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1963.HISTORY of the ROSICRUCIAN ORDER AMORC V A V Issued By Department of Publications SUPREME GRAND LODGE A.O. All rights reserved. (This booklet may be shared with other members and nonmembers as well. by the Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC' Inc.C.) The Cover Our cover depicts an early Rosicrucian ritualistic assembly held in a glade.M. Copyright. There is nothing that instills admiration for the working of cosmiclaws like the magnificent displays of nature. There is no more inspiring environment than the splendors o[ nature. . a maiestic setting in the beauty and tranquillity of a forest. It is for this reason that many early Rosicrucian functions were performed beneath the canopy of the heavens within a temple of which nature was the architect.R.

. efforts. Rosicrucian historical literature is voluminous. eventually expressed in action. -[his consists of tales and fascinating legends that have been passed down for centuries by word of mouth. You will be told where a more complete history may be had.*. '' {i41* r *:t . :8. will reveal to you the fact that this organization has for centuries s-ouglrt t-o advance mankind by first developing fully the faculties and powers of the individual.$v* . we read of the aspirations. We can review the events of the past and avoid its pitfalls.human thought. the past and is often better prepared to face the fuiure. there are the chronological accounts arranged by specific date and veriftable fact.ntation of past events. The history of the Rosicrucian Order. Egypt. The Rosicrucian history will acquaint you lvith the -It facts of the antiquity of this organiiation.. Tradition relates that ihis was used. if you desire to pursue the subject further. and mistakes of man. achievements. we can only sketch briefly the 'fhe Great Pyramid of Cheops. we can often intelligently guide our lives. But history I Ifirst begins with. First.ri4. Second. In this romantic traditional and chronological history. there is the traditional.-When we read history. It is said that history repeats itself. not ars ar tomb.-*l x-. but as a place of initiation. AMORC. however. . brochure.Introduction [-{rsronr is a prese. By reading history. He who reads history learns his relationship to. may be divided into two general classifications. This is because human nature tends to follow certain inherent trends.

Greek philosophers. this at a time when polytheism. Osiris.8. and Rome. In Egypt there were formed ielect bodies. He was destined to be the most enlightened man of his time. History actually relates that. in antiquity. It was Thutmose III (who-ruled as a Pharaoh from 1500 to 1447. to probe the mysteries of life. It did not allude to that which is mysterious. art. Pharaoh Akhnaton. a secret wisdom. "of Myitery' Schools is known as the the first One Osirian. Thutmose felt "raised. gradu- ally evolved into real centers of learning. Egypt. weird.The Mystery Schools . It concerned'the iegendary birth.rted upon the throne.C. Pharaoh Amenhotep IV in the royal palace at Thebes. Consequently. Page Two . such as Thales and Pythagoras. over centuries of time. was born Nearly seventy years later. Grand Master of the Secret Brotherhood. These events were enacted as a ritual-drama. Rather it referred to a special gnosis. as in ancient Egypt. He was so inspired by its teachings that he changed eventually grew and blossomed into the Rosicrucian Order. revealing that he was qualified later to become the organizer of the Secret Brotherhood. He struggled against the darkness of ignorance to further the ideals of the Brotherhood. He was inducted into the Secret Brotherhood at an early his name from the former pagan one to Akhnaton. the term has been applied to them and they were called Mystery Schools. the belief in many gods. by the (heri Hebs. They then brought their advanced learning and wisdom to the Western World. to succeed "ppoi.. death. and culture of Egypt. and rebirth of the Egyptian god." as though he had ascended to the heavens. These events are the first records of what age. did not have the connotation which it does today. the high Thutmose *"r his father priests. These Mystery Schools. He proclaimed for the first time in history that there was a sole God.Ttnr word. Only persons displaying a desire for knowledge and meeting certain tests were considered worthy of being inducted into these mysteries. Centuries later. journeyed to Egypt and were initiated in these Mystery Schools. The name of the Order.) who organized the first real Secret Brotherhood of Initiates with specific rules similar to those the Rosicrucian Order perpetuatcs today. or strange. I Greece. The event was a mystical experience for him as well. mystery. He also brought about a revolution in the religion. upon this occasion. as schools. prevailed in the world.

