Appendix The Rose Croix of Heredom Degree

He Eighteenth Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry known as the Rose Croix of Heredom, appears to have begun being worked towards the end of the eighteenth century and presents an interesting masonic adaptation of the Rosicrucian motifs. Details of it can be found in various masonic manuals. I quote here from The Text Book of Advanced Freemasonry, published anonymously in 1873. This Degree is philosophical, the end of-which is to free the mind from those encumbrances...

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...

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

Richard Kienast Johann Valentin Andreae

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 Golden and Rosy Cross

Member of the Royal House of Prussia, who had recently distinguished himself in the Bavarian campaign against Austria, became in 1781 a candidate for admission to the brotherhood of the Golden and Rosy Cross. To the Rosicrucians he was an important recruit, for he was soon to sit on the throne as Frederick-William II, successor to his uncle, Frederick the Great. His initiation into the brotherhood was to have far-reaching consequences which we shall come to shortly. But first it will be helpful...

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...