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Societas Rosicruciana In Anglia

Province of New Zealand

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Dr. R.W. Felkin and the S.R.I.A.         

 On the 11th of April 1907 Dr. R.W. Felkin M.D. of Mary Chapel lodge No.1 Edinburgh, was admitted into the grade of Zelator in the Metropolitan College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia

The officiating Celebrant was M.W. Fra. Dr. W. Wynn Westcott IX M.D. and Supreme Magus of the Society

Dr. Felkin was received along with three other brethren and is recorded in the Golden Book of the Society as being the 740th member

 He chose as his Motto 'Finem Respice' meaning 'Look to the End' or  'Have regard to the End' and has been fittingly adopted as the Motto of this College

Dr. Felkin's admission to the Society must to have been very soon after his initiation into Freemasonry which is recorded as being in 1907. He was initiated on January 8th passed to the Fellow Craft degree on the 12th February and finally raised on 26th February to the Third Degree.

There are indications that his interest in Freemasonry was on the lower scale of activity.  He never became a Master of a Lodge or joined the Royal Arch.  It is questionable whether or not he became a Rose Croix Mason or a Knight Templar.

Assertions are that he was buried in Knight Templar regalia are erroneous.  He was interred wearing the cloak, mantle and purple cross of a Knight of the Ordo Tabulae Rotundae.

One of the motives for joining Freemasonry was to gain more creditability with continental esotericists and occultists to enable him to make contact with the' real Rosicrucians' , which he believed still to be in existence as well as to locate C.R.C's tomb supposedly in southern Germany, in a hidden location.  Dr. Felkin made many visits to Eurpoe where he met Dr. Rudolf Steiner and came to value his contributions to Homepathy, much of which he incorporated in his own practice.

He and Mrs. Felkin were caught in Germany at the outbreak of hostilities in 1814.  Their eventual release he contribuyed to his 'Masonic connections"

Initially Dr, Felkin's contribution to the Society was slight.  Then he was advanced to the Degree of Theoricus ( Grade II}, Practius (Grade III )and Philosophus (Grade IV  all the same day on the  16th September 1911.

The first of several papers that were to be given to the Metropolitan College and its Study Group was in 1912.  This was titled "Occult Experiences in Central Africa", and was followedby" Folklore in central Africa", and " Psychic Experiences in Egypt" was presented to the Study Group. 

 

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