Ordre des Martyrs seeks to understand wholly life through observation, study, and respect of nature. We honor all of life as did our ancestors who promulgated their understanding of wholly life through knowledge we know now as "philosophy."
These ancestors left their primordial knowledge of wholly life through philosophy of which the earliest known source is that of the Egyptian named Thoth whom the Greeks renamed and adopted as Hermes. The whole of Hermes literature is termed "hermetic philosophy." We consider music as our primary vehicle in our quest because music is a direct application of the cited primordial principles of "vibration" and "rhythm;" it transmits all sorts of information related to wholly life. Some say "music is life" and Duke Ellington said of rhythm: "it don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing." Please see our article on music.
Hermetic philosophy is concerned with the understanding of nature, and is known to most as Universal Principles. Hence hermetic philosophy by virtue of it being universal includes dimensional partitioning that is the focus of Quantum Physics. Hermetic philosophy is the foundation of what we know as science and the arts. We find the excerpt below very revealing, although unsurprisingly skewed, but is motivating to those unfamiliar with the principles and the writings credited to Thoth/Hermes.
"The Poimandres, from which Marsilio Ficino formed his opinion, states that "They called him Trismegistus because he was the greatest philosopher and the greatest priest and the greatest king." The Suda (10th century) states that "He was called Trismegistus on account of his praise of the trinity, saying there is one divine nature in the trinity."
Much of the importance of Hermeticism arises from its connection with the development of science during the time from 1300 to 1600 AD. The prominence that it gave to the idea of influencing or controlling nature led many scientists to look to magic and its allied arts (e.g., alchemy, astrology) which, it was thought, could put Nature to the test by means of experiments. Consequently, it was the practical aspects of Hermetic writings that attracted the attention of scientists.
Isaac Newton placed great faith in the concept of an unadulterated, pure, ancient doctrine, which he studied vigorously to aid his understanding of the physical world. Many of Newton's manuscripts—most of which are still unpublished—detail his thorough study of the Corpus Hermeticum, writings said to have been transmitted from ancient times, in which the secrets and techniques of influencing the stars and the forces of nature were revealed, i.e. As Above, So Below."