THE ROSICRUCIAN MYSTERIES

 

THE ROSICRUCIAN MYSTERIES

Rosicrucianism is a philosophical secret society said to have been founded in late medieval Germany by Christian Rosenkreuz.

 

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It holds a doctrine or theology “built on esoteric truths of the ancient past”, which, “concealed from the average man, provide insight into nature, the physical universe and the spiritual realm.” Rosicrucianism is symbolized by the Rosy Cross or Rose Cross.

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The School of Athens, or Scuola di Atene

Between 1607 and 1616, two anonymous manifestos were published, first in Germany and later throughout Europe. These were the Fama Fraternitatis RC (The Fame of the Brotherhood of RC) and the Confessio Fraternitatis (The Confession of the Brotherhood of RC). The influence of these documents, presenting a “most laudable Order” of mystic-philosopher-doctors and promoting a “Universal Reformation of Mankind”, gave rise to an enthusiasm called by its historian Dame Frances Yates the “Rosicrucian Enlightenment”.

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The manifestos

  • 1614: Fama Fraternitatis
  • 1615: Confessio Fraternitatis
  • 1616: Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz (not Chemical)

introduction to the Rosicrucian Order

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CHAPTER I

EVOLUTION AS SHOWN IN THE ZODIAC

It is a matter of common knowledge among mystics that the evolutionary
career of mankind is indissolubly bound up with the divine hierarchies who
rule the planets and the signs of the Zodiac, and that passage of the Sun
and the planets through the twelve signs of the Zodiac, marks man’s progress
in time and in space. Therefore it is not to be wondered at, that in the
course of their investigations into the spiritual development of mankind,

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the writers have also encountered much that deals with the Zodiac which is
the boundary of our evolutionary sphere at the present time. So much has
been perceived in THE MEMORY OF NATURE that sheds light upon obscure pas-
sages of the Bible, that notes have been made from time to time of different
points, but how to collect and collage these dissociated writings into a
united whole,

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has been a great problem for a long time. Even now, the writ-
ers know and feel that what they are bringing forth is only a very, very
weak attempt to set before the students that great body of facts which have
come to them through the memory of nature.

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They feel, however,that this
will give a new and more profound meaning to the old symbols, and that bypassing on what has been found they put themselves in line to receive more
light.

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