They did not mean Chrisf ian Rosenkreuz. This is an artistts conception of rhe legendary Christian Rosenkreuz. therefore. R-C. together with rare jewels and secret writings which empowered the discoverers to establish the secret organization once again. It must be apparent to the readers of this historical account that the discovery of a "body" in a "tomb" of a person known as C. was allegorical. Page Three . In fact. Historians made many guesses as to the authorship of the pamphlet. However.. As the time approached for each jurisdiction or country to have its new birth of the Order. To the world at large which knew nothing of the tradition. the event was accepted as a Iiteral happening. Many histories thus falsely related the date of origin of the Order. The Order existed long prior to that date as more detailed history delineates. C. the Rosicrucian organization complied with the regulation established centuries before. the Rosicrucian Order always perpetuated its heritage of the ancient symbolism and principles. an erroneous idea to believe that the Rosicrucian Order came into existence in the l4th century and was founded by a man named Christian Rosenkreuz. Especially was this so at the time when printing was a recent discovery. This manifesto or decree announced the opening of a "tomb" in which the "body" of a great master. arrangements were made for the issuance of a manifesto or pamphlet setting forth the beginning of the new cycle. R-C. symbolical. This called for a periodicity of active and inactive cycles of one hundred eight years. Christian Rosenkreuz fr eeerans from many ancient writings that. the initials of the so-called body of C. R-C.. were not those of an actual person but were a symbolic title.as it is now known. was found. The organization was wrongly thought to be new and to have come into existence for the first time. It is. It was subsequently published in many lanquaqes guages but the authorship of this this ryruurw Rosicrucian work was veiled with a symbolic name. in the I first centuries preceding the Christian era. and not to be taken in a literal sense. was to come much later. The revival of the Order in Germany in the 17th century was heralded by the issuance of a mysterious publication called the Fama Fraternitatis.. Other officials have had a similar title conferred upon them in the Rosicrucian Order. Remember this is not the name of an actual person but merely a symbolic title.

DDtl 1o lt L I t rrromttru$.{.***s*i1* t-itl&T.. Below is the title page of another edition of the Fama also showing rhe iitle of the Conlessio Fraternitatis.*" -< tUll ri /1 Page Four .li*tli.. [t is in this work that the first announcement of the rebirth of the Rosicrucian Order in Europe rlas made. C.t. R. iI { c - " N..fr.1'lx . another work.e.'".tll**sa6rorrmt r. This purports to announce the principles and rules of the Order. IAMA TRAT}RNITfTlS.u.tru|dsir'-i:'::: orQ.iitl.At the top is :r photographic reproduction of an early title page of the Famc Fratentitatis.}$$l [xit[$[::ffiv*:' iinnong$lllli& iililSii."I.

Plutarch also refers to alchemy as an "Egyptian art. as an art and the forerunner of il chemistry. They only used alchemical teiminology and symbols to represent esoteric principles. succinctly stated. In their covered much concerning the physical laws il laboratories they dis- t of the universe and. in their meditations. This prima materia was subsequently called the "philosopher's stonc. means the transmutation of baser metals into the more noble ones of gold and silver. that is. according to Plutarch. was then introduced to the Arabs and by them later transmitted to Europe.ithin man. alchemy. came his relation to Cosmic. came into prominence with the Alexandrine Greeks." a secret key by which all of nature's physical forms could be created and man's nature controlled. to understand man and the An artist's conception of the alchenrist Paracelsus (I 493 ?-154r).-in the narrowest sense.ere also Rosicrucians were Albertus Magnus.The Alchemists ALCHEMTsTs played a tremendous part in the early history of the Rosicrucian Order. They sought to transmute the base elements of man's chaiacter lnto the more noble virtues and to release the wisdom of the divine self u. These alchemists were mystics and philosophers. The origin of alchemy is obscured by the veil of time. Paracelsus. is that underlying all the elements and manifestations of nature.Tt. there is a prima materia. says it had its origin in ancient Egypt. Later there came into existence what is known as the transcendental alchemists. Page Five . This was believed to be the key by which all else came into existence. It is this transcendental alchemy with which most of the Rosicrucians were concerned. however." However.ru I I physical world at will. meaning black earth and referring to the rich alluvial soil carried by the Nile in its annual inundation of Egypt. so a reference to alchemy is appropriate. Cagliostro. Alchemy. and Robert Fludd. Nicholas Flamel. The theory of alchemy. the word may be traced back to khemie. Some of the renowned alchemists u'ho u. a first matter. Tradition. In fact. Roger Bacon. To discover this first matter meant that man would be able to create all thc forms of the .

was influenced by his friend. visited England and initiated Dr. indicates his connection with the Rosicrucian publication issued in Germany between U Qrn 1610 and 1616. Lord Chancellor. Imperator. Bacon's book. The title. Reproduction of an original etching. there are many scholars who sincerely believe. from their research. Sir Francis Bacon has been recognized as one of the world's greatest literary geniuses. In fact. and Imperator of the Rosicrucian Order in England. Robert Fludd into the Order.Sir Francis Bacon FnaNcrs Becox (1561-1626) was an English philosopher. Rosicrucian history states that Sir Francis Bacon was actually the author of the pamphlets that brought about the revival of the Order in Germany. Lord Verulam. later to attain the high office of Imperator. is the traditional one conferred upon the highest executive official of the Rosicrucian Order. noted philosopher and Grand Master of the Rosicrucians in Germany. Sir Francis Bacon. Michael Maier (1568-1622). Sir-Francis Bacon. The New Atlantis. that he was the author of the so-called Shakespearean plays. admittedly his own work. and by him initiated into the Order. Page Six . Robert Fludd.

