Martinism is a form of an initiatic esoteric or mystical Christianity that regards Jesus Christ as The Repairer and aims for the reintegration of man to attain an idealised state. Such a state aimed for is that in the Garden of Eden before the Fall of Man as described in the Holy Bible (Genesis 3, 1 – 6).
Martinism reflects the philosophy and esoteric Christian mysticism of the French philosopher Louis Claude de Saint-Martin (1743 – 1803), who was a disciple of the 18th century Freemason and theurgist, Martinez de Pasqually (1727 – 1774). Saint-Martin’s spiritual writings were published under his pseudonym of "Le Philosophe Inconnu", or the "Unknown Philosopher".
The Hermetic Order of Martinists (HOM) is a Martinist Order that is only open to Master Masons of a Lodge under the authority of the United Grand Lodge of England, or of a Grand Lodge recognised by them. It is required that aspirants have a Trinitarian Christian Belief.
By a process of initiation, meditation, study, esoteric discussion and contemplation, members of the Order aim to discover and understand the presence of Jesus Christ within.