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Welcome
e welcome you and thank you for your interest in learning more about the Rosicrucian tradition. Your reading of this booklet indicates diat you have felt an urge from within, a special something that drew you to the Rosicrucians. Perhaps you have already explored the vast sea o f metaphysicaJ and selfhelp books, programs, lectures, and semináis, and you may have found yourselí wondering how to make sense o f it all— how to put it all together in a way that is practical and truly relevant to you. You can acquire a lot of information from books, lectures, and classes, and you may even discover some very useful techniques for improving certain aspects o f your life. Yet this approach to self improvement is often incomplete, because most books, seminars, and study groups have a limited focus, such as personal prosperity, improving relationships, meditation, spiritual attunement, or developing psychic abílities. And focusing on one area oí study doesn’t provide balanced development. The Rosicrucian system provides a foundation that ties together all of the different aspects o f metaphysical study, and demonstrates their interconnectedness. To our knowledge, its the only system that does this. Understanding the natural laws that govern all realms— physical, mental, emotional, psychic, and spiritual— leads to true prosperity and peace of mind. This is exactly what the Rosicrucian system provides— an ancient and time-tested systematic approach to the study o f higher wisdom that empowers you to find the answers to your questions about the workings o f the universe, the interconnectedness o f all life, your higher purpose, and how it all fus together. Much of the material found in the Rosicrucian teachings cannot be found anywhere else. If you’ve already spent many years studying metaphysics, you’U find that the Rosicrucian system organizes this information in a comprehensive way and acts as a unique catalyst o f skills and accomplishment. The knowledge you’ve already acquired attains a higher dimensión of meaning when you can place it in the

context of a powerful whole. Further, this knowledge also translares into increasingly focused, skillful action and attainment in life. If you’re completely new to this area of study, you'Il find that this comprehensive approach makes your learning easy. As yon progress step-by-step dirough the Rosicrucian course of study, you'Il see how each subject relates to ail die rest, giving you a sense of completeness and confidence in your understanding. Through simple weekly lessons that you study at home, you'Il have the opportunity to learn useful techniques which you can use on a daily basis to awaken your higher faculties, leading to improved health, better life situations, more harmonious personal relationships, and an increased sense of happiness and peace. These goals can be achieved through a process which Rosicrucian students cali self-m astei'y. What exactly does self-mastery mean? It means learning how to chart your own course through life— how to find the means to make the right choices and decisions. It means seeing your present circumstances as unlimited opportunities for growth because you do have the ability to change your situation. It means being able to take charge of your life and help those around you to achieve a happier and a healthier existence. The Rosicrucian teachings are not based on the ideas of any one individual. Unlike many New Age movements, the Rosicrucian philosophy has been developed over centuries from the combined efforts of many great minds. Ancient truths are incorporated into practical and time-tested techniques which you can begin to ase immediately. The lessons are structured in a sequential system to provide safe, gradual development o f your natural psychic and spiritual abilities. This is a school of practical mysticism which encourages you to be open-minded, questioning, and to test the valué of the principies you are learning by actively using them in your daily life.

Benefits o f M em bership
T H E SY STEM O F ST U D Y Each month you will receive a packet of weekly lessons, called monograpbs, to read ¡n the privacy of your own home. The lessons, about six to eight pages each, introduce certain ideas and experiments in a straightforward and simple manner. We ask diat you devote about one and a half hours once a week to study that week’s lesson and perform any exercise or experiment given. For the remainder o f the week we encourage you to periodically think about the important ideas contained in that lesson, and make repeated eftorts at accomplishing the exercises. We ask you for this simple commitment because the lessons are not just a body of knowledge, they are a way o f life. If you only read them and don’t attempt the experiments or practice the techniques, then you re only learning theory, just as though you were only reading a book on how to play the piano, without ever practicing. It takes a special sort of dedication to quest for the knowledge of die Universe. It is essential that you test the ideas and experiments, prove their validity to yourself, and then incorporare them into your life. As you do this, gradually mere theories will be replaced by real knowledge, solid skills, increased confidence, peace of mind, and an ability to successfully meet the experiences of life and to create the kind oflife you want. H O W IS T H E IN FO RM A TIO N ST R U C T U R E D ? New students begin with a series of three introductory degrees comprising an overview o f the Rosicrucian course o f study. This is followed by nine additional degrees, each having its own particular emphasis. For instance, the Fifth Degree deais primarily with ancient philosophies, the Sixth with the health of physical and psychic consciousness, and tht Sevenrh with the aura and the projection of the psychic body. The teachings are continuously updated to reHect our modern world, while keeping true to the Rosicrucian tradition. Underlying this changing language and formal is a code o f natural law which forms the core of

