Mage: Dark Materials
Enlightened Society of the Weeping Moon
The Enlightened Society of the Weeping Moon:
The enlightened society of the weeping moon was secret society that reached its height during Victorian times. Like many secret societies of its time, the weeping moon was an occult society with secret lodges, wherein it conducted occult rites, fraternity-like initions and seremonies. Though officially a secular organization, there is no doubt that it was a quasi-religious mystical order. Sources has labled it as an “neo-masonic” organization.
Its self-proclaimed motto was: Progress through mysticism. Though if any true mages ever were part of the organization is unknown, it would not be impossible and indeed probably not all unlikely. However it is far more likely that if they dealt with magic in any form, it was hedge magic and ritualistic magic of that ilk. Even far more likely most of it was merely ritaulistic trappings of a self professed secret society and held little worht, though some of the text that figured in the library of the society is noteworthy(see apendix).
All members supposedly should show devotion to a prophecy, reffered to as The Prophecy of the Weeping Mooen (hence their name. Sources indicate that it spoke of an unspecific night, after careful preparation of its followers, the moon (Luna?) itself (reffered to in female form in some texts) will descend on earth and purify it with its (hers? tears.
Some public chapter houses have been recorded, mainly from the middle of the 19th century, but they were few and certainly the numbers of secret lodges far surpassed the meagre number of those found openly. Most references to open lodges concerns its charitable work, for which it appears to have contributed prominently for an organization of its size.
The formation and history of the society is interesting in its obscurity and secrecy. From historical data collected it is reasonable to assume that the society was formed in France in the late 18th century, with the most likely year being 1796.
The man given credit for its formation is one Laurent De Mer. Not much is known about him, other than that he must have been an educated man, as well as charismatic and a natural leader. At least all sources points to this. He came from a rich family of merchants and had some political weight, he might also have served in the military for a short time as an officer (one captain of the same name figures in the late 1780s, but it is uncertain if it is the same man).
In the early part of the 19th century the society relocated to the New World, and in 1838 it sat up lodges in California and Oregon. All throug this time soruces still point to Laurent De Mer as the leader, though he must have been quite advanced in age. Indeed figures puts him to have turned more than a hundred years before passing the mantle of leadership.
That happened in a cloud of mystery in the year 1849, when he reportedly vanishes in strange circumstances. Wheter he stilled lived at this time, or was merely a “figurehead” cannot be verified, but all information from actual members and their texts referred to him as such. Any number of possibilities exists here, from natural longevity to magic or perhaps even vampirism (longivety from vampiric blood, re: Order of Hermes and House Tremere?).
What is certain is that in 1849 a new leader steps forth, one Lloyd Fairweather, and De Mer is never heard from again.
A new dawn
Under Fairwathers leadership the society’s expansion gains new momentum and soon the popularity of the society spreads quickly through the frontiere, as well as back east. From 1873 the society of the enlightened weeping moon begins what appears to be a large scale recruitment drive, and its ranks soon boasts over a thousand full fledge memebers. It is from this time most open lodges can be found, as well as it becomes prominent in charitabe work. Fairweather is mentioned as a shrewed man of business and accounts tell of how he used his skill to increase the fortune of the society.
Many prominent business men, ranch owners and indeed even local polticians have been credited with membership during this period. It seems probable that under the leadership of Fairweather, the society gained some political influence and certainly the greatest in the society’s history.
By all accounts the society was quite egaliterian for its age under the leadership of Fairweather, with membership being open to man and woman alike, christian, jew, black, chinese and even indian.
It appears that the society had many supporters that were not strictly members. These intiates were sympathetic and many surely ended up as members, but the society had in all likelyhood more sympathisers than actual members.
Like most secret societies the Weeping Moon had an hierarchy, with different posts and levels. Sources are unable to clarify all, but some are mentioned that might be levles in an hierarcy. Or perhaps rituals. Tenders of lunar lore and the circle of stars are two, the former is most surely a group of some sort. Fairweather is reffered to as the Most Enlightened Magister, an unveiler of great secrets.
As with most secert societies the Weeping Moon stirred some controversy during its existence. There are records of different troubles and in fact al out violence in the vicinity of some lodges, though if connected to the society itself is uncertain. One notable event is the looting and burning of a lodge sticks out. One night in 1878 a group of people rode into town, a band of indians possibly lead by a white man or half-breed. The band apparently attacked, looted and burned the lodge down, killing nine in the process. The incident was dubbed the night of rage.
From the 1890s and on the Enlightened Society of the Weeping Moon waned. Membership dwindled, lodges closed, charities went belly up and political support began to erode. The last time the society is heard from in history is in 1913. Details of coffers being raded and occult library plundered, the few remaining members drift away to pursue their own endeavours and the socicety breaks down.
The charter of the society
What follows i part of a litany referred to as the charter of the society,
“We harvest of the moon’s lucent bounty
A host of harvested boons:”
Then follows reference to the absent, horned and balanced moon. This part of the text was damaged. It then continues:
“And the harvest moon offers strength and prowess.
These we pledge to use for the betterment of men.
These we pledge to use against those who oclude our goal.
These we pledge to use as the stars hang low and the coars cries
of devils can be heard from the hills.
A brotherhood we are, for only by standing united against or opposition can
we hope to attain prominence.”
Apparently taken from a chapter called Hezekia’s chapter of the book The Yellow Truth.
Litterature known to the society: