According to Rosicrucian mythical history, the said order survived the demise of pagan religions and the rise of Christianity. It is believed, when the baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem, three initiates of the Order, travelled from the east to pay their respects. Emperor Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Emperor, an early Mason built Gothic Cathedrals and went on to found a Rosicrucian lodge at Toulouse and one in France in the 9th century. A heretical group of Roman Catholic monks founded the Order’s first Rosicrucian College in 1000 AD.
Grand Masters of the Order have contained many notable figures throughout history:
- Dante, the Italian writer, poet and philosopher.
- Francis Bacon, Chancellor of England under the reign of King James.
- Robert Boyle, the English scientist.
- Sir Christopher Wren, England’s renowned architect following the Great Fire of London, most remembered for St.Paul’s Cathedral.
- Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution of 1776.
- Thomas Jefferson, President of U.S.A.
The Order itself had been in existence for some 3500 years, since its foundation in Ancient Egypt, under the rule of Pharaoh Thutmoses III of the 18th Dynasty.
The Rosicrucian’s political manifesto called for the abolishment of the current monarchy, and replaced by wise rulers.
- A radical reformation of sciences and philosophy based on spiritual principles.
- The discovery of universal medicine, one which would cure all illnesses and diseases.
The English Civil War of 1640 laid the foundations for revolution, giving the King the right to rule, without any divine rights. A bloody conflict ended the French Revolution with the death of an English King.
Writings have been put forward, that the Order of the Rosy Cross was founded by ex-members of the Templar Order, after Pope Clement suppressed the Order. The Order of the Templar’s and Rosy Cross (Rosicrucian’s), both used the same symbol, and dedicated to political and religious reforms. Both were secretly engaged in occult and pagan practices. Medieval Rosicrucian’s were credited with possession of magical powers; prolonging youth, summoning of spirits, invisibility and turning lead into gold.
Rosy Cross, the term derives from Latin; dew, crux or cross, the chemical sign for light. Rosy Cross translates to that of an occult symbol of alchemical, turning matter into spirit, represented by lead and gold.
Based upon Freemasonry, occult symbolism of the Order of the Rosy Cross, represents evolution of humanity from materialism to spiritual perfection. Symbolism changed the Order’s political aims, restoration of ancient world sciences, destroyed by Christianity.
Rosicrucian’s and Freemasons became linked at an early age, based on the Masonic poem of 1638:
“For what we presage is not in grosse,
for we be brethren of the Rosie Crosse,
we have the Mason’s Word and second sight,
things to come we can foretell aright.”
This informs us that the Rosicrucian’s knew the inner secrets of Freemasonry, possessing psychic powers to tell the future.
The Order of the Garter used the same symbol as the Rosy Cross in its symbolism, and as such has been linked with the Rosicrucian’s. Founded in 1348 by Plantagenet King Edward III of England and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Edward a student of Arthurian legends, an Order which met at Windsor Castle around a specially built table, similar to that of King Arthur’s Fellowship of the Round Table.
The Order of the Garter insignia consists of a jewelled collar of gold and red roses with five petals contained within tiny garters. The roses alternate with twenty-six golden knots, each represents a member of the Order. Hanging from the collar, a representation of St.George the patron saint of England, killing the dragon, enamelled with gold and set with diamonds.
Knights would wear a velvet garter with red and white letters, the Order’s motto; “Honi soit qui mal y pense or Evil be to he who evil thinks.” This motto came about when Edward made a comment as he bent down and picked up the garter dropped by the Countess of Salisbury, whilst they danced, which led Edward to form the premier chivalric order in English history.
Historical records show that the son of Edward III had connections with knights who fought in the Holy Land, and inducted into the Templar tradition. These same knights founded an esoteric lodge on their return to England, and were known to practice the occult arts. Over the centuries Rosicrucian’s or Masons had been knighted into the Order of the Garter, a privilege granted by a reigning monarch.
During the Elizabethan period of Tudor England, Rosicrucian’s and the monarchy had close ties with each other.
Grand Master, Dr John Dee (1527-1608) of the Order, was the confidant of Queen Elizabeth I and a practising occultist. In May of 1555 after casting the horoscopes of Mary Tudor and Princess Elizabeth, was arrested and charged with bewitching the Queen.
Despite his short spell of imprisonment, he went on to receive Royal patronage of Elizabeth I when she ascended to the throne. He became the Queen’s confidant. Dee played an active role in diplomatic and intelligence matter’s and was closely associated with Sir Francis Walsingham, credited for the founding of the British Secret Service. Walsingham first came on the scene as the Queen’s bodyguard, at a time when the Queens life was in mortal danger, and went on to develop an intelligence network across England and Europe.
Rumours spread that both Sir Francis Walsingham and Dr John Dee were students of occultism and met in an underground witches coven in Tudor England, gathering material for his intelligence network. In 1570 Walsingham was appointed Ambassador to France, which enabled him to extend his spy network.