the Rosicrucian teachings and which remains constant over time. P R O G R E SSIO N O F T H E TE A C H IN G S The Rosicrucian system does not promise instant enlightenment. To complete our hasic program of lessons, from the introductory courses up through the end o f the Ninth Degree, takes approximately five years. Although in five years you will have achieved a high level of mastery o f self, our teachings continué past the Ninth Degree for many years, supplementing the hasic lessons and continuing to stimulate further development. The uniqueness o f the Rosicrucian teachings doesn’t come simply from the body of knowledge it offers, it also comes from the way it is organized and brought to life through practical exercises and experiments to produce a genuine evolution in consciousness. Each degree covers an important step you need in order to benefit from the next degree. Each exercise supports, reinforces, and builds upon the preceding exercises and techniques, leading to balanced, full development.

RO SIC R U C IA N H O M E ST U D Y LESSO N S The Rosicrucian teachings are presented in booklets called monographs, and the lessons are divided into two main sections, the Neophyte Section and the Temple Section.

Neophyte Section
Right from the start, the introductory monographs present Rosicrucian concepts that you can apply in practical ways. One of the first things you learn as a Neophyte is that you are a dual being. In addition to your five physical senses, you also have a psychic sense. Exercises in these introductory lessons are designed to gradually awaken and develop the psychic faculty. Exercises presented here and throughout the entire Rosicrucian system allow you to discover for yourself through direct experience how these principies work.

Temple Section
Having completed the lessons o f the Neophyte Section (this takes approximately 15 months), you stand at an important milestone in your progress along the mystical path. No longer a Neophyte, you are now ready to leave the Atrium and enter the Temple. Your studies in the Neophyte Section have established the foundation for the lessons o f the Temple degrees. You have been introduced to the various elements of the Rosicrucian system and had the opportunity to practice many o f the principies presented through simple experiments. The Temple degrees will further develop rhese elements, providing additional depth and practical applications of the principies. The Rosicrucian tradition is not just a course of study; it is a way o f life. While the essential Rosicrucian teachings are covered in the first five years, the exploration of universal laws is truly a lifelong study. As long as we live, we never stop learning. Therefore, the Rosicrucian lessons continué for many years, providing you with even greater insights and exploration of the Rosicrucian principies and techniques.

The Three Elements o f Rosicrucian M em bership
As a Rosicrucian student you are not simply purchasing a course of study. In fact, we do not sell the Rosicrucian lessons at any price. In the true tradition of the ancient mystery schools, the teachings were never sold, but were extended to sincere students. In keeping with this tradition, the Rosicrucian teachings are made available to students as a benefit o f their active membership. Your membership dues support all aspects o f the organization’s activities, not just the lessons. The diree main elements of Rosicrucian membership are the system of home study lessons, the Rosicrucian iniriatic tradition, and the local activities of Rosicrucian groups. Additional benefits of membership are described later in this booklet.

T H E IN IT IA T IC T R A D IT IO N As a Rosicrucian student, you are not just taking a course o f study. You are passing through degrees of study, rituals, ceremonies, exercises, and demonstrations that have a long historical background with new information constantly being added. Rosicrucian initiations are rituals designed to mark the milestones o f a students progress on the mystical path. In these beautiful rituals, mystical laws and principies are demonstrated in dramatic form, in order to both inform and inspire the Rosicrucian student. All the degrees of Rosicrucian study are preceded by an initiation ceremony, written in an impressive and brief form that can easily be performed at home during your study period. You also have the option of receiving these initiations in a more elabórate form in affiliated Lodges if you like. You 1 1 find that these initiations, when conferred in the Temple o f a Rosicrucian Lodge with all officers participating, are even more impressive to the psyche. Both the home ceremonies and the Lodge initiations are specially prepared to introduce to you in an impressive, symbolic, and dramatic way the importance of each new degree into which you are entering. R O SIC R U C IA N G R O U PS The Rosicrucians maintain a sysrem o f local Rosicrucian groups to supplement the home study program. As a Rosicrucian student, you have the option and privilege of attending an affiliated Lodge, Chapter, Pronaos, or Atrium Group if there is one in your area. Here you can enjoy the company of other Rosicrucians, hear inspiring lectures, engage in mystical experiments widi odier students, and particípate in beautiful ceremonies and stimulating discussions. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a variety o f special events, seminars, and conventions. Rosicrucian members are not obligated to associate with a local Rosicrucian group. This is a special privilege offered to you, and provides an unique opportunity to enrich your membership experience. Many local groups offer regular open meetings, where members of the public can attend a brief

lecture and meet Rosicrucian students in an informal setting. To find out if open meetings are offered in your area, you may check the Calendar o f Events at: r o s ic r u c ia n .o r g or cali or write our Rosicrucian Groups office at: Rosicrucian Order, AM O RC 1342 Naglee Avenue San José CA 95191 408.9 4 7 .3 6 0 0

