Modern History & Michael Freedman
The Guardians were based in Frankfurt Germany during the 1700's with later branches being established in London, England from the 1870's, and Melbourne Australia in the 1930's. Michael Freedman was told that the German group worked with Grail Mysteries and performed monthly Solar Ingress Ceremonies, while the primary work of the English branch in the 1920's was a Mystical Christian Mass alongside studies in the Qabalah and Tarot, with occasional ceremonies for the seasons. The symbols of the order were a cross within a circle surmounted by a six pointed star and the 'Kleis' or key (a three barred cross with a circle at the top). Members wore a monastic robe or habit with a hood, and a knotted cord or cincture about their waist.
Michel Tyne-Corbold joined the Melbourne Sanctuary of the Society in 1959, and became Senior Guardian in 1967 shortly before the previous Senior Guardian Mr Burford died, at which time he assumed the nom de plume 'Michael Freedman'. He had previously been an Anglican Minister, and became a renowned meditation teacher through his training in an Ashram in India. His spiritual name within the order was "Thamris Gnostes".
During the 1960's Freedman was also a member of Mouni Sadhu's group in Melbourne. Mouni Sadhu ('silent monk') was the pseudonym of Polish-German occultist Mieczyslaw Sudowski (Michael Sadau), who had been in a Rosicrucian group in Europe during the 1920's, studying the Hermetic tradition of Gregory Ottonovich Mebes, a University Professor, leading Martinist, and Russian Grand Master of the French 'Kabbalistic Order of the Rosy Cross' and 'The Hermetic Brotherhood of Light (descended from the Fratres Lucis Order in Frankfurt, Germany).
In 1935 Mouni Sadhu stayed at a society in Paris founded by renowned esotericist and Gnostic Bishop 'Paul Sedir', and was initiated into various French Occult orders. After WWII he immigrated to Melbourne, Australia where he resided until his death in 1972. During his life he had ongoing correspondence with Christian mystic Thomas Merton, and Theosophists C.W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant and spent years in India as a disciple of Ramana Maharshi at Arunachala, when the Benedictine monk Bede Griffiths was there. He wrote numerous books including a translation of Paul Sedir's "Initiations", a book on Theurgy, and a book entitled 'Tarot: The Quintessence of Hermetic Occultism'.
In 1969 Michael Freedman moved to Auckland, New Zealand with is wife, where he worked as a Psychologist. He opened the "Sanctuary of the Angels" and performed monthly Solar Ingress rituals, a weekly Mystical Mass, and ran esoteric study groups, meditation evenings and retreats. The order's training included courses on Mysticism, Tarot, Kabbalah, and High Magic, and from 1978 a free correspondence meditation course was published which was accessed by thousands of people both in New Zealand and abroad. Freedman published New Zealand's leading esoteric journal 'Magic Pentacle', wrote many articles, and translated Latin, Greek and Hebrew texts into English, including a version of the Kabbalistic 'Sefer Yetzirah', and one of Giordano Bruno's Latin esoteric manuscripts. Michael was close friends with Frater Fiat Lux (Frank Salt) a senior adept of the the Whare Ra Temple of the Stella Matutina (Golden Dawn) and reportedly received initiation from him in that lineage also. From the mid 1980's Freedman also placed a greater emphasis on the planet being a living being, and a nature-centred spirituality that called on members to be Stewards of Creation.
Michael Freedman (Senior Guardian) 1929 - 1996
Mouni Sadhu (Michael Sadau/Sudowski)
Michael Freedman - Photo courtesy of Jean de Cabalis
Early influences & history