Rosicrucian Monarch

S often happens with a movement, the Gold- und Rosenkreuz enjoyed a last upsurge of power and influence before its final decline. It was during this Indian summer that the King of Prussia was a member of the order, and his involvement with it is one of the most curious stories in the history of secret societies. The man who brought Prince Frederick-William into the fraternity was Johann Rudolf von Bischoffswerder (1741-1803). He came from a noble Thuringian family, and his father, who died in...

Modern Rosicrucian Movements

He latest episode in the story of the Rosy Cross takes place chiefly in America, which has become the main breeding-ground for Rosicrucian off-shoots. When Rosicrucianism first came to America it is difficult to establish, though a great deal has been made of a German mystical community which emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1694 and is claimed to have had Rosicrucian connections. The group was led by Johannes Kelpius, a man steeped in theosophical and millenialist ideas who had been a leading...

The Golden Dawn its Antecedents and Offshoots

He most impressive fruit to grow from the Rosicrucian tree was undoubtedly the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a magical society which appeared in England in the 1880s and whose offshoots are still active today. The Golden Dawn, as Gerald Yorke has written, 'with its Inner Order of the Rose of Ruby and Cross of Gold R.R. et A.C. was the crowning glory of the occult revival in the nineteenth century. It synthesized into a coherent whole a vast body of disconnected and widely scattered...

Post Cxx Annos Patebo Ix

Being equivalent to Post Annos Lux Crucis Patebo - at the end of 120 years, I, the Light of the Cross, will disclose myself. For the letters forming LVX are made from the dismembered and conjoined angles of the Cross and 120 is the product of the numbers from 1 to 5, multiplied in regular progression, which number five is symbolised in the Cross with four extremities and one centre point. On the following morning, Frater N.N. and his companions forced open the door he opens it wide the three...

The Search for the Philosophers Stone

Philosopher Stone Symbol

He Rosicrucianism of the Andreae era was only partly concerned with alchemy, but later revivals of the Rosicrucian idea were to lay great stress on their claims to possess the secrets of transmutation and the knowledge of the Philosophers' Stone or Elixir of Life. Had it not been for the defence of the Rosicrucians by the German alchemist Michael Maier, the movement might have developed in a totally different direction. But Maier's apologies for the brotherhood, chiefly Symbola Aureae Mensae...

The Tbingen Circle

He opening of Christian Rosenkreuz's tomb, whether real or symbolic, sent forth a spectre that was to haunt Europe with almost as much persistence as the spectre of Communism two and a half centuries later. The Rosicrucian spectre, however, was a more elusive creature. Though many people claimed to have seen and even communicated with it, no one could give a very intelligible account of what it looked like. Nor was it clear whether it was an independent entity or whether someone had conjured it...

The Spread of Rosicrucianism

He Rosicrucian idea was not slow to spread from its native German soil. Increasingly, wherever we find groups of people interested in the Hermetic-Qabalistic tradition we can expect Christian Rosenkreuz and his brotherhood to come up in discussion. In England the Hermetic tradition was familiar to a comparatively small circle. John Dee was one of its leading exponents and, as we have seen, his ideas may have influenced the Rosicrucian movement. Another eminent Englishman whose name has been...