O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy,
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

	-- William Blake

the Rose is the symbol of the divine feminine
Venus for example….

The Key Rosicrucian text “The Chemical wedding” is about an initiate called CRC (Christian Rosencreutz) who signs his name with “Summa Scientia Nihil Scire” (the height of knowledge is to know nothing.)

The Allegorical story of the Chemical wedding is the story of a man attending a wedding, not realising it is his own. CRC goes on a series of adventures over a series of days, notably including interaction with 7 “maidens” or as the Jocelyn Godwin translation calls them (much to my preference as it has much more meaning) virgins.

Eventually CRC finds his way underground to his bride..the rose maiden. Within the Rosicrucian vault crc is transformed with the unification of himself and his bride…A chemcial wedding is a unification of 2 opposites to form a 3rd whole: sperm +egg=zygote

Thomas Aquinas stated that there are ONLY 3 movements in the universe

straight line.. masculine..the penis the rod..the sword..air and fire

circular vagina womb cup..shield water and earth

obtuse..a unification of male and female changing direction mid-flow serpentine .the kabalistic lightning flash..the chord quintessence aether..the Christ..

SO we see the idea of the alchemical unity..
A “chemical wedding”


It should be noted the Rosicrucian vault is similar to the Bridal chamber found in Gnostic texts such as the Gospel of Philip. Modern “pagan” writer Caitlin Matthews also argues the Grail is the Rosicrucian vault.

The symbols we have here is very clear to my mind. it is the questor searching for the dormant whole that needs to be found. Think of Aladdin finding his lamp. Sleeping beauty…the prince finding his way through the brambles etc to awaken his fair maiden.


I became water
and saw myself
a mirage
became an ocean
saw myself a speck
of foam
gained Awareness
saw that all is but
woke up
and found myself

–Binavi Badakhshani


We find this same idea in numerous sources. For the Gnostics is is found in the acts of Thomas, in the hymn of the pearl (or hymn of the robe of glory). Which is essentially about a prince who leaves his kingdom to go on a quest, faces trials, finds his treasure, the pearl. Then after having forgotten who he was , due to the quest, remembers he is royal..and returns to the kingdom of his parents.

So what is this? It is: You are divine…you have forgotten you are divine…by returning to the divine you awaken from your current state. For Rosicrucians of a more western nature it is more about having fallen from perfection, you need to repair things to return to perfection.


I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

Revelation 22:13


Creation, fall, redemption

“Ex Deo nascimur.

In Jesu Morimur

Per Spiritum Sanctum reviviscimus.”

We are born in God…we die in Christ and are reborn in the Holy SPirit…….

creation destruction redemption…

The end is in the beginning:


the # 4 IS the FIRST Number To “ADD” To 10 (Malkuth)
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10;)
and The # 5 in Hebrew Numeration = 5 (The Number of Man ) or the 4 Elements + the Quint~Essence! (or that Most Popular STAR of 5 points in Many Traditions)

5 = 6 As 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 = 15

and 1 + 5 = 6 (6=tiffereth”harmonious/beauty)

For Those Who Just Look At the Letters of Hebrew

Malkuth IS
MEM = 40Lamed = 30kaph = 20Vav = 6Tav = 400
So Malkuth = # 496 in Addition of the Hebrew Numerations>
Which When Added Together = 496

496 = 10 (malkuth)

4 + 9 + 6 = 19 = 1 + 9 = 10 = 1 + 0 = 1

This Refers to the Axiom that Kether IS In Malkuth> And Malkuth IS in Kether>>>But of a Different(or Other)Manner.

One Might Also Look at the # 496 As the “Combination of the 4th/6th And 10 Saphires/Sephira)

NOTE ALSO<> That The Number 496 = 4 + 15!

So that’s the “Rosicrucian” view…things are damaged, broken and need repair.

For a Gnostic its slightly different we posit that things we always perfect…they simply got “mud” on them…and need cleaning, which IS different..very different, but also very similar….kind of ha ha

The Rosicrucian movement became public in the 17th century around the time of the protestant reforms. Rosicrucianism was essentially an exercise in adding an esoteric level to a new Christianity, adding back the divine feminine which never left but was “hidden.” 3 key texts known as the chemical wedding, the confession and the fame of became “public.” Then the Rosicrucians disappeared..the Chymical wedding proclaims that CRC was actually alive in the 15th century..and his “people”had remained secret for 200 years.

Of course Rosicrucianism claims to go back to ancient Egypt. The rose is of course a catholic symbol not a protestant one. Thus Rosicrucian’s before CRC were most likely catholics…

On to more modern times you have the free masons, ceremonial magicans such as the golden dawn and max heindel etc etc all claiing to be either descended from the rosicrucians or to be in contact with the invisible (non corporeal) arguably “true” rosicrucian order…and of course AMORC

So what is Rosicrucianism…it is essentially a mix of Christianity, alchemy and other similar western (and some eastern) spiritual trends… In some forms of paganism it should be noted (and Sufism) the rose is again found as important symbol of the feminine. We could liken the rose to two roses, one red (of the earth) and one white (of the spiritual planes)rising and ascending and flowing from one to each other. This is the exact same symbolism found in plato, the river of blood (earth, red rose) and the river of tears(white rose).

