Society of Chevaliers

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The Society of Chevaliers were, according to Rhyn's "Mysteria" (1895), a satirical order, organised at Weimar in the 18th century, which included among its members Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (under the assumed name of Götz von Berlichingen, a historical knight about whom Goethe wrote a play in 1773).[1]

References

  1. Rhyn, Otto Henne Am (1895), "Societies of Wits", Mysteria: History of the Secret Doctrines and Mystic Rites of Ancient Religions, and Medieval and Modern Secret Orders, Chicago, Illinois: Stockham Publishing Co., p. 230-231, https://archive.org/stream/mysteriahistoryo00hennuoft#page/230/mode/2up, "While Goethe lived at Weimar, there was formed in that city a satirical Society of Chevaliers. Curiously enough it was suggested by Frederic von Goue, a Knight of the Strict Observance and a strong believer in the descent of Freemasonry from Templarism, but a comical old soul withal, and author of a parody of Goethe's Werther. The members took knightly names: Goethe, for example, was Goetz von Berlichingen; they spoke in the style of chivalry, and they had four degrees. In sarcastic allusion to the revelations promised (but never communicated) in the high pseudomasonic degrees, the degrees of the Society of Chevaliers were: 1. Transition; 2. Transition's Transition; 3. Transition's Transition to Transition; 4. Transition's Transition to Transition of Transition. Only the initiated understood the profound meaning of the Degrees."