Friday, September 3, 2010

The Hermetic Rose-Cross (AMORC vs GD)

In the AMORC’s official magazine published by the Grand Lodge for Portuguese language in Brazil, there is a clue that links AMORC origins with the Golden Dawn symbols and materials, is the Hermetic Rose-Cross lamen. It is in a section that usually explains the front cover illustration, it says: (translated from Portuguese)   
"The complex symbol which is used to be the cover of this publication is known as the ‘Hermetic Rose-Cross’, and was created around 1887 by Samuel L Matters, and composed from ancient symbols from the ‘Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians from XVI and XVII Centuries’. The symbol created by Matters includes two rose-crosses interlaced, in addition of elements related to Alchemy and Kabalah.”

However, it is important to mention, that even though AMORC does not explor the symbology of the lamen into their teachings, it has being used as Master and Grand Master pendant since the Order’s inception. In the case of Golden Dawn, the new Adept is required to create their own lamen to be worn during ritual convocations and special ceremonies. For the Golden Dawn it is the mark of the Adept while for AMORC is just a jewelry used for the office member which no degree related requirement. (Text corrected as suggested in the comments).

Symbolism of the Golden Dawn Rosy Cross

This lamen is a complete synthesis of the masculine, positive, or rainbow scale of color attributions, which is also called the Scale of the King. The four arms of the cross belong to the four elements and are colored accordingly. The white portion belongs to the Holy Spirit and the planets.

The petals of the rose refer to the twenty-two paths on the Tree of Life and the Twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It is the cross in Tiphareth, the receptacle and the center of the forces of the Sephiroth and the paths. The extreme center of the rose is white, the reflected spiritual brightness of Kether, bearing upon it the Red Rose of Five Petals and the Golden Cross of Six Squares; four green rays issue from around the angles of the cross. Upon the white portion of the lamen, below the rose, is placed the hexagram, with the planets.

Around the pentagrams, which are placed one upon each elemental colored arm, are drawn the symbols of the spirit and the four elements. Upon each of the floriated (the arms) of the cross are arranged the three alchemical principles of sulfur, salt, and mercury. The white rays issuing from behind the rose at the inner angles between the arms of the cross are the rays of the divine light issuing and coruscating from the reflected light of Kether in its center; and the letters and symbols on them refer to the analysis of the Key Word - I.N.R.I. and IAO. For particular references to the Keywords, please refer to my other post G.D. Rituals: Analysis of the Keyword.


Updated History

  • 03/09/2010 - Post Creation
  • 29/01/2015 - Added a new picture of the Lamen plus additional info.

I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

Released eBooks by Frater T.A.S. ::FRC XIII:
  1. The Rise of the Adepti Volume I: Rosicrucian Origins and Metaphysics 
  2. The Rise of the Adepti Volume II: The College of the Adepti.                
  3. The Rise of the Adepti Volume III: The Adept's Initiation Chamber.      

Your comments will be appreciated. 

Master Kut-Hu-Mi and the Rosicrucian Convention of 1926

According to the AMORC’s official magazine published by the Grand Lodge for Portuguese language in Brazil, in a section entitled “Master Kut-Hu-Mi and the Rosicrucian Convention of 1926”, is says: “H. Spencer Lewis published in the years of 1926, in the official AMORC American magazine, ‘The Mystic Triangle’, an article entitled ‘Our Trip Through Europe’, a fascinating account (in several chapters) about a certain secret International Convention held by the ‘Rosicrucian Order Worldwide’ happened in that year, in Toulouse, France.  

There is a portion of the article that talks about of the participation of Master Kut-Hu-Mi in the Convention as a Supreme R+C Master, not only he spoken to the high initiates and all delegates of the Order, but also had private meetings with the AMORC officials, among them with H. Spenser Lewis. 

According to the AMORC Imperator statements, Master K.H.M. was alive at that time and living in Tibet. Currently the Master is operating in the Cosmic Plan at the service of the R+C.”