|A series of videos is presented by Robert Lawler, John Anthony West
and Laurence Gardner who are the current experts in this field of study.
I took notes as I watched these videos and the details are fascinating
besides watched the scenes of photos taken in Egypt.
John Amthony West is the narrator, and he tells us that only
priests and pharaohs and certain elect others were accepted in the
schools. Pythagoras, and Plato both waited over 20 years preparing
to be accepted into the mystery schools. Among the other people who
studied there were Aristotle, Copernicus, Kepler, Isaac Newton,
Napoleon, Da Vinci, and it is thought that Jesus did as well because when
he came back from Egypt he could perform miracles.
The one teaching school mentioned was Hermeticism, but West says that
the Temple of Luxor itself is the school and teaching. The reason for that
is that its construction is all about the hieroglyphs, and the Harmonic
Proportions of the construction, which refers to "As above - so below".
The teachings are hidden in symbolism and allegory. He implies that
the Temple itself confers initiation of the teachings to the students.
Taught was alchemy, number symbolism, which we now call
are several forms of Gematria, including Hebrew and Greek, but the
Gematria isn't just in words, its in the structures themselves, all over
the world, even those cultures who most likely didn't know any Egyptians.
It's a divine sacred teaching that comes from the spirit world, and is
part of our innate divine self.
Also taught was the Doctrine of the Transformation of the Soul.
The teachings are Timeless which means they never get old or need
changing or revising. They are perfect from the beginning.
We are told that R. A. Schwaller de Lubitz who came along in 1937 went
to Luxor and learned the secret teachings and brought them out into the
modern world as the true teachings had deteriorated as they were brought
into Europe over the centuries. He is considered a Latter Day Alchemist,
and he taught physics, and philosophy as well as all the higher
We are told that Plato's "Atlantis" was taught to him by his father
Solon, who got the story from an Egyptian priest and the work is valued as
truth, not just a fiction story or mythology.
John Anthony West states:
There is no art that isn't religions
There is no religion that isn't philosophical
There is no philosophy that isn't scientific
There is no science that isn't art
Symbolism is the first veil. by understanding symbolism reveals
the hidden wisdom. Symbolism is the language of magic.
These are the secrets of the Invisible College.
We are taught that the brain is two-fold - the Right Brain and
the Left Brain
What each side of the brain handles, is conferred to the other side of
the brain and they work together.
This is called, The True Dweller in two worlds, The
Alchemical Arcanum of the Androgyne, and the Union of the Sun and Moon.
LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
words and language
present and past
math and science
knows object name
"big picture" oriented
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
knows object function
|Right Brain Inventory
||Left Brain Inventory
focusing on images, patterns
focusing on words, symbols, numbers
• Intuitive, led
led by logic
• Process ideas
• Process ideas
sequentially, step by step
• 'Mind photos'
used to remember things, writing things down or
illustrating them helps you remember
• Words used to
remember things, remember names rather than faces
• Make lateral
connections from information
• Make logical
deductions from information
• See the whole
first, then the details
• Work up to the
whole step by step, focusing on details, information
ends to be lacking
• Like making
lists and planning
• Like to know
why you're doing something or why rules exist (reasons)
• Likely to
follow rules without questioning them
• No sense of
• Good at
keeping track of time
• May have
trouble with spelling and finding words to express
• Spelling and
mathematical formula easily memorized
• Enjoy touching
and feeling actual objects (sensory input)
prioritizing, so often late, impulsive
• Plan ahead
• Unlikely to
read instruction manual before trying
• Likely read an
instruction manual before trying
• Listen to how
something is being said
• Listen to what
is being said
• Talk with your
• Rarely use
gestures when talking
• Likely to
think you're naturally
but need to
yourself to develop your potential
• Likely to
believe you're not creative, need to be willing to try and
take risks to develop your potential
Every gesture, every costume every headdress
every implement used in these reliefs helps to communicate to the
initiated beholder, transmits very complex meanings, universally.
But the understand of that meaning will depends upon on the level of the
expertise or initiation of the beholder. Symbol allows the mind to
intuitively see what is not directly visible in the material world around
us. The symbols contain not only a specific object or concept but a
bundle of invisible qualities and tendencies that it embodies. A
bird: A bird flies - which symbolizes a complex of meanings to the
beholder - the abstract meaning it was meant to convey. When someone
learns the art of looking past the visible symbol of the material world to
the underlying rules and occult connections - the archetypes - the
forces of what it represents. Because each symbol expresses an
essential component of sacred science, profound esoteric wisdom can be
encoded and read in the symbolism held in hieroglyphs and reliefs as
well as in the geometry, volume and proportion and number symbolism
incorporated into the temples. This symbolism acts not only as a
repository of meaning but was itself a component of magical technology.
The symbol of the winged disc, held a place of honor over every door
in the ancient temples. What did it mean? The incarnating or
excarnating spirit is symbolized as a winged sun, an ancient emblem for
the indestructible human soul, both in birth and in death. the
symbol of the winged disc served as a constant reminder that just as the
initiate entered a room to perform a task and leave again, that so was the
spirit only temporarily housed in the flesh. The more constant attention
to self-perfection, the greater the abilities in the next life and the
next world. This was the great work, the art of constructing and
constantly working to perfect the tower within. It continuously reminded
one to work for the afterlife.
Videos John Anthony West
Part 2 :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WBNqanpK3Q&feature=related
Part 6 -
PART II - THE AFTERLIFE
PART II1 - THE DOCTRINAL AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY
PART IV - ORION AND THE PLEIADES
PART V ORION - THE CELESTIAL CLOCK -
PART VI - ORIGION OF MOSES INITATION - YHWH - AND KABBALAH
PART VII - ALCHEMY, MAGIC, AND SOLOMON'S TEMPLE
PART VIII FIBONACI AND ASTROLOGY IN TORAH
PART IX -
THE AGE AND BEGINNING OF THE KHEMETIC SCHOOL
FROM: Isis Unveiled, Volume I, page 550:
This tradition of the Dragon and the Sun - occasionally
replaced by the Moon - has awakened echoes in the remotest parts of the
world. It may be accounted for with perfect readiness by the once
universal heliolatrous religion. There was a time when Asia, Europe,
Africa, and America were covered with the temples sacred to the sun and
the dragon. The priests assumed the names of their deities, and thus the
tradition spread like a network all over the globe; "Bel and the Dragon
are uniformly coupled together, and the priest of the Ophite religion as
uniformly assumed the name of his God."
page 551 - Kircher places the origin of the Ophite and
heliolatrous worship, the shape of conical monuments and the obelisks,
with the Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus.
She goes on to say that one finds glimpses of this
religion and its origins in the 'Books of Hermes', in magical art
reproduced by the Quiches, and even in fragments of the Popul Vuh, which
shows that the evidence of its origins and religious customs of the
Mexicans, Peruvians, and other American races are nearly identical with
those of the ancient Phoenicians, Babylonians and Egyptians.
That said, she relates the religion from the Quiche
Cosmogony, and compares it to some Apocrypha, with the Jewish sacred books
and the kabalistic theories of creation, including the 'Book of Jasher',
which traces it to the population of Ur of the Kaseans, where Magism
flourished before the days of Abraham.
page 549 - "The divine beings, "brought down to the
level of human nature," perform no feats or tricks more strange or
incredible than the miraculous performance of Moses and of Pharaoh's
magicians, while many of these are exactly similar in their nature
|See and Live the Unity of Life.
If you know there is only one God and that all life is intimately
connected together, and if you see this unity everywhere, and finally if
you live this unity in your everyday life, Mother Earth will protect you
and carefully lead you into the next world. This is the great secret of
Life and the protection that Mother Nature will provide.
How is this achieved? By dropping the old consciousness of Good and
Evil, which we must do in order to enter the new higher consciousness. The
old consciousness sees itself as being inside a body and everything and
everyone else as outside of itself. This way of seeing is an illusion. The
Hindus call it "Maya".
Hermes of Ancient Greece once said, "As above, so below". This quote
has become famous, and is just now being proven by science. The macrocosm
and the microcosm reflect each other. In the same way, another quote is
important. "As within, so without". The inside and the outside are
It is here, where the important work will be lived. To realize that
what happens on the inside reflects to the outside - and the other way
around. This relationship is effected by our feelings. Fear creates a
contracted state of being. Love creates an expanded state of being. When
we are in fear and contracted, the outer world controls our inner world.
When we are in love and expanded, the inner world controls our outer
world. What happens when you lose your job? You go into fear and
contraction, and it feels like the whole world is crashing in on you. The
more you are in fear, the more difficult it is to find a job. However,
when you are in love and expanded, everything seems to naturally go right.
People want you to work for them, because they want to be around you.
There is a relationship.
So the key to interdimensional survival is to remain positive and in
love with life even when the outer world may seem hopeless. Know the
perfection of Nature.
At the same time and equally important, know and see that Great
Spirit/Nature is alive and conscious of you. Develop communication within
yourself with God. An example of indigenous understanding of this is that
of the Kahunas in Hawaii: Their belief in nature as alive and conscious.
The final key is to bring this "connection" with Nature into yourself.
Let your inner child self emerge and "play" with Life. Marah Baba said it
perfectly, "Be happy, don't worry." Bashar said it in another way, "Be
happy for no reason."
It is your childlike joy that will lead you home.
Do you REMEMBER?
In Love and Service - Drunvalo
|NUMBER 17 IN ALCHEMY
IS VERY IMPORTANT. Here is woodcut 17:
The first alchemical work to appear in the West was a treatise
attributed, like many others, to Hermes Trismegistus. According to Leo
Stavenhagen, this attribution derives from Robertus Castrenis, who
translated the text from Arabic into Latin in 1182. It was later published
in Paris, in 1559, under the title: "Booklet of Morienus Romanus, of old
the Hermit of Jerusalem, on the Transfiguration of the Metals and the
Whole of the Ancient Philosophers' Occult Arts, Never Before Published.