So what is Rosicrucianism:

If you were to ask me ‘What is the essence of Buddhism?’

I would answer that it is to awaken. And the function of

that awakening is learning how to serve.

—Bernard Glassman.

“If you want to be unique in the world, to have the mysteries of the world and the secrets of wisdom revealed to you, repeat this teaching and be careful with it until the day of your passing. Do not seek understanding of what is behind you and do not search out the words of your lips. You will understand what is in your heart when you merit the beauty of the chariot [Merkavah]. Be careful with the glory of your Creator, and do not descend to it. And if you descend to it, do not enjoy it. And if you enjoy it, your end is to be banished from the world. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter” [Proverbs 25:2], lest you be banished from the world.”

– Hechalot Zutarti (Lesser Palaces) [335]

It should be noted of course, the Rose represents the perfected being within us all, our true selves.  Or “Christ”; in this way it relates to the LOTUS of the east.

that’s my mini rant on rosicrucianism….





THE heavens and the stars
At the appointed time will disappear.
A wave will strike the earth,
And lo! it vanishes.

Only the Truth will remain Unchangeable.

And you at that moment,
Passing from this dream-life,
With self discarded,
Will be one with the Beloved.

Oh! Master, ponder on your coming and your going,
And the thousand existences that lie before you!

–The Secret Rose Garden



There isn’t a fundamental difference, that’s the point


Sure if you ONLY look at the outside, then yes there is a fundamental difference.


Someone just posted a question about where to find information about Rosicrucianism being catholic online….


Sadly I doubt they will find it. Why? Because the web only will deal with the outward face.


If one looks at the history we shall come up with some simple “ideas”


Firstly Rosicrucianism has its roots in mysticism, in Islam…in Sufism. With Sufism we have a cross pollination (some would argue that came from “Persian Gnostic strands”) that influenced Judaic Kabbalah and Esoteric Christianity. The Rose cross’ use of the Rose symbol, a symbol of the perfected self, the true self…comes from Islam. Of course if one reads the Chemical wedding, arguably the key Rosicrucian text (the rest largely being commentary) we see the divine feminine. Our protagonist meets Venus; the rose again is symbol of Venus. In this instance we see the divine feminine, the Virgin; the protagonist also meets 7 other versions earlier in his journey. So we see the Rose also represents the Virgin Mary. So we return to Catholicism. So yes, Rosicrucianism is Catholicism.


Of course Rose Cross, historically is a protest, a form of Protestantism. Arguably this stems from Martin Luther who “co-incidentally” created a crest formed from a rose, a red heart a black cross and a golden circle (with a “blue sky”). The Modern Lectorium group of course uses a red, a white and a golden rose to represent different stages of “development.”


Now of course Martin Luther was a very good monk, with much faith and devotion in his Catholicism. If one examines the history, Luther never sought to destroy Catholicism, he merely chose to reform what had become outwardly, and a corrupt institution… power corrupts. One could argue the seeds of Luther’s revolt were sewn centuries before by the killing of the Knights Templars and the Cathars. But then the outward exoteric face of religion often fears, and misunderstands the inner esoteric (deeper understanding) face of itself. Modern Muslims for example have ill feelings toward the Sufi and many modern Christians are suspicious of more esoteric branches of their own faith.


So what do we have? Rosicrucianism is protestant in that it is a protest. But it fails to truly be protestant as it is a protest to the outer face while retaining a deeper inner esoteric core. The protestant movement as a whole, by and large ran screaming to distance itself from the esoteric and remove it as much as possible. The Protestant movement ironically embraced the Gnostic (classical Gnostic, i.e. users of the NagHammadi library of texts) and Sufi idea of transcending Dogma. Gone were the want and need for power, leaders and ritual. Of course as Sufi and Gnostics know, these both have their place but should not be followed rigidly. So where as the Protestant movement threw away the temple and replaced it largely with a wooden horse, the original intent was a return to a much early esoteric form, an inner core that to this day is exactly what Rosicrucianism represents and is (although this is further complicated by 19th century change and revaluation and re-invention by so called modern “Rosicrucian” groups).


So in summary, at the core Catholicism and Rosicrucianism is the same thing…as is Sufism. The Rose Cross movement and the Sufi (and the Gnostic) seek to remove the constraints and politics found in the outer exoteric parts of religion, WHILE retaining the inner esoteric (which can never be separated from, fully, arguably) practices and teachings of their respective religious base.


It is ironic that we return full circle where it becomes those that claim an esoteric heritage become the accusers and finger pointers. In so doing they become the exact embodiment of the beings that Frater Rose Cross sought to run screaming from. For at the heart, the Rose Cross has always been about transcending division, by passing differences and seeking a universal unity. As has the Gnostic and the Sufi, fittingly because this is where Rosicrucianism comes from.


As do all truly worthwhile spiritual practices…Of course there is a danger in supposing all roads lead to Rome. This is quite clearly not the case, but there is a fundamental tie that binds most of the world’s spiritual practices. Interestingly enough, the word Religion means to tie, to bind and to bring together.




