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A t Ia i t the s t o r y is t o l d I S t r a n g e , m y s t i c a l an d instructive, this story is one
o f the oldest traditions o f our O rd er in F ran ce. It is the tto ry told nt the fire­
sides of the home* of the oldest m ystics of F ran ce and one w hich never fa ils to
rev eal the m inds and lives of the p ro vin cials of F ranee in ihe d a y s when m ysticism
w as in its glo ry an d so -called modern civ ilizatio n w as in the m aking.
T h e question has often been a s k e d : "D id ihe Im perator have an y further
experien ces in F ra n ce a fte r his Initiation into ihe O rd er on the night o f A ugust

12. 1909?"

T h e account o f m y journey to F ra n ce, as published in the M a y , 1916, issue
o f the A m e r i c a n R o s a e C r u c i s , w as replete w ith incidents and experience* w hich
h av e interested m an y of our m em bers; but that account d id not ex p lain in d etail
the other personal experien ces w hich constituted m y further schooling in the
m ysteries of our O rd er and w h ich are o n ly v agu ely hinted at in various w ritings
in our form er publication.
I have never felt at lib erty, how ever, to recount these sacred an d m ore or less
secret experiences in a p ublic m agazin e and have fell that most of them should be
told in a more personal and heart-to-heart m anner. T h e opportunity is now offered
fo r such private com m unication betw een m y B rothers and Sisters and m yself, and
I have inau gurated the sto ry-tellin g by offering this tale o f the V illa g e of ihe D ev il
in this issue of C R O M A A T .
I sa y this is a sto ry ; but in truth it is a m ixture o f fa ct, fiction and trad itio n.
O f the traditio nal parts much also m ay be fa ct.
It m ay be o f interest to know how ihe story cam e to me. O n m y w a y north
from T o ulo use to P a ris I stopped at vario us cities w here there Were R osaecrucian*
or R o saecru cian T em p les, shrines or relics, t w as guided in this journey through
ih e R o saecru cian lan d of m ysticism b y M asters and Brothers of ihe O rd er who
know w h ere the strangest sight* and mosl w eird experiences a re to be found.
F in a lly I reach ed M o n tp ellie r * g ain . a fte r passing through Nime* an d other
lo calitie* describ ed in this »tory. In M o n tp ellier 1 met some of ih e oldest (a n d

retired ) officers o f our O rd er in [• ranee and in a v ery old buildin g w here once our
O rd er h eld it* convocations, surrounded b y m an y relics and in the midst o f intense
vibrations, 1 sal and listened to the story w h ich I have augm ented for publication
B ut I w as not satisfied w ith the hearin g of ihe sto ry— nor should my
1 asked the p riv ileg e of visiting the V illa g e of the D ev il, and there,
experien cin g ‘ the strange influences w hich possibly no other A m erican
exp erien ced and w h ich even the most d etcim in ed tourists of F ranee
succeeded in locating.

reader be.
in person,
has ever
have no*

In addition to the p erscnal experien ce, w hich venfied the greater part of the
•lory, I spent sev eral d a ys search ing through the rare R osaecructan archives for
histo rical r.nd reco id ed eviden ce o f the (acts and traditio nal statem ents m ade in
connection w ith the existence of the Village.
I he story as I now tell it contains a ll the verifica'ions which w ere possible to
obtain. I have w ritten the story in the form of a perso n ally conducted tour to
the v illa g e , not in the w a y in w h ich I p ersonally reach ed the p lace, but in the
m annts by whicK our Brothers and Sister? m ay " ’arh it. In fact, when our p arty
of R o saccru cian tourists from A m e ric a reach F ran ce in 1919 on their w a y to
'I oulouse and ev en tu ally E gypt, I hope to perso n ally conduct the p arty to the Village
of the D ev il in just the m anner describ ed in this story.
M y read ers w ill note w ith w h at d etail and exactness I have given the location
ofthe V illa g e an d of a ll the points
necessary in reaching it and ap p reciatin g its
1 here has been no attempt to veil its location or w ithold a single fact
relatin g to m y jo u rn ry there. A ll that the student of the story w ill require to m ake
plain the precise environm ent c f the V illa g e w ill be n m ap of Southern F ra n c e ;
and on the larger m ap?, such as those issued by the F rench governm ent, (a n d to be
found in a ll lar^e A m erican lib ra rie s) one w ill find the cities of M o n tp ellier and
M o n tp elh eretle and the other v illa g e s m entioned. A n d , even on the common maps
o f F ran ce one m ay sec in the south o f the country the mountain range m arked
O v e n n c s M ountains and the R iv e r T a rn . In that section where the T a m passes
t'irough the C evenncs are the B la c k M ountains— the canyons to w hich one must
trav el to visit the V illa g e of the D evil.
There is one oucstion
w hich
w ill p ro b ab ly be
asked by m any
readers unless
1 an ticip ate it.
W h y have you not shown some pictures of
the V illa g e ? "
v n o t show them because
not m ake a n y . I
w as w arn ed not
to attem pt to
m ake a n y p ictures r f the V illa g e and acco rd in g ly 1 did not take m y cam era with
me on this trip. P ictu res have a lw a y s been forbidden and I trust that none w ill
ever be taken of this p la c e ; for
those w ho w o uld see the sights described herein
must jo u rn ey to the place and p erso n ally view the sights. T h e V illa g e of the D evil
i* more than a p la c e w hich can be p ic tu red ; if is truly
condition of m ind and soul
as w e ll. w h ich cannot be pictured.
A n d now let me p rid e my readers to F ran ce on a p ersonally conducted tour.
S it co m fortably in an ea sy ch air w here a ll is quiet and jo u rn ey w ith me across
great spaces to a m ystic l.-nd, leav in g behind you the modernism of today an d the
consciousness o f yo u r p h ysical presence w h ile m en tally von p ro ject yo u r real
self to the lan d w e love so d e a rly .
W e a r e in d e b t e d to th e M u ste r o f D e lta L o d g e , N o. I, A . M . O . R . C ., in
P h ila d e l p h ia , P a ., fo r th e b e a u t if u l fr o n tis p ie c e c tc h in ,, of ih e C h a t e a u D ’A r a g o n
m M o n tp e llie r.
T hf. A u t h o r .


f t is generally conceded that Europe possesses the most interesting
monuments o f history. A m ericans especially make Europe their ulti­
mate goal when planning a genuine sight-seeing trip, and few indeed are
there of wealth or even moderate means who do not harbor an innate
love for the beauties of France, England, Spain, Italy, Sw itzerland
and G erm any.
It cannot be said that this love for Europe is inspired by the fact
that only in E urope can we find the ear-marf(s, so to speak, of the birth
of the human race. W hile admitting that abroad n>e see the monumental
evidences of the beginning o f civilization, we are forced to adm it, of at
least give credence to the theory, that the earliest material evidence of
human existence upon this earth is to be found in the caves or cliffdwellings o f the early mound-builders whose peculiar constructive work
is still to he found along the O hio R iver in the U nited States; and
while we accept the scientists' claims that these prehistoric edifices anfedate all known records of men, we m ay or m ay not accept the theory
that the Ohio valley was the original “ C arden of E d en ."
T h e charm of E urope, however, does not exist altogether in its
magnificent ruins and inspiring historical remains; but in the more subtle
magnetism of its poetic romance and the mysticism of its traditions.
In this respect France is the most popular, and, rightly, the most
interesting. Its history from the days of the Cauls through the 8th, 9th»
/ Oth and up to the 15th century is one continuous tale of mystery,
romance, valor, sacrifice and achievement. Its literature of these days
— the songs of the troubadours m their romance tongue, and the monkish
latin historical documents— alike revel in the delightful incidents so dear
to the lover of French history and French mysticism.
T he Courts of L ove, the F low er Fetes, the various royal ceremonies
in the chateaux of the Counts, D ukes, Lords and Kings, the imposing
crusades, the romantic struggles for the hands o f the beautiful heiresses,
and the regal wars against religion, the suppression of vice and (he loss
o f property and title— all these vie in their impressiveness and emotional
tellings. These were the days of pleasure, love and war, and France
more than any other country, was the stage upon which the truly great
scenes of life have been so w onderfully and fatally portrayed.