O th er Benefits
RO SICRU CIA N PU BLIC A TIO N S As a Rosicrucian student, you will have access to the following publications in addition to your lessons: The Rosicrucian Digest T h e official magazine o f the Rosicrucians, the Rosicrucian Digest is published twice a year.

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The Rosicrucian Forum This semi-annual publication contains articles related to aspects of the Rosicrucian studies. It is a prívate publication for Rosicrucian students only. Th e Rose+Croix Journal The Rose+Croix Journal is an international, peerreviewed online journal diat focases on topics that relate to the sciences, history, the arts, mysticism, and spirituality, especially interdisciplinary topics and transdisciplinary inquines diat traverse and lie beyond die limits of different fields of study. rosecroixjou rn al.org PeaceConsciousness.org This online e-zine provides a forum for exchanging ideas related to peace, and for suggesting means at all levels to ase in resolving difFerences between individuáis, groups, nations, and even species. peaceconsciousness.org

C O U N C IL O F SO LACE Tlie Council oí Solace is a group o í Rosicrucians (ar Rosicrucian Park and throughout the world) 3 and íriends who medítate dailv ' on behalí oí others, with die goal oí bringing cosmic help to all those in need. To list yourself or another individual with the Council o f Solace, go to: rosicrucian.org/about/council.html or you may cali 408.947.3684 and leave a message, giving the ñame of the person to be Usted. Metaphysical aid will begin immediateJy and will conrinue for as Jong as is needed. RO SICRU CIA N PARK Beautiful Rosicrucian Park in San José, California, serves as the headquarters of the Rosicrucians in North America. Fountains, exotic planes and trees, statuary, and Egyptian-style buildings add to the special ambience o f Rosicrucian Park. In addition to our administrative offices, Rosicrucian Park also houses the Rosicrucian Research Library, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium, the Rosicrucian Peace Carden, and our Egyptian-styíe (i'rand Temple. Guests are welcome to stroll through the Park grounds and take in the special atmosphere. RO SICR U CIA N EGYPTIA N M U SEU M & PLANETARIUM The Museum offers an exciting chance to travel back in time and discover the mysteries o f ancient F.gypt. The Rosicrucian Order has the largest ROSICRUCIAN collection oí authentic Egyptian artifaets EGYPTIAN MUSEUM on display in Western North America. mi&mm The Museum, one oí the largest tourist PLANETARIUM attractions in San José, allows guests to see fascinating objeets and ritual items the Egyptians used in their everyday lives. Rosicrucian members, along with oneguest, receive complimentary admission to the Museum. egyptianrnuseuni.org *» n d ,

The Rosicrucian Planetarium, dedicated during the 1936 Rosicrucian Convention in San José, was the fifth planetarium built in the LInited States. It was designed by íormer Impera for H. Spencer Lewis, who also hand-built the first star projector used in the planetarium. The new star show, V)e Mithraic Mysteries, reveáis the secrets oí the ancient Mithraic mystery schools. lilis show is presented daily, free of charge, as a service to the community. RO SICRU CIA N PEACE CARINEN Dedicated to the Rosicrucian ideáis of peace and tolerance, this educational garden, authentic to the 18th Dynasty o f ancient Egypt, provides guests with j tranquil and inspiring ambience in which to medítate. RO SICRU CIA N RESEARCH LIBRARY The Research Library contains a remarkable collection o f books and other research materials on most esoteric subjeets, as well as cultural, scientiíic, and other fascinating material. Rosicrucian members living in or visiting the San José area are encouraged to visit the Library. We also oífer a special program oí library membership to visiting scholars, researchers, and the general public. R O SE -C R O IX U N IV E R SIT Y IN TER N A TIO N A L Rosicrucian students are eligible to enroll in classes sponsored by Rose-Croix University International. This optional program offers in-depth courses which expand on certain aspeets of die Rosicrucian studies. Its purpose is to oífer Rosicrucian students opportunities for personal development and spiritual growth in a classroom or online environment under the personal instruction of faculty members. The Rosicrucian faculty are qualified experts in their fields oí instruction and members oí our International Research Council.