First, to profess no other thing, than to cure the sick, and that gratis. We have already remarked that this rule, as stated, is a rule of love. “Compassion,” wrote Paracelsus, “is the true physician’s teacher.” “Compassion,” of course, means “feeling with,” and what is love (or healing) but to feel another’s suffering as one’s own and recognize that the disease, the pain, is one in all. In addition, however, we should also note that the primary orientation is toward the world, the Liber Mundi—that is, toward other beings, for we can love only other, living beings. The Rosicrucian, then, works for the sake of the world, not the individual soul. Granted that from a nondualist perspective there is no difference between the healing of one’s soul and the healing of the world, the Rosicrucian rule nevertheless affirms the primacy of service and of action. If one is a true Rosicrucian, one walks “the true thorn-strewn way of the cross—the renunciation of all selfhood—for the sake of the redemption of the world, that is, the building of the New Jerusalem.” That is why the rule specifies that the nature of the service as aimed at “healing,” which, too, must be understood in the largest sense to include nature. From this point of view, nature, like humanity, fell with Adam and is sick and needs healing. Like humanity, nature is not the unity it ought to be: it groans and travails in pain; it is diseased. Paracelsus called this state of separation and disunity the “cagastrum.” Yet precisely to heal this disease, to renew the unity of nature in and through humanity, Christ came. Indeed, as Prince Lapoukhin writes, Christ not only “mystically sprinkled every soul with the virtue of his blood, which is the tincture proper to the renewal of the soul in God. . . but he also regenerated the mass of immaterial elements of which he shall make a new heaven and a new earth.” In other words: “The crown of all the mysteries of nature adorns the altar of the sanctuary, lit only by the light of the stainless Lamb…[whose] precious blood, sacrificed for the salvation of the world, is the sole tincture that renews all things.” To conjoin the Rose and the Cross in nature as a whole, to heal and unite nature and human nature in its center or heart, is thus the Rosicrucian aim.


– Christopher Bamford






extract of the above article:


The Rosicrucian doctrine of Creation which we have recently
published , is found again in its entirety in the philosophy of Ibn
Sina. God does not create the world directly but the necessary Being
emanates a pure intelligence which is the First Cause. This First
Cause knows the Creator as necessary and itself as possible. From
this time multiplicity introduces itself into the Order of creation.
This intelligence is the active intellect, the illuminator of souls.
From sphere to sphere (through the ten spheres) the radiance pursues
itself towards the pure intelligences as far as the level of matter.

God is understood therefore as the omnipotent and creative First
Cause. He cannot have been abstaining from all time and have
commenced that which implies in him a change so that the creation is

The Creator does not directly create matter, but it is through the
role of the intermediaries, the angels who identify themselves with
the first principles.

It is possible that Chr. Rosenkreutz could have known the teachings
of Ibn Sina or Abdu’l-Karim al-Jili, who developed an analogous
theory: ” The world is co-eternal with God, but in the logical
order, the judgement that God exists in Himself is anterior to the
judgment that things exist in his knowledge. He knows them as He
knows Himself but they are not eternal and He is eternal.”

Mohyi-ed-Din taught that the souls are pre-existent to the body,
that they are of different degrees of perfection and that they
unequally break through the shadows of the body. The act of learning
for them, therefore is nothing more than a remembering, a return
ascension towards the place from which they had first departed.

Ibn-Arabi who wrote a book on “The Hundred Names of God” used
circles to expound his system , which is singularly close to that
of “Dignitates Divinae” by Raymond Lully, who is considered as an
initiate and precursor to the Rose-Croix.


Ibn Sina (Avicenna) – doctor of doctors

O King of Glory:

O Lord of Hosts:

O thou, the Creator of Heaven, and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible:

Now, (even now, at length,) Among others thy manifold mercies used, toward me, thy simple servant John Dee, I most humbly beseech thee, in this my present petition to have mercy upon me, to have pity upon me, to have Compassion upon me: Who, faithfully and sincerely, of long time, have sought among men, in Earth: And also by prayer, (full often and pitifully,) have made suit unto thy Divine Majesty for the obtaining of some convenient portion of True Knowledge and understanding of thy laws and Ordinances, established in the Natures and properties of thy Creatures: by which Knowledge, Thy Divine Wisdom, Power and Goodness, (on thy Creatures bestowed, and to them imparted.) being to me made manifest, might abundantly instruct, furnish, and allure me, (for the same,) incessantly to pronounce thy praises, to rend unto thee, most hearty thanks, to advance thy true honor, and to Win unto thy Name, some of thy due Majestical Glory, among all people, and forever.”



–[Sloane Manuscript 3191, Folio 45; British Museum; presented here with today’s spelling.] Linda S. Schrigner (



The Otherworld melts away before our eyes, and we see before us the Vault of the Lady Venus through the eyes of C.R. He reads, ‘When the fruit of my tree shall be quite melted down then I shall awake and be the mother of a king.’


–Caitlin Matthews