Should one wonder, then, that the Frenchman is proud o f his
country, of its history and o f its thousands of historical monuments, of
which m any lie in forlorn ruin and equally as m any have been restored
or rebuilt by a commission of scientists, architects and historians% which
labor diligently to preserve for future generations of history-loving
tourists, the most ancient and historical of the m any chateaux, citadels,
castles, forts, walls, churches and mystic shrines?
I1 is apparent to even the most casual tourist of Southern France that
the provincial natives consider these monuments of history as personal
assets. T h ey bring to their villas a continuous train of tourists from all
parts o f the world, who by their extended[ visits., patrpnize their hotels,
restaurants, stores, road-houses, garages and, local means of transporta­
tion. T h e native finds in the tourist an incentive to keep thoroughly
posted on the facts relating to existing r p in s th e legends of those now
gone and the history of those being preserved. H e is always alive to :
the opportunity to act as a guide— at a small fee— and takes spccial >
delight in being able to point out mapy^new and unsuspected Wonders.
Is it not strange, then, that in Southern France, in the midst of
sections where tourists travel the most, where artists wander yearly pre­
paring the m any books we now have on the ''C hateaux o f France" and >
the "M onum ents of France," and where the natives are ever seeking
new points of alluring interest to the tourist, there should have existed,
unknown to the outer world until 1883, one of the most marvelous,
weird and mysterious cities in the whole W orld? A n d , stranger still is
the fa c t that until the present time, in the. story the author now presents,
this city of mystery has been unchronicled, its true history untold,
and its beauty unpictured.
B efore attempting to take m y reader upon a personally conducted
lour to ihis Wonder of wonders, it is well that I describe some of the
historic features of the surrounding cities in order that one m ay the
more naturally comprehend the significance of the fm lorv and legend of
the V I L L E D U D I A B L E . A n d this can be accomplished more
interestingly by describing the ordinary route to this city from that of
P aris is the hub from which the. various railroad lines radiate and
we can m ake the trip to Southern France by night .by leaving at about
7 :3 0 P . A f. and go by way of D ijon and L yon to A vignon, where we
must change cars. W e arrive here early in the morning, and after a
breakfast we find that there are several Iwurs in which we can con­
veniently i>ien> the monuments of this city.
A vignon is a city of 4 1 ,0 0 0 inhabitants, the capilol of the depart- .
ment of V aucluse. It is situated on the leSl bank ° f the R hone and in ,
the background rises an. immense, rock upon which we see the ancient .
P alace of the P opes, where from 1 305 to 1377 seven successive P opes ,
reigned here prior to ihe establishment of the V atican al R om e. W e-.


examine ihe C ity W alis built in the 14lh century by the Popes, then
visit the Cathedral built in :l I th century ( plainly showing where il has
. been rebuilt and rem odeled) and then, desiring to reach our destination
as quickly as possible, we lake /in omnibus and cross the river lo Vdleneuve-les-Avigr.on to visit the Fort S t. A ndre. This beautiful monu­
ment of architecture is considered one of the rarest o f the kind built
in ih e . m iddle ages. Its imposing front, ils m ighty and war-like
• appearance; showing plainly• i?iamj evidences of sIruggU and strife, do
not lead one to think that ’ within its walls and towers are a peaceful
convent and several houses containing veri; poor families.
W e return to the C A R E 'a n d depart for N im es, ihe next important
'. city on our route.
11 is necessary lo spend one whole day in N im es in order to become
1acquainted with the many antiquities o f special interest to the mystic.
W e find this city lo tie a typical, prosperous provincial town of
about 7 0 ,0 0 0 inhabitants, beautifully located al the Southern extremity
''of hills which join the Cevcnhes (the R o ck y M ountains of F rance)
' B efore us is spread a beautiful boulevard whose trees am ply shade us
us we retreat from the hot sun. B efore visaing the man$ sights u»e
inquire regarding the history df the city and learn that in B . C. 121
.this city Was called N E M A U S U S b y the R om ans and that il Was
the capital of the Voleae Arecom ici. 11 became one of the principal
colonies of the Cauls who took particular delight in embellishing it and
in erecting m any of ihe beautiful buildings and monuments n»c are abo ut
to see. Daring the 1Oth and •1 l//i centuries this city was the properlx
of and ruled by the Counts o f Toulouse, from G uillaume in 8 0 0 A . D.
.to the long line of R aym unds ending in 1222.*’ Until 1704, during
the wars of religion, it suffered nuich because three-fourths of its pop­
ulation had embraced P rotestantism ’and it is today an important town
in this respect.
It was also the seat o f'n h ith strife during the 12th century when
the R aym unds V ! and V IT 'W ere being prosecuted and excommunicated
for permitting heretics and mystics in their domains. and everywhere
, we-find evidences of war, rebellion and defeat.
Passing up the main .'boulevard ( Feucheres) from the Care, we
see before us, facing the Esplanade, ihe A rena, or Am phitheatre. It
was built during the Is/ or 2nd centuries and is tvpical of th R om an
architecture: Il is in the form of an ellipse. 146 yards long, H I wide
and 70 feet high. Ils exterior is in belter condition than those of R om e
i because, of ihe Commission & constant restoration and because here, on
* T h e genealogy and history of these R aym unds was sel forth irt an
article in the N ovem ber, 1 9 1 7 . issue of ihe Am erican R O S A E
C R U C IS .

manp Sundays throughout the year, as m any as 2 4 ,0 0 0 spectators see
typical Spanish B ull-fights; the city being under Socialist government
the m oney thus derived from a pleasure which the provincial natives
themselves abhor is used for the good of the community.
W e turn and follow the beautiful boulevard V I C T O R H U C O ,
where we find an open square, and facing T H E T H E A T R E we see
the ancient and strange M A I S O N C A R R E E . It is one o f the
finest and best preserved R om an temples in existence, 76 feet long, 4 0
feet wide and 4 0 high, with 30 unusually beautiful Corinthian columns.
T he date o f its building is unknow n, it being credited to the period o f
A ugustus and the A ntoinines; and foundations discovered recently
show that it was probably located in the centre of other important
buildings. I t is this building, whose perpendicular and horizontal lines
are strangely curved, that was imitated when the N otre D am e was built
in P aris. T h e M aison Carree now contains ancient French coins and
tom e sculptures.
W e continue a few blocks further and there We enter the J A R D I N
D E L A F O N T A I N E , with its strange canals which feed water to
this city in summer when water is very scarce and have their origin in
the R om an baths beyond. This garden and ils canals were originally
of R om an construction but were greatly beautified and enlarged by
m any miles by K ing Louis in the I Sift century.
A t the side of the garden is the ancient Tem ple of Diana, a
beautiful sight and still showing in its ruins the rooms of D iana and
the rare carvings. Close by are the old R om an baths for m en and
Women; the form er being a stagnant pool now , enclosed by high
marble walls; and we are warned not to approach the steps leading lo
the water too closely for *'no one has ever learned the depth of the pool,
and all who have fallen into it never returned." says the pleasing
guide. T h e women’s baths, so often referred to in romances and at
often pictured in paintings and etchings are really magnificent and are
below the street level under a private Walk an{l enclosed by row « of
F urther on, outside of the city, wc see the mysterious R om an
rums o f some unknow n building, never as yet given a name except that
of “L e t Trois Piliers
W e now hasten on lo M ontpellier, another ancient city and one
which has considerable connection with the history o f the Village o f the
D evil.
B u t before entering this city we m ust begin the strange and
romantic story which links these two cities together and which, fo r the
first time, reveals the legendary secret of our strange mysterious goal.


T he whole Southern pari of France was at one time part o f the
R om an Em pire, and Caesar in his "Com m entaries" describes these
regions as C A U L . Its history from ihen until its possession by the
Franks, ihe N orm ans and the English is exceedingly interesting, but
has no place here except to introduce into this slory one of the characters
heretofore unknown as associated in any w ay with the Village of the
D evil.
During the first few centuries after Christ, France was governed
m ostly by the various Counts and L ords of its provinces. A fang at
that time was nominal as far as his influence over these southern
S E N E C H A U S E E S n>u5 concerned.
Toulouse and ils county of the same name, known to the R om ans
as Tolosa, was alw ays the centre of external strife and warfare; for
i/s possession meant not only pow erful ruler ship of vast lands and
wealthy towns and products, but such rulership gave influence to
conquer and rule over other adjoining counties and towns. Thus, the
zeal to become Count or Lord of Toulouse was shown by every
European nation, and after P epin (he Short ceased lo exercise such
rulership, Charlemagne, ihe great ruler of France and C erm any, under­
took to sclect the second Count. This, of course, was a new method
lo those who had believed lhal warfare and possession of the land gave
governing authority.
T he man chosen by Charlemagne was Guillaume. In these days
there were no fam ily or surnames and this Guillaume, like m any others.
Was given a second name because o f some peculiarity, and thus D>c find
him called G uillaum e Corlnez (from A U C O R T N E Z .) .
H e was a son of C ount Theodoric and as Count o f Toulouse this
G uillaum e had mediate or immediate rule over the C ounty of Toulouse
with its many villas, and also over the important and ancient cities of,
Beziers, N im es, A g d e. M aguelon, Lodeve and U zes. T he history
of this man, in the m any peculiar French manuscripts, is remark­
able for ils numerous legends, chronicles and poems of praise, notablv:
L E C H A R R O Y D E N I S M E S and L E M O I N A C E D E
G U I L L A U M E . H e D>as a sincerely religious man and a lover o f
peace and justice.
In a rare account o f his life
find the follow ing incident of
interest lo this slory:
" H e sought a place for a monastery where those, like him self,
sincere in their religious beliefs and desiring quiet and peace, might

