Biography of David Griffin
David Griffin (1955-)
is S.L. MacGregor Mathers' present sucessor as Archon Basileaus of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega, Imperator Ordinis of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and Chief Adept of the R.R. et A.C. Griffin is fluent in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, and English. David Griffin is today charged with the mission to manifest the Egyptian Solar Mysteries of Hermetic Inner Alchemy in America by initiating and instrucing a few elite candidates worthy and prepared to practice the highest Hermetic and Rosicrucian mysteries.
Griffin is also a high grade Freemason (IX Degree in the Swedish Rite, 32 Degree in the A.A.S.R., Knight Templer in the York Right, a member of the N.C.R.L. and C.F. Eckleff Research Lodges, and member of the S.R.I.C.F., the only legitimate branch of Societas Rosicruciana in the U.S.A), a Gnostic Bishop (holding multiple lines of affiliation), an initiate of the Gold und Rosenkreutz Order, the Asiatic Brethren (Fratres Lucis), the Frères Ainées de la Rose Croix (F.A.R.+C.), and of several other Continental European esoteric societies whose names remain secret.
Griffin additionally holds a vast array of Rosicrucian initiatic transmissions, which include the Gold und Rosenkreutz Order, the Asiatic Brethren, the Societas Rosicruciana of Backstrom, Reaux Croix, and the Rose Cross of Egypt (Rose Croix d'Orient).
From 1992-1994, Cris Monnastre regularly initiated and advanced David Griffin into each of the Grades of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn at the Alpha et Omega II temple in Los Angeles, then into the Portal and Adeptus Minor grades of the R.R. et A.C.
In 1994, Cris Monnastre was involved in a schism. Griffin sided with Monnastre and became Imperator Ordinis of the Monnastre's Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. In 1998, Cris Monnastre retired from the Golden Dawn, leaving Griffin in charge. In 1999, Griffin was advanced through the 7=4 Grade of the Golden Dawn's Second Order (R.R. et A.C.) at the Ahathoor Temple No. 7 in Paris. The lineages descending from Desmond Bourke, Countess Bourkoun, and Marquis Tereschenko were transmitted to Griffin, who took the initiatic name of "Lux Ex Septentrionis" (Light From the North, which was the motto used by one of MacGregor Mathers' "Secret Chiefs" in Paris). Griffin's Golden Dawn order (formally Monnastre/Griffin's) was merged into the European headquartered, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, henceforth presided over by Marquis, Tereschenko, Jean-Pascal Ruggiu, and David Griffin as its international Chiefs.
In 2002, Griffin and Ahathoor Temple No. 7 Imperator, Jean-Pascal Ruggiu, met in Paris with Frater L.E.T., representing the same Continental European order of Hermetic alchemists who had initiated Kenneth MacKenzie, to whom S.L. MacGregor Mathers referred to as the "Secret Chiefs." Griffin and Ruggiu received the same Hermetic and Rosicrucian lineages transmitted earlier to MacKenzie by Count Apponyi and to Mathers by Lux E Tenebris, as well as an esoteric corpus and skeletal initiation rituals with which to create the "Third Order" that had since its inception been intended to complete the "three order" system of the Golden Dawn.