The Order of The Historia Illius Itineris International
With a 3 year study curriculum, The Historia Illius Itineris functions as the practice and study group for the advanced teaching material developed by Andrew T. Austin, the basis of which is taught as “Metaphors of Movement.”
Following the model of initiatory orders, the material is organised into three degrees and for each degree there are ten meetings that are organised around a psychodramatic event (“initiation”). Members of the order are organised into lodges and are required to provide some key pieces of work in order to progress to the next degree. This work is then shared in a central library known as “The Body of Knowledge.”
The material in The Body of Knowledge is organised by degree and by member contributions and is distributed throughout the order.
Additionally, all first degree members are required to create Le Divinae Motum Orbis and participate in at least three initiatory events for new members in order to advance to the second degree.
The material and degrees are organised as follows:
1st Degree. The Orientation: In which we find where we stand.
2nd Degree. The Journey: In which we learn where we are going.
3rd Degree. The Construction: In which we learn what we create.
Appendant degrees: these are one or two-day events and involve a combination of psychodrama and workshop teaching with some pre-study material. The appendant degree events are open to any member of 1st degree and above.
The 1st Degree core study papers are as follows:
- Active and passive forces within metaphor.
- Breathing and Meditation in Metaphor.
- “Container Club” – working with negative social and cultural conditioning.
- Container metaphor principles and structure.
- Directions of Time.
- Working with Dreams.
- The Golden Ratio and Symmetry.
- Identifying with Obstructions.
- The Knowledge of The Lamp.
- Patchworking Exercises.
- Story and Parable Creation.
- The Compass.
Details for the material that comprises the second and third degrees are available to initiated members only. Currently there are lodges under development in Brighton, Harrogate, Newcastle, Tel Aviv and Bangalore with additional lodges planned for Stockholm, Boulder, Tokyo, New Delhi, London and Utrecht.