Originally published on May 4, 2008
Paul Clark is a renowned writer and lecturer, as well as the Steward of the Fraternity of the Hidden Light, or F.L.O. (Fraternitas L.V.X. Occulta). F.L.O. is a Mystery school in the western esoteric tradition. He joins us to discuss the nature and purpose of the Fraternity of the Hidden Light, and what it offers to its members.
“Paul Clark began esoteric studies at an early age by corresponding with W.E. Butler. When Paul reached the age of twelve, W.E. Butler suggested Paul contact the Reverend Ann Davies, who was then Prolocutor-General of the Builders of the Adytum and thus began a long and rewarding relationship. Paul spent the next thirteen years studying under Ann Davies and Paul was a member of a select circle of seven “stewards” receiving advanced instruction directly from Ann.
In 1982, Paul and a group of Initiates of high grade, founded the Fraternity of the Hidden Light, an Aquarian Age Mystery School. As Steward of the Fraternity, Paul is known for his ability to inspire others to take their spiritual evolution in hand so that they may achieve their full potential as co-creators.
Paul has written several books including “The Book of the Rose”, “The Secret Cipher of the Golden Dawn” and “The Broken Seal” and has authored two instructional courses taken by numerous students around the world: “The Threshold” and “The Path of Return.”
Our discussion also covers the influence of Paul Foster Case and Ann Davies, the importance and relevance of Qabalah to the study of esoteric science, the symbolism of the Tarot, and the purpose of ceremonial magick. These modalities of study allow us insight and unfoldment that has proven effective for seekers throughout the ages. The importance of balance and aligning the self-conscious and the subconscious is also stressed, along with the concept of service. Lastly, Paul shares his hopes for the future with us.
“My presence is the cause of every form,
And to those who have eyes to see,
Wherever a man may plant his foot is holy ground.
Not alone in sanctuaries set apart,
But in the street and market-place,
In the abode of sin
As well as in the house of prayer,
Mayest thou say with thy Father Jacob,
“Surely the Lord is in this place;
And I knew it not.”
Verily, thy consciousness of body
Is my self-knowledge of form,
And by that knowledge working in thee
Do I maintain thine existence
In all states and conditions.
Behold, I dwell with thee, O Israel,
And thou dwellest with me.
That thou despise not thy Lord in human form.
– excerpt from “The Meditation on Qoph” in The Book of Tokens
Fraternity of the Hidden Light – “An Aquarian Age Mystery School of the Western Esoteric Tradition”
Behind the Veil – Fraternity of the Hidden Light’s mission statement
“Occult Fundamentals and Spiritual Unfoldment – Volume 1: The Early Writings” by Paul Foster Case, introduction by Dr. Paul Clark
“Ann Davies” Wikipedia entry
“The Broken Seal and Other Cases” by Paul A. Clark
intro music by HipGnosis