Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Does A.M.O.R.C. Prepare the Student to Become an Adept?

Or does AMORC have a place in its degree of study as well as in its organizational structure for the ADEPTI as a higher initiatic college?

 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.   

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A.M.O.R.C. Declared Aims

According to the Rosicrucian Manual (AMORC), "The work of the Order—using the word work in an official sense— consists of teaching, studying, and testing such laws of God and Nature as make our members Masters in the Holy Temple (the physical body), and Workers in the Divine Laboratory (Nature's domains). This enables the Fratres and Sorors to render more efficient help to those who do not know, who need or require help and assistance.

Therefore, the Order is a school, a college, a fraternity, with a laboratory. The members are students and workers. The graduates are unselfish servants of God to mankind, efficiently educated, trained, and experienced, attuned with the mighty forces of the Cosmic or Divine Mind, and masters of matter, space, and time. This makes them essentially mystics, adepts, and magi—creators of their own destiny. " (HSL, 1937, pp.29)

We must think about the sequence or hierarchy of objectives in the last paragraph above:

  • Mystics - Probably related to the basic 1st to 4th Temple degrees.
  • Adepts - Probably related to the 5th to 7th Adeptus degrees. "...efficiently educated, trained, and experienced, attuned with the mighty forces of the Cosmic or Divine Mind."
  • Magi (Magus) - Probably related to the 8th to 9th Magus degrees beyond the Adeptus degrees (?). "...masters of matter, space, and time."

From what was stated above, seems that HSL had a very different view for AMORC development, a view that seems not shared by his successors (past and current Imperatores).

Can AMORC have a college of Adepti?

I had a vision that I would like to share with my Fraters and Sorors regarding the higher degrees of AMORC. 

Doing my Sanctum work for the Esoteric Hierarchy, I was asking guidance for the development of the Rosicrucian Tradition, And I had a vision of a college of Rosicrucian Adepts made by high degree members who are willing to go further and actively willing to contribute to the mystical development of humankind and the Rosicrucian Tradition. In that college, our members were using our basic teachings designing and advancing further the frontier of our mystical knowledge using all the fields and tools provide by the Ancient Sciences. The effect of this work in our planet became visible as an immense aura of White Light started to involve our planet purifying and elevating its environment. That new activity became the central focus for human transformation and acceleration of the vibrational tonus of our Earth. 

After those unforgettable moments, I started to reflect on how such a vision can be manifested for the betterment of humankind. Below I describe some of the ideas as they come up. 

Considering the high degrees that a member could attain during their studies and practices within the AMORC course of studies, what are the advantages of having a College of the Adepti? 

What is the purpose of the "College of the Adepti" in the past/present/future?

As we know from renowned esoteric authors, that the "College of the Adepti" is defined as a group of high initiated students who dedicated themselves to the advancement of the Occult Sciences or the Rosicrucian Tradition. They take the material they received by their mystery schools and get them further by advanced experimentations and occult research aiming to gather even higher knowledge and wisdom that can be incorporated into the R+C Tradition. 

What are the Adepti's fields of development?
  • Hermeticism (Theoretical & Practical Kabbalah)
  • Spiritual Alchemy (Theoretical & Practical Esoteric Alchemy)
  • Esoteric Astrology (Theoretical & Practical Horary Astrology, etc.) 
  • Divination (Theoretical & Practical Geomancy, Tarot, etc) 

What are the Adepti's Tools? 

  • Concentration 
  • Contemplation 
  • Visualization 
  • Mediation 
  • Psychic Vision 
  • Vibroturgy (psychometry) 
  • Psychic Projection
  • Skrying 
  • Traveling in the Spirit Vision (Remote Viewing)
  • Arcane Symbology 
  • Words of power (Vocalic sounds, mantras, divine names) 
  • Consciousness rising techniques (Egg Exercise, Pathworking on the Tree of Life, etc.)
  • Assumption (psychic and divine) 

Does AMORC has some equivalent to a "College of the Adepti"?

There are some basic activities within the AMORC affiliation that in part resembles to activities pertaining to a "College of the Adepti": 

  • The Esoteric Hierarchy 
  • The Order Summun Bonvm 
  • The Artisan fora 

However, those activities and affiliations remain limited to the scope defined for them. 

  • The Esoteric Hierarchy - Its purpose is not clearly defined as it exists as an aid to the Imperator. The E.H. member only needs to pass their reports to the Imperator when they have any psychic impressions related to the work or activities of the organization. Such activities are performed by individual members and not as an esoteric body. 
  • The Order Summun Bonvm - Recently created, this esoteric level of studies target members of the high degrees, and they commitment with the organization is the same as required by the students of the lower degrees. These commitments are the dedication to their studies and practices and self-development. The OSB does not work as an esoteric body of high Adepti, as it provides  just another layer of reflection on the student development.
  • The Artisan "classes" - Also recently created, that activity is aimed to higher degree members. Regional Supervisors allow members of the higher degrees to present lectures, previously approved by them, allowing questions and answers strictly limited to "relevant" comments to the presented theme. It works as a lecture session and does not provide any room for sharing experiences or any developments in the studies.

Are the AMORC members of these esoteric bodies/classes happy with the advancements offered by the organization, at that level? According to my experience, they are not. From many years of participation in Lodge activities and AMORC activities over the world FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, I notice that we always have the impression that was hard to attract higher degree members to the activities. I can summarise below the reason for that behaviour: 

  • Most of the higher degree members lose their connection with the Order after while and when asked why, they say that are finding their answers elsewhere. 
  • Some demonstrated their frustration for the lack of activities to propel them further exploring the jewels of knowledge, only briefly shown to then, in the higher degrees, but not developed as deeper as they expected. 
  • They also feel that is their responsibility to develop even further the R+C Tradition, but they do not have means and an environment/structure to do so. 

Basic Concepts

For start,I would like to consider some of the definitions used for the term Adept used in the esoteric circles.

Adepti - An Adeptus is an individual identified as having attained a specific level of knowledge, skill, or aptitude in doctrines relevant to a particular Mystical or Magical Order, but still in preparation to attain the supreme grade of Magus. Even though the definition of an Adept, according to the Rosicrucian Tradition is simple as that, the term has being used to denote slightly different connotations.

Latin sources (Wikipedia: Adeptus): Etymology: Perfect participle of adipīscor Participle: Adeptus m (feminine Adepta, neuter Adeptum);

Case \ Gender


First of all, is there any evidence of the use of the term Adept/Adepti/Adeptus at all in the system of study?

We as AMORC students are able noticed that there are some degrees that are nominated after the various Adepti grades of achievement. AMORC has used the following attributions from the Fifth Temple Degree until the Seventh Temple Degree:

  • Fifth Temple Degree (Adeptus Minor/Junior)
  • Sixth Temple Degree (Adeptus Major)
  • Seventh Temple Degree (Adeptus Exemptus)

So looking at the Degrees attributions shown above seems that the system assumed that students who reached that level of study can hold the Adeptus title in at least three levels or grades; as Minor (Basic), Major (Advanced) and Exemptus (Magister).

