” The Rosicrucian Order”

A Rosicrucian Master's Cross, from the AMORC R...

A Rosicrucian Master’s Cross, from the AMORC Rosicrucian Library in San Jose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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As a former member of the Rosicrucian Order during the 1970s, I am competent to observe that the original members of this secret society were Gnostic and keepers of their mysterious knowledge. The largest of the modern-day Rosicrucian Orders is “the

 

(AMORC),” which is headquartered in San Jose, California. Currently, AMORC claims no religious affiliation asserting that their beliefs don’t interfere with any faith. Nevertheless, the teachings relate to areas of self-improvement and enlightenment. But, they also deal with subjects such as reincarnation, soul and astral travel, parapsychology, meditation and the esoteric. I suggest that the fundamental philosophy of the “Rosy Cross” is ecumenical in the context of religious appreciation.

 

The beginnings of the Rosicrucian movement are generally thought to be in the 15th or 17th centuries, although some believe that their beginnings date back to ancient Egyptian times. Regardless of when the order actually started, its origins are steeped in mystery. According to popular history, the order came about thanks to a monk named Christian Rosenkreuz, who was born in Germany in 1378. At the age of 16 he traveled to Damascus, Egypt, and Morocco, where he reportedly was tutored by Islamic masters of occult arts. He then returned to Germany and formulated the Rosicrucian Order with three monks from the original cloister that raised him. Rosenkreuz expanded the membership to eight monks and built the Spiritus Sanctum (House of the Holy Spirit), which was completed in 1409. The Spiritus Sanctum became Rosenkreuz’s tomb when he died in 1484 at the age of 106. Knowledge of the tomb was then lost for about 120 years – it was rediscovered in the year 1604, which led to a resurrection of the Rosicrucian Order. The renewed interest has been attributed to the works of a German Lutheran pastor by the name of Johann Valentin Andrae (1586-1654). Andrae published three documents describing the Rosicrucian Order: “The Fama Fraternitas of the Meritorious Order of the Rosy Cross” (1614), “The Confession of the Rosicrucian Fraternity” (1615), and “The Chemical Marriage of Christian Rosenkreuz” (1616).

 

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum at Rosicrucian...

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum at Rosicrucian Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Some modern Rosicrucian groups have differing opinions relative to the story of Rosenkreuz. Some believe that he existed as the above points out, others see the story as a parable that indicates more profound truths, yet still others believe that Christian Rosenkreuz is a pseudonym for whom many believe to be Francis Bacon. Along with the narrative of Christian Rosenkreuz, there is a lesser-known story put forth by a Rosicrucuanist-Mason group known as “Golden and Rosy Cross” in the 18th century that also described the order’s beginnings. In this rendition, the movement began in the year 46 AD, led by an Alexandrian Gnostic sage named Ormus. He and his six followers were evidently converted to Christianity by the disciple Mark; thus, the Rosicrucian Order was formed by combining Christianity, ancient Egyptian and Gnostic mysteries. Still others think that the sect started with pharaoh, Akhenaton in ancient Egypt. However, Rosenkreuz is acknowledged by most Rosicrucian’s as their founder. On his trip to the Middle East and Africa, Rosenkreuz reportedly studied alchemy, astrology, occult magic, exorcism, the Kabbalah and other mystical subjects. The Order spread throughout Europe garnering advocates such as Robert Fludd (1574-1637), who was alleged to be Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, he subsequently published A Compendius Apology for the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross, and Michael Maier (1568 – 1622), a physician of alchemy who helped merge that practice into the groups philosophy.

 

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