O u r Traditional and Chronological History
The Rosicrucian Order is known internarionally by its traditional and authentic title, Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, from which is derived the acronym “A M O RC .” This Latin form o f the organizations ñame Iiterally translates into Ancient Mystical Order of the Rosy Cross. There is no religious connotation associated with this symbol; the Rosy Cross symbol predates Christianity. The cross symbolically represents the human body and the rose represents the individuáis unfolding consciousness. Together, the rose and cross represent the experiences and challenges o f a thoughtful life well lived. Tlius, by our ñame and symbol we represent the ancient Rosicrucians, perpetuating the true traditions of Rosicrucian movements from centuries past to the present day. The history of the Rosicrucians may be divided into two general classifications: traditional and chronological. The traditional history consists o f mystical allegories and fascinadng legends that have been passed down for centuries by word o f mouth. The Rosicrucian chronological accounts are based 011 specific dates and verifiable facts. For detailed information on the history o f the Rosicrucian Order, visit:

educational charitable organization which is classified by the United States Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3). Its activities and services are supported by dues and donations received from Rosicrucian students. After expenses are covered, all additional funds go back into the organization to further benefit its students, allowing us to expand our services, develop new programs and other projects that will help us accomplish our humanitarian goals.

How to Become a Rosicrucian Student
By becoming a Rosicrucian student, you will be agreeing to more than just studying the lessons; you will become part of a worldwide mystical tradition composed of men and women who share your spiritual interests, zest for higher knowledge, and humanitarian ideáis. To apply for membership, please complete the online application at: rosicrucian.org/about/join. This website also lists current dues rates. This is the first step to a lifetime o f learning that will enable you to experience real, practical benefits on a daily basis.

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IS T H E RO SIC R U C IA N O R D E R , A M O RC , A R ELIG IO N ? No. AM ORC is not a religión and does not require a specific code of belief or conduct. Rosicrucian students come from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. Becoming a Rosicrucian student does not require you to leave your church, join a church, or change your religious beliefs. H O W IS T H E O RG A N IZA TIO N ST R U C T U R E D ? Since 1928 the Rosicrucian Order, A M O RC , has been officially incorporated as a not-for-profit,

As ide Irom your dues, no other fees are required, ñor must you purchase any books or other supplemental materials in order to advan.ce through the studies. When we receive your application, it will be reviewed by the Membership Committee, who will notify you upon approval o f your petition to receive the Rosicrucian teachings. Tliis normally takes two to three weeks. Ifsomeone living in your household is also interested in becoming a Rosicrucian student, you may take advantage of our Companion Membership program, which offers considerable fmancial savings. Under the Companion program, two people living at the same address share a single set of lessons, magazines, etc., yet they both have full membership benefits. For further information about Companion Membership, please see the application form. H O W T O C O N TA C T US We thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Rosicrucian tradition. If you have any further questions about the Rosicrucians or our teachings, please visir:

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All rates are in U.S. Dollars. Rates ejfectiv e Ju ly /, 2008.

Principal Membership paid annually - $ 382 (Full membership benefits, including monographs, Rosicrucian Digest magazine, Grand Lodge Quarterly Bulletin, may particípate in all Rosicrucian activities) Principal Membership paid quarterly - $ 1 0 9 per quarter (Full membership benefits) Principal Membership with Companion paid annually — $45 8 (Companion shares full membership benefits with Principal Member) Principal Membership with Companion paid quarterly - $12 9 (Companion shares full membership benefits with Principal Member) Young Seeker (18 to 25 years o f age) paid annually - $131 (Full membership benefits) No Companion rate Young Seeker (18 to 25 years o f age) paid quarterly - $33 per quarter (Full membership benefits) No Companion rate Retired Membership (65 years of age or older) paid annually —$235 (Full membership benefits) Retired Membership (65 years of'age or older) paid quarterly - $59 quarterly (Full membership benefits) Retired Membership with Companion (Both 65 years of age or older) paid annually - $311 (Companion shares full membership benefits with Principal Member) Retired Membership wich Companion (Both 65 years of age or older) paid quarterly - $78 (Companion shares full membership benefits widi Principal Member)

( The Retired Membership is for applicants 65 years o f age or older who are unable to pay the Principal membership rate.)
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