Note: Those entitlements or attributions are only disclosed by AMORC on the degree self-initiation Master Monographs or while participating in those Lodge initiations. 

Interesting is that when I talk about this subject with high degree members of the Order they usually say: “No, I never heard of such titles or reference in my studies.” Why is that? For those who had reached the 5th, 6th and 7th Degrees, looking at the Master Monographs’ Initiations for these degrees you will find clear references about it. May the reason for such behavior is that the Order doesn't place any emphasis, clarification or any other mention in the Master Monographs about that initiatic title, neither give us, the students, any context about the Adeptus level. 

For instance in the 6th Degree's Initiation (new edition), pages 7 & 8 it is stated: “The symbolic journey that you have just completed around the triangle vouches that you have been initiated into the mysteries of the preceding chambers and thereby received the title of Adeptus Junior. The lessons which shall be imparted to you during the next few months shall make you an Adeptus Major, that is, an adept of a higher rank.

Apart from direct references about the attribution of the Adept occurring in the initiations of the degrees 5th to 7th, there are no further references in the Monographs themselves, with the exception when the studies are referring to the Masters as The Adepts, not about the students. 

So why AMORC is giving those titles to members at the formative degrees, since AMORC only recognize as High Degrees the degrees from the 10th to 12th? If those degrees which have received the entitlement of Adeptus Degrees are not part of the preparation for adepthood, why they use such denomination or entitlement? Why pretending to have an Adepti corpus as part of the Order structure as stated in the last quoted paragraph "...shall make you an Adeptus Major, that is, an adept of a higher rank."? Where are those Adepti of "Higher Rank"? Is that possible that the Order has a secret college of the Adepti? Something like the Golden Dawn Second/Internal Order of A.C.? Anyway, if the Order imparts grade titles of Adeptus to their member students why their statuses are not recognized  for activities in the Order? Why does the Adepts not receive a special training to justify their rank? Why their background consist of healing techniques, astral projection and knowledge about karma? Is that knowledge enough to qualify someone as an Adept?

However, if those degrees, which have received the entitlement of Adeptus, are only part of the general preparation for adepthood and not as part of the training proper, why they use such denomination or entitlement? Why students of of middle level degrees (5th, 6th and 7th) are entitled as Adeptus, implying that they belong or are part of a internal order? What if the possible experiments or techniques for that kind of advancement are only provided in the 10th to 12th degrees? Is that a result of a different grade structure not in accordance with the traditional Rosicrucian system reveled by the original German Gold und Rosencreutz Ordo?

Or are the Order (I mean, the organization behind the Order) using such degree structure/entitlements only to keep itself in pace of competition with other Rosicrucian Orders that uses that terminology to define their grades but have a College of Adepts?

That’s a difficult area and we need to go back to the 1900’s to understand the context when AMORC was created and trying to get a view from the occult environment of the times. If you do a bit of search you will be surprise with the explosion of the occult at that time. Derived from the strong influence of the Theosophical Society a lot of traditions started to reborn, finding their roots from old initiates to rebuild their orders. The same thing happened with Rosicrucian orders like the Golden Dawn, Rosicrucian Fellowship, Societas Rosicruciana (in England and in the America , etc. All new organizations were doing efforts to contact old sources to get their proper lineage and to validate their claims. I have included some articles in this Blog which mention a couple of wild claims made by HSL during the early 1900’s to validate AMORC’s position in the esoteric scenario.

HSL in his efforts to grant legitimacy to AMORC made strange associations with the O.T.O. (Refer to Rosicrucian documents included in the Rosicrucian Manual):

HSL also claimed:

Students of the 11th and 12th Degrees may also realize that after the formation of the F.U.D.O.S.I., HSL had access to various initiatory ceremonies and teaching materials, probably but not mentioned, including the Golden Dawn grades. As the system of grades wasn’t produced by the current Order of the Golden Dawn but came from earlier sources of the Gold und Rosencreutzer order from Germany, HSL may be tought that it was a good thing to add to AMORC system of degrees linking them to an old Rosicrucian source, giving them authenticity. Sad was that it was all. The organization just took the titles but not the teaching’s contents which were basic related to Esoteric Alchemy, Theurgy (Ritual Magic) and Esoteric Astrology the trilogy of ancient sciences – Hermes Trimegistus was named after mastering those Ageless Wisdom’s triad.

Degrees vs Grades

Here we can notice another singular difference. AMORC founders decided to call the Order stages of development as DEGREES, while all the others term them as GRADES. Why?

Let's us see some of the commonly accepted definitions for those terms in English:

Degrees | Define Degrees at"Any of a series of steps or stages, as in a process or course of action; a point in any scale. 2. a stage or point in or as if in progression or retrogression..."

Grades | Definition from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary "a level of study that is completed by a student during one year. : the students in the same year of study at a school."

As we can see the use of word "degree" does not seem appropriate do designate levels of study as it is used in English speaking countries to designate the attainment on an entire course of study, usually at a formative or basic level. Example, I have obtained my Degree in Anthropology at Foundation University of Brasilia, Brazil. The term degree does not apply to each stage or year of the course, but it is a certification of completion of the entire course of study. 

On the other hand, the word Grade has been extensively used to describe stages or levels in a course of study. For instance, we use first Grade, second Grade and so on to describe stages for the formation of the student. Similarly, in the traditional Rosicrucian system of study, the denomination Grade is applyed to describe the stages of the formative and advanced levels of study.

So, why the more appropriated word "grade" was NOT chosen by AMORC to use? To simply differentiate from others? To try not to be identified with a tradition close to the Golden Dawn? If so, why they are keeping the grade nominations, which were created by German Golden Rose Cross and adopted by McGregor Matters, one of the Golden Dawn founders for the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn? 

The Higher Adeptus degrees nominations tells us about Magic. Is it part of the AMORC approach of the Rosicrucian Tradition?

It is also important to noticed that even thought our Imperator states in the Master Monographs that AMORC deals and teach Mysticism and not Magic, the higher degrees are nominated after the Arcane Science as we can see:
  • Eighth Temple Degree (Magistericus Templicated)
  • Ninth Temple Degree (Magus)
  • Tenth Temple Degree (Magus Ipisissimus)

What the denomination for those degrees as "Magus" are referring to? According to AMORC, the Order is a mystical order and not a magical order, so why the student reaching the Ninth Degree Temple bestows the title of "Magus" a denomination used in Rosicrucian magical order like the Golden Dawn?

Can we go back to the top of this article and re-read the AMORC Aims, the HSL concept for the development of the student in the Rosicrucian path? In that concept, we see the Mystic, the Adept and the Magus at the highest. According to my observation and research, seems that the turning view against Magic started with his son, RML, the second Imperator of AMORC. He started a change seeking support, not the arcane sciences but the new objective science of today. Such a departure from the original concept drove the Order away from its roots more and more... Do you like to know HSL adventure in Magic? Refer to the use of Dark Mirrors with selected members of the 11T by HSL. Dark Mirror is a tool primary used for skrying, a magical technique used by magical schools for centuries. 