The story concerns Khalid, a king who had looked for many years for
a man described as "Morienus the Greek, who lived as a recluse in the
mountains of Jerusalem," because he wanted to find out from him the secret
of the "Great Work." The king has occasion to travel to another town,
where a man comes to him and tells him that he has made his home in the
mountains of Jerusalem and knows a wise man, a recluse, who possesses the
knowledge that the king is looking for. After warning the man about the
punishment he can expect if it turns out that he is lying, the king gives
him many gifts and arranges for him to lead an expedition in search for
the wise man. The narrator Ghalib, who accompanies the expedition, relates
how they finally succeed in finding the wise man. “He was tall of stature,
though aged,” we read, “and although lean, so noble of countenance and
visage that he was a marvel to behold. Yet he wore a hair shirt, the marks
of which were borne on his skin.”  At their bidding, he agrees to come
to the court for an audience with the king. When the king asks the man his
name the answer comes: "I am called Morienus the Greek." The king asks how
long he has lived in the mountains and learns that Morienus has been there
for over one hundred and fifty years. Well pleased with this stranger, the
king gives Morienus his own quarters and begins to visit him twice every
day. They speak of many things, and grow very close. Finally, one day the
king asks Morienus to tell him about the Great Work. Seeing that the king
is worthy of this, Morienus tells him that he has achieved initiation, and
agrees to instruct him, emphasizing that nothing can be achieved if it is
counter to divine will. He speaks of how God "chose to select certain ones
to seek after the knowledge he had established," and how over time this
knowledge has been lost, save for what remains in a very few books, which
are difficult to understand, since the "ancients" sought to preserve the
secrets "in order to confute fools in their evil intentions." Because this
knowledge was "disguised," anyone seeking to "learn it must understand
their maxims." Morienus begins to emphasize that the Work is but a single
Numerous authorities, including Hermes, Moses, Maria, and Zosimos,
are cited throughout by Morienus to legitimate what he says, and the
lesson concerning oneness is reiterated continually. “There is but one
stage and one path necessary for its mastery. Although all the authorities
used different names and maxims, they meant to refer to but one thing, one
path and one stage.” The method to be followed is in imitation of Nature,
and like Nature, is characterized by process causality:
For the conduct of this operation, you must have pairing, production
of offspring, pregnancy, birth, and rearing . . . the performance of this
composition is likened to the generation of man, whom the great Creator
most high made not after the manner in which a house is constructed nor as
anything else which is built by the hand of man. For a house is built by
setting one object upon another, but man is not made of objects. 
Morienus then proceeds to instruct the king about the details of the
substances to choose, the proportions, how to mix them, when to heat them
and for how long, always repeating that God's help is needed. He insists
on the need for personal experience and tells the king that before he will
continue with his explanations, he will “bring before [him] the things
called by these names”: “that you may see them, as well as work with them
in your presence. . . one who has seen this operation performed, is not as
one who has sought for it only through books . . .  Finally, he says,
that "there is no strength nor help except by the will of great God most
high," and the narrator writes: "Here ends the book of Morienus, as it is
called. Thanks be to God." 
This treatise is paradigmatic of the way in which validity and the
authority of experience are bound up with each other in the alchemical
tradition. Initially, Morienus is able to win the trust of the king solely
on the basis of the answers he gives to questions concerning his personal
experience during his first audience with the king. Later, Morienus tells
the king that before he proceeds with instruction, he will perform various
steps while the king watches, "so that you may see them", since "one who
has seen this operation performed, is not as one who has sought for it
only through books."
Let me suggest you read the rest of the story and see the graphics
Rosicrucians who also used the name Illuminati for their Order: The
reason the Rosicrucians look back to the reign of Amenhotep IV was
because he was the last of the Great Pharaohs of Egypt and Hermes
Trismegistus the Prophet, was born during his reign. There is much
confusion in ancient and modern learned circles about who Hermes
actually was. Scholars of mythology said he was just a myth, as was
Mercury, his equivalent to the Romans. His Egyptian equivalent, say
some scholars, was the Egyptian god "Thoth." The god Thoth or Hermes,
was the moon god, who was the god of time and of its divisions. He was
the measurer and the god of measurements. He was also the conductor of
the dead, and god of human Intelligence, to whom are attributed all
the productions of human Art. To the pagan Egyptians, all the
literature of Egypt is attributed to Hermes. All the writings that
relate to the different sciences, mathematics, astronomy, medicine,
and music of the Egyptians were called by the Greeks "The Hermetic
In Greek mythology, Hermes was known as the son of Zeus and Maia.
He was the god who invented dice, music, geometry, the interpretation
of dreams, measures and weights, the arts, letters, etc. He was also
regarded as the patron of public treaties, as the guardian of roads
and writing. Thoth to the Egyptians was considered a great king, a
teacher of mankind, who had left books of magic and mystery behind
him. Numerous books of such a sort once existed in Egypt. Clement of
Alexandria claimed he knew of 42 so-called Hermetic fragments which
could be found in the works of Stobaeus, Cyrillus, Suides and
The Hermetic Books fall into two groups. The first deals with
Astrology, Alchemy, etc.; while the others are dialogues describing
the soul's regeneration in terms like the Cabala. This is the
blasphemous doctrine that man can reach perfection through his own
efforts by journeying through the higher spheres of knowledge, then
after death, become God. Tradition says the Egyptian mysteries were a
key to a complete knowledge of the Universe and man. And this
so-called knowledge was preserved in these Hermetic Books which were
believed for centuries to be written by Hermes Trismegistus. These
books were universally accepted among the doctors of occultism as
authentic books of Hermes until the early 17th century, when they were
proven to be a fraud. They had actually been written as late as the
second and third centuries AD, by a succession of anonymous Greeks
living in Egypt.
However, even though these Hermetic Books were not directly from
Hermes, as the occultists said, there are still some interesting facts
to learn about who Hermes was, this legendary god of wisdom. To start,
we need to take a deeper look at the other gods of the Orient who were
the Eastern equivalent to the Western god Hermes. They were known in
history as Nebo (Nabu) and Eel. Alexander Hislop, who spent years
tracing down ancient gods to Babylonian origin, has some very
interesting facts compiled from the ancient past in his book The Two
Babylons. In this book Hislop states the following:
"If Ninus was Nimrod, who was the historical Eel? He must have
been Cush; for Cush beget Nimrod, Gen. 10:8, and Cush is generally
represented as having been a ringleader in the great apostacy. But
again, Cush, as the son of Ham was Hermes or Mercury; for Hermes is
just an Egyptian synonym for the "son of Ham." Now, Hermes was the
great original prophet of idolatry; for he was recognized by the
pagans as the author of their religious rites, and the interpreter of
(The Two Babylons, Hislop, pp. 25, 26.) To the occultist,
tradition says the Egyptian Mysteries were a key to a complete
knowledge of the Universe and of man. But the truth is, Egypt received
its knowledge of the ancient Mysteries from Babylonia. In the
traditions of the ancient writers, Ninus is said to be the son of Eel
who Gesenius the ancient scribe identifies as Nebo, the Babylonian
prophetic god. And Hyginus, another ancient scribe, shows that Nebo
was Mercury. And, Hyginus tells how a similar legend was written about
the confusion of tongues as stated in the Bible. Hyginus is quoted by
"For many ages men lived under the government of Jove (evidently
not the Roman Jupiter, but Jehovah of the Hebrews), without cities and
without laws, and all speaking one language. But, after that Mercury
interpreted the speeches of men (whence an interpreter is called
Hermeneutes), the same individual distributed the nations, then
discord began." (The Two Babylons, Hislop, p. 26.)
Now the pagans often named places, cities, and towns after their
chief gods. A mount called Nebo east of Jordan over against Jericho,
in Moab, part of the Abarim range, with a top called Pisgah, is where
our Lord told Moses to view the land which he couldn't enter because
of his transgression, Deuteronomy 32:49. The word "Nebo" means height
The word "Baal" means Lord, but the name "Eel" means "The
Confounder" . The ancients often got the two names Baal and Eel
mixed up as do modern scholars today. The Scriptures themselves show
that Baal and Eel were two distinct gods with TWO distinct names. In
Jeremiah 50:2; 51:44 we read: "Declare ye among the nations, and
publish, and set up a standard; publish and conceal not; say, Babylon
is taken, Eel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces, her idols
are confounded, her images are broken in pieces." "And I will punish
Eel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he
hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more
unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall."
Now, Eel the Confounder or, in other words, the god of confusion,
was himself to be confounded by the destruction of Babylon, the origin
of all pagan religions. The name Babylon itself means "Confusion"
. Today, the city of Babylon is just as it was predicted to be,
and now is a symbol of religious confusion throughout the world which
will, in these last closing days, unite under one banner.
To the Romans the god Eel, who actually was Nimrod's father Cush,
was worshipped as Janus, the two faced god, the god of gods. Hislop
quotes Ovid, another ancient scribe who wrote of a hymn dedicated to
"From whom all the other gods had their origin is made to say of
himself: 'the ancients... called me Chaos.'" This god Chaos' name is
used in our language today to mean confusion. The symbol of this god
of confusion was a club, and Hislop goes on to say the following:
"..that symbol is a club; and the name of a 'club in Chaldee
comes from the very word which signifies 'to break in pieces, or
scatter abroad.' He who caused the confusion of tongues was he who
'broke' the previously united earth, Genesis 11:1, in pieces and
scattered the fragments abroad. How significant then as a symbol, is
the club, as commemorating the work of Cush as Eel, the Confounder?
That significance will be all the more apparent when the reader turns
to the Hebrew of Genesis 11:9, and finds that the very word from which
a club derives its name is that which is employed when it is said,
that in consequence of the confusion of tongues, the children of men
were scattered abroad on the face of all the earth. The name of Cush
is also 'Khus' for 'sh' frequently passes in Chaldee into s; and Khus,
in pronunciation, legitimately becomes Khawos, or, without the
digamma, Khaos." (The Two Babylons, Hislop, p. 27.)
In Isaiah 46:1, it appears that Nebo and Eel are synonymous. "Eel
boweth down, Nebo stoopeth." And the symbol of this god (the club) is
called the hammer in Scripture. "How is the HAMMER of the whole earth
cut asunder and broken! How is Babylon become a desolation among the
nations." Jeremiah 50:23. Hence, it was Eel and Baal, or Cush and
Nimrod, who caused the inhabitants of the earth to be scattered all
over the earth by introducing Astrology, Magic, Necromancy, etc.,
building an antichrist society that would change "the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man and to
birds and fourfooted beasts and creeping things. Wherefore God also
gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to
dishonour their own bodies between themselves, Who changed the truth
of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than
the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." Romans 1:23, 24.
Now look at the name "Hermes," from whom these Secret Societies
and occult fraternities say they draw their philosophies. The word
Her, says Hislop, in Chaldee is synonymous with Ham, or Khem  the
burnt one. This name formed a foundation for covertly identifying Ham
with the Sun, and so deifying the Patriarch after whose name the land
of Egypt was called . The Scriptures themselves state that Egypt
was founded by Ham. "Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned
in the Land of Ham." Psalms 105:23, 27, Hislop goes on to say:
"Her is the name of Horus, who is identified with the Sun
(Bunsen, Vol. I, p. 507), which shows the real etymology of the name
to be from the verb to which I have traced it. Then, secondly, 'Mes'
is from Mesheh for, without the last radical, which is omissible (see
Parkhurst, Sub Voce, p. 416], Mesh, 'to draw forth.' " The Two
Babylons, Hislop, Loizeaux Brothers, p. 25.
What all this means is "Mes" was used by the ancient Egyptians to
show the genealogy of the name applied. This will explain the Egyptian
names of Kings of Egypt such as Rameses, which means "The Son of Ra,"
who was the Egyptian Sun-god, whose incarnation was "Osiris." Hence,
"Hermes" or "Her-Mes" means "The Son of Her," or Ham, who was Cush
. "And the sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan."
