By Arthur Edward Waite
"This is Arthur Edward Waite's examine of the elusive Rosicrucians, a mystery society of which the 1st public discover was once in early seventeenth century Germany. was once this an exact association, or simply a delusion? No real Rosicrucians ever surfaced, yet there has been lots of documentation approximately them. the matter is that those files are, for the main half, evidently fictional. In time, a mythology grew up round the Rosicrucians. this present day there are teams which declare the identify. those date on the such a lot to the past due nineteenth century, even though and so they declare seasoned forma to return so far as Egypt or Atlantis. The Rosicrucians have additionally been woven by way of conspiracy theorists into their internet along the Freemasons, Illuminati, Templars, and so forth, even if there isn't a shred of facts for this.
Waite provides whole translations of the entire texts which outlined the Rosicrucians, together with the Fama Fraternitatis, the Confessio Fraternitatis, and the Chemical marriage ceremony of Christian Rosencreutz. The longest textual content, the Chemical marriage ceremony is a fever-dream that's a thinly veiled alchemical allegory. The authorship of those files is disputed, however it could have been written by way of Johann Valentin Andreas, a German theologian and author. Waite additionally surveys Rosicrucian literature from successive centuries, together with broad costs from authors who wrote in regards to the Rosicrucians corresponding to Michael Maier, Robert Fludd, Thomas Vaughan and John Heydon. Heydon wrote Voyage to the Land of the Rosicrucians, akin to Thomas More's Utopia, a few voyage to an vague continent inhabited through Rosicrucians, integrated the following in its entirety. Waite concludes with a glance at a nineteenth century 'Rosicrucian' association: Hargrave Jennings used to be, significantly, a member of this crew. talking of whom. . .
The genuine background stands in stark distinction to Hargrave Jennings' The Rosicrucians, their Rites and Mysteries, which Waite (justifiably) criticizes all through. The very identify of this ebook will be thought of a riposte to Jennings. The Rosicrucians are defined as celibate, which contradicts Jennings' specialize in the position of phallicism within the Rosicrucian mysteries. Waite additionally debunks 'historical' anecdotes which Jennings cites, particularly the subterranean sepulchre, and the immortal Venetian. those incidents have been stated hence through different authors as truth, utilizing Jennings because the resource. Caveat Lector.
All in all, this serves either as a survey of the literature approximately Rosicrucians and a useful anthology of that literature. Waite, even supposing he had an outstanding historical past within the occult, is in a firmly rationalist mode during this e-book. the true background might be of use to either educational and normal readers." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
Table of Contents:
Publisher's Preface; Preface; creation; at the country Of Mystical Philosophy In Germany on the shut Of The 16th Century; The Prophecy Of Paracelsus, And The common Reformation Of the full vast international; The Fama Fraternitatis Of The Meritorious Order Of The Rosy go, Addressed To The realized often, And The Governors Of Europe; The Confession Of The Rosicrucian Fraternity, Addressed To The discovered Of Europe; The Chymical Marriage Of Christian Rosencreutz; at the Connection Of The Rosicrucian Claims With these Of Alchemy And Magic; Antiquity Of The Rosicrucian Fraternity; The Case Of Johann Valentin Andreas; growth Of Rosicrucianism In Germany; Rosicrucian Apologists: Michael Maier; Rosicrucian Apologists: Robert Fludd; Rosicrucian Apologists: Thomas Vaughan; Rosicrucian Apologists: John Heydon; Rosicrucianism In France; Connection among The Rosicrucians And Freemasons; glossy Rosicrucian Societies; end; extra Notes; Appendix of extra records; Endnotes
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