The Adept

Before we are going further on the subject of the Adept, let’s have a closer look on definitions that are being around in the esoteric sphere.

For start, let us see the Rosicrucian Glossary for the word Adept: "Adept—One who exhibits a particular skill or proficiency in some subject or activity. In the mystical sense, one who has attained illumination and a mastery in applying his knowledge of cosmic laws and principles to the affairs of life." (H.S.L.,1935, pp. 162). 

H. P. Blavatsky makes liberal use of the term adept in her works (Leadbeater, 1978, p. 12) to refer to any caretaker of ancient occult knowledge. In her 1877 work “Isis Unveiled” she asserts the capabilities of the adept as being able to take active control of elemental spirits as well as the physical and astral conditions of non adepts (Blavatsky, 1998, pp. 588-590).

Alice Bailey (Blavatsky’s closest disciple) defines an Adept more precisely as a being who has taken five of the seven of the theosophical initiations (Bailey, 1997, pp. 215).

Dion Fortune also explains the concept of an Adept as someone that was frail as any man or women, but who undertook rigorous training under the guidance of the Masters, spaning to several life-times, until reaching the illumination and total freedom from physical bondages. Therefore her concept of an Adept is interchangeable with the Master. In her words: "There are a number of beings on the inner planes who have come through 'the rounds of humanity' and who have no need to enter into incarnation again. Some of these you call 'Masters' but there are really many grades of them so that the all-inclusive term 'Inner Plane Adepti' is possibly a wiser expression." (Dion Fortune, 1978, pp.19)

According to Builders of the Adytum's introductory booklet The Open Door, "The only difference between an Adept and a natural, unawakened man, is the way the Adept thinks, regarding himself, the universe, and his Creator." (B.O.T.A., 1989, pp. 6). However, Paul Foster Case (B.O.T.A. founder) teaches in his private lessons that the true Adept also is one who by using the Ageless Wisdom's principles achieved significant biological changes in their bodies to be able to hold the height energy levels of the Life-Energy applied to their accelerated evolution. 

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, defines an Adept as one who has taken the oath of the 5=6 grade and has been granted the title Adeptus Minor. The oath of the Adeptus Minor includes a provision to "unite myself with my higher and Divine “Genius" or Higher Self, a process which is more commonly referred to as the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. To undertake this process the Adeptus Minor must reconfirm the work of earlier grades (Zelator through Philosophus) with their new found knowledge before passing to the Adeptus Major degree, as a full-fledged adept.

Those who practice esoteric arts such as Theurgy and Kabbalah are familiar with the word "Adept". In the traditions of esoteric Christianity and ritual magic, an Adept is one who is skilled or profound, but not a master in these arts. The masters are the Magi, those who climbed the final three step of the mystical latter (the three upper Sephirots in the Tree of Life, reaching Kether or the supreme grade of Ipsissimus. (Wikipedia, Adept).

In summary, we can see from various sources of information presented in this blog that when a Rosicrucian Order designates or give to some of their students the title of Adeptus it means that the individual is already prepared in the basic work of self-development and were invited to enter into a higher level of training. 

My Comments: However, taking into the account of the modern view of the Adepti, and according to my own research, an Adept is an individual who can be identified as having attained a specific level of knowledge, skill, or aptitude in doctrines relevant to a particular Mystical or Magical Order, but still in preparation to attain the supreme grade of Magus. Apart from AMORC, other Martinist and Rosicrucian Orders, for instance, in the Golden Dawn system, upon the Adept is granted the authority to teach other students, co-ordinate the studies of an Outer or Circle, to be a Temple Ritualistic Officer and to create their own Temple/Lodge. AMORC took a radically different approach, away from the traditional orders, creating an international system of Temples/Lodges around the world with their headquarters in San Jose, California, U.S.A. In that system no Adepts are formally chartered, no college of the Adepti was formed, and the only authority to initiate or charter new Pronaus, Lodges or Grand Loges came directly from the Imperator of the Order (equivalent in the G.D.'s Chief Adept) or from the Order Supreme Council in San Jose. That system changes completely the way the R+C Tradition was passed from Master to disciple. 

The School for the Adepti

It is worth to mention that AMORC, unlike other Rosicrucian orders, did not created an School for the Adepti, explicitly conveying instructions for the preparation of the student for such levels of attainment. The only thing that resembles an Adepti's work is what AMORC called the "the Esoteric Hierarchy". When the student reaches the 12th degree they are invited to participate in active psychic work, receiving instructions on how to attune themselves with the "Hierarchy of the Order", which basically consists of member of the same degree or higher who are in deep meditation at certain pre-determined periods of the year forming an invisible conclave of attuned minds. According to the Imperator's instructions, after each contact with the Hierarchy, the member of the Order should send a report to the Supreme Grand Lodge if any relevant message concerning the affairs of the Order was received. 

Important to notice at this point is that the technique provided to the high degree members to contact the E.H. is based on visualization and concentration, being almost a magical skrying technique, where you create the visualization and project yourself into it. 

Having some thoughts about that yearly gathering rule for the E.H. I recalled a passage from the Fama Fraternitatis, where father C.R.C. sending his disciples, after lengh preparation, to other countries aiming to disseminate the Rosicrucian teachings, told them that they must observe one particular rule: to gather every year reporting to the order headquarters sharing their experiences. May that was the inspiration to HSL regarding the E.H. yearly conclaves...

Resourcing again to the "Rosicrucian Manual" we found that the actual adepthood is achieved only through "Cosmic Initiation", as HSL explains: "Hence, the real preparation of which we are speaking is for the purpose of ultimately being admitted, by Cosmic Initiation, into the symbolic Great White Brotherhood (*) 

(...). Mastership in the Great White Brotherhood (*) is certain, and assignment to service as Imperator, Magus, or Hierophant in some phase of the work on Earth will then bring affiliation with the Great White Lodge (*). (...) The student, who attains membership in the Great White Brotherhood (*), after due preparation and real worthiness, first discovers this by becoming conscious of having passed through a series of events constituting a true Initiation. Often these occur during the night, or while he is on periods of rest and meditation in the mountains or valleys, away from active worldly affairs. This consciousness is accompanied by an influx of Divine Apprehension and Spiritual Awakening, affecting even the physical body to such an extent as to bring about a real rebirth of the body with rejuvenation, increased vigor, restored functioning in organs and parts that were tired, depleted, or subnormal." (H.S.L., 1935, pp. 146) Also..".(...) the Great White Brotherhood(*) and the Great White Lodge (*) have no visible organization. They never come together in one united session; their members are never assembled in any one meeting; they have no temple known by their names; and they have no earthly rituals, physical organization laws, or material form as a brotherhood or lodge. That is why it is often said, in mystical writings, that the "real Rosicrucian Brotherhood is an invisible organization." The Rosicrucian ORDER is truly visible, but the Great Brotherhood is not visible as a body." (H.S.L., 1935, pp. 152)*"

Let's pause a bit to focus in one important statement made by HSL in the quote above: "...assignment to service as Imperator, Magus, or Hierophant...". What exactly HSL meant by that? To service as an Imperator is a well known role; what about the roles of Magus and the Hierophant ? Have you ever heard about such roles for the AMORC Officials? I never heard of them there. I have heard about such roles in the magical Rosicrucian Orders, like the Golden Dawn, but never as part of AMORC; exception made when the MM made reference to Master Kut-Hu-Mi as the worthy Hierophant of the Order. 