Now it was really Cush who was worshipped as Hermes, Eel, Nebo,
Mercury, etc., that was generally represented by the ancients as their
god who was the author of Astrology, Magic, Spiritualism, etc., on
this side of the flood. Here are some more astonishing facts about
modern Secret Societies that even most of their own members are not
Like the Rosicrucians, the Freemasons trace their origins to the
Hermetic writings. And, ironically enough, the Freemasons admit that
it was Nimrod along with Hermes (Cush), who founded their order. The
following will be taken from an authorized publication of Freemasonry
called An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences, by
Albert G. Mackey 33", p. 322:
"HERMES" * IN ALL THE OLD MANUSCRIPTS & RECORDS WHICH CONTAIN THE
LEGEND OF THE CRAFT, MENTIONIS MADE OF HERMES AS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS
OF MASONRY." Mackey goes on to say:
"He found one of the two pillars of stone, and found the science
written therein, and he taught it to other men. There are two persons
of the name of Hermes mentioned in sacred history. The first is the
divine Hermes called by the Romans Mercury. Among the Egyptians he was
known as Thoth. Diodorus Siculus describes him as the secretary of
Osiris; he is commonly supposed to have been the son of Mizaim, and
Cumberland says that he was the same as Osiris. There is, however,
much confusion among the mythologists concerning his attributes.
"The second was Hermes Trismegistus or Thrice Great, who was a
celebrated Egyptian legislator, priest, and philosopher, who lived in
the reign of Ninus, about the year 2670 (BC). He is said to have
written thirty six books on theology and philosophy, and six upon
medicine, all of which are lost. There are many traditions of him; one
of which, related by Eusebius, is that he introduced hieroglyphics
into Egypt. This Hermes Trismegistus, although the reality of his
existence is doubtful, was claimed by the alchemists as the founder of
their art, whence it is called the Hermetic science, AND WHENCE WE GET
IN MASONRY, HERMETIC RITES AND HERMETIC DEGREES."
Now in the same volumes of An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and its
Kindred Sciences, by Albert G. Mackey, Vol. 2, p. 518 we read who this
other founder of Freemasonry was:
"NIMROD." THE LEGEND OF THE CRAFT IN THE OLD CONSTITUTIONS REFER TO
NIMROD AS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF MASONRY."
It was indeed NIMROD who was first to teach the arts of masonry!
Now here lies a key to understanding the mysterious rituals of
Freemasonry. Just as the women who worshipped Thammuz were led to weep
for the god because in the myth all the images wept for him, so does
the Freemason mimic the myths of the Sun-gods during their Hermetic
Rituals. Just as the Roman Catholic is taught to mimic the death of
Jesus Christ during Holy Week, so does Freemasonry imitate most of the
myths of Baal worship. Here from their own publications we will learn
the real purposes and goals of the leaders of Freemasonry.
In the Booklet, "The Masonic Report," published by C.F. McQuaig, a
former 32nd Degree Mason, with an Introduction from James D. Shaw, a
former 33rd Degree Mason and past Master of all Scottish Rite Bodies,
we have now one of the complete studies into the Secret behind
Freemasonry. These former high ranking Freemasons now EXPOSE
Freemasonry for what it actually is, in hope that deceived Masons will
see who is really the hidden teacher of their mysteries, and choose
Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, and will openly withdraw from
it. Space won't allow us to examine the entire booklet; however, we
will examine Masonic books the booklet quotes, and also other Masonic
books that we have ourselves. After the reader has examined these
things from their own literature, the reader will learn that
Freemasonry is nothing less than WITCHCRAFT! All this will be
completely exposed in the part 2 of this chapter.
 Man, Myth and Magic, Vol.3,
 Collier's Encyclopedia, Vol.5, 1977, p.85
 Ibid. p.84
 Ibid. p.84
 Student's Encyclopedia, Vol.3, p.579
 Man, Myth and Magic, Vol.3, Cavendish,
 Ibid. p.384
 Man, Myth and Magic, Vol.3, Cavendish,
 Ibid. p.387
 Ibid. p.387
 Encyclopedia Americana, Vol.20, Americana
Corp. 1947, p.698
 Ibid. p.698
 Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol.14, 1910,
 Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol.14, 1910, p.320
 Encyclopedia of Occultism and
Parapsychology, Vol.1, 1978, p.460
 Rosicrucian Questions & Answers with
Complete History, Lewis, p.28
 Ibid. p.28,29
 Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol.9, p.702
 The Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol.14, 1910,
 The Godfathers, Chick Publications, 1982,
 Young's Analytical Concordance to the
The Two Babylons, Hislop,
 Ibid. p.25,26
 Ibid. p.25
 Ibid. p.25
 Ibid. p.26
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Rosicrucianism (symbol: the
Rose Cross) is the theology of a
secret society of
mystics, allegedly formed in late medieval
Germany, holding a doctrine "built on esoteric truths of the
ancient past", which, "concealed from the average man, provide
insight into nature, the physical universe and the spiritual
Between 1607 and 1616, two anonymous manifestos were
published, first in Germany and later throughout Europe.
Fama Fraternitatis RC (The Fame of the Brotherhood of RC) and
Confessio Fraternitatis (The Confession of the Brotherhood of
RC). The influence of these documents, presenting a "most laudable
Order" of mystic-philosopher-doctors and promoting a "Universal
Reformation of Mankind", gave rise to an enthusiasm called by its
Frances Yates the "Rosicrucian Enlightenment".
In later centuries many esoteric societies have claimed to
derive their doctrines, in whole or in part, from the original
Rosicrucians. Several modern societies, which date the beginning
of the Order to earlier centuries, have been formed for the study
of Rosicrucianism and allied subjects.
Fama Fraternitatis presented the legend of a German doctor and
mystic philosopher referred to as "Frater C.R.C." (later
identified in a third manifesto as
Christian Rosenkreuz, or "Rose-cross"). The year 1378 is
presented as being the birth year of "our Christian Father," and
it is stated that he lived 106 years. After studying in the
Middle East under various
possibly those adhering to
Zoroastrianism, he was unable to spread the knowledge he had
acquired to any prominent European figures. Instead, he gathered a
small circle of friends/disciples and founded the Rosicrucian
Order (this can be similarly deduced to have occurred in 1407).
During Rosenkreuz's lifetime, the Order was said to consist
of no more than eight members, each a doctor and a sworn bachelor.
Each member undertook an oath to heal the sick without payment, to
maintain a secret fellowship and to find a replacement for himself
before he died. Three such generations had supposedly passed
between c.1500 and c.1600, a time when scientific, philosophical
and religious freedom had grown so that the public might benefit
from the Rosicrucians' knowledge, so that they were now seeking
The manifestos were and are not taken literally by many but
rather regarded either as
allegorical statements. The manifestos directly state: "We
speak unto you by parables, but would willingly bring you to the
right, simple, easy, and ingenuous exposition, understanding,
declaration, and knowledge of all secrets". Others believe
Rosenkreuz to be a pseudonym for a more famous historical figure,
It is evident that the first Rosicrucian manifesto was
influenced by the work of the respected hermetic philosopher
Heinrich Khunrath, of Hamburg, author of the Amphitheatrum
Sapientiae Aeternae (1609), who was in turn influenced by
John Dee, author of the
Monas Hieroglyphica (1564). The invitation to the royal
wedding in the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz opens
with Dee's philosophical key, the Monas Heiroglyphica symbol. The
writer also claimed the brotherhood possessed a book that
resembled the works of
Some say the writers were moral and religious reformers and
utilized the techniques of chemistry (alchemy)
and of the sciences generally as media through which to publicize
their opinions and beliefs. The authors of the Rosicrucian works
generally favoured the
Reformation and distanced themselves from the
Roman Church and
In his autobiography,
Johann Valentin Andreae (1586–1654) claimed the anonymously
published Chymische Hochzeit (Chymical Wedding of Christian
Rosenkreutz) as one of his works, and he subsequently described it
ludibrium. In his later works, alchemy is the object of
ridicule and is placed with music, art, theatre and astrology in
the category of less serious sciences. His role in the origin of
the Rosicrucian legend is controversial according to some sources,
generally accepted according to others.
In the early 1600s, the manifestos caused excitement
throughout Europe by declaring the existence of a secret
alchemists and sages who were preparing to transform the arts,
sciences, religion, and political and intellectual landscape of
Europe while wars of politics and religion ravaged the continent.
The works were re-issued several times and followed by numerous
pamphlets, favorable and otherwise. Between 1614 and 1620, about
400 manuscripts and books were published which discussed the
The peak of the so-called "Rosicrucianism furor" was reached
when two mysterious posters appeared on the walls of Paris in 1622
within a few days of each other. The first one started with the
saying "We, the Deputies of the Higher College of the Rose-Croix,
do make our stay, visibly and invisibly, in this city (...)" and
the second one ended with the words "The thoughts attached to the
real desire of the seeker will lead us to him and him to us".
The legend inspired a variety of works, among them the works
Michael Maier (1568–1622) of Germany,
Robert Fludd (1574–1637) and
Elias Ashmole (1617–1692) of England,
Teophilus Schweighardt Constantiens, Gotthardus Arthusius,
Thomas Vaughan, and others.
In Elias Ashmole's Theatrum Chimicum britannicum (1650) he defends
the Rosicrucians. Some later works with an impact on
Rosicrucianism were the Opus magocabalisticum et theosophicum by
George von Welling (1719), of
paracelsian inspiration, and the Aureum Vellus oder Goldenes
Vliess by Hermann Fictuld in 1749.
Michael Maier was ennobled with the title Pfalzgraf (Count
Rudolph II, Emperor and King of
Hungary and King of
Bohemia. He also was one of the most prominent defenders of
the Rosicrucians, clearly transmitting details about the "Brothers
of the Rose Cross" in his writings. Maier made the firm statement
that the Brothers of R.C. exist to advance inspired arts and
alchemy. Researchers of Maier's writings point out that he
never claimed to have produced gold, nor did Heinrich Khunrath or
any of the other Rosicrucianists. Their writings point toward a
symbolic and spiritual alchemy, rather than an operative one. In
both direct and veiled styles, these writings conveyed the nine
stages of the involutive-evolutive transmutation of the threefold
body of the human being, the threefold soul and the threefold
spirit, among other
esoteric knowledge related to the "Path of Initiation".
In his 1618 pamphlet, Pia et Utilissima Admonitio de
Fratribus Rosae Crucis, Henrichus Neuhusius writes that the
Rosicrucians left for the East due to the instability in Europe
caused by the start of the
Thirty Years' War, an idea afterwards echoed in 1710 by
Sigmund Richter, founder of the
secret society of the
Golden and Rosy Cross. More recently
René Guénon, a researcher of the
occult, presented this same idea in some of his works.
