Quite simply, Rosicrucianism begins with the three manifestos: the Fama Fraternitatis RC (The Fame of the Brotherhood of RC, 1614), the Confessio Fraternitatis (The Confession of the Brotherhood of RC, 1615), and the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz anno 1459 (1617). Many works written by individuals both prior and posterior to the manifestos can be considered as related to RC as a movement as well. Several scholars question the validity of identifying a formal Rosicrucian body since most of the evidence surrounding their existence appears in the form of literature shrouded in anonymity. This, however, scratches the surface of the matter since networks spanning the European continent demonstrate active communication and exchange taking place involving individuals directly prior to, during, and after the authorship of the Manifestos. Since that time, RC has evolved quite dramatically. A general overview, however, gives us the following precepts we can highlight:

A. Rosicrucianism is concerned with the reformation of Sciences and Arts and “universal reformation of mankind”.

B. It aims to heal the physical and spiritual world.

C. It advocates an open exchange of occult and esoteric wisdom as opposed to those who selfishly guard secrets against their equals.

D. It does not seek matters of material value, but of spiritual virtue.

E. It fights against spiritual abuses and corruption.

F. Spiritual revelation is discovered in the divine word and in nature.

G. Stages of individual and spiritual development are prescribed and practiced in rituals, ceremonies, and exercises.

The stated laws of Rosicrucianism as written in the Fama Fraternitatis:

  1. That none of them should profess any other thing than to cure the sick, and that gratis.
  2. None of the posterity should be constrained to wear one kind of habit, but to follow the custom of the country.
  3. Every year, upon the day C., they would meet together at the house Sancti Spiritus, or write the cause of their absence.
  4. Every Brother should seek a worthy person to succeed him after his death.
  5. The word CR should be their seal, mark, and character.
  6. The Fraternity should remain secret for one hundred years.

Living Rosicrucianism

Since the early 17th century, RC has assumed many forms and has influenced countless groups and individuals. In keeping with its spirit, we see RC not as merely a historic event or phenomenon, but as something alive, vital, and ever-present. We maintain the timeless ethos as laid down by its founders, yet seek its expression in the world we live in today (as well as the world behind the veil). The stream of the RC current can be found flowing into the present as well as the nether regions on either side of the liminal divide; with the eventual realization that there is no divide. As the cosmos itself is vital, spiritual, ensouled, breathing—thus, so like it, our physical, psychic, and spiritual selves will become mirrored in the sympathetic union until what was gross and impure becomes refined and made as closely equal to that divinity as humanly possible.

For further reading:
Rosicrucian Reviews, by Sam Robertson on Pansophers
Rosicrucian Groups, by Sam Robertson on Pansophers

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