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, and present research papers.
Resources: Beyond the Craft by Keith B. Jackson, purchased in Scotland, 1980s.