However, another eminent author on the Rosicrucians,
Arthur Edward Waite, presents arguments that contradict this
It was in this fertile field of discourse that many "Rosicrucian"
societies arose. They were based on the occult tradition and
inspired by the mystery of this "College of Invisibles".
The literary works of the 16th and 17th centuries are full
of enigmatic passages containing references to the
Rose Cross, as in these lines (somewhat modernised):
For what we do presage is riot in grosse,
For we are brethren of the Rosie Crosse;
We have the Mason Word and second sight,
Things for to come we can foretell aright.
The idea of such an order, exemplified by the network of
astronomers, professors, mathematicians, and natural philosophers
in 16th century Europe and promoted by men such as
Georg Joachim Rheticus,
John Dee and
Tycho Brahe, gave rise to the
Invisible College, a precursor to the
Royal Society formed during the 17th century. It was
constituted by a group of scientists who began to hold regular
meetings in an attempt to share and develop knowledge acquired by
experimental investigation. Among these were
Robert Boyle, who wrote: "the cornerstones of the Invisible
(or as they term themselves the Philosophical) College, do now and
then honour me with their company...";
John Wallis, who described those meetings in the following
terms: "About the year 1645, while I lived in London (at a time
when, by our civil wars, academical studies were much interrupted
in both our Universities), ... I had the opportunity of being
acquainted with divers worthy persons, inquisitive natural
philosophy, and other parts of human learning; and particularly of
what hath been called the New Philosophy or Experimental
Philosophy. We did by agreements, divers of us, meet weekly in
London on a certain day and hour, under a certain penalty, and a
weekly contribution for the charge of experiments, with certain
rules agreed amongst us, to treat and discourse of such
Degrees in Freemasonry
18° Knight of the Rose Croix jewel (from the Masonic
According to Jean-Pierre Bayard,
Masonic rites emerged towards the end of 18th century, the
Rectified Scottish Rite, widespread in Central Europe where
there was a strong presence of the "Golden and Rosy Cross", and
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, first practised in
France, in which the 18th degree is called
Knight of the Rose Croix.
The change from "operative" to "speculative" Masonry
occurred between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 18th
century. Two of the earliest speculative Masons for whom a record
of initiation exists were Sir
Robert Moray and
Elias Ashmole. Robert Vanloo states that earlier 17th century
Rosicrucianism had a considerable influence on Anglo-Saxon
Masonry. Hans Schick sees in the works of
Comenius (1592–1670) the ideal of the newly born English
Masonry before the foundation of the
Grand Lodge in 1717. Comenius was in England during 1641.
Gold und Rosenkreuzer (Golden and Rosy Cross) was founded by
Samuel Richter who in 1710 published Die warhhaffte und
vollkommene Bereitung des Philosophischen Steins der Brüderschaft
aus dem Orden des Gülden-und Rosen-Creutzes (The True and Complete
Preparation of the Philosopher's Stone by the Brotherhood from the
Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross) in Breslau under the pseudonym
Prague in the early 18th century as a hierarchical
secret society composed of internal circles, recognition signs
and alchemy treatises. Under the leadership of
Hermann Fictuld the group reformed itself extensively in 1767
and again in 1777 because of political pressure. Its members
claimed that the leaders of the Rosicrucian Order had invented
Freemasonry and only they knew the secret meaning of Masonic
symbols. The Rosicrucian Order had been founded by Egyptian “Ormusse”
who had emigrated to Scotland with the name “Builders from the
East”. Then the original Order disappeared and was supposed to
have been resurrected by
Oliver Cromwell as “Freemasonry”. In 1785 and 1788 the Golden
and Rosy Cross group published the Geheime Figuren or “The Secret
Symbols of the 16th and 17th century Rosicrucians”.
Led by Johann Christoph von Wöllner and General Johann
Rudolf von Bischoffwerder, the Masonic lodge (later: Grand Lodge)
Zu den drei Weltkugeln (The Three Globes) was infiltrated and came
under the influence of the Golden and Rosy Cross. Many Freemasons
became Rosicrucianists and Rosicrucianism was established in many
lodges. In 1782 at the Convent of Wilhelmsbad the Alte schottische
Loge Friedrich zum goldenen Löwen (Old Scottish Lodge Friedrich at
the Golden Lion) in Berlin strongly requested
Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and all other Freemasons
to submit to the Golden and Rosy Cross, without success.
After 1782, this highly secretive society added Egyptian,
Greek and Druidic mysteries to its alchemy system.
A comparative study of what is known about the Gold and
Rosenkreuzer appears to reveal, on the one hand, that it has
influenced the creation of some modern
Initiatic groups and, on the other hand, that the Nazis (see
The Occult Roots of Nazism) may have been inspired by this
According to the writings of the Masonic historian E.J.
Marconis de Negre,
who together with his father Gabriel M. Marconis is held to be the
founder of the "Rite
of Memphis-Misraim" of Freemasonry, based on earlier
conjectures (1784) by a Rosicrucian scholar Baron de Westerode
and also promulgated by the 18th century secret society called the
and Rosy Cross", the Rosicrucian Order was created in the year
46 when an
Gnostic sage named
and his six followers were converted by one of
Mark. Their symbol was said to be a red cross surmounted by a
rose, thus the designation of
Rosy Cross. From this conversion, Rosicrucianism was
supposedly born, by purifying
Mystery religion|mysteries with the new higher teachings of
According to Maurice Magre (1877–1941) in his book
Magicians, Seers, and Mystics, Rosenkreutz was the last descendant
of the Germelshausen, a German family from the 13th century. Their
castle stood in the
Thuringian Forest on the border of
and they embraced
Albigensian doctrines. The whole family was put to death by
Landgrave Conrad of
Thuringia, except for the youngest son, then five years old.
He was carried away secretly by a monk, an Albigensian adept from
Languedoc, and placed in a monastery under the influence of
the Albigenses, where he was educated and met the four Brothers
later to be associated with him in the founding of the Rosicrucian
Brotherhood. Magre's account supposedly derives from oral
Around 1530, more than eighty years before the publication
of the first manifesto, the association of cross and rose already
existed in Portugal in the
Convent of the Order of Christ, home of the
Knights Templar, later renamed
Order of Christ. Three bocetes were, and still are, on the
abóboda (vault) of the initiation room. The rose can clearly be
seen at the center of the cross.
At the same time, a minor writing by
Paracelsus called Prognosticatio Eximii Doctoris Paracelsi
(1530), containing 32
allegorical pictures surrounded by enigmatic texts, makes
reference to an image of a double cross over an open rose; this is
one of the examples used to prove the "Fraternity of the Rose
Cross" existed far earlier than 1614..
In 1909 a Masonic Rito Filosofico Italiano was founded in
Florence. Within its hierarchy an "Italic Rose+Croix" degree -
largely based on the esoteric legacy of the Italian Renaissance -
was soon to be developed as the fifth. This Rito Filosofico
Italiano is now led by
Michele Moramarco, who has extensively dealt with Rosicrucian
subjects in his Nuova Enciclopedia Massonica (1989-1995).
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,
various groups styled themselves Rosicrucian. The diverse groups
who link themselves to a "Rosicrucian Tradition" can be divided
into three categories:
Esoteric Christian Rosicrucian groups, which profess
Masonic Rosicrucian groups such as
Societas Rosicruciana, and initiatory groups such as the
Golden Dawn and the
Rosicrucian Order, AMORC.
Esoteric Christian Rosicrucian schools provide
esoteric knowledge related to the inner teachings of
The Rosicrucian Fellowship, 1909/11. Teachings present the
mysteries, in the form of
esoteric knowledge, of which
Christ spoke in
Matthew 13:11 and
Luke 8:10. The Fellowship seeks to prepare the individual
through harmonious development of mind and heart in a spirit of
unselfish service to mankind and an all-embracing
altruism. According to it the Rosicrucian Order was founded
in the year 1313
and is composed of twelve exalted Beings gathered around a
Christian Rosenkreuz. These great Adepts have already
advanced far beyond the cycle of
rebirth; their mission is to prepare the whole wide world
for a new phase in
religion—which includes awareness of the
inner worlds and the
subtle bodies, and to provide safe guidance in the gradual
awakening of man's latent
spiritual faculties during the next six centuries toward the
Age of Aquarius.
According to masonic writers the Order of the
Rose Cross is expounded in a major Christian literary work
that molded the subsequent spiritual views of the western
The Divine Comedy (ca. 1308–1321) by
Other Christian-Rosicrucian oriented bodies include:
Freemasonic Rosicrucian bodies providing preparation either
through direct study and/or through the practice of
Initiatory Groups which follow a Degree system of study and
Many of these groups generally speak of a lineal descent
from earlier branches of the ancient Rosicrucian Order in England,
France, Egypt, or other countries. However, some groups speak of a
spiritual affiliation with a true and invisible Rosicrucian Order.
Note there are other Rosicrucian groups not listed here. Some do
not use the name "Rosicrucian" to name themselves. Some groups
listed may have been dissolved and are no longer operating.
Fraternitas Rosae Crucis, 1861
Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (SRIA). 1860-1865
Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis (SRICF)1879
- Cabalistic Order of the Rosicrucian (Kabbalistique de la
Rose Croix), 1888
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, 1888
Societas Rosicruciana in America (SRIA), 1889
Rose Cross Order 1889.
- Order of the Temple & the Graal and of the Catholic Order
of the Rose-Croix (l'Ordre de la Rose Croix Catholique et
Esthetique, du Temple et du Graal) (CRC) ('Catholic', as in
- Alchemical Rose-Croix Society (Association Alchimique de
- Rose-Croix de l'Orient (Rose-Cross of the East) (RCO) ?
- The Elder Brothers of the Rose-Croix (Les Freres Aînés de
la Rose-Croix) (FARC) ?
- Antiquus Arcanus Ordo Rosæ Rubæ Aureæ Crucis (AAORRAC) ?
- Ordo Aureæ & Rosæ Crucis (Antique Arcanæ Ordinis Rosæ
Rubeæ et Aureæ Crucis)(OARC) ?
Rosicrucian Fellowship (Association of Christian Mystics)
Order of the Temple of the Rosy Cross, 1912
- Corona Fellowship of Rosicrucians (CFR), 1912?
Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, (AMORC), 1915
- Fraternitas Rosæ Crucis (FRC), 1920
Rosicrucian Order Crotona Fellowship, 1924
- Lectorium Rosicrucianum, 1924
Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua (FRA), 1927
The Saint Paul Rosicrucian Fellowship (Fraternidade
Rosacruciana São Paulo), 1929
- Orden Rosacruz - Rose Cross Order,
- Swedish Misraim Alliance (Svenska Misraimförbundet), 1988
Ancient Order of the Rosicrucians, 1989
ConFraternity Rosae + Crucis (CR+C),1989
- Confraternity of the Rose Cross, 1996
- The Sophia Guild, 2000
Order of the Hermetic Gold and Rose+Cross, 2002
- Sodalitas Rosae Crucis (S.R.C.) et Solis Alati (S.S.A.),
Knights of the Militia Crucifera Evangelica
Rosicrucian Order of the Golden Dawn, ?