worship undisturbed by the wars constantly being Waged about them.
H e foun d , in ihe mountains o f L odevc ( in ihe. very distric t where we
shall visit-the Village of ihe D evil) one gorge closed and profound,
favorable by ils I S G L M E N T , for meditation and prayer. In effect,
in the m iddle of the savage sight, surrounded by enormous masses of
granite Was this beautiful plateau, whereon Guillaume decided to
build cne o f the mosl fam ous monasteries of E urope."
The monastery n>cs built elaborately and magnificently of lhal rare
while granite which is so plentiful in this section of France; and it
rose majestically amid the other rocks of dark °nd tinted colors.
Guillaum e's intention v>as to call lh:s monastery the A b b e y de Gellon, a
name which is often used for it in ancient manuscripts; but after
Guillaum e's death, when il was consecrated by the P ope, il was named
the abbey of S A I N T - G U I L L E M - D U - D E S E R T , in honor of its
founder and in souvenir of ils deserted location.
Guillaume died in 6 1 2 or 8 1 3 . fn two ancient charts, dated in
ihe 34th year o f the reign of Charlemagne (8 0 4 A . D .) there appears
the fa d that he left, besides several sons, two daughters, A lbane and
Berthe. Il is with these two sisters that we musl begin the foundation
o f the know n history o f the Village o f the D evil.
I f we are to believe the troubadours and the monks of these days,
who were so careful to chronicle the smallest detail, we must believe
that these two sisters were extremely beautiful. B eauty in those days
was not of the standard of today. These girls were French, not of the
Parisian, but of the R om an type. It is features such as they possessed,
the beautifully modeled chins, lips, nose and forehead, that ti>e see in
the rare paints o f the old masters; it Das the highest type of that Latin
charm now almost extinct.
A n d they were young at the time this story begins. In these
days knighthood was in flow er. T he ambition of every young man
was lo become a Lord. T he strong, the brave and fearless became the
Counts, the D ukes and Princes. Professions there were none, and the
trades with other manual w ork, rvere left lo the masses. W arfare,
gallantry and love were the occupations of ihe young men, and, con­
sequently, the beautiful and wealthy D A M E S were fervently and
steadily courted by these aspiring Princes.
It n>as in these days that the art o f serenading became sopopular.
To be a successful troubadour, n>as to be the admiration o f all ihe noble
and gentle ladies, and the envy of every man in the kingdom . H ere we.
find the origin o f th e b e a u tifu l rom ance language a n d ih e w eird a n d
captivating poems of love. T h e troubadour, young or old, wilh some
musical instrument strung over his shoulder and clad in the knee
breeches and cloaks so popular then, Was a lw a ys w elcom e a t the royal
ceremonies, and the Q ueen s chamber or court u?as always open to

him. H e "would sit for hours, and, surrounded by these noble girls
and rxwmen, w ould compose and sing words of love and admiration,
while they w ould shower upon him flow ers of many colors. H ere, too,
U»as the origin of the fam ous Flow er Fetes, and the Courts of Love.
ft was in this manner that A lbane and Berthe were courted.
B eautiful, young and noble, they were fam ed for their virtue. Their
home was a strange old stone castle built upon the pinnacle of a large
rock situated in the mountains leading to the Village of the D evil. H ere
they led a most enjoyable life, constantly courted by Dufies, Lords,
Counts, Viscounts and Princes and at all times the centre of every
conceivable form of entertainment.
In addition to their charms, they were wealthy. Considerable
properly had been given to them by their father, and since it covered
a large and prosperous territory, there were always among their admirers
those who sought to obtain possession of it through marriage.
A n d thus the two sisters eventually became engaged to two
brothers, M s. Jean and Pierre D e A lm on d. Little is known of these
two, except that they were gallant, romantic in their songs and ardent
in their seemingly sincere love fo r the two girls. T hey were not of noble
birth, but cunning as a fox, and diligent in their aspiring fortitude
A lw a ys together, alw ays intoxicated with plans for overthrowing km g“
doms with their power, and always holding themselves aloft from the
other gallants o f the day, it is little wonder that they were considered
as suspicious characters.
" T he D evil's pair" was a common name for them ; and “Frers
du D iable" seemed to be the most apt description of John and P eter
de A lm on d .
Their home was situated in ihe mountains in the vicinity of M illau;
and these black mountains seemed to cloak the actual location of their
claimed chateau. A t least no positive knowledge is evidenced as to its
exact situation, but from circumstances now lo be related, it is apparent
that their chateau or castle must have been in the immediate vicinity of
T he V illage of the D evil.
Certain it is. that all this land was ow ned by these two V I R G IN S ,
A lbane and Berthe, a name given to them because of their undoubted
purity even though in constant com pany with such suspicious characters
as these two brothers. A n d still more certain is the fact that these
tw o brothers desired to marry A lbane and Berthe only that they might
obtain possession of this land.
R um ors began to spread that Jean and Pierre held nightly con­
ferences with his Satanic M a jesty; for, did not m any see, in the
mountains near L A R O Q U E S T E . M A R G U E R I T E , midnight fires
of brilliant red? A n d , were not these conferences and signals follow ed
by dire results in war and pestilence ?

N o wonder that these mountains became forsaken in the localities
where small towns were situated! T he provincial French were a
m ystic people and were awaiting the predicted second coming of Christ
or the end of the w orld; and the year 100 0 (w hen this was to take
place) was rapidly approaching, bringing with il every conceivable
form o f superstition. Thousands were forsaking their homes, their
friends and their wealth to journey to Jerusalem, that the coming of the
Lord might find them within H o ly precincts; and ihe thieving and
cunning took advantage o f these fears of ihe ignorant to secure power
and wealth.
Just w hy these two brothers and two sisters never married is a
matter of conjecture. B u t the legends relate that it became fairly
Well established lhat John and P eter were in some mysterious w ay
associated with all that was evil, unfortunate and repulsive and that,
literally, if not in fact, they were F R E R F S D U D I A B L E . W hen
this idea had implanted itself into the minds and hearts of A lbane
and B erthe, and when they discovered that possession of their property
n>as the brothers' only motive, il was only natural that they should look
with scorn upon their proposals and reject them with rebuke and disdain.
B u t this added only wrath lo their m any evil qualities and soon
these two brothers were the subject of much discussion throughout the
kingdom s of Southern France; and much attention at the time was
directed to the Canons of the Tarn where, in the B la ck mountains,
was supposed to dw ell these two in some mysterious village.
A lbane and Berthe, disappointed not only in their love, but in
their faith in m ankind in general. agreed henceforth to live a life of
celibacy and religious activity, and a few months later retired to a
convent built by order of their father some time previous lo his death
and which was located in the mountains some distance from that
bearing his name.
Their chateau, built upon the rocl(s, and now deserted, was given
the name of P E C H D E S D E U X V I E R C E S * This chateau
became fam ous as the birth place of a brother of these two virgins,
known as St. Fulcran, who was at one time a bishop of L cdeve.
In the " L I F E O F S T . F U L C R A N . B I S H O P O F
L O D E V E ” t n>e find these fa d s set forth, and in a rare and precious
manuscript which was discovered at Campous, where m any monies retired
after their expulsion from the abbey of St.-G uillem -du-D eseri in 1 7 90 .
and which is now among ihe manuscripts possessed by M . A u g u y de
V iiry, of C ignac, France. we find the follow ing interesting fa d s:
* T h e R o c k ° f the T wo Virgins.
"|’A very rare manuscript o f unusual interest lo mystics.



