The Traditional Martinist Order is an Initiatic Order and a school of moral chivalry with its roots in the Western Esoteric Tradition.
“It has been my distinct honor and pleasure to have served in the Traditional Martinist Order for many years, both in the Home Study and in my local Heptad.
"Martinism is truly the Way of the Heart, and its intimate spirituality and mysticism have perfectly complemented my AMORC studies, and have drawn me closer to my life-long spiritual practice.
"At the heart of Martinism, the Way of the Heart, I was delighted to find the age-old practice of the Prayer of the Heart, which continues to lead me deeper within, seeking Divine Wisdom who is in all of our Hearts, waiting for us.
"Through Martinism, I have learned this truth that the Unknown Philosopher taught centuries ago, and which I know to be true through the Path provided by the Order:
"'The only initiation which I advocate and which I look for with all the ardor of my Soul, is that by which we are able to enter into the Heart of God within us, and there make an Indissoluble Marriage, which makes us the Friend and Spouse of the Repairer … there is no other way to arrive at this Holy Initiation than for us to delve more and more into the depth of our Soul and to not let go of the prize until we have succeeded in liberating its lively and vivifying origin.'
"In the beautiful, inspiring and moving Martinist Rituals in the Heptad, I have found a true home, and have made many lasting spiritual friendships with my Sisters and Brothers.
"In gratitude for all of these things, I invite you to begin your journey on the Way of the Heart.”
Steven Armstrong, San Jose, CA
“As a member of AMORC and the Traditional Martinist Order for over 35 years, I can honestly say that these organizations have had the single largest positive impact on my life of anything I have ever participated in.
"If you are thinking of joining TMO or are a new member, please know that the articulate and detailed study offered in the discourses and at the heptads and ateliers is so thorough and unique, I am sure you will discover many valuable pieces of the puzzle of your mystical journey, just as I did.”
Louis Rutan, Detroit, MI
“Martinism taught me that humanity in its original state was a divine being, having fallen from this divine state due to lust for personal power and materialism. As a Martinist, my desire is to return to that divine state through reintegration with the Divine and doing my best to be an agent of Omneity. I learned to remain silent and unknown when assisting someone in need without expecting anything in return and to serve when called upon. This also means personal sacrifice which is truly humbling.”
Marion Owens, Los Angeles, CA
In this issue of the Pantacle magazine we present an explanation of the Way of the Heart, a foundational idea in countless spiritualities, especially Martinism. Then we explore the life of Teresa of Ávila, the famed nun, author, reformer, and theologian from the sixteenth century, followed by an excerpt from Papus's book, What Becomes of Our Dead, written in 1914. The final article describes the "Dark Night of the Soul," a crucial mystical experience that many initiates go through on their way to Cosmic Illumination. Enjoy!
“Prayer is for our soul what breathing is for our body.”
–Louis Claude de Saint Martin
"People of peace, men and women of desire, such is the splendor of the Temple in which you will one day have the right to take your place. Such privilege should astonish you less, however, than your ability to commence building it down here, your ability, in fact, to adorn it at every moment of your existence. Remember the saying 'as above, so below', and contribute to this by making 'as below, so above'."