What we do know is that Reid’s secretary was a former 5=6 GD member and once or twice there were some GD rituals performed at Druidic celebratory times of the year. These were short lived.
The possibility of Nauda temple was brought up in the Sword of Wisdom as having a noted British Politician involved. His biographer who went over all his papers found no reference to it.
What this all comes down to is that Tomas claims he was told this twaddle and he has taken it as gospel without doing any independent research to check it out.
The Adeptus Maximus of Madeline Montalban is “nothing like”, nor being equivalent to the Golden Dawn 7=4 grade. Madeline Montalban correspondence course had a 22 degree grade system based upon the Tarot which during the course, various titles/grades were honoured. 0-0 being neophyte, 0-1 the Magician, 0-2 High Priestess. Montalban also refers to most persons doing the correspondence course will get as far as completing the ‘Adeptus Miniums’ [sic.] grade of the OMS.
Desmond Bourke may of completed the entire 22 degree OMS correspondence course and got awarded the Adeptus Maximus grade, but the grades of the OMS are not grades in the meaning of Golden Dawn initiatory grades and cannot be compared. It is like comparing apples with oranges.
One of the distinguished historians on occult history which I mentioned above who supports my view on the druidic element of the G∴D∴ / A∴O∴, and who still wishes to remain anonymous considering the current inflammatory state of the Golden Dawn Community in handling controversal truths, provided me with some highly interesting information in response to this blog post. He authorized me to use this information, for the benefit of my gentle reader, and I will paraphrase him accordingly.
According to him the Cromlech Temple of the Sun Order held druidic festival rituals at Beltane, and also Circle rituals (which I surmise is a reference to Stonehenge), the senior Officer of both these occurances holding the title of “The Arch Druid”. Both the Beltane and Circle rituals had existed from the late 1890s, this informant states, and the fact remains that S.L. MacGregor Mathers was a member of the Sun Order. As the Archon Basileus of the A∴O∴, there is no doubt that MacGregor Mathers would have officiated as the Arch Druid when he performed these rituals, and my reliable informant is convinced that he did perform them. Furthermore, it is his view that Ithell Coquhoun had picked up information from her initiated contacts, some of whom where conscious about the link back to Cromlech Temple and the Sun Order, which is evident from reading her Sword of Wisdom.
For me it is highly intersting as my own initiatory and esoteric transmittors affirmed to me that S. L. MacGregor Mathers and G. W. MacGregor Reid had swapped lineges between the An Uileach Druidh Braithreachas (“The Druid Universal Bond”) and the Rosicrucian Order of A∴O∴, somewhere in time when it shed its former name Hermetic Order of the G∴D∴, making the former a Arch Druid and the latter an Adeptus Exemptus. The Adeptus Exemptus pertains to the highest office of the A∴O∴, being the Chief Adept and Archon Basileus, in the same manner as the Arch Druid serves as the Chief Office of the Druidic Mysteries.