" T h ere is a legend in a manuscript regarding St. G uillaume, en­
titled 'L E G A L L I A C H R I S T I A N A N O V A L E P L A C E L E 3 4 ’
which states that the T w o Virgins (D eu x Vierges) rverc of the antique
fam ily o f M ontpeyroux. O ne can still sec, on the cratcr of a mountain,
situated on one side of M ontepeyroux a hermitage in ruins and some
vestiges o f this chateau where was horn Saint Fulcran who ivas its Lord.
It was called the C H A T E A U D E S D E U X V I E R G E S because of
two sisters of the same Saint Fulcran who lived in celibacv A N D O N E
O F W H O M IS T O T H I S D A Y K N O W N A S A S A I N T ."
B u t before these two virgins retired to the convent, they expressed
their utter disgust for earthly matters by renouncing all claim to their
property. Their particular motive was lo make barren all that section
o f their property which was within the precincts of ihe black mountains.
B u t in doing this they realized that the m any little villas situated
therein w ould suffer and many w ould be deprived of their homes and
lands. Consequently these two sisters decided to found a large city
where all who then lived if> the B lack M ountains might have free ground
and the other necessities of life. A fte r careful consideration they
selected as the site for this new city (wo divisions of iheir land situated
on the banks of the L ez, about ten miles from the M editerranean Sea.
These two sections they called M O N T P E L I E R and M O N T P E L I E R E T T E (from memory of the great bald mountain, M O N T - P E L E ,
which Was situated in the mist of ihe B la ck M ountains).
These facts are verified by statements to be foun d in V E R D A L E 'S R E C O R D S in the follow ing w ords:
"F rom all time there has been a w ell-founded tradition supported
b y the public archives, which slates that two sisters founded the city
o f M ontpellier. O ne possessed M ontpellier and the other MontpelUerette
adjoining. T h e y were of ancient nobility, for il is proven that they
were sisters of goodly Saint Fulcran, one lime beloved Bishop of
L od eve."
In ihe testament of this St. Fulcran, which m ay be foun d in the
ancient archives of Lodeve, and which is d a te d : "m ade on ihe 4 th o f
February under the reign o f Jesus Christ while hoping for a K in g ."
he mentions these two sisters, and calls them D A M E S D E M O N T ­
P E L L I E R , "because," says the commenlor, "they were responsible for
the origin o f this village."
T he two sisters dem anded that a commission be appointed to
govern this city and that it should be built, managed and maintained
on progressive lines for the general education and uplift of its inhabitants.
H o w well these plans succeeded m ay be seen by visiting the city today,
and noting, as we shall do in a few minutes, the m any historical sights.

G radually every home in the B lack M ountains was deserted; and,
when the year 10 0 0 camc and G od did not visit the earth or cause its
destruction, thousands returned to France from the. H o ly L an d to begin
life anew. M ontpellier, with its strange boundary walls, became thickly
populated and by the m iddle of the 1 I th century all knowledge of the
old villages in the B la ck M ountains, and especially the village where
lived the B R O T H E R S O F T H E D E V I L , was forgotten and one
part of France, once fam ous and infamous, Was lost in oblivion.






L et us now continue our journey by leaving the station at M o n t­
pellier and walking up the main street,— R U E M A G U E L O N E . IV e
notice that modern M ontpellier is a city of about 5 7 ,0 0 0 inhabitants,
clean and cheerful and strangely white. This is due to the while lime­
stone o f ihe ground which lies pulverized upon the roads and streets
and which the high winds keep constantly blowing over the buildings
made of white rod(. T he appearance is like a city in a snow storm,
for even the trees are always covered with this while powder and all
the buildings are closely blinded with shutters thus whitened. W hile
the effect is pleasing, and cooling in the shade, il requires one to kccP
w ell veiled when travelling, especially in automobiles; and in the sun
il is anything but pleasing to stare into ihe reflected glaze of white
T h e streets arc short and crooked, narrow and roughly paved.
T he buildings arc generally very old and if wc turn into some of the
alleys n?e find m any historical buildings being occupied by industries of
modern limes; for M onlpcllier is still progressive ajtd cares naught for
its antiquities.
O n one side street or alley, unnamed, n>e can see ihe old C haleau
de A ragon, where D ona M arie, L a d y of M ontpellier, lived and from
which home she emerged in stately robes to become ihe Queen of
A ragon in 1200. It is interesting, as a typical experience, to enter this
old stone chateau. Its broad entrance, seen even in modern French
buildings, designed lo allow passage for horses and carriages, is paved
inside the building with cobble-stones, and to one side is a very narrow
door leading to circular stone stairs, about three feet wide, which give
entrance to the various stone rooms and halls. W hile ihe main building
looks small from ihe outside, we find that inside the adjoining buildings
are all connected with secret passages and in many of ihe secret and
oddly closed rooms one m ay slill see beautifully carved mantles, doors
and arches. This building, in 1909, while worthy of preservation for
visitors, was occupied by a wholesale grocer as a storehouse, and in one
o f ihe prison rooms a coffce-roasling plant was in constant operation,
much lo the disgust of the antique and history-loving visitor, while on
two upper floors there were old Rosaecrucian Lodge rooms which had
been used from 1843 to 1859 by a G rand Lodge of M ontpellier.
A t the end of R u e M aguclone is the Place de la Comedie, adorned
with the graceful F O N T A I N E D E S T R O I S - G R A C E S , built in

!7 7 6 and which faces the Thealrc. A t another part o f the town we
see ihe P E Y R O U , a fine promenade and park, and at the sides o f
the great radings of the P E Y R O U we sec two stone groups, strangely,
yet eloquently, telling the tale o f ihe two sisters who founded the city;
one group represents L O V E O V E R C O M I N G S T R E N G T H , and
the other, S T R E N C T H V A N Q U I S H E D B Y L O V E . A t the
end o f ihe park is the fam ous C H A T E A U D ' E A U , constructed
in 1753.
L ei us now continue on our journey to M illau, situated about 6 0
miles distant from M ontpellier on the left bank of the river Tarn. This
city was called A E M I L I A N U M C A S T R U M by the R om ans and
is today a city of about 1 6 ,5 0 0 inhabitants.
H ere n>e enter the C A N O N D U T A R N and ihe B lack M oun­
tains. A s the name indicates, the Canon of ihe Tarn is com parable
with the celebrated C anyon of Colorado and is as w onderful in beauty,
if not more w onderful in construction, than the former. It is the m ost
curious of the gorges produced in ihe C A U S S E S by the erosion o f
the streams during the glacial epoch in the C E V E N N E S .
A s We enter ihe Canon we notice ihe sheer rocks which rise to a
height of from 8 0 0 to 1 10 0 feet and that the distance between ihcif
summits varies from one-half io three-quarters of a mile. H ere in this
section is ihe original B lack M ountains, form erly mentioned, and it is
difficult to imagine anything more weird and impressive. Gigantic
ramparts and perpendicular cliffs al one time overhang the R iver Tarn
and in other places they retire in terraces form ed of several strata of
the limestone and as varied in outline as they arc in those peculiar
and delicate colors which seem lo vie w ith each other in assuming
strange markings; the rocks themselves are shivered into a thousand
different shapes and there appears yellow limestone, black schistous marl
and brown and pinl( dolmite.
In passing through the Canon, and especially through the B lack
M ountain section. We must lake strange winding courses in order to
follow any sem blance o f a path. A l times we are upon some high
and m ighty ridge overlooking a vast and bottomless valley; a l other
limes we seem to be descending into the very bowels o f ihe earth a nd as
the D-'ap grows darker a n d the m any small and uninviting caverns are
brought to our nolice, we do not remember that this place Was claimed as
the domain o f his Satanic M ajesty. A n d , were it not for ihe occasional
spring, the fe w beautifully colored flowers and some vegetation and
vines, we W ould fe e l that we were passing through Jules Verne’s volcanic
entrance to the center of the earlh and imm ediately retrace our steps.
B u t we hasten on to ihe village of Peyreleau, situated on the banks
o f ihe Jonte, reaching there by w ay of modern paths and easing our
w alk upon the backs o f mules. H ere we prepare for our interesting
journey to the strange, mysterious city of T he D evil.

