“The rise of the Christian Church broke up the intellectual pattern of the classical pagan world. By persecution of this pattern’s ideologies it drove the secret societies into greater secrecy; the pagan intellectuals then reclothed their original ideas in a garment of Christian phraseology, but bestowed the keys of the symbolism only upon those duly initiated and bound to secrecy by their vows.”– The Secret Destiny of America by Manly P. Hall”
“the Rosicrucians in their hidden houses used the Rose of Sharon as the symbol of brotherly love, a simple rearrangement of the letters r-o-s-e becoming e-r-o-s, the Greek God of love, Eros. All these groups belong to what is called The Order of the Quest.” -The Secret Destiny of America by Manly P. Hall
Religion, Art and Science are the three most important means of human education, and they are a trinity in unity which cannot be separated without distorting our viewpoint of whatever we may investigate…
Nothing short of such an all-embracing teaching will answer the needs of humanity permanently. There was a time, even as late as Greece, when Religion, Art and Science were taught unitedly in Mystery temples. But it was necessary to the better development of each that they should separate for a time.
In the thirteenth century a high spiritual teacher, having the symbolical name Christian Rosenkreuz–Christian: Rose: Cross–appeared in Europe to commence that work. He founded the mysterious Order of Rosicrucians with the object of throwing occult light upon the misunderstood Christian Religion and to explain the mystery of Life and Being from the scientific standpoint in harmony with Religion.
Lucifer and Rosicrucians
“Lucifer is the greatest mystery of symbolism. The secret knowledge of the Rosicrucians concerning Lucifer is nowhere so plainly set forth as in these plates, which virtually reveal his true identity, a carefully guarded secret about which little has been written. Lucifer is represented by the number 741″ – Hall, Manly P. – The Secret Teachings of All Ages
“Those who follow the path of faith or the heart, use water, and are known as the Sons of Seth, while those who follow the path of the mind and action are the Sons of Cain, who was the son of Samael, the Spirit of Fire. Today, we find the latter among the alchemists, the hermetic philosophers, the Rosicrucians, and the Freemasons.”- Manly P. Hall, 33rd , “Initiates of the Flame”
“In England there still hangs on a courthouse wall the Round Table of King Arthur. In the very center of the table is a beautiful rose painted in natural colors. This symbol is that of the Rosicrucians, the ancient alchemists, and there is a direct connection between the legend of the British King and the ancient philosopher’s of fire. “-The Initiates of the Flame Manly P. Hall pg. 67,69
Rosicrucian and Freemasonry
“In the Western World the lotus has been changed to the rose. The roses of the Rosicrucian, the roses of the Masonic degrees, and also those of the Order of the Garter in England, all stand for the same thing, the awakening of consciousness and the unfolding into full bloom of the soul qualities of man. When man awakens and opens this bud within himself, he finds, like the gold pollen in a flower, this wonderful spiritual city, Shamballa, in the heart of the lotus.” The Initiates of the Flame Manly P. Hall pg. 32
The Rosicrucian influence is not only in the Eighteenth Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, but also in the Craft Degrees, especially in the Third Degree.
The Knights Templar and Rosicrucians
“Ormus and his initiates had taken the red cross as their identifying symbol four centuries before Merovee (founder of the Merovingian Holy Grail dynasty) was born with the red cross birthmark above his heart. The Knights Templar adopted Merovee’s red cross six centuries later. To emulate the Templars, the Priory of Sion took the red cross of Ormus as its own emblem, then adopted the title l’Ordre de Ia Rose-Croix Veritas, which means “The Order of the mie Red Cross.” This additional name was added at the behest of Sion’s Grand Master, Jean de Gisors.Thus, Jean de Gisors is considered the founder of the Rose-Croix, or Rosicrucians.” – Scarlet and the Beast by John Daniel
“He (Merovee) was the first in a series of kings called the Merovingian bloodline. It is said that the offspring of Merovee were noted for a birthmark above the heart – a small red cross. This symbol eventually became the emblem of the Guardians of the Grail.” – Scarlet and the Beast by John Daniel
Roger Bacon was noted as a Rosicrucian.
Alphonse Constant (Eliphas Levi) was a famous Rosicrucian.
Learn about The Symbolism of the Rose Cross here.