With the Order of the Knights Templar suppressed, rumours spread across Europe that the secret tradition they had chosen to follow, was still being practised. In the latter years of the Middle Ages, information seeped out, that the Freemasons were connected to the Templar Order. According to Crusade History, a handful of Syriac Christians, Saracen prisoners were rescued by Knights Templar who granted them protection.
These Christians indebted to the Knights Templar who had saved their lives, wanted to know more of the Templar Order, were initiated into the Order’s innermost circle, where they learnt about their occult mysteries. When these Syriac Christians left the Holy Land, they travelled across Europe and eventually settled in Scotland. It is here they founded a new chapter of the Templar Order which would later merge with Freemasons.
In the latter part of the 13th and early 14th century the Templar Order was disbanded, and fearing for their lives, thousand’s joined Masonic guilds. Through the influence of these newcomers, of which many were occult initiates, esoteric symbolism of Masonic lodges was revived and Freemasonry was established.
The Templar tradition fled underground in the early part of the 15th century, at a time when the Church started a Holy Crusade, seeking out practitioners of witchcraft.
Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, two Dominican Monks, members of an inquisition set up in 1215 to root out and kill heretics, published the evil book; “Malleus Malefiracum” in 1484, which received approval from the Pope.
In 1486, Pope Innocent VIII issued a Papal Bull condemning witches, plunging Europe into an orgy of bloody persecution, which lasted some 250 years, claiming the lives of nearly a million people.
The 15th and 16th century would see a growth of the underground occult tradition. The Moors, who had invaded Spain from North Africa in the 10th and 11th centuries, had crossed into Southern France. It was at this time they introduced Arab and Jewish mystical teachings, better known as the Cabbala into Europe, before being driven back by Christian Kings. Come the early years of the 1500’s a revival had taken place; interest in the occult sciences.
A monk was hired by Cosmos de Medici of the Italian Medici family of Italy to locate rare manuscripts. In 1460 the “Corpus Hermeticum” was discovered and translated for publication in 1463. Its publication marked a turning point, the great occult revival, culminating in the flowering of Renaissance when artists, writers and poets inspired by classical paganism produced works of art and literature.
Western history stepped forward, revealing to the world, a most influential secret society. Its aim, the re-establishment of ancient Mysteries, which differed from the Templar Order, one which would be publicly accepted. The societies earliest writings “The Restoration of the Decayed Temple of Pallas” equals the “Constitution of the Order,” refers to it as the Brotherhood or the Order of the Rosy Cross, started circulating across Europe in 1605.
The “Fama Frateritatis” publication of 1614, tells of the Rosicrucians history, stating within that the Order had been founded in the 1300’s by Christian Rosenkreuz (Pseudonym Name) a German mystic from an aristocratic family.
Christian Rosenkreuz, a German mystic entered religious life within a monastery at a young age. Almost immediately he showed his disapproval to his parents, by rebelling against clerical life authority, and escaped this life by travelling to the Middle East as a companion to an older monk. The old Monk died on route to Cyprus, leaving Christian Rosenkreuz with a choice, return home or continue on to Damascus. He opted to continue on his master’s quest.
Rosenkreuz became a student of Cabbalistic in Damascus, until his return to Europe, by way of North Africa to study with Arabian occultists in Fez and Moorish Spain. As part of his studies, he learnt the art of conjuring up elemental spirits, taught secrets of alchemy, the transformation of lead into gold.
Rosenkreuz travelled across the Middle East, learning about the Arabian occult, which leads one to believe that the Roscrucian Order was familiar with the teachings of Sufism. These Rosicrucians have been compared with the Sufi Secret Society, founded in 12th century Bagdad and called the “Path of the Rose.” Sufi master; Abdelkadir Gilani, founder of the order had the Red Rose as his personal symbol. The Rosicrucian and Surfi Orders, shared many things, and both were known to practice the art of “Alchemy.”
Upon returning home to Germany, Rosenkreuz shut himself away for five years to continue his studies in the occult, its magical rituals and art of alchemy. At the end of his chosen period of isolation, he declared to the world his found knowledge, only to be met by hostilities and ridicule.
He was faced with only one option, to create a secret society; “The Rosy Cross.” He returned to the monastery where he started out as a novice monk, where his journey begun. It was here he asked of three senior members to join him in his adventure. They are referred to as the “Three Wise Men.”
They swore an oath of allegiance not to violate his secrets. Four other Monks joined the order, making a total of eight Monks, the “Fraternity of the Rosy Cross.” Seven set out, spreading their word across Europe.
The Order of the Rosy Cross would follow Six Rules of Conduct:
- Heal the sick without charge.
- Wear no garment, revealing their occult beliefs.
- Meet yearly to report their progress.
- Each would nominate his replacement upon death.
- They would take the initials “RC” as their identifying mark.
- The Order of the Rosy Cross would remain a secret for at least one hundred years.
When one of their order died, he would be secretly buried without ceremony. When Christian Rosenkreuz died, he was buried secretly, and it would be some 120 years before his tomb was discovered; a seven sided illuminated vault, which preserved his body.
To understand more about the Rosicrucian Order… the “Ancient Mystical Order of the Rose Cross,” one needs to look back at 18th Dynasty Egyptian history and Pharoah Thutmoses III, ruler of Egypt from 1500-1447 BC. He was a skilled warrior capturing some 350 cities during his reign.
It is believed he killed his own sister, to obtain ultimate power over his kingdom, not wanting to share rule with his sister; Queen Halshepsut.
Thutmoses III underwent a spiritual reformation in his later years, giving up the life of a military King, and turned to spiritual teachings. He gathered together learned scholars, priests and philosophers, forming a secret society.
The Rosicrucian Order… “Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis” in its Latin form, which translates to… “Ancient Mystical Order of the Rose Cross.” The Rose Cross symbol predates Christianity; the cross represents the human body, whilst the rose represents the individual’s unfolding consciousness.
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(Images) Templar Underground Cave: Wikipedia
(Images) Thutmoses III: Ancient Egypt
(Images) Thutmoses the warrior: Ancient Egypt