In order properly to enjoy and appreciate our visit to the Village
o f T he D evil, we should spend al least two days there, but since the
village is uninhabited, il is necessary to spend the nights al M aubrel. a
hamlet several miles distant, which boasls of only a few beds and
accommodations for but two or three tourists al one time.
Nevertheless me prepare fo r one whole day by taking ihe neces­
sary provisions, food being unattainable en route. 11 is necessary to
dress com forlably, but suitably for mountain climbing and with as little
luggage as possible.
There are several methods of transportation, each having ils
advantages and disadvantages, but at L e R ozicr, the village adjoining
Peyreleau, we m ay hire a carriage seating three for 15 franks ($ 3 )
and proceed to M aubert, a ride of two hours. H ere we secure a guide
and the question of transportation to the Village of T h e D evil is
decided according lo ihe guide we select. M . Lavinne, the most popular
of the two rival guides possesses a typical French mule-curt sealing
from two lo four persons, and his enthusiastic arguments relative lo ihe
advantages of his guidance and means of transportation arc convincingly
explained by as m any gestures as words, and it is amusing to see him
hold up his hands in horror and derision when mention is made o f
M . R obert who possesses a few mules and who likewise, though less
strenuously, claims his guidance and mule-ride the safest means of
traversing the mountains.
I f n>e are alone we accept the mule ride, but if there are three
or four of us We arc tem pted to ride in ihe carl. A b o u t one-half
mile distant we enter the borders of the Village of ihe D evil, and
before actually passing through its stone G A T E S we ascend the
mountains on the right, where there is situated the ancient C I T A D E L ,
form ed of rocks, and where, il is said, the D evil and his brothers who
sought lo marry Berthe and A lbane, sent forth their midnighl signals
of fire and where the ghastly and villainous consultations were held.
From this position We can overlook the cily in general and stop a few
moments to consider the slory of the discovery of this city.
A s form erly slated, this village was unknown lo w orldly history or
research until ihe year 1883. 7 his will not appear strange to those
who have taken ihe journey. U nlit after its discovery there were no,
public guides to show ihe winding w ay, and the city o f M aubert, if
it m a y be called a city, Was then unborn and there was no inducem ent

for any tourist, no matter how keen his delight in mountain climbing, to
pass through these black mountains without food or place to rest.
B ui in 188 3, M ons. L . de M alafosse, a Rosaecrucian. whose
chauteau is near M ende, 35 miles distant, made the w onderful explora­
tion of its location and called the attention of scientists to it. T he
matter greatly interested M ons. E . A . M artel of the French A lpine
C lub, who imm ediately visited the village and drew a plan of its
T h e village is situated upon a plateau one and one-half miles square
and it Would seem that this plateau itself was especially created by
nature for the sole purpose of supporting a village; for, in such a moun­
tainous region a level plateau of such extent is remarkable and there
is no parallel to it in the whole of E urope, except possibly the much
smaller B O I S D E P A I O L I V E .
N o w , while M ons. de M alfosse made an explanation of its
location and called the attention of scientists to its existence, I have
am ple proof that the Village of the D evil and its surrounding V alley
o f the D evil was know n to a fetv mystics and learned men many years
before 1 8 8 3 ; for I haire in my possession a rare record of the legends
of A uvergne in which mention is made o f the supposed council of the
D evil and his two brothers as heretofore described and giving an original
sketch of these devils holding one of their midnight councils; and while
this rare record, which was first brought to light in 1838, gives a few
minor details as to what was believed to exist in the V alley o f the
D evil, it does not attem pt to give the complete story o f the existence
o f the village and o f the romance connected with it.
Therefore, M ons. dc M alfosse did not discover an hitherto u nkno w n
village, but, rather, rediscovered what was publicly and generally
unknow n. T o quote de M alfosse in his original report: " W e cannot,
w ithout having seen it, form an idea of this collection o f apparent
ruins, where, by the side of rocks representing gigantic monsters are
facsimiles of imposing monuments. T he whole entangled m ass o f
streets, arches, passages and projecting cornices, sometimes intersecting
one another at right angles, as in a town laid out by line, sometimes
form ing a crescent or square, is a veritable labyrinth of about 5 0 0 acres.
Isolated rocks, in the shape o f towers or pyram ids, are more than 3 0 0
feet high and some of the S 7 R E E T S pass between row s o f
E D IF IC E S 100 to 2 0 0 feet high. T he whole of this huge space is
abandoned to complete solitude."
This description presents the picture we see from the old citadel
on its borders. N o w let us descend the rock ond enter the city itself
o f the main street, called the B O U L E V A R D D IA B O L O .
W e are at once impressed with the fact that no hand o f man ever
laid out this city; for n>e cannot believe that there ever existed a brain

so fertile in fantastic creation and so weird in constructive detail, as
the intelligence which must have guided the building or planning of
this strange city. A n d y e t! W h o can say that nature alone, even in
her wildest dreams and most deluding schemes, ever produced the
m ystifying sights we now see? W e try to be logical, reasonable and
sane in our conclusions, but we are haunted with the possibility, yes
even probability, that some diabolic power was manifesting itself when
this city was built. T he very atmosphere, heavy with the silence of
death and laden with the pallor of solitude, m ystery and forgotten life,
makes us whisper in reverence,— reverence for what W A S and what
M I G H T H A V E B E E N . N o revelry or mirth here and no heart
that can help but feel that in this forsaken place C od and D evil, happi­
ness and sorrow, love and hatredt power and Weakness and life and
death meet upon the border-line.
The ground before us is level, smooth, and in some places actually
presenting a stone surface, like a paved street. O n either side rise high
B U I L D I N G S carved by the mysterious hand into the semblance o f
chateaus, forts, and cottages. W indow s, broad and imposing, door­
ways, passages and even B A L C O N I E S are in evidence and we cannot
help wondering at the strange sight of an occasional sloop or arch at
some entrances and at the finely projecting cornices of the higher
W alking through this main street we come to what might be called
a corner, for here we notice a cross street, at exactly right angles, and
faced on either side by similar structures. Further on we come to an
imposing structure with an enormous entrance and we rightly name
this H O T E L D U V I L L A , or C ity H a ll; and with little stretch of
the imagination we can picture the silent mysterious figures of the
former inhabitants of this city walking slow ly and dejectedly into its
court to plan the diabolical w ork accredited to them in the years 8 0 0
to 1000.
I'urlher on we enter a C IR Q U E or circle, such as are so artistically
built in m odem cities. W e are told that this circle, one of the smallest
in the city, is called the C IR Q U E D E S R O Q U E T T E S and that Us
longer diameter is 1652 feet, the shorter diameter 6 5 0 feel and the
walls 3 8 0 feet high. A s we gaze upon this sight we allow our minds
to wander and think of the legend of the Brothers of the D evil who
lived here and try to picture the use they may have made o f this cirque.
W ere the m any men and women who strangely disappeared in their
time brought here and put to an ignominious death? W ere the fires of
pestilence, plague and suffering km dled here, or were these brothers
partly human after all and here worshipped a master o f some km d?
T he human m ind is fickle, its paths of reasoning arc oddly branched with
byw ays of enticing illogical pictures and when aw akened and alive with

th e sub tle p o w er o f suggestion We im agine m a n y things; this m a y account
fo r our su d d en aversion to this cirque, fo r , do D>e not see in the interior
g lo om o f this arena the transparent a nd lum inous figures o f m en a n d
w om en on b e n d e d knees begging fo r m ercy a n d h e lp ? a n d ca n no t w e
hear the a go nizing cries o f children a n d the silencing groan o f a life
d ep artin g in a g o n y w hile everyw h ere w e see the d a rk crim son stain o f
innocent b lo o d ?

H orror fills our souls; we try to rise above the power that grapples
with our reason, but we are held fast, captive in the hands of the
same unseen and unknown might that wielded the instrument which
carved the fantastic sights surrounding us.
W e turn to the E ast and pass through another street unnamed but
magnificent in its structures and passages covered with arches which
darkened the unknow n interiors of the courts; for while one m ay boast
o f having entered the various caverns of the Ccvennes, especially those
at R oquefort, where the fam ous chcese is made, and at other places
where the environment may be as gloomy, still one would never attempt
an entrance to the interior of these unknown courts and we arc held,
it seems, in iron bonds, and our feet refuse the mental volition to trespass.
B efore us we see the C IR Q U E D U L A C , which is similar in
construction to the Cirque just visited, but which at one time contained
water. N o w , however, as if to add to the forsaken, forlorn and cheer­
less aspect of the scene, the cirque is dry and we cannot help feelin g that
perhaps nature has refused to furnish to this ungodly place one of its
most bountiful, sustaining gifts.
N ear here are several A M A T S or public S Q U A R E S and again
n>e slop to question whether nature alone constructed this village where
there are so logically arranged and attractively located these circles and
squares; and if further circumstantial evidence of this possibility we
need only walk a short distance and view a perfectly proportioned
F O R U M , in outline and contour similar to those often seen on the
B u i perhaps the most weird and suggestive view o f all is that o f the
B O U L E V A R D M O N U M E N T , where are located seventeen obelisks
or m onum ents, ranging in height from 100 to 3 0 0 feet. T hey stand
cl various open spaces between the numerous castles and each is different
in shape and, apparently, designed to express sym bolically the incident
in m emory of which they were erected. O f course, these are likewise
mere freaks of nature, like the trembling rock in the near locality, which
trembles every m idnight so violently that one fears it m ay fa ll and injure
the bystander. Y e t, like the trembling rock, legend says that these
obelisks were erected by the D evil and his two brothers in memory
of the terrible plagues. W ars, dcalhs and crimes planned and consummated
by litem.


