Elus Cohens

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l'Ordre de Chevaliers Maçons Élus Coëns de l'Univers AKA the Elus Cohens, (Order of the Knight Masons, Elect Priests of the Universe)


1761 or 1767

This rite may have been based in part on the "Stuart Rite" of Jacobean French Lodges, the “anciens elus” aka ancient chosen ones degree for those attending the exiled English King James the II of England and Scotland in France.

see Martinez de Pasqually and Jean-Baptiste Willermoz who created the chevalric system degrees; Owed some of it's organization and history to the Juges Ecossais or The Scottish Judges, 1754, an offshoot of efforts to organize The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

Martinez de Pasqually instructed Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin , the Father of Martinism, revived by Papus in the mid 1800s. Antoine Joseph Pernety and the American Edward Blitz made Martinism more widely available through translation

Structure: 4 degrees, the 1st 3 degrees of Freemasonry, called Apprentice (EA), Companion (FC) and Master (MM). It was in the 4th degree, that of the Eulis Cohen, Reaux-Croix or Grand Profes that magical techniques were performed on Equinoxes and Solstices to repair the Magician and the World by reintegrating the Godhead back into Adam Kadamon, and repairing The Fall. This in Hebrew would be called Tikkun. All the preparation went towards this Great Work, called La Chose. Over time, they developed more rituals and degrees, centered around the Number 7, the color Green for Venus, and the teachings of the occultists of the past and their present.

Pasqually's "Treatise on the Reintegration of Beings" was their blueprint, and elements of his philosophy reoccur in the Martinist Order of Freemasonry. May have also studied Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians of the 16th & 17th Centuries, see it here - http://www.crcsite.org/sscontent.htm  ;

Aspects of Martinism were influential in the Rite of Strict Observance, divested of some of it's magic but not mysticism, by Baron Karl Gotthelf von Hund. The idea of combining Magic and Masonry lives on in most formal Western Occult organizations, in part because Freemasonry forms a very appropriate scaffolding for the Mysteries it was meant to contain and reveal. Jean-Baptiste Willermoz's "reformation" of the Rite of Strict Observance into the Rectified Scottish Rite in France, 1778 reinvested it with mystic Christian, Qabalistic, magic and Francophile elements exiled from it's German predecessor.

Le Manuscrit d'Alger is an existing document of their rituals and practices.


Resources: FREEMASONRY by Mark Stavish; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martinism; Emanuel Swedenborg, Secret Agent on Earth and in Heaven: Jacobites, Jews, and Freemasons in Early Modern Sweden, by Marsha Keith Schuchard, 2012;