- Ancient Rosae Crucis (ARC), ?
- ^ Lindgren,
Carl Edwin (Prof.),
The way of the Rose Cross; A Historical Perception, 1614-1620.
Journal of Religion and Psychical Research, Volume18, Number
Philalethes, Eugenius (1997). Fame
and Confession of the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross. City:
Kessinger Publishing. p. 9ff..
Yates, Frances A. (1972), The Rosicrucian Enlightenment,
- ^ Gorceix,
Bernard (1970), La Bible des Rose-Croix, Paris: a work of
reference, containing translations of the three
Rosicrucian Manifestos, recommended in Accès de
l'Ésoterisme Occidental (1986, 1996) by
Antoine Faivre (École Pratique des Hautes Études,
- ^ Cf.
Yates, Frances A. (1972), The Rosicrucian Enlightnment,
London & Edighoffer, Roland (I-1982, II-1987), Rose-Croix et
Société Idéale selon Johann Valentin Andreae, Paris
- ^ Cf.
Dickson, Donald R. (1996), Johann Valentin Andreae's
Utopian Brotherhoods, Renaissance Quarterly,Dec. 22, 1996
- ^ Cited by
Sédir in Les Rose-Croix, Paris (1972), p.65-66
- ^ Sédir
(1972), Les Rose-Croix, Paris, p. 59 to 68
- ^ Guénon,
René, Simboles de la Science Sacrée, Paris 1962, p.95ff
- ^ Waite,
Arthur E. (1887), The Real History of the Rosicrucians -
Founded on their own Manifestos, and on facts and documents
collected from the writings of Initiated Brethren, London,
- ^ Cited by
R Lomas (2002) in The Invisible College, London
- ^ Cited by
H Lyons (1944) in The Royal Society 1660-1940, Cambridge
Jean-Pierre Bayard, Les Rose-Croix, M. A. Éditions, Paris,
- ^ Nicholas
The Occult Roots of Nazism, p. 59
- ^ Bayard,
Jean-Pierre, Les Rose-Croix, M.A.Édition, Paris 1986
- ^ de
Negre, E.J. Marconis (1849), Brief History of Masonry
- ^ Nesta
Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, London, 1924,
p. 87 and note 37
- ^ Further
Legend and Mythology: Ormus by Sol, The Book of THoTH,
Macedo, António de (2000), Instruções Iniciáticas -
Ensaios Espirituais, 2nd edition, Hughin Editores, Lisbon,
ISBN 972-8534-00-0, p.55
- ^ Gandra,
J. Manuel (1998), Portugal Misterioso (Os Templários), Lisbon,
Stanislas de Guaita (1886), Au seuil du Mystère
Skogstrom, Jan (2001),
Some Comparisons Between Exoteric & Esoteric Christianity,
a table comparing
esoteric Christian beliefs
The Rosicrucian Interpretation of Christianity by The
The Rosicrucian Mysteries by
Max Heindel. Accessed
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of
"XXX: Knight Kadosh", p. 822, 1872
El Esoterismo de Dante, p. 5-6, 14, 15-16, 18-23, 1925
Manly Palmer Hall,
The Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Fraternity of The
Rose Cross, p. 139, 1928
and further reading
- Bayard, Jean-Pierre (1986) Les Rose-Croix M. A. Éditions,
ISBN 2-86676-229-0, in French
- Bayard, Jean-Pierre (1990) La Spiritualité de la
Rose-Croix: Histoire, Tradition et Valeur Initiatique Dangles,
ISBN 2-7033-0353-X, in French
Bernard, Christian (2001) Rosicrucian Order AMORC: Questions
and Answers Grand Lodge of the English Language Jurisdiction,
AMORC, San Jose, California,
ISBN 1-893971-02-3; based upon the earlier versions by Harve
Spencer Lewis 1929 and following, and Heindel, Max (1910) 'The
Rosicrucian philosophy in questions and answers M.A. Donohue &
OCLC 67395149; see
book description from AMORC Rosicruician Order
- Clymer, R. Swinburne (1916) The Rose Cross order: a short
sketch of the history of the Rose Cross order in America,
together with a sketch of the life of Dr. P. B. Randolph, the
founder of the order Philosophical Publishing Company,
- Churton, Tobias (2009) The Invisible History of the
Rosicrucians: The World's Most Mysterious Secret Society Inner
Traditions, Rochester, Vermont,
- Dietzfelbinger, K. (2005) Rosicrucians through the ages
(translation of Dietzfelbinger, K. (1998) Rozenkruisers toen en
nu Rozekruis Pers, Haarlem, Netherlands,
ISBN 90-6732-199-0) Rozekruis Pers, Haarlem, Netherlands,
- Edighoffer, Roland (1982) Rose-Croix et Société Idéale
selon Johann Valentin Andreae (volume 1) Arma Artis,
OCLC 39787480, in French
- Edighoffer, Roland (1987) Rose-Croix et Société Idéale
selon Johann Valentin Andreae (volume 2) Arma Artis,
OCLC 311787409, in French
- Frietsch, Wolfram (1999) Die Geheimnisse der Rosenkreuzer
Rowohlt, Reinbeck bei Hamburg,
ISBN 3-499-60495-7, in German
- Gorceix, Bernard (1970) La Bible des Rose-Croix:
traduction et commentaire des trois premiers écrits rosicruciens
(1614-1615-1616) PUF, Paris,
OCLC 64751560, in French
Hall, Manly Palmer (1929) "Chapter 19: Rosicrucian and
Masonic Origins" Lectures on Ancient Philosophy: An Introduction
to the Study and Application of Rational Procedure Hall
Publishing Company, Los Angeles,
full text from The Mystic Light
- Hall, Manly Palmer (1928) The Secret Teachings of All
Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Quabbalistic
and Rosictucian Symbolical PhilosophyPhilosophical Research
Society, Los Angeles,
OCLC 1358719; see
full text from The Internet Sacred Text Archive
Heindel, Max (1909)
The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception or Christian Occult Science, An
Elementary Treatise Upon Man's Past Evolution, Present
Constitution and Future Development Independent Book
full text of updated version entitled 'The Rosicrucian
Cosmo-Conception or Mystic Christianity, An Elementary Treatise
Upon Man's Past Evolution, Present Constitution and Future
Development from The Rosicrucian Fellowship
Jennings, Hargrave (1870) The Rosicrucians: Their Rites and
Mysteries John Camden Hotten, London,
OCLC 301465719; reprinted in 1976 by Arno Press, New York,
- Lindgren, Carl Edwin as “Neophyte” (1996) Spiritual
Alchemists: Rosicrucians, the Brotherhood of Light Ars Latomorum
Publications, New Orleans, Louisiana,
- Lindgren, Carl Edwin The Rose Cross Order: A Historical
and Philosophical View
full text from Professor Lindgren’s web site
Macedo, António de (2000) Instruções Iniciáticas - Ensaios
Espirituais (2nd edition) Hughin Editores, Lisbon;
partial view from Hughin Editores, in Portuguese
Matthews, John (1999) The Rosicrucian Enlightenment
Revisited Lindisfarne Books, Hudson, New York,
- McIntosh, Christopher (1992) The Rose Cross and the Age
of Reason: Eighteenth-century Rosicrucianism in Central Europe
and its relationship to the Enlightenment, E.J. Brill, New York,
- Palou, Jean (1964) La franc-Maçonnerie (The French
Masons) Payot, Paris,
OCLC 417482551, in French
- Pincus-Witten, Robert (1976) Occult Symbolism in France:
Joséphin Péladan and the Salons de la Rose-Croix Garland
Publishing, New York,
- Rebisse, Christian (2005) Rosicrucian History and
Mysteries (translation of Rebisse, Christian (2003) Rose-croix
histoire et mysteres) Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC, San Jose,
book description from AMORC Rosicruician Order
Silberer, Herbert (1917) Problems of mysticism and its
symbolism (translation of Silberer, Herbert (1914) Probleme der
mystik und ihrer symbolik Heller, Vienna,
OCLC 4943853) Moffat, Yard and Company, New York,
OCLC 538149; reprinted in 1970 by S. Weiser, New York,
Steiner, Rudolf (1984) Esoteric Christianity and the Mission
of Christian Rosenkreutz: Thirteen lectures given in various
European cities in the years 1911 and 1912 (a partial
translation of Steiner, Rudolf (1962) Das esoterische
Christentum und die geistige Führung der Menschheit:
dreiundzwanzig Vorträge, gehalten in den Jahr. 1911 und 1912 in
verschiedenen Städten Verlag der Rudolf
Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland) Rudolf Steiner
OCLC 264715257; see
full text from the Rudolf Steiner Archive
- Steiner, Rudolf (1965) Rosicrucianism and Modern
Initiation: Mystery Centres of the Middle Ages: Six lectures
given in Dornach, 4th-13th January 1924 (translation of Steiner,
Rudolf (1950) Mepterienstätte des Mittelalters: Rosenkreuzertum
und Modernes Einweihungsprinzip, printed as volume two of The
Mission of Christian Rozenkreuz) R. Steiner, London,
OCLC 7209265; see
full text from the Rudolf Steiner Archive
Waite, Arthur Edward (1887) The Real History of the
Rosicrucians G. Redway, London
OCLC 7080058; reprinted in 1960 by Society of
Metaphysicians, Hastings, England,
ISBN 1-85228-705-5; reprinted in 2000 by Garber
Communications, Blauvelt, New York,
ISBN 0-89345-018-9; see
full text from The Internet Sacred Text Archive
- Waite, Arthur Edward (1916-1918) Complete Rosicrucian
Initiations of the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross ; reprinted in
ISBN 978-0-9735931-7-4 and 2007
ISBN 978-0-9783883-4-8 by Ishtar Publishing, Burnaby,
British Columbia; renamed in 2008 Rosicrucian Rites and
Ceremonies of the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross by Founder of the
Holy Order of the Golden Dawn Arthur Edward Waite
book description from Ishtar Publishing
Westcott, William Wynn (1885) Rosicrucian Thoughts on the
Ever-Burning Lamps of the Ancients (pamphlet) G. Kenning,
London; reprinted in 1979 by David Medina, London,
ISBN 0-9505859-2-0; see
full text from The Alchemy Web Site
- Williamson, Benedict J. (editor) (2002) The Rosicrucian
Manuscripts Invisible College Press, Arlington, Virginia,
Yates, Frances (1972) The Rosicrucian Enlightenment
ISBN 0-7100-7380-1; reprinted in 2002 by Routledge, New
- Alexandre David, Fama Fraternitatis - Introduction
Corinne Heline, The Seven Jewels and the Seven Stages of
- St. Leon by William Godwin, 1799
- St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian by Percy Bysshe Shelley,
1811, London, J.J. Stockdale
- Wolfstein; or, The Mysterious Bandit by Percy Bysshe
Shelley, circa 1815, J. Bailey, London, a chapbook reduction of
Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale (1842),
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton,
The Power of the Coming Race (1870)
Franz Hartmann, With the Adepts: An Adventure Among the
Journey to the East (1932, also "Journey to the Land of the
Morning/of the Tomorrow" (Die Morgenlandfahrt))
- Hermann Hesse,
The Glass Bead Game (1943), also known as "Magister Ludi"
(Master of the Game)
- Prentiss Tucker, In the Land of the Living Dead: an
Occult Story (1929)
Antal Szerb, "The
Pendragon Legend" (1934) (Translated by
- Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and
Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982), advanced a
pseudohistorical relation of Rosicrucianism with a secret
Priory of Sion.