"Great White Brotherhood—or "Great White Lodge", does not allude to a fraternal organization actually in existence by that name in India, Tibet, or elsewhere. Rather, it represents a body of mystical and esoteric doctrines which are the result of the wisdom of many enlightened minds throughout the centuries. These doctrines were preserved originally in Tibet in the mountain fastnesses where such mystics and philosophers had taken refuge from the persecution to which they had been subject in other lands. Most all such enlightened individuals had been affiliated with great mystical Orders, such as the Rosicrucians. Consequently, the body of teachings, rites and rituals, not individuals, became known as the "Great White Brotherhood." The teachings were eventually disseminated gradually to organizations throughout the world whose principles and ideals were recognized to be of the same high quality as those of the sources of the "Great White Brotherhood." No individual can apply to become a member of the "Great White Brotherhood" as it is not a single organization but an archive of wisdom preserved by a collegium, that is, a group of mystical Orders with equal authority. By analogy, no individual can become a member of the United Nations, for such is a unity of nations representatives only. One may only benefit from the United Nations by being a citizen of a nation which is accepted in the United Nations. So, too, an individual may only affiliate with an organization which is perpetuating the traditional ideals and teachings of the "Great White Brotherhood," not the latter itself. Any individual claiming to have membership in any society, group, or body terming itself the "Great White Brotherhood," is either misrepresenting the truth or is being deluded by a fraudulent body." (H.S.L., 1935, pp. 172) 

Note: As we can see in the definition of "Great White Brotherhood" given in the Rosicrucian Manual it differs substantially from the instructions given to the member of the Hierarchy, where is said that they are forming and part of the "Great White Brotherhood" during their psychic conclave; formed by kindred minds (not by a "body of teachings").

At this stage, we are ready to proceed to inspect the preparation of the Adept into the higher degrees/grades using a comparison between AMORC degree and HOGD grades (Adepti Degree/Grades).

The Degree Structure and Preparation of the Adept

During my studies, I noticed that AMORC uses some of the symbols used by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (a Rosicrucian Order as well). Those symbols are directly related to the work of the Adepti, and they are:

The Rosicrucian Lamen - as seems on the top left corner of the main page of this blog. Also refer to: R+C Lamen & the Rosy Cross. That symbol was originally created by MacGregor Matthers, co-founder of the HOGD and adopted by AMORC as depicted in the Rosicrucian Manual written by HSL (Lewis, Harvey Spencer, 1935, pp.75). The Order website also sells a poster and jewelry depicting in detail the same symbol. 

Symbolism of the Golden Dawn Rose 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.

The Grade Structure based on the Tree of Life

There are interesting similarities between the original AMORC's degree structure and the original Golden Dawn grade structure, which have their grade names after the Sephira of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. However, even though the grade structures are similar regarding the degree titles, the contents of their respective degrees/grades are totally different.

From my point of view, AMORC put emphasis on the psychic development, as the Golden Dawn, on the other hand, focuses their grades on the Elemental balance of the student's energies (until the 5th Grade) and the development of the Adept in the higher grades.
In general, the Rosicrucian Orders have the following attributes for their basic degree/grade as those degrees/grades are the preparation of the Adepti:

1st Degree/Grade: Zelator (Earth Elemental Grade)

AMORC: (later "Juniorius" and currently "Studiosus") Resourcing the to a description provided in the Rosicrucian Manual, the First Temple Degree introduces the concept of polarity and its relationship to the subatomic world and its differing rates of vibration. It introduces the full spectrum of physical and non-physical manifestation. An understanding of these subjects gives the student an appreciation for the system and order of the universe, the interconnectedness of all nature and how everything is governed by natural law. As we can see that degree has no concerns about the energy balance or elemental energies and focuses basically on giving to the student the Rosicrucian Ontology about the Universe.

Others: Orders like the HOGD, have that grade numbered as 1=10, 1st Grade related to the 10th Shephirot (Malkuth - The Kingdom) in the TOL and focuses their teachings on passing the basic symbology of the Rosicrucian Tradition and their practices by teaching how to balance the alchemical Earth Element energies in the aura of the student preparing them for the Great Work. Frater Kevin Tuck posted on Facebook an very accurate account of each of the TOL related grades: "In the Grade of Zelator, assigned to Malkuth and thus dealing with the element of Earth, our task is concerned with the physical body. The initiate must be sure to get enough sunlight, water, air and exercise. Notice the relationship of these four elements to the four parts of Malkuth. He must work to purify and strengthen the physical body so that it can be a fit Temple for the indwelling presence of the Most High. He must also work to free himself from the delusion of separateness that keeps him from recognizing as an actual fact the Unity of Creation." (Kevin Tuck, 2014, Facebook).

2nd Degree/Grade: Theoricus (Air Elemental Grade)

AMORC: The Second Temple Degree explores the workings of the mind. Students will learn how to use various mental faculties to strengthen the will, eliminate bad habits and establish good ones, tap into the levels of the subconscious, reason more effectively, and integrate principles of psychology and mysticism to achieve their personal goals. As the first statement above states, it "explores the workings of the mind", so this degree should be related to the sphere of the alchemical Air Element, not the alchemical Water Element as commonly associated with this grade. So its is evident that AMORC is not following the Tree of Life degree structure, even though it keeps the same naming conventions.

Others: Orders like the HOGD, have that grade numbered as 2=9, 2nd Grade related to the 9th Shephirot (Yesod - The Foundation) in the TOL and focuses their teachings on passing the basic symbology of the Rosicrucian Tradition and their practices by teaching how to balance the Water Elemental energies in the aura of the student preparing them for the Great Work. The alchemical Water Element is related to the emotional aspects of our self and the astral or psychic level of consciousness (which AMORC develops only in the 7th Degree). Also according to Frater Tuck: "... the task of the Theoricus is to become well grounded in occult theory. The initiate must not be content to simply memorize the Hebrew alphabet and the other basics of occultism but must go deeper, so that he begins to recognize the underlying relationships of the various correspondences. In addition, he must work to root out destructive patterns and habits from subconsciousness." (Kevin Tuck, 2014, Facebook).

3rd Degree/Grade: Practicus (Water Elemental Grade)

AMORC: The Third Temple Degree explores the meaning of life on many levels, including living and "non-living" matter, life on the cellular level, the mysteries of death and rebirth, and the eternal nature of the Soul.

