'Adam and Eve' oil on canvas by Titian (Vecellio di Gregorio Tiziano), c. 1550. Reproduced with permission of the Museo Nacional de Prado, Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, 28014 Madrid, Spain at The scene is based on the Old Testament story (Genesis 3, 1-6) of Man's fall from grace when, after disobeying God's orders, Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise.Martinism is a form of an initiatic esoteric or mystical Christianity that regards Jesus Christ as The Repairer and aims for the reintegration of man to attain an idealised state. Such a state aimed for is that in the Garden of Eden before the Fall of Man as described in the Holy Bible (Genesis 3, 1 – 6).

Martinism reflects the philosophy and esoteric Christian mysticism of the French philosopher Louis Claude de Saint-Martin (1743 – 1803), who was a disciple of the 18th century Freemason and theurgist, Martinez de Pasqually (1727 – 1774). Saint-Martin’s spiritual writings were published under his pseudonym of "Le Philosophe Inconnu", or the "Unknown Philosopher".

The Hermetic Order of Martinists (HOM) is a Martinist Order for Freemasons, but it is not a Masonic Order. It is however only open to Master Masons of a Lodge under the authority of the United Grand Lodge of England, or of a Grand Lodge recognised by them.

By a process of initiation, meditation, study, esoteric discussion and contemplation, members of the Order aim to discover and understand the presence of Jesus Christ within.