Foucault's Pendulum (1988), Serendipities: Language and
The Da Vinci Code (2003), follows the
Holy Blood, Holy Grail's conspiracy theories line.
The Lost Symbol (2009).
Colin Andrews - On
Avebury, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Cropcircle
Colin Andrews is one of the world´s leading experts on the crop circle
phenomenon. Co-founder of the Circles Phenomenon Research Group, his
scientific investigations are responsible for much of the current
information available on the subject.
This formation appeared close to the stone Avenue at Avebury. The
overlay on this design is the Hopi Indian symbol depicting the union of
the Sun Father in the upper circle with the Earth Mother in the lower, in
a Song of Creation.
It was the beginning of a new phase to the quest. Having discovered
that there were two different serpent or dragon lines weaving around the
central straight alignment found by John Mitchell, we had glimpsed an
important aspect of the ancient and universal symbol of the Caduceus. It
seemed that this great glyph of antiquity, still in use throughout the
world as a perennial emblem of the healing professions, had other, more
arcane meanings. Revered in the days of Ancient Egypt as the staff of
Thoth, a magical rod crowned with the Sun-disk and encircled by two
writhing serpents, it has come down to us throughout succeeding cultures
as a potent symbol of the hermitic arts. Thoth had become Hermes, and
later, the Roman Mercury. Considering the mercurial nature of the
terrestrial currents which apparently flow like quicksilver through the
surface of the Earth, the conclusion seems inescapable. The serpent wand
derives its power from its symbolism of energies operating in balance, the
basic energies of existence mutually interacting.
Mystics throughout the ages have seen the Caduceus as a representation
of how the subtle energies of the human body function. The central staff
is, in the Eastern tradition, the Shushumna, the pillar which has its
physical counterpart in the spine and the enclosing channel of the central
nervous system. Around this spiral the twin energies symbolized as
serpents, the Ida and Pingala, the former ruled by the Moon, the latter by
the Sun. It is these powerful energies which are stirred into activity
when certain disciplines concentrate on the raising of the Kundalini, the
serpent power which starts at the base of the spine and rises upwards
through the successive chakras, or subtle energy centres, to bring
spiritual illumination and revelation.
-The Abbey Ruins was once the most magnificent religious edifice in
Britain. It stood on 12 hides of land (the symbolic measure of the New
Jerusalem as described by St John in Revelation 21), and originally given
to Joseph of Arimathea and the 12 Saints. The Abbey was built according to
a prehistoric arcane tradition of sacred geometry known to the masons of
the Middle Ages. The proportions of the Abbey relate to the principle
numbers of the magic square of the sun. These numbers symbolize various
aspects of solar energy and were also used in the construction of
Stonehenge, of which the Abbey was spiritual successor.
This article is about the magical and religious movement
stemming from the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus.
Hermeticism is a set of
based primarily upon the Hellenistic Egyptian
pseudepigraphical writings attributed to
Hermes Trismegistus who is the representation of the
congruence of the Egyptian god
and the Greek
Hermes. These beliefs have heavily influenced the Western
Esoteric Tradition and were considered to be of great importance
The term Hermetic is from medieval Latin hermeticus, which
in turn is derived from the name of the Greek god
Hermes. It is attested in English since the 17th century as
the adjective Hermetic (as in "Hermetic writers" e.g.
Franz Bardon). The synonymous Hermetical also occurs in the
17th century. Sir
Thomas Browne in his
Religio Medici of 1643 wrote-
Now besides these particular and divided Spirits there may
be (for ought I know) an universal and common Spirit to the whole
world. It was the opinion of Plato , and is yet of the Hermeticall
Philosophers. R.M. Part 1:32
The term Hermetic is from the Greek word Herm, which refers
to a pillar or post used in pre-classical Greece "of square shape,
surmounted by a head with a beard. The square, limbless "Hermes"
was a step in advance of the unwrought stone."
The origin of the word Hermes relates to a stone pillar used to
communicate with the deities and the use the names beginning with
Herm in Greece dates from at least 600 BCE. The God Hermes is a
generic term used by the pre-classical Greeks for any deity, and
was only later associated with the God of Knowledge in Athens in
the 2nd Century CE.
The word Hermetic was used by Dr. Everard, 1650 in the English
translation of The Pimander of Hermes.
Mary Anne Atwood mentioned the use of the word Hermetic by
Dufresnoy in 1386.
Hermes Trismegistus depicted in a medieval rendering.
Late Antiquity, Hermetism
emerged in parallel with
early Christianity, "characterized by a resistance to the
dominance of either pure rationality or doctrinal faith".
The books now known as the
Corpus Hermeticum were part of a renaissance of
syncretistic and intellectualized pagan thought that took
place around the 2nd century. Other examples of this cultural
movement would include
Neoplatonist philosophy, the
Chaldaean Oracles, late
Pythagorean literature, as well as much of
The extant Greek texts dwell upon the oneness and goodness
of God, urge purification of the soul, and defend pagan religious
practices, such as the
veneration of images. Many lost Greek texts, and many of the
surviving vulgate books, contained discussions of
alchemy clothed in philosophical metaphor. And one text, the
Asclepius, lost in Greek but partially preserved in Latin,
contained a bloody prophecy of the end of Roman rule in Egypt and
the resurgence of pagan Egyptian power.
The predominant literary form is the dialogue:
Hermes Trismegistus instructs a perplexed disciple on some
point of hidden wisdom.
After centuries of falling out of favor, Hermeticism was
reintroduced to the West when, in 1460 CE, a man named Leonardo
Corpus Hermeticum to
Pistoia. He was one of many agents sent out by Pistoia's
Cosimo de'Medici, to scour European monasteries for lost
In 1614 CE
Isaac Casaubon, a
philologist, analyzed the Hermetic texts for linguistic style
and claimed that the Hermetic writings attributed to Trismegistus
were not the work of an ancient Egyptian priest but in fact dated
Walter Scott places their date shortly after 200 CE, while Sir W.
Flinders Petrie places them between 200 and 500 BCE.
Plutarch's mention of Hermes Trismegistus dates back to the first
century CE, and
Porphyry are all familiar with Hermetic writings.
In 1945 CE, Hermetic writings were among those found near
Nag Hammadi, in the form of one of the conversations between
Asclepius from the Corpus Hermeticum, and a text about the
Hermetic mystery schools, On the Ogdoad and Ennead, written in the
Coptic language, the last form in which the Egyptian language
as a religion
Not all Hermeticists take a religious approach; some
consider it to be a philosophical system only. In Hermetic
religion the supreme Deity, or Principle, is referred to variously
as 'God', 'The
All', or 'The One'. Many Hermeticists also align their beliefs
and mystical ideas with other religions,
Many hold that all great religions have equivalent mystical truths
at their core, and that all religions share an understanding of
esoteric tenets with Hermeticism.
Tobias Churton, scholar of obscure religious movements,
states that "the Hermetic tradition was both moderate and
flexible, offering a tolerant philosophical religion, a religion
of the (omnipresent) mind, a purified perception of God, the
cosmos, and the self, and much positive encouragement for the
spiritual seeker, all of which the student could take anywhere".
and philosophical texts
Though many more have been falsely attributed to the work of
Hermes Trismegistus, Hermeticists commonly accept there to have
been forty two books to his credit. However, most of these books
are reported to have been destroyed when the
Great Library of Alexandria was razed.
There are three major works which are widely known texts for
Corpus Hermeticum is the body of work most widely known and is
the aforementioned Greek texts. These sixteen books are set up as
dialogues between Hermes and a series of others. The first book
involves a discussion between
Poimandres (also known as Nous and God) and Hermes, supposedly
resulting from a meditative state, and is the first time that
Hermes is in contact with God. Poimandres teaches the secrets of
the Universe to Hermes, and later books are generally of Hermes
teaching others such as
Asclepius and his son Tat.
Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus is a short work which
coins the well known term in
occult circles "As above, so below." The actual text of that
maxim, as translated by Dennis W. Hauck is "That which is
Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above
corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of
the One Thing".
The tablet also references the three parts of the wisdom of the
whole universe. Hermes claims his knowledge of these three parts
is why he received the name Trismegistus (thrice great, or
Ao-Ao-Ao meaning "greatest"). As the story is told, this tablet
was found by
Alexander the Great at
Hebron supposedly in the tomb of Hermes.
The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy, is a book published in 1912
CE anonymously by three people calling themselves the "Three
Initiates". Many of the Hermetic principles are explained in the
There are additional works that, while not as well known as
the three mentioned above, have an important place in Hermeticism
and its study.
A Suggestive Inquiry into Hermetic Philosophy and Alchemy
Mary Anne Atwood, and originally published anonymously in
1850. This book was withdrawn from circulation by the author but
was later reprinted after her death by her longtime friend
Isabelle de Steiger. Isabelle de Steiger was a member of the
Golden Dawn and this book was used as the basis for the study of
Hermeticism by the Golden Dawn which resulted in several published
works by members of the Golden Dawn.
Arthur Edward Waite, member and later Head of the Golden
Dawn, wrote the "Hermetic Museum" and later the "Hermetic Museum
Restored and Enlarged" and did the editing for "Hermetic and
Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus" that was published as a two
volume set. Arthur Edward Waite considered himself an Hermeticist
and was instrumental in adding the word "Hermetic" to the official
title of the Golden Dawn.
W. Wynn Westcott, a founding member of the Golden Dawn,
edited a series of books on Hermeticism called the "Collectanea
Hermetica" published by the Theosophical Publishing Society.
Many Christian writers, including
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola considered Hermes Trismegistus
to be a wise pagan prophet who foresaw the coming of Christianity.
They believed in a 'Prisca Theologia', the doctrine that a single,
true, theology exists, which threads through all religions, and
which was given by god to man in antiquity
In order to demonstrate the verity of the 'prisca theologia'
Christians appropriated the Hermetic teachings for their own
purposes. By this account Hermes Trismegistus was either,
according to the fathers of the Christian church, a contemporary
or the third in a line of men named Hermes i.e. Enoch, Noah and
the Egyptian priest king who is known to us as Hermes Trismegistus
or thrice great on account of being the greatest priest,
philosopher and king.