A s we stand here and view these strange monuments in the lifeless
city and note jusl outside of its boundary line the beautiful vines, the
arbutes and holly flourishing al the base of the majestic pines, and, rais­
ing our eyes see the same blue sk y • the same sun, and the same spotless
groups of clouds as pass over more cheerful and divine dwellings, Wc
marvel at what these strange streets m ay have once been, what the
buildings m ay have contained and wlm l the inhabitants of this I illage of
the D evil m ay have done that C o d and nature in evident chagrin, sorrow
and repulsion, should have brought death, barrenness, infam y and dis­
consolate gloom upon only one section of the world and this in the m idst
of fertile regions, surrounded by wondrous beauty. C od-fearing people
and progressive, active and religious nations.
Passing to the South n>c leave the Village by one of its main
entrances consisting o f an arch typical of the R om an P O R I and
fla n k e d on cither side by what m ay be called the Village W all. W e
stand for a fe w minutes on a slight elevation which affords another
general view o f the streets and buildings and it is only at this time that
We fu lly realize that all wc have seen, the remarkable structures, the
C IR Q U E S , arenas, fo ru m s, amphitheatres, castles, obelisks, etc.. were
the result o f som e strange fr e a k ° f nature and that no human hand
w as concerned in the smallest detail of the construction of the village;
that even the imposing courts, the doorways and windows Were m ade
by the action o f W ater, w ind and other elements in ages gone by and
w hen a ll this p a rt o f the world was unknown to man.
Thus I leave you, m y reader, on your w ay back to M ontpellier
a n d the land o f the living. Y ou r journey has been safe and interesting
a nd We will rest a while in M ontpellier while you review the wonders
o f the sights y o u have seen and I hasten on to m y many other duties.
I will meet y o u again in M ontpellier shortly, and from that old
c ity lve shall ta ke a second journey to another strange city near by
and there attend a few of the Rosaecrucian mystic convocations such
as are unknown to this country and equalled perhaps only in E g yp t
in the Tem ples o f our Order.



O n January 21 , 191 8, there passed from this material plane to
the H igher Realm s, the soul of our dearly beloved Suprem e M atre
Em eritus, M ay B anks-Stacey, widow of the late Col, M . H . Stacey.
M rs. Stacey was a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell and an
indirect descendant of M ary Stuart and N apoleon.
She was a native of Baltim ore, her father having been an eminent
jurist. She was seventy-six years of age at the time of her passing to
the beyond, and leaves a daughter and two sons, both of whom hold
high military positions.
M other Stacey was a deep student of mysticism. She was a
graduate physician and a graduate lawyer. She had travelled t:> nearly
every foreign land and has been entertained by mere potentates than
possibly any other Am erican woman.
W hile journeying through India her attention was given to the
mystic teachings of the H indus and these started her long career of
research in that field. A fter having lived a while and studied with many
cults, she finally visited Egypt and there came in contact with the R osae­
crucian M asters. T his was a few years prior to the coming of the
O rd er to A m erica.
M rs. Stacey desired the privilege of bringing the O rd er’s teachings
to A m erica and so expressed her desire, pointing to the fact that her
A m erican parents and relatives had been among those who established
the first M asonic Lodge in Baltimore and Philadelphia and that she
was not only a member of the Eastern S tar but a D aughter of the
A m erican Revolution, Colonial D am es, etc. It was pointed out to her,
however, that the O rder could not come to A m erica until the year
(9 1 5 . It was further explained that when the O rder did come it would
come through the sponsorship of France.
M rs. Stacey was given by the M asters in E gypt a certain mystical
Jew el of the O rder and several sealed papers which she was requested
to hold until such time as another came to her with a duplicate of one
of the seals and requested her assistance in establishing the O rder in
Am erica. M rs. Stacey then returned to India and after showing the
recognition she had received at the hands of the M asters in E gypt she
was duly initiated into our O rder there and was given other papers
signed by the Suprem e Council of the W orld .
In writing of her part in the establishment of the O rder in A m erica,
M rs. Stacey has put upon official record in the Archives of the Suprem e
G ran d Lodge in N ew Y ork the following statem ent:
“ I further state that the said Jewels and IN C O M P L E T E

instructions were delivered into my hands by the R . C . Master* of
India, representing the Suprem e Council of the W orld , and that I was
there m ade an initiate of the O rd er and a Legate of the O rder for
A m erica. I also state that the said Jew els and papers were represented
to me as coming direct from E gypt and France, and that they w ere
given to me to be form ally handed to that man who should present
certain papers, documents, jewels and key in A m erica. Such a
person having m a tu re d and being B rother H . S. Lewis, I did the duty
expected of me, fulfilled my commission and with pleasure express the
joy at seeing the work so well under w ay in accordance with the
prophecy m ade in India to me in person.
“ T h e history of the Jew els and papers are, to my knowledge,
exactly as stated herein and as described by M r. Lewis, our Im perator,
in the H istory of the O rder as published in the Official M agazine.'
M rs. Stacey retired as active M atre of the Suprem e G rand L odge
after its first year and has since devoted her time to deep study and
She was greatly loved by all who knew her. H er kind smile
and ever cheerful disposition as well as her deep knowledge of hum an
nature and the trials of life cn this earth, m ade her truly a M other
to all her “ children” of the Lodge. A s one of the co-founders of the
O rder in A m erica her nam e ever shall be cherished and we know that
in another incarnation she will take up the work which she was unable to
complete at this time.




Her Lat&tf Novel “The Young Diana”. Mentions Their Knowledge
of Light and.,Life.


M arie Corelli, the great writer of mystic arid occult stories, and
hitherto a member of the R osaecruciari O rder in Italy, has written anothet
intensely interesting hovel in her usual weird style, and again she refer?
to the R osaecrucians and their knowledge of Lfght, typifying the
wonderful divine vibrations of the cosmic forces.
< >: \ -c T h e .new novel entitled T h e Y oung Diana,: is described as a
story, relating-bn, E X P E R I M E N T O F . T H E F U T U R E , Like he>
other novels, A rdath, the Soul of Lilith, B arabas, T h e Life Everlasting,
etc., I he. Y oung D iana is replete with occult laws, and explanations.
•Th}s..new novel .is now running serially, in the magazine caflqd
“H e a r ts ," published by the International M agazine Com pany of 119
W est 40th Street. N ew Y ork City. I he first installment w as pub­
lished in the early 1.918 issues and undoubtedly the story will be pul>
Jished in book form.latter.
In the installment in the February 1918 issue of. the magazine
appears the following extracts regarding Light. T his will give our
readers some idea of the knowledge which M arie Corelli possesses and
can utilize in a very interesting story for popular reading:
D iana looked back for a second; the great metal door had closed
behind her; the negro attendant had disappeared; she was shut within
this great weird cham ber with Dim itrius and that whirling W heel! A
sudden giddiness came over her— she stretched out her hands blindly
for support— they were instantly caught in a firm, kind grasp.
“ K eep steady! T h a t’s right!” This, as she rallied her force*
and tried to look up. “ It’s not easy to w atch any sort of spherical
motion w ithout wanting to go with it among ‘the dancing stars.’ T here'
B etter?”
“ Indeed, yes! I ’m so sorry and asham ed!” she said. "Such »
stupid weakness! B ut I have never seen anything like it

“ N o, I ’m sure you have n o t!” A nd Dimitrius released her
hands and stood beside her. " I o give you greater relief I would stop
the W heel if I could— but I cannot!"
“ Y ou can not!”
“ N o . N ot till the daylight goes. 1 hen it will gradually ceasc
revolving of itself. It is only a very inadequate m an-m ade exposition of
one of the Divine mysteries of creation— the force of Light which
generates M otion, and from M otion, Life. M oses touched the central
pivot of truth in his Book of Genesis when he w rote ‘T h e earth war

without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep
. A nd G od said, Let there be Light. A n d there was
L ig h t!’' From that ‘L ight,’ the effulgence of G o d ’s own A ctual
Presence and Intelligence, cam e the M ovement which dispelled ‘dark­
ness.’ M ovement, once begun, shaped all that which before was
‘without form* and filled all that had been ‘void.’ Light is the positive
exhalation and pulsation of the Divine Existence— the A ctive Personality
of an E ternal G o d ; Light, which enters the soul and builds the body
of every living organism ; therefore Light is L ife.”
D iana listened to the quiet, emphatic»tones of his voice in fascinated
"L ight is L ife," he repeated, slowly. "L ight— and the twin
portion of Light— Fire. The R osicrucians have come nearer than any
other religious sect in the w orld to the comprehension of things divine.
D arkness is C haos— not death, for there is no death— but confusion,
bewilderment and blindness which gropes for a glory instinctively felt
but unseen.- Ip these latter idays science has discovered the beginning
of the wonders of L ig h t; they have alw ays existed, but we have not
found them, ‘loving darkness rather than light.’ I say the ‘beginning
of w onders,’ for with all our advancem ent we have only become dimly
Conscious of the first vibration of the C reator’s living presence, Light!
— which is ’G o ^ walking in H is garden’— which is color, sound, heat,
movement— all the Divine Pow er in eternal radiation and luminance!
— this is L ife; , and in this we live— rin this we m ay live and renew
our lives— ay, and in this we may retain youth beyond age! If we
only have courage!— courage and the will to learn !”

