In 1912 Dr, Felkin was advanced to Adeptus Minor
(Grade V) and Adeptus Majora (Grade VI) on the 15th June followed on the
10th August to Adeptus Exemptus (Grade VII).
In 1912 as Dr.Felkin was about to depart from
Southampton he received word that Neville Meakin, Grand Master of the
Ordo Tabulae Rotundae was about to succumb to the effects of
tuberculosis . Dr, Felkin hurried to his bedside where Meakin conferred
on him the Grand Mastership of the Order with Seals and Warrants.
The S.R.I.A. conferred further honours on Dr. Felkin
on the 14th August 1912 with 8º Honoris
Causa followed by the 9º Honoris Causa on the 20th November 1915
In 1913 Dr. Felkin and
his family visited New Zealand with the view of laying the
foundations of future spiritual work in this country. He was with
his wife and daughter to further the work of the Stella Matutina ( an
off shoot of the Golden Dawn) with the foundation of the Smaragdum
Thalasses (Emerald Seas) Temple in 1917-18 and the continuation of the
Ordo Tabulae Rotundae magical esoteric Order embodying the principals of
Arthurian, Chivalric and Grail Christianity in the land of the Southern
1916 was a busy year for
the Felkins. Preparations were under way for their departure to
New Zealand toward the year end, plus the running and management of
several Temples in England under the Stella Matutina. These
Temples were known as Amoun, Hermes, Merlin and the Secret College
consisting of Senior Members of the S.R.I.A..
Never the less Felkin
prepared and delivered on the 14th February "The Rosicrucian Society in
Europe" . " The veils of Negative Existence", never printed or published
and his Valedictory address on April 13th " Rosicrucian Medicine"
On April 13th 1916 at the
Society's Annual Obligating Convocation Dr. R.W. Felkin 9º was
installed as Celebrant of the Metropolitan College by the Supreme Magus
Dr. W. Wyn Westcott. Having expressed his thanks, he resigned the
office of Celebrant, in consequence of his impending departure to New
Zealand. The M.W. the Supreme Magus then announced the appointment
of R.W.Frater R.W. Felkin 9º P.C.. as Inspector General of Colonial
Colleges i.e. Australia and New Zealand.
On April 14th 1917 he
was appointed Chief Adept for New Zealand, an office which he held
until his resignation in December 1926 just prior to his death.
So what do we make of
this man Dr. Felkin?
Lecturer on tropical Diseases (Edinburgh), Mystic, Naturopath, Colour
Therapist, Clairvoyant, Psychic, Ceremonial Magician, Explorer (he was
of the first to explore the sources of the Nile), Missionary of the
Church Missionary Society (Anglican), Anglo-Catholic, Church man,
Freemason, believed in Secret chiefs, discoverer of the cause of
Malaria, practitioner of Rosicrucian Medicine, Imperator of the Stella
Matutina-with its several Temples, Theosophist, Grand Master and Mage of
the Odro Tabulae Rotundae, Founder Member of the Guild of St.
Raphael( Anglican ), possible alcoholic, Chief Adept of the Province of
New Zealand, Rosicrucian.