Others: Orders like the HOGD, have that grade numbered as 3=8, 3rd Grade related to the 8th Shephirot (Hod - Splendor) in the TOL and focuses their teachings on passing the basic symbology of the Rosicrucian Tradition and their practices by teaching how to balance the Water Elemental energies in the aura of the student preparing them for the Great Work. The alchemical Water Element is related to the mental/Intellectual aspects of our self (which AMORC develops only in the 4th Degree). Also according to Frater Tuck: "... the initiate begins to receive the first glimpse of the higher Reality. His task is to transform the intellect so that it becomes a tool for liberation. This transformation is initiated when he begins to see the underlying Patterns of Unity written in the Book of Nature. The self-conscious mind must be purified so as to become a transparent vehicle for the expression of the Light of Tiphareth. In many ancient systems of initiation, the initiate is purified by water. What is meant by purification is not simply morality. To purify is to make something "free from admixture". Thus, the Practicus admits only those thoughts and ideas which are in harmony with the One Life. The Practicus affirms through thought, word, and deed, repeated over and over again with an intention that he does nothing of himself. All over and over again with an intention that he does nothing of himself. All powers at his disposal are really the Power of the One Life." (Kevin Tuck, 2014, Facebook).

4th Degree/Grade: Philosophus (Fire Elemental Grade)

AMORC: In the Fifth Temple Degree, the student will study excerpts from the works of classical philosophers. The student's exploration of the ancient roots of Rosicrucian philosophy will demonstrate the timelessness of these principles.

Others: Orders like the HOGD, have that grade numbered as 4=7, 4rd Grade related to the 7th Shephirot (Netzach - Victory) in the TOL and focuses their teachings on passing the basic symbology of the Rosicrucian Tradition and their practices by teaching how to balance the Fire Elemental energies in the aura of the student preparing them for the Great Work. The alchemical Fire Element is related to the cosmic Life-Force or Kundalini (which AMORC develops its basic concepts in the 4th Degree). According to Frater Tuck: "... As you will recall, the qualities at work in this Sephirah are emotion and desire. The task of the Philosophus is to equilibrate the emotions and inflame the desire! Just as the initiate is purified by water in the previous Grade, in Netzach, he is consecrated with Fire. The natural man is a slave to both his emotions and his desires. His actions are all intended to either seek pleasure or avoid pain. The initiate is not satisfied with such an existence. By equilibrating the emotions, he becomes their master. By inflaming the desire for the One, all other desires are brought into accord with this One Purpose." (Kevin Tuck, 2014, Facebook).Other Rosicrucian schools or orders have an intermediate grade called Portal grade before the 5th Grade. In that grade, the student will learn how to integrate all the work with the alchemical elements with the 5th Element of Spirit, as a required preparation for the Adepthood.

Portal TO Adeptus Grade

AMORC: It does not provide a grade for that, as it also does not have a formal Adeptus curriculum.

Others: Other Rosicrucian schools or orders have an intermediate grade called Portal grade before the 5th Grade. In that grade, the student will learn how to integrate all the work with the alchemical elements with the 5th Element of Spirit, as a required preparation for the Adepthood.

The Adeptus Degrees/Grades

The next three degrees are part of a new section of the AMORC studies including the following Adeptus degrees:

5th Temple Degree (Adeptus Minor, currently Adeptus Junior)

AMORC: In the Fifth Temple Degree, the student will study excerpts from the works of classical philosophers. The student's exploration of the ancient roots of Rosicrucian philosophy will demonstrate the timelessness of these principles.

Others: In other Rosicrucian orders like the HOGD this grade corresponds to the 5=6 or 6th Sephirah of the Tree of Life (TOL) or Tiphareth (Beauty), the seat of the Higher Self or HGA. In this the grade the Adept will be trained:
a) To review all the previous basic grades from the perspective of the Adept;
b) To contact the student Higher Self or the Holy Guardian Angel to obtain guidance during their Adept’s preparation;
c) On the use of imagination to perfect their vision of Beauty.

My comments: AMORC’s approach to the contents of that degree focuses on the appreciation of the Cosmic Law studied by the Greek Philosophers, which requires more reflection and meditation upon the beauty of the Cosmic Laws. On the other hand, other orders take a more practical approach using the ritual to obtain direct guidance by the student’s Higher Self.

6th Temple Degree (Adeptus Major)

AMORC: In the Sixth Temple Degree presents the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components of health and disease. The student will learn specific Rosicrucian healing techniques.

Others: In other Rosicrucian orders like the HOGD this grade corresponds to the 6=5 or 5th Sephirah of the Tree of Life (TOL) or Geburah (Strength). In this the grade the Adept will be trained:
a) Into the mysteries of the number 5;
b) Into the laws of manifestation of energy into form;
c) To recognize the manifestation of the undeviating Justice in all circumstance of life.

My comments: AMORC’s approach to the contents of that degree focuses on teaching healing techniques stimulating the use of intuition. On the other hand, other orders preferred to focus on how to use the laws of manifestation. As we can see, the placement of the curriculum was chosen differently, as AMORC approach those subjects in other degrees.

7th Temple Degree (Adeptus Exemptius)

AMORC: The exercises and experiments of all the previous degrees have contributed to a gradual development, providing the student with the necessary foundation for the advanced techniques of the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Degrees. In the Seventh Degree, the students will learn how to accomplish psychic projection (Astral Projection), how to develop their personal aura and perceive other people's auras, and how to further develop psychic centers and perception. Students will also receive a thorough explanation of the physiological, psychic, and spiritual influence of specific mystical sounds. 

Others: In other Rosicrucian orders like the HOGD this grade corresponds to the 7=4 or 4th Sephirah of the Tree of Life (TOL) or Chesed (Mercy). In this the grade the Adept will be trained:
a) Into the mysteries of the righteousness;
b) To exempted from the delusion of personal participation in anything or any action – perfect freedom, without the least tinge of the error of separateness;
c) To learn how to draw all things needful, both spiritual and material from the exhaustless riches of the Limitless Substance.
My comments: AMORC’s approach to the contents of that degree focuses on teaching psychic or astral projection techniques to train the student on reaching higher planes of consciousness. On the other hand, other orders preferred to focus on how to detach from the ego towards the perfect manifestation of the Cosmic Will. Also seems that other orders have a more tightly connection with the TOL than the AMORC curriculum regarding the preparation of the Adepti. Golden Dawn derived Rosicrucian orders also have a Portal Grade to the supernal Grades of Magi, which can be reached by invitation only, and it is related to mystical Abyss (Cosmic Void related to the Sephirah: Daat) or the transition between the dual and nondual states of being. 

The Expected Achievements of an Adept

Considering the AMORC curriculum we can pinpoint scattered exercises that can be considered to the preparation of an Adept, and achievements with such exercises can be considered an expected development towards adepthood. 
Quoting HSL from Rosicrucian Manual (1927 edition):
"The last three grades of study [10th, 11th and 12th] and preparation in the Rosicrucian Order are designed specially to prepair the members, in the most minute details, for the ultimate goal." (p.137)
Below are examples of such exercises.