This last account of how Hermes Trismegistus received the
name "Trismegistus," meaning "Thrice Great," is derived from
statements both in the
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, that he knows the
three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe.
The three parts of the wisdom are
theurgy. The pymander, from where Marsilio Ficino formed his
opinion, states that "they called him Trismegistus because he was
the greatest philosopher and the greatest priest and the greatest
Another explanation, in the Suda (10th century), is that "He
was called Trismegistus on account of his praise of the trinity,
saying there is one divine nature in the trinity".
three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe
Alchemy — The Operation of the
is not simply the changing of physical
It is an investigation into the spiritual constitution, or life of
matter and material existence through an application of the
mysteries of birth, death and resurrection.
The various stages of chemical
fermentation, among them, are aspects of these mysteries,
that, when applied quicken Nature's processes in order to bring a
natural body to perfection.
This perfection is the accomplishment of the
Magnum opus (Latin for Great Work).
Astrology — The Operation of the
— Hermes claims that
Zoroaster discovered this part of the wisdom of the whole
universe, astrology, and taught it to man.
In Hermetic thought, it is likely that the movements of the
planets have meaning beyond the laws of physics and actually
holding metaphorical value as symbols in the mind of
All, or God. Astrology has influences upon the Earth, but does
not dictate our actions, and wisdom is gained when we know what
these influences are and how to deal with them.
Theurgy — The Operation of the
— There are two different types of magic, according to
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's Apology, completely opposite
of each other. The first is γοητεια,
Goëtia, black magic reliant upon an alliance with evil spirits
(i.e. demons). The second is Theurgy,
divine magic reliant upon an alliance with divine spirits
(i.e. angels, archangels, gods).
Theurgy translates to "The Science or art of Divine Works"
and is the practical aspect of the Hermetic art of alchemy.
Furthermore, alchemy is seen as the "key" to theurgy,
the ultimate goal of which is to become united with higher
counterparts, leading to the attainment of Divine Consciousness.
Hermeticism encompasses both
Monistic-polytheism (Soft Polytheism) within its belief
system, which teaches that there is
All, or one "Cause", of which we, and the entire
universe, are all a part. Also it subscribes to the notion
that other beings such as
ascended masters and
elementals exist in the
Universe as parts of the All.
The four classical elements of
fire are used often in alchemy, and are alluded to several
times in the Corpus Hermeticum.
above, so below
The Magician displaying the Hermetic concept of as
above, so below.
These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles,
and they come from Hermetic texts. The concept was first laid out
Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in the words "That
which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which
is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the
miracles of the One Thing".
In accordance with the various levels of reality: physical,
mental, and spiritual, this relates that what happens on any level
happens on every other. This is however more often used in the
sense of the
microcosm and the macrocosm. The microcosm is oneself, and the
macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm, and
vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding
one (usually the microcosm) you can understand the other.
There are mentions in Hermeticism about
reincarnation. As Hermes states:
- "O son, how many bodies we have to pass through, how many
bands of demons, through how many series of repetitions and
cycles of the stars, before we hasten to the One alone?".
good, and evil
Hermes explains in Book 9 of the Corpus Hermeticum that
Nous brings forth both good and evil, depending on if he
receives input from God or from the
God brings good, while the demons bring evil. Among those things
brought by demons are:
- "adultery, murder, violence to one's father, sacrilege,
ungodliness, strangling, suicide from a cliff and all such other
This provides a clearcut view that Hermeticism does indeed
include a sense of morality. However, the word good is used very
strictly, to be restricted to use to the Supreme Good, God.
It is only God (in the sense of the Supreme Good, not The All) who
is completely free of evil to be considered good. Men are exempt
of having the chance of being good, for they have a body, consumed
in the physical nature, ignorant of the Supreme Good.
Among those things which are considered extremely sinful, is
the focus on the material life, said to be the only thing that
- "As processions passing in the road cannot achieve
anything themselves yet still obstruct others, so these men
merely process through the universe, led by the pleasures of the
It is troublesome to oneself to have no "children". This is
a symbolic description, not to mean physical, biological children,
but rather creations. Immediately before this claim, it is
explained that God is "the Father" because it has authored all
things, it creates. Whether father or mother, one must create, do
something positive in their life, as the Supreme Good is a
"generative power". The curse for not having "children" is to be
imprisoned to a body, neither male (active) nor female
(thoughtful), leaving that person with a type of sterility, that
of being unable to accomplish anything.
The tale is given in the first book of the
Corpus Hermeticum by
Hermes Trismegistus after much meditation. It begins as the
ALL creates the elements after seeing the
Cosmos and creating one just like it (our Cosmos) from its own
constituent elements and souls. From there, the ALL, being both
(Divine Father) and
female (Universal Mother), holding the Word (the logos), gave
birth to a second Nous, creator of the world. This second Nous
created seven powers, or deities, (often seen as
to travel in circles and govern destiny.
The Word then leaps forth from the materializing elements,
which made them unintelligent. Nous then made the governors spin,
and from their matter sprang forth creatures without speech. Earth
then was separated from Water and the animals (other than Man)
were brought forth from the Earth.
The Supreme Nous then created Man,
androgynous, in his own image and handed over his creation.
Man carefully observed the creation of his brother, the lesser
Nous, and received his and his Father's authority over it all. Man
then rose up above the spheres' paths to better view the creation,
and then showed the form of the ALL to Nature. Nature fell in love
with it, and Man, seeing a similar form to his own reflecting in
the water fell in love with Nature and wished to dwell in it.
Immediately Man became one with Nature and became a slave to its
limitations such as
gender and sleep. Man thus became speechless (for it lost the
Word) and became double, being mortal in body but immortal in
spirit, having authority of all but subject to
The tale does not specifically contradict the theory of
evolution, other than for Man, but most Hermeticists fully
accept evolutionary theory as a solid grounding for the creation
of everything from base matter to Man.
Once Hermeticism was no longer endorsed by the Christian
Church it was driven underground and a number of Hermetic
societies were formed. The Western esoteric tradition is now
heavily steeped in Hermeticism. The work of such writers as Pico
Della Mirandola, who attempted to reconcile Jewish
Christian mysticism, brought Hermeticism into a context more
easily understood by Europeans in the Renaissance.
A few primarily Hermetic occult orders were founded in the
late Middle Ages and early Renaissance .
Hermetic magic underwent a nineteenth century revival in Western
where it was practiced by people and within groups such as the
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Aurum Solis, Ragon, Kenneth
Eliphas Lévi, Frederick Hockley,
William Butler Yeats, and
Many Hermetic, or Hermetically influenced, groups exist today,
most of which are derived from the Golden Dawn, Rosicrucianism or
Rosicrucianism is a Hermetic/Christian
movement dating back to the 15th century. Some
believe it ceased to exist sometime during the 19th century,
though Rosicrusians claim
that it merely fell into complete secrecy. It consists of a
secretive inner body, and a more public outer body under the
direction of the inner body.
This movement is symbolized by the rose (the soul) and the
cross (the body of 4 elements). In other words, the human soul
crucified on the cross of the material plane.
The Rosicrucian Order consists of a graded system (similar
The Order of Freemasons) in which members move up in rank and
gain access to more knowledge. There is no fee for advancement.
Once a member is deemed able to understand the knowledge, they
move on to the next grade.
There are three steps to their spiritual path:
divine magic. In turn, there are three goals of the order: 1)
the abolition of
monarchy and the institution of rule by a philosophical elect,
2) reformation of science, philosophy, and ethics, and 3)
discovery of the
The sources dating the existence of the Rosicrucians to the
17th century are three German pamphlets: the
Confessio Fraternitatis, and
Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz.
 Some scholars believe these to be hoaxes,
 and that antedating Rosicrucian organizations are
the first appearance of any real Rosicrucian fraternity.
Order of the Golden Dawn
Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, the Hermetic Order of the
Golden Dawn was open to both sexes, and treated both as equal. The
order was a specifically Hermetic society, teaching the arts of
alchemy, qabbalah, and the magic of Hermes along with the
principles of occult science.
Israel Regardie claims that there are many orders, who know
what they do of magic from what has been leaked out of the Golden
Dawn, by what he deems "renegade members."
The order maintained the tightest of secrecy by severe
penalties for loose lips. Overall, the general public was left
oblivious to the actions and even existence of the Golden Dawn,
making the policies a success.
This secrecy was broken first by
Aleister Crowley, in 1905, and later by Israel Regardie
himself in 1940, giving a detailed account of the order's
teachings to the general public.
Hermetism and Hermeticism remains influential in
Esoteric Christianity, especially
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The Emerald Tablet, also known as Smaragdine Table, Tabula
Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes, is a text purporting to
reveal the secret of the primordial substance and its
transmutations. It claims to be the work of
Hermes Trismegistus ("Hermes the Thrice-Greatest"), a
Egyptian sage or god, variously identified with the
This short and cryptic text was highly regarded by European
alchemists as the foundation of their art, in particular of
A new translation bypassing the Latin has just been
published by Nineveh Shadrach from the original Arabic of
Book of Causes attributed to
Apollonius of Tyana.
- 1. It contains an accurate commentary that can't be
- 2. It states: What is the above is from the below and the
below is from the above. The work of wonders is from one.
- 3. And all things sprang from this essence through a
single projection. How marvelous is its work! It is the
part of the world and its custodian.
- 4. Its father is the sun and its mother is the moon. Thus
the wind bore it within it and the earth nourished it.
- 5. Father of talismans and keeper of wonders.
- 6. Perfect in power that reveals the lights.
- 7. It is a fire that became our earth. Separate the earth
from the fire and you shall adhere more to that which is subtle
than that which is coarse, through care and wisdom.
- 8. It ascends from the earth to the heaven. It extracts
the lights from the heights and descends to the earth containing
the power of the above and the below for it is with the light of
the lights. Therefore the darkness flees from it.
- 9. The greatest power overcomes everything that is subtle
and it penetrates all that is coarse.
- 10. The formation of the microcosm is in accordance with
the formation of the macrocosm.
- 11. The scholars made this their path.
- 12. This is why Thrice Hermes was exalted with wisdom.
- 13. This is his last book that he hid in the catacomb.
A 17th century depiction of the Tablet by Heinrich
One translation, by
Isaac Newton, found among his
alchemical papers as reported by B. J. Dobbs
in modern spelling:
- 1. Tis true without lying, certain most true.
- 2. That which is below is like that which is above
that which is above is like that which is below to do the
miracles of one only thing.
- 3. And as all things have been arose from one by the
mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one
thing by adaptation.
- 4. The Sun is its father, the moon its mother,
- 5. the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its
- 6. The father of all perfection in the whole world is
- 7. Its force or power is entire if it be converted into
- 7a. Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle
from the gross sweetly with great industry.
- 8. It ascends from the earth to the heaven again it
descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior
- 9. By this means ye shall have the glory of the whole
world thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
- 10. Its force is above all force. for it vanquishes every
subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.
- 11a. So was the world created.
