Background and Beginnings

The Most Noble Order of the Masters of the Temple is a magickal order which developed from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and from the Freemasonic Orders. It follows the Western Mystery Tradition and draws mainly upon biblical, Kabbalistic, Egyptian and hermetic themes and imagery. The MNOMT was always small in number; it seems only to have had one Temple. It existed in the 1930s and 1940s, but by the 1950s – 1960s it was in decline. My own introduction to the Order was in the early 1970s in Edinburgh during my time at University, and this was the last surviving group, declining rapidly in numbers and age. After I left University I lost touch with it and I believe that it had closed down by the late 1970s. This was my personal introduction to Magick, and the experience stuck with me. It led me to explore the other western Magickal Orders, especially the Golden Dawn. I also became involved in a number of other spiritual; paths, including Freemasonry, Shamanism and Kabbalah. However, the experience of initiation into the Order remained with me as a background to my life and work, so when I wanted to start a Magickal group, it seemed logical to draw upon the structure and approach of the MNOMT. I am not, however, trying to re-create the original Order, but to use their framework to create something which will function effectively in the present.