Later they moved farther west in Pennsylvania. the in America. The picturesque old dormitory and assembly hall of the Rosicrucian colony first established over two centuries ago at Ephrata. and instructed to begin the preliminary foundation for reactimeet one of the officials of the French Rosicrucian Order. England. Spencer Lewis made a visit to France for the purpose of receiving instruction about the Rosicrucian Order. . As one historian says: "In that retired valley beside the flowing brook. Germany. He had been a scholar in the field of metaphysical and esoteric sciences for a number of years. . Eminent persons. France. In this center the genuine secret teachings of the wise established and valuable contributions made to the scientific and art foundations of the United States. They built many buildings in what is known as Fairmount Park. the colonists started out in a specially chartered vessel called the Sarah Maria under the leadership of Grand Master Kelpius who was connected with the Jacob Boehme Lodge of the Rosicrucians in Europe. They established their own printing plant and many of their documents printed there are preserved as historical literary works. and the Orient. They reached the city now known as Philadelphia in the Iirst months of 1694. Dr. Spain. as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas ]efferson. The plan had its incentive in the book. Page Seven . written by Sir Francis Bacon while he was Imperator of the Rosicrucian Order. active in France. In 1909. however. Dr. In the fall of 1693. Switzerland. . in the United States. After many tests and trials. made intimate contact with this national headquarters of the Rosicrucians. Russia." was. Lewis was permitted to FIe was duly initiated in Toulouse. It Order went into its cycle of outer silence In accordance with the rules then established.The Rosicrucians Come To America European branches to America. They were not only to found a colony but to establish the Rosicrucian arts and sciences. The New Atlantis. the secret rites and mysteries of the tiue Rosicrucian philosophy flourished unmolested for years until the state of affairs brought about by the American Revolution. Pennsylvania. H. I uovrurNT was started in Europe in l693-as a I \ result o[ a previous plan-to send a colony of leaders in the Rosicrucian work from the principal It is here that many important American institutions were likeRosicrucians were first introduced in America.

.. I rhr-h. announcing the birth of a new cycle of the Order. -"1//c'/.!trinq ih" r..+. decreed that AMOR(I is the authorized sector of the anr:ient Rosicrur:ian fraternity. He passed through transition (the Rosicrucian term for death) on August 2. After further qualifications and preparations. the latter being duly elected by the Board of Directors of the Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC. Ralph M. ft.![ ]..tltn-r l'2 C t ro':"i .S{'Uirrlorth.2 -':. He is the incumbent chief executive of the AMORC of this world-wide jurisdiction.i.1 ' . : .leu of drn Ju$q rh..rnil'.r{ r.nrli^. Spencer Lewis was duly appointed by the American Supreme Council as Imperator.di'idr.. Lewis.i.inluri"rirlir df th. Dr.. !nlq aurhorrrr r<cr*rt rfic anrirnr frer rrritu ot ltLrcifturinil6 !. H.ur.i.q -if.Lit .1.n..rl'i.n.*i. perpetuating the ancient traditions of the Order and extending its activities throughout the jurisdiction. Dr.) - EIL INTEIINATIONAL . Lewis served well. conferring upon AMORC the authority to extend its jurisdiction further throughout the world.a \i . International Council. In this capacity.ri.. .iil" u.*ftr-^ 'L-- trl o tl ( uitl'itni (nlit'rrrir.n. . Page Eight decree by the . (Right) Another highest dignitaries (Left) Manifesto. He was succeeded by his son.r.h i"th.nri{ ir9 r. the first official public Manifesto was issued in the United States. 1939.hl ur. r.Lh..". cdh."niri.?"tr?. ssued by the !l 9rnrethJl 5 r'16lrri.oqlhrthdrirr Jnt.fka:. a.!91!rl L!rll ih. in the office of Imperator.vating the true Rosicrucian Order in America. i). df - rrtx 'rotfrA\cr r ClRDItliS ORIENTALIX uNroN i of the International Council of the Rosicrucian Order for the world.r!.

1622-1665 Euphrates and Lumen de Lumine G.. This may be obtained from the Rosiciucian Supply Bureau. 95191. 1527-1608: Hieroglgphic Monad SrnoN Sruptom. Jouw Dre. A.lyphical Figures Panecrrsus.1605 : Amphitheatru m S ap ientiae Aeterrwe Mrcnarr MetEn. H. 1543?. 1493?. I 193?De Alchimia Rocrn BacoN. S. refer to -Rosicrucian the volume. 1235?-13i5: 1235?-?1312: Anima artis transmutationis or Clauicula Anrvcro or VrtuNov+ Rosarium PhilosoPhor um Nrcnores Frat'lur. W.14I8: Exposition of the Hiero'. RavMoNo 1214? 1280: -1294: Opus Maius ' LuuY.1605: Naometria manuscriPt Herrunrcn Knuruneru.1541 : Archidoxa Dr. by Dr. 1560. Rorenr Ftuoo. U. T r 1568-1622: Themis Aurea 157 4-1637 : actatus Ap olo ge ticus : Tnorvras VaucHaN. Many of these works are no longer available except in reference sections of some of the largest public libraries of the world. San Jose. I330?. Calif. ArsEnrus MacNus. Spencer Lewis.Reference Works tTtnr following are but a few of the old literary works I relating to the Rosicrucians directly or to the sources from which they had their origin. Questions and Answers with Complete Histont of the Rosicrucian Order. YoN LEIBNIrz.lM6-1716: On the True Theologia Mgstica . For a modern complete history of the Rosicrucians.


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