- 12. From this are and do come admirable adaptations
whereof the means (Or process) is here in this.
- 13. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three
parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
- 14. That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is
accomplished and ended.
Another translation from
Aurelium Occultae Philosophorum by
- 1) This is true and remote from all cover of falsehood.
- 2) Whatever is below is similar to that which is above.
Through this the marvels of the work of one thing are procured
- 3) Also, as all things are made from one, by the
consideration of one, so all things were made from this one, by
- 4) The father of it is the sun, the mother the moon.
- 5) The wind bore it in the womb. Its nurse is the earth,
the mother of all perfection.
- 6) Its power is perfected.
- 7) If it is turned into earth,
- 7) Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle and thin
from the crude and coarse, prudently, with modesty and wisdom.
- 8) This ascends from the earth into the sky and again
descends from the sky to the earth, and receives the power and
efficacy of things above and of things below.
- 9) By this means you will acquire the glory of the whole
world, and so you will drive away all shadows and blindness.
- 10) For this by its fortitude snatches the palm from all
other fortitude and power. For it is able to penetrate and
subdue everything subtle and everything crude and hard.
- 11) By this means the world was founded
- 12) And hence the marvelous cojunctions of it and
admirable effects, since this is the way by which these marvels
may be brought about.
- 13) And because of this they have called me Hermes
Tristmegistus since I have the three parts of the wisdom and
Philosophy of the whole universe.
- 14) My speech is finished which I have spoken concerning
the solar work.
Original edition of the
Nuremberg 1541): Verum, sine
mendatio, certum et verissimum: Quod est inferius est sicut quod
est superius, et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad
perpetranda miracula rei unius. Et sicut res omnes fuerunt ab uno,
meditatione unius, sic omnes res natae ab hac una re, adaptatione.
Pater eius est Sol. Mater eius est Luna. Portavit illud Ventus in
ventre suo. Nutrix eius terra est. Pater omnis telesmi
totius mundi est hic. Virtus eius integra est si versa fuerit in
terram. Separabis terram ab igne, subtile ab spisso, suaviter,
magno cum ingenio. Ascendit a terra in coelum, iterumque descendit
in terram, et recipit vim superiorum et inferiorum. Sic habebis
Gloriam totius mundi. Ideo fugiet a te omnis obscuritas. Haec est
totius fortitudinis fortitudo fortis, quia vincet omnem rem
subtilem, omnemque solidam penetrabit. Sic mundus creatus est.
Hinc erunt adaptationes mirabiles, quarum modus est hic. Itaque
vocatus sum Hermes Trismegistus, habens tres partes philosophiae
totius mundi. Completum est quod dixi de operatione Solis.
rendering of Latin text
- 1. True, without error, certain and most true
- 2. That which is below is as that which is above, and
that which is above is as that which is below, to perform the
miracles of the one thing.
- 3. And as all things were from [the] one, by [means of]
the meditation of [the] one, thus all things of the daughter
from [the] one, by [means of] adaptation.
- 4. Its father is the sun, its mother[,]the moon, the wind
carried it in its belly, its nurse is the earth.
- 5. The father of all the initiates of the whole world is
- 6. Its power is integrating if it be turned into earth.
- 7. Separate the earth from the fire, the fine from the
dense, delicately, by [means of/to] the great [together] with
- 8. It ascends by [means of] earth into heaven and again
it descends into the earth, and retakes the power of the
superior[s] and of the inferior[s].
- 9. Thus[,] you have the glory of the whole world.
- 10. Therefore[,] may it drive-out by [means of] you of
all the obscurity.
- 11. This is the whole of the strength of the strong
force, because it overcomes all fine things, and penetrates all
- 12. Thus[,] the world has been created.
- 13. Hence they were wonderful adaptations, of which this
is the manner.
- 14. Therefore[,] I am Hermes the Thrice Great, having the
three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
- 15. What I have said concerning the operation of the Sun
has been completed.
The oldest documentable source for the text is the
Kitab Sirr al-Asrar, a compendium of advice for rulers in
Arabic which purports to be a letter from
Alexander the Great. This work was translated into Latin as
Secretum Secretorum (The Secret of Secrets) by Johannes "Hispalensis"
or Hispaniensis (John
of Seville) ca. 1140 and by
Philip of Tripoli c. 1243.
In the 14th century, the alchemist
Ortolanus wrote a substantial exegesis on "The Secret of
Hermes," which was influential on the subsequent development of
alchemy. Many manuscripts of this copy of the Emerald Tablet and
the commentary of Ortolanus survive, dating at least as far back
as the 15th century.
The Tablet has also been found appended to manuscripts of
Kitab Ustuqus al-Uss al-Thani (Second Book of the Elements of
Foundation) attributed to
Jabir ibn Hayyan, and the
Kitab Sirr al-Khaliqa wa San`at al-Tabi`a ("Book of the Secret
of Creation and the Art of Nature"), dated between 650 and 830 AD.
In its several Western recensions, the Tablet became a
mainstay of medieval and
Renaissance alchemy. Commentaries and/or translations were
published by, among others,
Albertus Magnus, and
C.G. Jung identified "The Emerald Tablet" with a table made of
green stone which he encountered in the first of a set of his
dreams and visions beginning at the end of 1912, and climaxing in
Seven Sermons to the Dead in 1916.
Because of its longstanding popularity, the Emerald Tablet
is the only piece of non-Greek
Hermetica to attract widespread attention in the West. The
reason that the Emerald Tablet was so valuable is because it
contained the instructions for the goals of alchemists. It hinted
at the recipe for alchemical gold, as well as how to set one's
level of consciousness to a new degree.
 Translation from the original Arabic of Book of Causes
attributed to Apollonius of Tyana
- ^ "Newton's
Commentary on the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus" in
Merkel, I. and
Debus, A. G., Hermeticism and the Renaissance. Folger,
- ^ Sometimes
written Thelesmi. This indicates a Greek origin. The Latin
word "Tela" (ae,fem.) roughly means "loom" or "incomplete
cloth". The true meaning of the word is somewhat obscure.
Holmyard, E.J. "The Emerald Table" Nature, No. 2814, Vol.
112, October 6 1923, pp 525–6.
- Holmyard, E.J. Alchemy, Pelican, Harmondsworth, 1957.
- Needham, J. Science and Civilisation in China, vol. 5,
part 4: Spagyrical discovery and invention: Apparatus, Theories
and gifts. CUP, 1980.
Ruska, Julius. Die Alchimie ar-Razi's. n.p., 1935.
- Ruska, Julius. Quelques problemes de literature
alchimiste. n.p., 1931.
- Stapleton, H.E., Lewis, G.L, Sherwood Taylor, F. "The
sayings of Hermes quoted in the Ma Al-Waraqi of Ibn Umail. "
Ambix, vol. 3, 1949, pp 69–90.
- M.Robinson. "The History and Myths surrounding Johannes
Hispalensis," in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies vol. 80, no. 4,
October 2003, pp. 443–470, abstract.
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THE ILLUMINATI MASONIC CONNECTION
Interview with an Ex-Illuminati Programmer/Trainer
Part 4: The
Illuminati - Freemason Connection
Q: Svali, one of the more important points, which I am sure a lot of
readers would like to know more about, is, what is the Illuminati
/Freemason connection, as far as you are aware of, given your previous
position in the Illuminati?
Q: Was - and is - there an
infiltration of the Masonic Order?
A: The Freemasons and the
Illuminati are hand in glove. I don't care if this steps on any toes,
it's a fact. The Masonic temple at Alexandria, Virginia (the city
itself was named after Alexandria, Egypt, and is a hotbed of
Illuminati activity) is a center in the Washington DC area for
I was taken there at intervals for testing, to step up a level, for
scholarship, and high ceremonies. The leaders in this Masonic group
were also Illuminists.
This has been true of every
large city I have lived in. The top Freemasons were also top
Illuminists. My maternal grandparents were both high ranking Masons in
the city of Pittsburgh, Pa. (president of the Eastern Star and 33rd
Mason) and they both were also leaders in the Illuminati in that area.
Are all Masons Illuminati?
No, especially at the lower levels, I believe they know nothing of the
practices that occur in the middle of the night in the larger temples.
Many are probably fine businessmen and Christians. But I have never
known a 32 degree or above who wasn't Illuminati, and the group helped
create Freemasonry as a "front" for their activities.
Q: What exactly is the
meaning of the pyramid on the back of the $1 U.S. note? I'm talking
about the pyramid with the capstone detached and hovering above the
rest of the pyramid, containing the 'All-Seeing-Eye'. Is this a
Masonic or Illuminati symbol?
A: The pyramid and the "eye
of Horus" on the back of the dollar bill are Illuminati symbology. The
pyramid is an ancient form based on the holiness of the number 3 to
the ancient mystery religions (it, not 6, is considered the most
spiritual number), and a pyramid was a structure used specifically to
call up the demonic, or occult, a point of psychic activity.
The eye is the all seeing
eye of Horus (remember the emphasis on Egyptian magical religious
practices? The book of the undead, etc.?) and the fact that no one can
escape his magical reach. This eye is considered a demonic eye in the
group, or the eye of the deity, and in Illuminati mythology is either
open or closed, depending upon the spiritual time of year and the
state of the person psychically. Young children are given "psychic
surgery" where the eye is placed inside, and they are told that Horus
will snatch their soul if they ever try to leave, or if they tell, or
that the eye will explode. The symbol on the dollar is reinforcement
for every Illuminati child who sees one, and the reminder that they
are being watched.
The saying on the dollar,
'Novus Ordo Seclorum' also means "bringing in the new order", which is
the Illuminati stated agenda. Just think, in the early 1800's, our
forefathers already were looking forward to when the new order would
be ushered in. Have I mentioned that this is a patient, forward
looking group of intellectuals? That Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin
Franklin, FDR, and others were Illuminati leaders? Our country may
have been founded on freedom from taxation, but it was also founded on
the New World Order just as surely. see also:
United States Presidents and the Masonic Power Structure Link
added by Robert Howard, Wake Up America.
Q: How far back in time
does the concept / cult of the Illuminati go? It seems to me that they
have been around quite some time, possibly since antiquity, guiding,
steering and using humanity for their own purposes, operating under
different names? Can you elaborate?
A: I was taught that the
Illuminati had its roots in the ancient practices that reach into the
beginning of recorded time; that the Babylonians on the plains created
ziggurats to their deities, whom the Illuminati worship. They were
proud of the fact that it was supposedly an unbroken occult line from
then until now. The names changed, the basic group was the same.
The ancient mystery
religions of Egypt, heart of dark magic were another forerunner, with
adherents of Set, Osiris, Horus and Ra; and the Illuminists also
believe their bloodlines have come down from the ancient kings of
It's hard for me to know
how much was cult propaganda, and how much truth is in the claims. The
Templar Knights were definitely a forerunner during medieval times, as
well as the Rosicrucian's and ancient celts and druids (you know, the
ones who built Stonehenge).
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