Small Groups

Some of the best groups are small and quiet. Big groups seem to be on the decline. Lodges are shutting their doors en masse. But there are small groups that are thriving and doing great work. Let us take a quick look at a few of the obscure currents that are helping to carry the torch.

Catherine Kunzog: My grandmother was born in 1924, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Her grandfather, Adam Kunzog, was a Christian mystic who immigrated from Germany. His esoteric teachings have been the spiritual foundation of our family for four generations. She advocated a personal, mystical relationship with God, as well as a pious Christian lifestyle. She got me started on the esoteric path at an early age and was one of my greatest initiators. I listed this family tradition, because I will be passing it down to my two daughters.

EAST (Ephrata Aurora Society of Theosophers): This group is a modern descendant of the Ephrata Cloister located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania during the eighteenth century. This group practices alchemical mysticism, as well as baptismal mysteries based upon the teachings of Jacob Boehme and his lineage of theosophers.

Gallets Circle: This small group met in an old farmhouse in Chautauqua County, New York, to conduct Cabalistic pathworkings. Members would share and record their experiences at the end of each meeting. There was no designated leader, so this group imploded when one of its members attempted to become an authoritarian leader. Fortunately, their ritual format was carried over to a new group, the EOL (Eyes of Light), that continues to this day.

Ordo Rosae Solis (Order of the Rose and the Sun): This small group practices a form of spiritual alchemy based upon the alchemical marriage of the solar force and alchemical mercury. There is a lovely ritual that is performed during the summer solstice. It is an exclusive group with a small membership. Prospective members are invited based upon genuineness and friendship. There is a spiritual alchemy that takes place between brothers and sisters who are friends.

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The Alchemy of the Rosae Solis

105957313_10217909874520660_4852442871671675801_nHere at the Rosae Solis, we use alchemical procedures every summer solstice to charge our bodies with the solar force.

We humans do not fully understand this force that animates us.

This mysterious force not only gives us life, but also ignites within us the fire of consciousness.

It is the eternal flame that burns within the temple of our physical bodies. For those who are chaste, this fire is the untapped sex force that is presided over by the temple virgins.

We absorb this solar force from the light of the physical sun, as well as the etheric sun. This solar force then coalesces in the area of the solar plexus where it appears as a red light visible to astral sight.

The solar force then stimulates the four bodily humors: blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile. These humors then influence our thoughts and emotions.

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But our physical bodies, animated with the solar force, are little more than crude machines. In this lowly state, we wander through the Dark Night of the Soul, beset with the vicissitudes of life. We know that as long as we are imperfect, all of our deeds will be imperfect.

Thus, we pledge ourselves to the Magnum Opus (Great Work). We seek the Golden Dawn that awaits us at the end of the Dark Night.

Some of our predecessors sought longevity and life eternal via the synthesis of red colloidal gold in alchemical laboratories. But on their quest to create the Philosopher’s Stone, some of our predecessors peered at their reflections in the Cosmic Mirror. They then realized that the Stone was not a mere magical rock — rather it was something located in the subterranean depths of the human condition.

Thus, we begin to use Vitriol, milestones upon our spiritual path, to dissolve impurities from our being. This purification process demands that we strive for greatness. We examine ourselves — body and soul — for any flaw that can be rectified.

The Vitriol catalyzes the solar force stored in the solar plexus, crystalizing it into a metaphorical rock or crystal. Our soul hardens as our physical body is spiritualized. Once all of our impurities have been dissolved, we are left with a purified “stone,” the Philosopher’s Stone. This “stone” transforms us from humans into gods.

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The Philosopher’s Stone is the rose that blossoms at the center of the rose cross. It is the rough ashlar of the Freemasons that is worked and shaped until it is perfected. It is the superdense singularity that bursts forward to create universes.

According to Genesis 1:26: “God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” But it is our responsible to use spiritual alchemy to make ourselves into the images and likenesses of deities.

 

The Tomb

Opening of the Tomb

According to the Fama Fraternitatis, the Rosicrucians rediscovered the lost tomb of their founder, Christian Rosenkreuz, while renovating one of their buildings. One of the Rosicrucians accidentally discovered a secret door hidden behind a stone wall. The door bore the words: post 120 annos patebo (once 120 years have passed). Behind the door was an elaborate tomb that represented Rosicrucian cosmology.

The tomb was a heptagonal (seven-sided) vault that represented the seven classical planets. It also represented the seven liberal arts and sciences. Each of these seven walls was divided into a grid of ten squares that represented the Tree of Life. The number ten also represented the Pythagorean ideal of perfection and completeness.

Each wall was 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide — an area of 40 feet — a number that is associated with spiritual renewal. There were a total of 70 squares (7×10); conversely, the RR+AC Vault uses a matrix of 40 squares, with squares that represent the elements, planets, and signs of the zodiac. Each wall also contained a cache of occult supplies that could be used to reconstitute the fraternity in case of its dissolution.

In the center of the tomb was a circular altar engraved with the words: hoc universi compendium unius mihi sepulchrum feci. This phrase can be translated to mean: “I have made my tomb to be the one compendium of the universe.” The circular altar was also engraved with four figures that represented the four elements. It also represented the four angels that surround the Throne of God. It also represented the four chambers of the human heart that house the dormant spirit of Christ. It was also analogous with the Round Table of Arthurian legend.

The ceiling that illuminated the vault with light represented the Limitless Light of the Cabalists. The floor, inscribed with the names of inferior spirits, represented the darkness of the underworld that Christ visited while he was dead. It is between these polarities of life and death that Christian Rosenkreuz remained in suspended animation.

The “Sleeping King” is a prominent archetype in many legends. In Christianity, John the Evangelist shall sleep in his grave until the coming of the Antichrist. In Arthurian legend, King Arthur was taken to Avalon to sleep until he was needed again.

The tomb of Rosenkreuz was analogous with the tomb of Christ. While an earthquake opened the tomb of Christ, a construction project opened the tomb of Christian Rosenkreuz. It was a womb that was impregnated with an embryo that had to gestate for a certain amount of time — 120 years in this case. It was the sealed flask of the alchemist that is opened once the fermentation process is complete. The homunculus is the product of the alchemist who is able to grow a new transfigured body within the glass flask that is his old profane body. 

The tomb represented the alchemical process of fermentation. Like the transfigured body of Christ, the transfigured body of Christian Rosenkreuz was impervious to the entropic forces of decomposition. Like the slain bull in the subterranean temples of Mithras, the body of Christian Rosenkreuz represented the spiritualization of the lower physical nature into a higher spiritual ideal. The transfigured body of Christian Rosenkreuz represented the infamous philosopher’s stone (heart) that is said to be located in the interior of the earth (physical body).

The sarcophagus of Christian Rosenkreuz represented the lower nature of man. It was the physical body formed from the dust of the ground. It was analogous with the sarcophagus that carried Osiris down the Nile after he was imprisoned inside. It was also analogous with the Ark that carried Noah over the waters of the deluge. On the other hand, the preserved cadaver of Christian Rosenkreuz inside the sarcophagus represented the eternal soul that sleeps in the grave. It is the soul that awaits either judgment or reincarnation (depending upon your views).