Finding the Cosmic Portals - "Various ways are used by the Order to assist its progressive members of the higher Degrees to attain greater mastership of the laws and principles.(...) after advancement through the first five or six Degrees there comes a time in the journey of each member when he may safely rest a while in his progress and dwell at the "houses" of special preparation. These houses will be pointed out to him diplomatically, and he may not even suspect that he is pursuing some study or branch of work that is not shared by others. These houses are not explained to the member in advance of his preparation for them." (H.S.L., 1935, pp. 177. How to find those "Houses" or "Planes"? Are there, on the Master Monographs, some hidden Portals that will allow the student goes through to receive higher initiation or teachings? I think so. During my experience through the various degrees I found,in agreement with other advanced members, that the Imperator statement saying that there are hidden ways to progress in the Order may be true.For instance:
  • 9th Degree Temple: 
    • Monograph #07 - The Cosmic or Electronic Cloud. May it be a Portal to higher dimensions that the student may project themselves into the center of a successful created Cosmic Cloud.
  • 10th Degree Temple 
    • Auto-Initiation Monograph - Secret Chamber of the Pyramid (Contact with the Inner Master ou access to the Adept's Chamber? Inner Order?) This is an actual psychic portal that the student is instructed to project themselve sinto after found the Personal Keys. When the related ritual is successfully implemented the student find the keys that will open the Portal to a higher chamber of initiation and instruction. 
    • The 12 Chambers of the Hexagonal Temple studied in this degree. Are they, each one of them, an individual Portal? Each of one, according to the student personal vibration tone, giving acces to each of the Secret Houses of the Rosicrucians, as told by Raymond Bernard?
NOTE: Is there any connection between the the Secret Chamber accessed by the dark Portal and the Keys with the outer chamber of the Hexagonal Temple? Also noticed that we do not need to use our Personal Note at this stage. Why?
  • 11th Degree Temple:
    • Monograph #43 - The Cosmic Spiral - May be it is another dimensional Portal as it induces OBEs and other altered states of consciousness when successfully created. That exercise is very similar to the one I performed while studying with the Ordo Stella Matutina, which is called "Bringing Down the Light". 
  • 12th Degree Temple:
    • Monograph #19 - Contact with the Cosmic Hierarchy (GWB)..
    • Monograph #33 - Finding the Personal Musical Note or Vibration (also related with the Secret Houses of the Rosicrucians described by Fr. Raymond Bernard).
    • Monograph #47 - Cosmic Template - Finding your cosmic template to restore your original energy blueprint.
    • Monograph #150 - Contact with the Inner Voice - Making contact with the Higher Self for guidance along the Path. 

Development of the Body of Light - The development of the “Body of Light” is considered in the Rosicrucian Tradition, the ultimate goal of the Adept.

The “Body of Light” is our higher Astral or Causal body (resourcing to Theosophical terms). In that approach, through the development of that high energetic body, which is based on Solar energies, the Adept can reach the highest levels of evolution of consciousness related to the physical and spiritual levels leading to a final transmutation (Spiritual Alchemy) in one lifetime.
Interesting to notice that AMORC also started to include studies and practices related to the development of the “Body of Light” in their higher degrees (12th Temple Degree), after the year 2000 reformation.

IMPORTANTI would like to invite my readers, Frateres and Sorors who are being studying or have studied the higher degrees, to share your experiences and insights on the exercises/rituals mentioned above in the Comments section, at the end of this article. So we may together share the clues scattered along the Master Monographs that help us to reach higher planes of consciousness and understanding. I know that may be new for you or may be you have got it further than us, anyway SHARE!  We are all in the same boat crossing the Cosmic waters. Further development of this section can be found in my post: 12 Rosicrucian Paths.

Creation of Astrological Talismans and Magical Implements - Other Rosicrucian orders unlike AMORC, include in the Adept curriculum “the creation of astrological talismans and magical implements.” (Cicero & Cicero, 2003, p. 184)
Achieving the Spiritual Vision or Vision of the Third Eye - Practices like the Spiritual Vision or Vision of the Third Eye, focusing on the HIGHER ASTRAL plane is also considered a HIGHER visionary experience opened only to the eyes of the Adept who has mastered the technique called "PROJECTING IN THE SPIRIT VISION" which is a higher and superior form of visionary experience available to Adepts of higher order and it is related to the High Astral Plane. 


Why AMORC considers the degrees for the preparation of the Adepti only in its higher degrees (10th to 12th) instead of having them in the first four degrees (plus Portal) like the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Down did?

The possible answer to this key question above is that AMORC does not consider Elemental balancing as part of the preparation for the Adepti like the orders derived from the original HOGD do. Is it possible to speculate on the implications of such difference in approach? Are there advantages or disadvantages on both methods?

Elemental Balancing in the RC Tradition 

Teaching Elemental balancing requires extensive knowledge and practice with ritual magic banishing and invoking Elemental forces into the aura of the student. Among the magical tools used for that purpose we have banishing wands and invoking wands and specific rituals such as the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram developed by Eliphas Levy among others and the Greater Invoking Rituals of the Pentagram (each one invoking the energies of each of the Elemental realms - Earth, Air, Water and Fire - and the final related to the Spirit to combine and balance them all). That kind of work includes the basic techniques learned with AMORC such as concentration, visualization, energy manipulation and skrying, however applied to develop the energy centers/psychic centers or chakras. AMORC approach the balance of the psychic centers by combined exercises connecting different centers and activating them by means of rhythmic breath, concentration and visualization.

That kind of approach also requires extensive experience with Theurgy and Kabbalah, subjects evidently missing in the AMORC curriculum. Actually, AMORC mentioned some aspects of those ancient sciences but it is far away on developing them deep enough to allow the students to use those systems incorporating them into their practices. As a result, who wants to extend their experience into those esoteric fields need to seek on other branches of the Rosicrucian Tradition.

The AMORC curriculum provides the basic for such advanced practices teaching concentration, visualization, energy manipulation and skrying, however those teaching leads to a different approach. To the development of the energy centers/psychic centers or chakras aiming the balance of the psychic centers by combined exercises connecting different centers and activating them by means of rhythmic breath, concentration and visualization.

So what's the difference or advantage if we compare both methods of inner balance? From a start, we can see that AMORC follows the eastern path, using the chakra system, strangely avoiding any references to the Kundalini development. On the other hand, the magical system adopted a Western approach using ritual Magic and based on the manipulation of Elemental forces. What confuses most of us is that AMORC also uses strong aspects of ritual magic (sanctum and initiation rituals). 

Interesting to noticed is that the energies used in the chakra system may be part of an external layer of the elemental forces within the individual. Or they are just different ways of perceiving the dynamics of our energy system. But the question remains. Which one method is more effective? Or actually have one more advantages over the another? Or yet, are their equivalent methods of energy balancing? May the answer is not unique and it depends on the individual energy system complexity.

To clarify our questions, let's try to analyze both methods. 

We can start by considering the chakras or psychic centers. What are they? According to well know clairvoyants like Barbara A. Brennan (author of Hands of Light), our etheric energy system flows through the core of our spinal cord conducting energies from above to below and vice versa. That energy flow is polarized by one big sphere of light above our head and other below our feet. The Kabbalah system also has known those higher chakras as Kether (above) and Malkuth (below). That polarized energy also flows to intermediate plexus or secondary centers along the spine used to distribute that energy on different parts of our "physical" body having an extensive interchange of energy with our subtle bodies, the aura and the energy environment that we are immersed. 

