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The Rosicrucian Order is a traditional order in which men and women can become regular members. . The roots of the Rosicrucian Order date back centuries. The founder of the Rosicrucian Order is named in the ancient manuscript, the Fama Fraternitatis, only by his initials Brother C.R. He was incorrectly called “Christian Rosenkreutz” by unwitting lay people, who were not members of the Order.
“One common mistake is the belief that the Rosicrucian Order was founded by a real person named Christian Rosenkreutz. The alchemical romance The Chymical Wedding Christian Rosenkreutz is, as I said, responsible for this mistake… In the manifests appear no names of any persons.“ (Paul F. Case)
This serious criticism by Paul Foster Case destroys much of the common, lay knowledge offered up by pseudo-scholars on the Rosicrucian Order. For the initials of the order’s founder represent a mystical motto, a slogan. Another major criticism is directed at the pseudo-scientific publications on the alleged Rosicrucian Order, none of which are written by initiates of the Rosicrucian Order, and are therefore classified as sheer nonsense. In the centuries following its founding, the order developed differently in different regions of the world. It had moments of high flourishing and moments in which it receded into the background. The full name of the order is the Order of the Red Rose and the Golden Cross. The Order of the Gold and Rosy Cross has stepped several times into the secrecy of the “Silanum,” only to later reappear, like a “phoenix from the ashes,” in a new guise.
The Rosicrucian Order has many times “dressed” itself in the different traditions and customs of each country to meet the needs of each respective society. After each Silanum came the need to adapt the rules, teachings and rituals of the Order to the social conditions of that era. A golden era in the of the Brotherhood of the Worthy Order R: .C :. was during the former Austrian empire with it’s headquarters in Vienna; in the German Empire (Germany); as well as in France and Great Britain. During the two world wars, the Rosicrucian Order was mostly hidden. The history of the Rosicrucian Order is a success story of the wisdom tradition.
The Rosicrucian Order has included personalities such as Sir Issac Newton, Claude Debussy, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Emperor Franz Stephan von Lothringen, Francis Bacon, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Karl von Eckartshausen, Johannes Trithemius, Erik Satie, Leonardo da Vinci, Rudolf Steiner, Heinrich Khunrath, Robert Fludd, Paul Foster Case, MacGregor Mathers, William Wynn Westcott und Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
Before the First World War, initiates of the Rosicrucian Order brought the teachings to the US, where as a result, several organizations emerged with the ideas of the Rosicrucians. These new American organizations were not the true Rosicrucian Order, but did contribute to the popularity of the Order. The true Rosicrucian Order worked in Europe and remained mostly secret through the flame of initiation. A handful of initiates received authorization to pass on this initiatory flame of the Rosicrucians to sincere aspirants. Our order goes back to this authentic source.
The symbol of the Rosicrucian Order is represented by the Calvary Cross with a red rose in its center.
Our order preserves the royal art of the ethical perfection of the personality, which our alchemical brethren refer to as the creation of the Philosopher’s Stone (Lapis Philosophorum). In the symbols of the Masons, this process is presented as a transformation of the coarse stone into the perfected cube. Alchemy describes the initiatory process in the secret laboratory (temple) as a transmutation of the dark lead of suffering into the gold of perfection.
Becoming a Member of The Rosicrucian Order
The Rosicrucian Order is selective. Traditionally, members include both men and women.
Dr. Elias Rubenstein – The Power of Rituals (translated from German)