ABOUT THE SOCIETY OF GUARDIANS
The Society of Guardians is an Esoteric Order that integrates Mystical Christian & Kabbalistic teachings within a nature-centered spirituality.
"It is our intention to link ourselves with those spiritual forces and forms that are constructive in the universe. So that we might be part of evolving life, in COMMUNION with all life, with COMPASSION for all life, and in CO-OPERATION with all life."
(The Intention of The Society of Guardians)
THE ACTIVITIES OF THE SOCIETY
1) Esoteric Study & Spiritual Practice: Members combine daily meditation, spiritual practice, and regular esoteric study with a practical examination of the Mysteries of Nature through attuning to the cycles of the sun and the seasons. Members also have a commitment to act as Caretakers of the Earth and to assist those in need through prayer and volunteer work.
2) Ceremonial Ritual: Four Seasonal circle rituals per year for the Equinoxes & Solstices are performed at the Sanctuary which relate to the elements (Air, Fire, Earth, Water).
3) Mystical Christian Services: Seasonal nature-centered services in the Mystical Christian and Western Esoteric Traditions are held several times per year. The Service includes candles, incense, prayers for the world, monastic chant, invocations of the elements and angels, a time for silent meditation and contemplative prayer, and a Mystical Eucharist.
4) Annual General Meeting: Held prior to the Winter Solstice ceremony.
Inquiries for Associate Membership are welcome from men and women over 18 years of age who hold a belief in God, and have a sincere desire to walk the Mystical Path and embark on a journey of personal growth and spiritual development, while dedicating themselves to the service of humanity. Associate members can undertake the first two grades of study and can attend quarterly ceremonial rituals as guests by arrangement. Full membership is open to those who have successfully completed the first two (outer) stages of study, and engaged in personal spiritual practice. Membership of each Sanctuary is limited to 22 people.
Dues/Fees for Associate and Full Members are kept at a minimum ($120 NZ per year/$10 per month) to contribute towards venue rental, ritual supplies (Wine, candles, incense etc), additional regalia/robes, consumables, printing costs, and website expenses. All money goes back into Sanctuary activities.
ABOUT THE CURRENT SENIOR GUARDIAN
Ciaran Masterson has been involved with the Guardians Tradition for over 25 years. He was introduced to Michael Freedman (the late Senior Guardian) as a teenager by his mother and became a correspondence student, then a personal student, attending ceremonies and tuition at the Sanctuary in Mt Eden until the late Senior Guardian's death in 1996. He continued his mystical studies under the guidance of Senior members of the Guardians as well as through Masonic, Rosicrucian, and Esoteric/Magical Orders and has led a ritual group of the Celtic Mystery Tradition for the last 20 years. In 2016 he was invested as Senior Guardian by Anae S. (Abbess of the Guardians) with the approval and blessing of Dermot C. (Prior and Successor to Michael Freedman) and ordained as a Priest in the Guardians tradition. In everyday life Ciaran is a Health Professional and has also been a University Lecturer. He has an interest in Ancient Mythology, World Religions, and Jungian Psychology.