T h e G reat Seal o f the U nited States is one of peculiar interest,
and theref re we feel w arranted in giving more details of its design and
history than can be allotted to the Seals of the several States. Soon
after the declaration of independence, Benjam in Franklin, John A dam s,
and T hom as Jefferson were appointed a committee to prepare a great
seal for the infant republic; and they employed a French W est Indian,
nam ed D u Simitiere, not only to furnish designs, but also to sketch such
devices as were suggested by themselves. In ( ne of his designs, the artist
displayed on a shield the arm orial ensigns of the several nations from
w hence America; had been pe pled— embracing those of F.ngland, Scot­
land, Ireland, France, G erm any, and H olland. O n one side was
placed Liberty with her cap, and on the other was a rifleman in uniform,
w ith his rifle in one hand and a tom ahaw k in the other— the dress and
w eapons peculiar to A m erica.
Franklin proposed, f r the device, M oses lifting his w and, and
dividing the R ed Sea, and P haroah and his hosts overwhelmed with the
waters. F or a motto, the words of Crom well, "R ebellion to tyrants is
obedience to G o d .”
A d ars proposed the C hoice of H ercules; the hero resting on a
club, V irtue pointing to her rugged mountain on one hand, and per­
suading him to ascend; and Sloth, glancing at her flowery paths of
pleasure, w antonly reclining on the ground, displaying the charms, both
of her eloquence and person, to seduce him into vice.
Jefferson proposed the Children of Israel in the W ilderness, led by
a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night; and. on the reverse, Hengist
and H o rsa, the Saxon chiefs, from whom we claim the honor of being
descended an d whose political principles and form of government we
have assumed.
Franklin and A dam s then requested Jefferson to combine their
ideas in a com pact description cf the proposed great seal, which he did,
an d that paper, in his handw riting, is now in the office of the Secretary


of State at W ashington, I liis design con-istcd of a hield with six
quartering*, parti one, coupi tw , in heroldic phrar.c. I he fir t gold,
and an enameled rose, red and white, for E ngland; the second white,
with a thistle, in its proper colors, for S co tlan d : t';e third, rrt
a harp of gold, for Ireland; the fourth blue, with a golden !
for France; the fifth gold, with toe imperial black ca^le for C r mpv;
and the sixth gold, with the Belgic crowned red lion for i i- Han I.
These denoted the countries from winch A m erica had been pe pled, t ie
proposed to place the shield within a red border, on w h i'h thor*' should
be thirteen white escutcheons, linked together iiy a gc!d cf •>:n, c , h
bearing appropriate initials, in black, of the confe<! ratr :l Sta ■ .'"im­
porters, the G oddess cf lib e rty on the risrht k!c, in a c •: let <> art- or.
in allusion to the then state of w ar, and holding the =pear nd r .n
in her right hand, while her left supported the shield. O n the ! rt
the G oddess of Justice, leaning on a sword in her right hand, and n
her left a balance, I he crest, the eye of P ro . >. ’ence in a .> liant tr-J
whose glory should extend over the ;h’eld and beyond the Turev M n- ;
E Plurihus U num — “ M any in one.” A round the \v: e. “S a l o f
t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s o f A m e r i c a . M D C C L X X ' I . ” For 1 e
reverse, he proposed the device of P haroah n ttn g in an rp^n ch a crown on his head and a sword in his hand, pa-ving thr u;
divided waters of the R ed Sea in pursuit of the Israelite . Rav
a pillar of fire in a cloud, expressive of the Divine ;?resen' and com
beaming on Moses, who stands on the : here, jn d vM j ng hi? * i
over the sea. cause; it to overwhelm Pharoah
V f ! -vrr"R ebellion to tyrants is obedience to G o d .'’
Jefferson’s device was highly appro cr) by his n
f rs
committee reported on the I Oth oi August. 1 7 7 6 ; but.
countable reason, their report was neglected, n t ha . ng been
placed on record: and the affair was allowed to lumber until the
of M arch, 1779, when Messrs. Lovell, of IV a~ ichu >tts, S c/:t. .
V irginia, and H ouston, of G eorgia, were appointee! ! com i :i •
make another device.
O n the 10th of M ay follow mg they reported in favor oi a I
four inches in diam eter, one side of which should be composed of i
shield with thirteen diagonal stripes, alternate red and white. Supp rters, a warrior, holding a sword on one side, and on the other the h;
of P eace, bearing an olive branch. T he crest, a radiant constellation
of thirteen stars. M otto: Bello vel P ace— “ F or W a r or P eace.” anrl
the legend, “ Seal of the U nited States. O n the reverse, the figure of
Liberty, seated in a chair, holding the staff and cap. M otto:
“ Forever” — and underneath, M D C C L X X V I. T his report was
committed, and again submitted with some slight m o iic atio r.
stituting the figure of an Indian w.lh bow and arrows in his right
for that of a w arrior) just a yeai afterw ard; but it was not a<
and the m atter rested until A pril, 1782, when H enry M iddleton,
Elias Boudine and E dw ard R utledge were appointed a third
tec to prepare a seal. T hey reported cn ih • 9lh cf ? r .
substantially the same as the committee of 1770 and ’ 7'<|1 ’ ;i, »

not being satisfactory to Congress, on the I 3th of June the whole m atter
w as referred to C harles Thom son, its secretary.
H e in turn procured several devices, among which was one by
W illiam B arton, o f Philadelphia, consisting of an escutche n, with a blue
border, spangled with thirteen stars, and divided in the centre, perpen­
dicularly, by a gold bar. O n each side of this division, within the
blue border, thirteen bars or stripes, alternate red and white, like the
A m erican flag adopted on the 14th of June, I 777 . O ver the gold bar
an eye surrounded with a glory, and in the gold bar a D oric column
resting on the base of the escutche n, having a displayed eagle on its
summit. T h e crest, a helmet of burnished gold, dam asked, grated with
six bars, and surm ounted by a red cap of dignity, such as dukes w ear,
with a black lining, and a cock arm ed with gaffs. Supporters, on one
side the G enius of A m erica, with loose A uburn tresses, having on her
head a radiant crown of gold, encircled with a sky-blue fillet, spangled
with silver stars, and clothed in a long, loose, white garment, b rdered
w ith green. From the right shoulder to the left side, a blue scarf with
stars, the cinctures being the same as in the border. A round her w aist
a purple girdle, fringed with gold, and the w ord V i r t u e embroidered
in white. H e r interior hand rested on the escutcheon, and the other
held the A m erican standard, on the top of which a white dove was
perched. T h e supporter cn the other side was a man in complete arm or:
his sw ord-belt blue, fringed with gold; his helmet encircled with a
w reath of laurel, and crested with one white and two blue plum es; his
left hand supporting the escutcheon, and his right holding a lance with a
bloody point. U pon an unfurled green banner was a golden harp with
silver strings, a brilliant star, and tw o lily-flowers, with two crossed
swords below. T h e tw o figures st od upon a scroll, on which was the
m otto, D eo Favenle— “ W ith G o d ’s F avor” — in allusion to the eye
of Providence in the arms. O n the crest, in a scroll, was the motto,
V irlus sola fnvicta— “ V irtue alone is Invincible.”
A fter vainly striving to perfect a seal which should meet the a p ­
proval of C ngress, Thom son finally received from John A dam s, then in
London, an exceedingly simple and appropriate device, suggested by Sir
John Prestw ich, a baronet of the W est of E ngland, who was a warm
friend of A m erica, and an accomplished antiquarian. It consisted of
an escutcheon bearing thirteen perpendicular stripes, white and red.
with the chief blue, and spangled with thirteen stars; and, to give if
greater consequence, he proposed to place it on the breast c f an A m eri­
can eagle, displayed, without supporters, as emblematic of self-reliance.
It met with general approbation, in and out of Congress, and was
adopted in June. 1 7 8 2 : so it is manifest, although the fact is not exten­
sively known, that we are indebted for our national arms to a titled
aristocrat of the country with which we were then at w ar. Eschewing
all heraldic technicalities, it may be thus described in plain English:
T hirteen perpendicular pieces, white and re d ; a blue field; the escutcheon
on the breast o f the A m erican eagle displayed, pr. per, holding in his right
talon an olive-branch, and in his left a bundle of thirteen arrows, all
proper, and in his beak a scroll, inscribed with the motto, E Pluribus