What about the Elemental energies in our bodies? Is there a clairvoyant perception of them recorded the in action? Rudolf Steiner had a lecture entitle Perception of the Elementary World, published in Munich, in 1913. 

Also, AMORC mentioned the power of the Alchemical Elements in the 12T Master Monographs (at least on the edition that I received). Particular mention can be made to the degree self-initiation of that grade entitled Celestial Ascension # 5 where the Egyptian magic related to the manipulation of the Elements is explained. On the other hand, some documents related to the Order of the Golden Dawn entitled Flying Rolls describe Adepts experiences/visions about the contact with the Elemental realm. Those skrying descriptions are quite vivid but they are related to visions outside de sphere of the Adept and not about the effect of Elemental forces on their own energy field. The majority of the skrying descriptions referred to realms where the Adept can learn about the Elemental force in contact and receiving knowledge on how to use them for their own self-development. 

The G.D. lessons do not give to the student much theoretical or functional knowledge about the Elemental forces. They are focused on the practical applications of them. For instance, they teach that the Elemental forces are everywhere and are part of our physical/etherical bodies. As such, the practitioner is able to call upon those forces to collaborate with their development at will by using the proper rituals. 

As we can see through the comparison above exists a noticeable difference in approach between AMORC and other R+C orders on how to prepare the Adepti to the Great Work. Not mentioning the Paul Foster Case's Builders of the Adytum method of study, which claims that studying the esoteric Tarot and using it as a meditation practice provides the student with the tools to perform the Great [Alchemical] Work.

For instance, we notice that differing from other Rosicrucian Orders, AMORC has shifted the related Adept teachings to degrees above the 10th (see section The Expected Achievements of an Adept) and not in the proper Adept degrees (5th to 7th) according to the degrees denominations (Adeptus Minor, Adeptus Major and Adeptus Exemptius) in use by the Order. It is worth to notice that even though AMORC used the degree structure similar of the original Golden Dawn, which is deeply integrated with the Kabalistic Tree of Life, AMORC does not include Kabbalah in its teachings. That is somewhat surprising since the Kabbalah is and always was the infrastructure of the Western Esoterism and Hermetism. Instead of so much background history in the teachings (more than 70% of the lessons' contents), would be much worth to include studies and practices of the Kabbalah and the Tree of Life as a map for the student's development to higher planes of consciousness. However, we could speculate that the Order may have other reasons for that. May be that decision was taken during the writing of the Temple Degrees when the Supreme Council realized that 10 degrees will be not enough to hold membership contributions for too long...
In my point of view also exist other points to consider/discuss. For instance, AMORC uses the denomination Inner Self to talk about the Higher Self, but at the same time identify it with the Psychic Body or Astral Body. Other Rosicrucian orders talk about the Higher Genius and make a perfect distinction between the Higher Genius or Divine Spark and the Astral Body.
Other Rosicrucian orders teach the student to seek guidance from their Higher Genius (also called Holy Guardian Angel (HGA), primarily, and then with the Adept's development with elemental, planetary and zodiacal intelligences. Those subjects are not included in the Order studies because they belong to the Magical study side of the Rosicrucian Tradition. 
However, it is important to state that in all Rosicrucian orders or schools, the main objective is the spiritual development of the student until they can receive their Inner Guidance and achieve the Great Work of self-transformation/transmutation.
The main subjects for the AMORC student are Psychic Development, Cosmic Attunement, Spiritual Alchemy and elements of Astrology.

Your Feedback to AMORC

  • If you are part of those groups, do you agree with my impressions obtained in the field? 
  • Do you believe that AMORC needs to create its own "College of the Adepti"? 
  • What you think could be accomplished in the metaphysical field by a "College of the Adepti"? 
  • How a "College of the Adepti" could propel AMORC's expansion further?

See Also

Related posts: 


  • Bailey, A. A. (1997). Initiation Human and Solar. New York: Lucis Publishing Company.
  • Blavatsky, H. P. (1998). Isis Unveiled. Theosophical University Press. 
  • B.O.T.A. (1989) The Open Door.
  • Case, Paul F. (1933) The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order.
  • Cicero, C., & Cicero, S. T. (2003). The Essential Golden Dawn, An Introduction to High Magic. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA: Llewellyn Publications.
  • Fortune, Dion (1978) The Esoteric Orders, Llewellyn, U.S.A.
  • Leadbeater, Charles (1925). Masters on the Path, British Theosophical Society, London. 
  • Lewis, Harvey Spencer (1935). Rosicrucian Manual. A.M.O.R.C. Publishing. 
  • Tuck, Kevin (2014), FaceBook, Builders of the Adytum post on 18/01/2014).
  • 50Webs - Rosicrucian Writings Online - Extensive collection of HSL articles.

Updated History

  • 01/01/2014: Post creation
  • 25/12/2014: Major update
  • 07/02/2015: Added Updated History section and expanding comments in the Basic Concepts section.
  • 10/02/2015: Added from the Rosicrucian Manual quote by HSL in The Expected Achievement of an Adept section.
  • 11/02/2015: Added comments in the Conclusions section about Builders of the Adytum method of study and the Great Work.
  • 15/02/2015: Added contents from Can AMORC have a college of Adepti? Post.
  • 17/02/2015: Changed content in the Does AMORC has some equivalent to a "College of the Adepti"? section.
  • 29/07/2015: Added references to the conclave of the CRC's Adepti mentioned in the Fama and regarding to the roles of Magus and Hierophant in The School for the Adepti section. 
  • 16/06/2016: Added comments and information in The Degree Structure and Preparation of the Adepti and Conclusions sections. 

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  1. Let me start and open our share of ideas and experiences with the Higher Degrees or clues to contact the Inner Order of the Rosicrucians.

    What you consider the key exercises that leads our inner experience to achieve contact with the Secret Chambers of the Rosicrucians?

    My guess:
    1. Finding the personal tone or vibration.
    2. Being able to create the Keys to the Secret Chamber.
    3. Being able to select and project ourselves into the one of the 12 Chambers of the Pyramid Temple (related to our personal tone).

    My experience:
    I found the Key but not my personal vibration. I'm still trying. However, I was able to sense the 12 Chambers and get into one of them. At that time I felt myself in a conclave of Rosicrucians, much like the one described by Raymond Bernard. I felt the higher vibration of the room and the cosmic harmonization of their participants. It was a life changing experience.

  2. Related to that experience please refer to my latest post on the 12 Rosicrucian Paths: Please leave your impressions and comments to further enhance such interesting discussion and shared experiences.

  3. We found your article very insightful but just to let you know there were a few mistakes e.g. On the 4th degree Amorc you have written for the fifth degree. Perhaps you can let us know what the fourth degree entails.
    Thank you for all the information.

  4. Michael, thanks for your valuable feedback. Content error fixed.
    Tell us more about your AMORC experience and how valuable is this post for your inner quest.