Negotiations were taking place in Paris, for a proposed marriage between Queen Elizabeth I of England and the Duke of Anjou. Walsingham was of the opinion that such a marriage would not be in the best interests of England, and worked to undermine it at every stage. Dee was instructed by Elizabeth, to check the stars, and he reported back to his Queen, it would not be a happy union for Queen and country.
Sir Francis Walsingham and Dr John Dee created a series of codes which agents could use to send messages across Europe.
A book of cryptography written by Abbot of Spanheim was discovered by Dee in 1562. He went on to write “The Monad,” a book of the occult, a study in esoteric symbolism.
With the publication of the “Fama Fraternitatis,” a number of new lodges were created, and members claimed that the Order of the Ruscrucian’s played a part in the Reformation, rise of the Lutheran movement of Germany and Switzerland. As supporters of Protestant dissidents, it led to the weakening of the political power of the Roman Catholic Church; enemy of the Cathars, Templars and Freemasons. In the beginning the Rosicrucian Order, believed religious reformers were the power behind the Protestant movement, creators of spiritual tolerance, and in turn gave them support. In fact Protestantism became spiritually bankrupt as the Roman Christians, which gave it substance of esoteric credibility.
Johann Valentin Andrea, a Lutheran clergyman born in Austria of 1586. In 1620 he founded Rosicrucian lodges across Austria.
During the English Reformation of Tudor history, King Henry VIII will be the King most remembered for the destruction of churches and cathedrals; “Dissolution of the Monasteries.” Protestants rejected feminine principles within the Christian faith, with the rejection of the Virgin Mary, which led to the rise of Anglo-Catholicism within the Church of England.
Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) friend of King Charles II, knight of the Order of the Garter and Freemason. In 1652, Ashmole revealed his connection to the Rose Cross, and spoke of the Duke of Norfolk, grand Marshal of England being cured of leprosy.
In 1650, the book “Fasciculus Chemicus” written by Arthur Dee, personal physician to Czar Ivan the terrible was published by Ashmole. With the death of Ivan, Dee played his part and the Romanov dynasty was established upon the throne.
Elias Ashmole and William Lilly were founders of the Rosicrucian lodge in London. It symbolized the golden age prior to the fall when humanity was spiritually perfect, a time referring to the rebuilding of Solomon’s Temple according to Templar traditions.
Social reforms and attacks upon the religious establishment, characterized Oliver Cromwell’s activities in the 1640‘s. This suggests that secret societies supported the “English Civil War.” Many Rosicrucian’s and Freemasons were aristocrats, and would support the Royalist cause… Although the Order called for the abolition of the monarchy.
The Royal Society was formed in 1660, built upon Rosicrucian concept of an Invisible College, offering studies in science, religion, and the arts.
By the latter part of the 1640’s the Rosicrucian Order had formed lodges across Europe; Hamburg, Nuremburg, Paris and Amsterdam. In the early years of the 18th century, one by one, Masonic lodges were opening their doors.
An important Masonic personality of the time, Chevalier Andrew Ramsay, supporter of the Jacobite cause, whose intention it was to bring the Stuart dynasty back to its rightful place; the English throne. In 1736 whilst addressing French Masons he spoke of Masonry being the heir to Templar Secrets.
English aristocrats, supporters of the Stuarts introduced Freemasonry into France. Members of the Society of Legitimists campaigning for Scottish princes, and the British crown. In 1721 Lord Derwentwater founded France’s first lodge in Dunkirk with a charter granted by England’s Grand Lodge.
By royal decree the King of France prohibited membership to those who served in his court, threatening them with imprisonment in the Bastille. Despite disapproval, Masonry flourished across France, and by the 1750’s many lodges were actively practising their arts.
The Roman Catholic Church condemned Freemasonry in 1738.
Grand Master Duc d’Anton of the French lodges, publicly preached of liberty, brotherhood, love and equality. He was succeeded by Comte de Clement, who under his Grand Mastership, Freemasons split into several groups. Duc de Chartres was elected as their new leader in 1771 upon the death of Comte de Clement. During his time, French and English Freemasonry separated as each became independent bodies.
Savalette de Lage founded the “Friends of Truth” secret society in the 18th century. The politics of this group mapped out plans for social reformation, which later became the French Revolution. The Neuf Soeurs Masonic Lodge founded in Paris had the task of creating an alternative educational system.
Neuf Soeurs lodge members gave lectures on history, literature, chemistry and medicine at the College of Apollo, the Greek Sun God. During the French Revolution, the college became known as Lycee Republican, and its tutors wore the Phrygian cap of the revolutionary militia.
Duc de la Rochafoucard, one of the leading members of the radical lodge, who translated the American Constitution into French.
English Civil War – Edward III: Wikipedia
Elizabeth I – John Dee: Wikipedia
Francis Walsingham: Theonomy Resources
Elias Ashmole: Ashmolean