Jean-Baptiste Willermoz

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Jean-Baptiste Willermoz

France 1730 – 1824

Comments: Martinist ; the Rosicrucian inspired Martinez de Pasqually (L'Ordre Martiniste des Elus-Cohen de l'Univers) founded a set of Masonic Rituals around the redemption of the Adamic Man by the 'Reintegration' of it's members. he was followed by Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin and Jean-Baptiste Willermoz who created the chevalric system degrees upon which the philosophical theory was structured; added the Secret Doctrine of the Elus-Cohen in the Rite of the Strict Observance as two rites, “Le Chevalier”/“Knight” and “Le Profès”/“Professed”, making up “La Profession”/“The Profession” level; Bacon de la Chevalerie, Deputy Grand Master of the Elus Cohen, 1767; initiated by Martinez de Pasqually in Verailles, France. the “Rite of the Strict Templar Observance”, 1772. In Germany; Count Weiler, The Duke of Brunswick, 1773 replaces Baron von Hund as head of the Rite of the Strict Observance, Lodge called “Loge Ecossaise Rectifiée ‘La Bienfaisance’”/“Scottish Rectified Lodge ‘Beneficence’”; Rudolphe Salzmann, “Master of the Novices of the Directoire of Strasbourg”, 1777, brings “The Profession” to the Order of the Elus Cohens 1767, with Bacon de la Chevalerie’s blessing, introducing the Secret Doctrine of the Elus-Cohen, Martinism or the Martinist cosmology of Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin and Martinez de Pasqually in the Rite of the Strict Observance. “La Profession”/“The Profession” added “Le Chevalier”/“Knight” and “Le Profès”/“Professed Knight” to the existing Strict Observance Rites. Transformed the Auvergne Province of the Strict Observance and the French Templars into the “Chevaliers Bienfaisants de la Cité Sainte”/“Knights Benefisant of the Holy City”, aka “C.B.C.S.”

Degree structure of the eventual CBCS was 1st Degree - Apprentice, 2nd Degree - Fellowcraft, 3rd Degree - Master, 4th Degree - Maître Ecossais/Scotch Master of St. Andrew, 5th Degree - Ecuyer Novice/Squire Novice, 6th Degree - C.B.C.S., 7th Degree - Chevalier- Profès/Professed Knight; 8th Degree - Chevalier-Grand Profès/Grand Professed Knight Creator of several Masonic Rites;



Teachers: Martinez de Pasqually; Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin; Diderot; D'Alembert; Baron von Hund of the Rite of Strict Observance; Meunier de Precourt, 1762; Rudolphe Salzmann of the Elus Cohens, 1777;

Students; Augustin Chaboseau; H. Spencer Lewis; Mike Restivo (aka Sar Ignatius, Initiatèur Libre); Sebastian de las Casaa; Bacon de la Chevalerie, “Deputy Grand Master of the Norther Hemisphere”; Robert Benjamin Folger; Francois Louis de Beyerle; Robert Ambelain;

Friends; Bacon of Chivalerie; the Marquis de Lusignan; Princes Ferdinand of Brunswick ; Charles of Hesse; Dr. Jacques Willermoz, brother;

Enemies; Cagliostro; Adam Weishaupt of the Illuminati of Bavaria; Francois de Chefdebien de Saint-Amand, of the Order of the Pilalethes; Charles-Pierre-Paul, Marquis de Savalette de Langes;

Organizations; Freemasonry, 1750; Grand Lodge of Regular Masters of Lyon, Grand Master 1762; 3 years after initiation, he founded The Lodge of Perfect Friendship aka “La Parfaite Amitié", 1753 ; Martinist Order; Order of the Elus Cohens 1767 and Brotherhood of Eulis; "Sovereign Chapter of Knights of the Black Eagle Rose+Croix" aka “Souverain Chapitre des Chevaliers de L”Aigle Noir" devoted to Alchemy; German Order of Strict Observance, into the “Loge Ecossaise Rectifiée ‘La Bienfaisance’ Lodge ; organized the conference for the creation of the Rectified Scottish Rite @ 1777; Knights Beneficent of the Holy City (CBCS);Rite of Strict Observance; founded the “Souverain Chapitre des Chevaliers de L”Aigle Noir - Rose-Croix”/“Sovereign Chapter of Knights of the Black Eagle - Rose-Croix”, 1763;

Author: thought to have written the Rose Croix, aka Order of the Black Eagle Rose Cross aka Aigle Noire Rose-Croix 18th degree in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Rule of the Order in 9 Points; Treatise on the Two Natures;


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Willermoz; http://www.rose-croix-veritas.com/jeanbaptiste_willermoz.htm; http://themartinistpentacle.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/jean-baptiste-willermoz/; http://www.ordrereauxcroix.org/library/; http://www.ordrereauxcroix.org/c-b-c-s/ ; http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/high_degrees_freemasonry.html