Piers Allfrey Vaughan was born in Brighton, England, and attended Brighton College, as well as Oxford and Cranfield Universities. He was an avid musician, singing in a local church, playing several instruments, conducting and composing; he was also a keen fencer, and enjoyed appearing in local plays. He even appeared as an extra in ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Quadrophenia’!
He has an MA in Psychology, an MBA in Business Studies and an MA in Divinity. He has worked for a number of banks, including Midland, HSBC and Deutsche Bank, living in England, Germany and Switzerland before moving to the USA in the early 1990s.
His Masonic membership began in England in 1979, and he joined a number of Orders prior to joining St. John's Lodge No. 1 in New York, where he has served twice as its Master. He also served as Grand High Priest (Grand First Principal) of New York State in 2014. He is also a 33o Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite (NMD), and First Grand Ancient of the Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Fœderatis (SRICF). He has traveled extensively across the USA and in many countries abroad giving lectures on a number of topics, ranging from history to talks on the symbols and esotericism of Masonry. An interest in 18th Century French Masonic Ritual led him to translate a number of important treatises and rituals into English.
He is also very involved in a number of Orders outside of Freemasonry, predominantly ones which have an esoteric background, and is also the head of a church descended from the Pre-Nicene Church of Richard, Duc de Palatine.
He is the author of “Of Errors & Truth”, a translation of Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin’s 1775 book, “Renaissance Man and Mason” a collection of Masonic and Esoteric talks, and “Capitular Development Course”.
Piers is primate of the Apostolic Church of the Golden & Rosy Cross, a descendent of the Pre-Nicene Church of Richard Duc de Palatine and the Order of the Pleroma, a member of several Esoteric Societies; an Esoteric and Masonic lecturer and writer; an avid translator of old French texts; a traveler and a permanent student.
Elementary Treatise on Practical Magic
Dr. Gerard Encausse, better known by his nomen mysticum Papus, was a prominent esotericist in Paris in the 1890s and early 1900s. He is best known for founding the Martinist Order, based on the teachings of Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin and Martines de Pasqually.
This 1893 book on Magic was the first to bring together all the Grimoires into one book, and provide a clear path of study to perform the Solomonic Rites. He brings his scientific mind to argue that experimentation in the astral is just as important as scientific inquiry, as he takes us on a fascinating journey through late 19th Century France.
This is the first time the book had been made available in English.
Of Errors & Truth - Originally by Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin (1775)2017
Renaissance Man & Mason2016
Capitular Development Course2014