Cure the Sick

Happy Easter!

I have been toying around with this article for awhile now. In the face of the pandemic, it seems appropriate to publish it.

One of the primary credos of the original Rosicrucians proclaimed: “none of them [Rosicrucians] should profess any other thing than to cure the sick.” As inheritors of the Rosicrucian tradition, we must take this tenet seriously if we wish to walk in the footsteps of our predecessors.

Healing is one of the cornerstones of the Rosicrucian tradition. Many early Rosicrucians, such as Adam Haslmayr, were Paracelsian doctors. And with alchemy as one of its main components, the Elixir of Life is part of the Rosicrucian mythos. The promise of healing and perfect health has always been there.

Many Rosicrucians, myself included, work in healthcare in order to fulfill this sacred obligation. Many of us are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. I give kudos to all of my peers. Many of us practice traditions of metaphysical healing, such as laying on of hands and the popular system of reiki. Unfortunately, using these healing modalities is dangerous in the face of a contagious virus, as well as inapplicable in lieu of social distancing. Fortunately, an absentee healing list is a great way to go at this time. Despite all the criticism that it receives, AMORC maintains an absentee healing list known as the Council of Solace.

So, what should Rosicrucians do during the COVID-19 pandemic? First, it should go without saying that you should follow all of the recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). And that means obeying social distancing. Keep yourself and others safe. Second, practice humanism and compassion. Be concerned for the welfare of your fellow human beings. Perhaps, it is not necessary to raid the stores for toilet paper, so other people can buy some too. Third, maintain a prayer list for those who are sick. Pray and meditate for their recoveries. Pray and meditate for the world to come out of this situation.

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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).

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I was born and raised within a Gnostic sect. But when I was seventeen, I met a Rosicrucian named E, who worked as a philosophy instructor at my high school. I have no idea what he saw in me, but he took me under his wing. He exposed me to Neoplatonism and Christian Hermeticism. But his main shtick was Plato. He claimed that Plato was the foundation of western esotericism.

During his mentorship, I took on the role of a prisoner in Plato’s cave. E made me face the shadows of superficial truth that I had once embraced. He then showed me higher truths. Something within me awoke from a deep slumber. I could no longer see the world as I once had. It was a paradigm shift that I was hard pressed to resist. It continues to drive me forward two decades later. 

I attended his wedding that was held at a lavish Lutheran church. “E” then moved to the other side of the country. At this point all communication ceased. I felt a large degree of abandonment. Some students fail a test or trial that severs the link with their teacher. I have always pondered what misstep I might have taken. Nonetheless, this is how my journey down the path of Rosicrucianism began.