U n u m . For the crest, over the head of the eagle, which appears above
the escutcheon, a golden glory breaking through a cloud, proper, and
surrounding thirteen stars, forming a constellation o f white stars on a
blue field.
Reverse— A pyram id unfinished. In the zenith, an eye in a tri­
angle, surrounded with a glory, proper. O ver ihe ^ye, the words,
A nnuil Coepiis— “ G od has favored the undertaking.” O n the base
of the pyram id, are the num eral R~>man letters, M D C C L X X V I.; and
underneath the motto, /Vovus O r do Seclorum— A new Series of Ages
— denoting that a new order of things had commenced in the W estern
hemisphere. T hus, after many fruitless efforts, for nearly six years, a
very simple seal was adopted, and yet remains the arms of the
U nited States.
W h y did John Prestw ich of E ngland, suggest the Pyram id for
A m erica’s seal? T h a t is another story— and therein is the occultism
and mysticism.


H e w is the selection of a new v ehicle or m aterial body m ade by the K iu l)

A . A cco rd in g (o the s o u ls stair of evolution.
If w e grant the doctrine of
the^ e ' olulion ot the soul to be (roe, w f must at once adm it certain Ir-.ws associated
w ith the process of evolution.
1 hese law s a r e : the so u ls evolution occurs through
experience* in the m a leriai b o ry and out c f it, during its c y c le o f in carn atio n *;
(h r undevelo ped soul appear* first in the lowest form of m aterial body the purely
nn>ma! b o d y ; developm ent or evolution o f the soul take* the soul into higher
forms of m aterial bodies, cu lm inatin g in incarnations in human b o dies; each
m a te ria l body into w h ich H e soul passes, in t h e process o f e v o l u t i o n , must necessarilv
be a body or veh icle w hich w ill serve w e ll the requirem ents of the soul in its
needed ex perien ces.
V ith the above outline it must be app arent that the m aterial body required
for the soul s incarnation at an y lim e must con font* to the requirem ents of the
soul a< that tim e. If the soul in one incarn ation has learned w ell its lessons and
a ’oned fnr its errors of expression, according to the law of compensation that soul
Will en ter a body in its next incarnation w hich w ill perm it that soul to live •
better expression and evolve higher in its u p w ard unfoldm cnt. Su ch a body w ould
have to be m ore perfect (p h y s ic a lly ) thiin the previous body of the soul, and it
w ould have to be a body bom in a fam ily ar.d in an environment w here not
only r f jt e r opportunities w ould be given to the soul for expression, but w here
rr i.s n teris and trisls w ould come to the soul w hich it had not experienced before
or w hich it req uired in that p a rticu la r incarnation.
fh u s a soul w hich had been expressing through a h ealth y, norm al body in
a fa m ;ly and environm ent w h ere disease, poverty, temptation and sin w ere unknown,
indy h>ive Us next incarnation in a bodv born diseased in a fam ily or environment su r­
rounded w ith p o verty, sin, d isease and every form of e v il. T h is w ould be the
►jr m a of that so u l; it w ould test that soul as it m ay never have been tested
T h e soul m ay feci that it is being tested -though this consciousness of
te«l and tria l m a j not come to it until after so rely trie d ; then it w ill c ry "O h G od!
w h y tn i I tested t h u s ? '’ T h e soul m ay not understand, or it m ay com prehend
wuh a d ivine intuition and. with brave effort and ad m irab le fortitude s a y : “T h is
is lo tcach me a lesson by w hich 1 w ill profit.” and thus the soul, patien tly
suffering, ev er learn in g a n d never c o n d e m n i n g , w ill evolve in that incarnation as it
could evolve in no other w a y .
That D ivine M in d , that G reat Consciousness, w hich sees a ll, knows a ll and i*
ju *t. K ind, W is e and M igh ty, selects the proper body for a soul about to incarnate.
here is no other answ er unless w e d en y the v ery fundam entals of the law of
the evolution of the soul. In the E ighth and Ninth D egree of our work you w ill
learn m ore o f this.
Q . W L a l is the d iffe n n c e betw een the anim al soul and H* consciousness and
•V hi;m<in soul ar.d its consciousness f
V T h e evolution of the soul, as suggested in the above answ er. T h e purely
a r m al soul is the soiil w h ich is little evolved and is le a n in g the first principles
of refinem ent. Just as the ch ild m ind must learn the alphabet before it can read
and must learn l<> u iscrim .n ale in the crude and gross things of life before it can
d iscrim in ate in l’ . more rcfrned and cultured, so must the soul learn the crude
lessons o f life .
T h e first lesson for the soul lo learn is lo control the passions of life. T hese
in their fu n d am en tal order a r e : crav in g for food, crav in g for possession regardless
■{ b v , crav in g fc r revenge, craving for dom ination at any cost, craving for
ratification of lu stful desire*, etc.
I hese are base and low craving* not taun d
r. even the lowest ;ra d e o f dev elo p ed humans, hut common to the low er anim als
w ho liv e w ild ly .
The dom esticated an im al which has learned not io steal its food
but w ait until it ran eat w ith la w and order, and has also learn ed to show appre-*i
a*ion for k in d n ef' rfu wn. has a soul which ha* evolved higher m its cycle than „
-oul resid in g in e w ild an im al a lw a y s f —king blocd, revenge ond prey
G ra d u a l!*

such a soul passes from the bodies ot the higher dom esticaieo find intelligent an-mai*
to the least intelligent human bodie*— those of peoples living w ild ly in tin-■•■•ized
countries. From this phase c f evolution the soul even tu ally pas ;• m
the '-odies
of humens liv in g in more civ iliz ed If.nds. W h e re ihf process w ill end we do not
know, and any one who claim s to know speaks without know ledge. Vv e can learn
from evolved souls of their past— but they have not. and car.nol, speak of the future

Do hum an souls ever revert to expression in the botiie

ot low er antn


A . Som e philosophies have taught that the soul of a hum an m ■v incarnate
in the body of a dog or other low er anim al in its next incarnation
.h e re is
no Ip w for this as a rule of the process of evolution, cx op' in the »s<-< where
a soul in a human body has perm itted that bodv to commit *ome terrible rnm *
w hich can be expiated or com pensated in no othe; w a y than ' v bein ’ n .m a.ed
in a low er an im a l’s body and re-learn in g the fin rjam ent.il lessons o' I f'v
facts bearin g upon this are so mea re. however, that Iti'le can be
. unar.
souls have te e n contracted w hich rem em ber in tins in .n nation t.s- ing
the body of a dog or other an im al for a period a? a punishm -nt to Ir-am n -sson
and seem to remember the lesson.
It is only from the testimony of
1 honest
Bnd frank souls as w ill speak of such incidents than w e rsn learn of this law
and the honest and frank who w ill speak thusly arc le w tn fo rtu n a tc!
Q . I have read so much of late about the G reat S e a l oi the i tuien .n .ile*
with Its P yra m id . It seems that n early every school of o ir u l^ m I' > tomelhmg
lo say regardin g the cause of the P yra m id l>":nv there h i .1
umious to
knew the truth. Is there any occult ex p lan atio n ?
A . W e thoroughly app reciate your desire lo know the trutri reuardine the
G reat S e a l. T h ere has been much ado nboul nothing. Iru lv ; yet the truth ot the
m atter is interesting and contains enough of occultism lo w arran t n com plete
explanation here.
S e e A r tic le . " T h e S e a l of th e U n ite d S ta te s ’ in th is is s u e o l C R O M A A 1



will contain a com plete System of ! ranscenclental
G eom ancy, as practised by the Veiled Prophets of our
ancient O rder, and never published before, except in
secret M anuscripts. By it our M em bers w i l l be able
to m ake M ysterious D ivinations and Predictions regard­
ing the future, and to answ er all questions propounded
of a personal and private nature.
O ther interesting features will m ake the t \t l.-sue
of great value to our M em bers of all Dc es

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