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  6. On Behalf of Frater IRH (Republished in this post from February 8, 2011 at 9:41 AM)

    Frater, I cannot commend your observations and conclusions highly enough. My heart has been sore for decades with the suffocating mess that is currently passing as AMORC teachings. I successfully completed all 12 degrees and passed into the Planes, but left after finally realising what was heppening. I don't wish to be blunt, but for the sake of truth I must! AMORC insults the intelligence of those members who do seek more. Thank you frater for having the courage to say what you have! AMORC ONLY gives out crumbs of knowledge to it's members and (as I found out from my own studies) it does get a huge amount of it's teachings wrong but continues with them none the less. I have to be honest with you, I began to wonder if was in fact a 'pretend' mystery school set up to capture seekers and keep them in their place! The Catholic Church set up such organisations during the 19th century to keep budding occultists at a level where they couldn't challenge the techniques and authority of the Church. You don't have to publish my comment if you think it will make trouble for you. I just wanted you to know how I felt.

    In L.V.X. and with best wishes of Peace Profound,

    Frater IRH

    1. Care Fra. IRH, (Republished from Posted 2/2/2014)

      I my point of view, AMORC's Grand Council adopted a successful strategy to expand the organisation at a world level keeping the teachings uncompromisingly simple and the student guessing for a life membership guarantee.

      It's also my opinion that the entire system is a bit of a mess lacking a central structure system, like other Rosicrucian Order have using as a map for the student's development the Tree of Life and the Kabalistic studies. The lacking of a inner structure is worsened by the lack of support to the students. They are left without any assistance through out the entire system of study and practice. The organisation overwhelms their students of tons of exercises and volumes of background history without checking the real progress the student is doing. Monographs keep coming by mail or now being accessed online as long as you keep your fees rolling.

      No I don't think that any comment in this blog will cause any trouble to me since what I am doing is for the betterment of all its students as well as for the organization. It is only sad that just a few have the courage to expose the truth as you did so well in your comment above. AMORC usually place subtle messages warning student members against criticism, even a positive one as it has been stated in their statutes defining their form of administration as per defined in the Rosicrucian Manual: "In the direction of the Doctrinal and Ritualistic work of this Order the Imperator exercises Supreme AUTOCRATIC Power (...)" Article III, Section 7 of the Extracts from the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the AMORC (p.18 1932). That "autocratic" line of administration is the cause of such inflexibility which is blocking the organization to adapt to the evolution of their members as well as the humanity as a whole.

  7. I would like to know if any of you have heard about the Circle level of meetings related to AMORC temples. I am asking that because after reviewing some of my old email forums I found this one reproduced below:


    From: [ E. DE]
    Sent: Sunday, 19 December 1999 12:45
    Subject: [R+C-FS-FORUM] sidbits

    Hi Helga and forum,
    More sidbits:

    I am still in touch with some AMORC members here. Most of the few founding members of AMORC here in Germany that I have met over the years have passed through transition. We still have a few of some of the "Old Guard" members here, and from my latest call AMORC is doing fine here in Germany.
    They just removed the problem. Me:)

    The German Jurisdiction was officially established "per Manifest" on the 6th of December 1949, and the translation of the 10° Degree into German was still not completed until later 'after' 1963 (according to a letter that I have from that time).

    I think that 'most' of the AMORC members were 'Home Sanctum' by choice anyway, or they were not near a group. (Correct me if I'm wrong -anyone- as I do not have the 'world membership' statistics regarding group work activity.)

    Here there was a relatively low % of group 'type' of member working in the Pronoas/Chapter/Lodge groups even though we had more than 52 extension work groups doing public work. I never regarded the "Neophytes" as being "banished" to a Pronaos only, and never saw anything wrong with the rule.

    Personally, I think that the GM here in Germany was just trying to copy an older pre-AMORC structure which later became a mixture of different ideas from different people.

    At AMORC Conventions here, all Neophytes were allowed to attend Convocation and entered after the 3 stages had been completed. (i.e. when the Master was in the East etc.)

    The 'Old System' as it has been passed on to me:

    Pronaos: Neophyte
    Chapter: 1° - 6°
    Lodge: 7°- 9°
    Circle: 9°+

    I was a member of the Circle in our Lodge for 5 years and know from others that it was only a 'copy' of the 'Old System'. The 'old system' was very strict and if one was fortunate enough to 'qualify' for what I think the 'Mason' knows as The Secret Places of the Lion' then the Candidate would be in for a very tough Initiation.

    Probably today some of the 'moderns' would probably dial 119 and contact their Lawyer.
    The 'Old System' rule was that 'they' contacted you. You did not contact them.

    Any comments of the “Circles” would be appreciated.

  8. Amun, reposting your comments from Google+:
    Amun Ankh-El
    Mar 25, 2015
    "What is the difference between the Bavarian Illuminati and the one in the Rosicrucian.?"
    Carlos Mills
    Mar 25, 2015
    Hi Amun, it looks like that the order you are studying was based o AMORC degrees plus other things that I am not familiar added.

    The Bavarian Illuminati was an occult movement that was created in Europe in the 1800's to congregate intellectuals into a secret organization of mutual assistance. Really bad things happened during the brief life of that organization, however the conspiracy theories put it behind the advocates of the New World Order.

    The founder of AMORC, H.S. Lewis, when is referring to the Illuminati he was talking about the Invisible Fraternity of the Rosicrucians, the one mentioned in the 12 Secret Mansions of the Rosicrucians by Raymond Bernard, former AMORC Grand Master for France.

    Why are you so eager to master the invisibility? That is not the major aim of the Rosicrucians, but just an exercise in concentration.

    My advice is that you put your efforts in mastering visualization and attain the Inner Silence through meditation practices. That will put your external mind in direct contact with your Inner Self or Higher Self. That contact will provide guidance in your further developments. 

  9. "AMORC does not include Kabbalah in its teachings." AMORC is now presenting basic Kabbalah in its Traditional Martinist Order (TMO) teachings, presented separately. I do agree with you in stating that the teachings are quite simplistic, but personally, that drives me to research subjects on my own: much through the teachings of other esoteric groups - the Beverly Hall group in particular. Keep up the great site!

    1. That's interesting... I'm also interested in the Fraternitas Rose Cross + AEth Priesthood. I started by studies with the AEth Priesthood and they seems to cover interesting grounds in the R+C Tradition.

  10. RCseer, thanks for your comment and kind words on this blog. Yes, the Qabalah Unveiled was early delivered to 4th Degree students as an addendum to the Master Monographs. However my point is that is too basic as solid background for the high degree students. The lessons are just a summary of the Zepher Yetzirah, which is only part of the original sources for the Tree of Life concept model- Nowadays tha map for human ascension. The lessons also miss the Practical Kabbalah, essential for the formation of Adepts.

  11. I would like to suggest as a further studies into the Rosicrucian Metaphysics, my ebook, which is my extended research intot the subject:

  12. I share your concerns about the structure and outcome of the AMORC teachings and had a similar response.

    After entering the 13th, it was no longer a progressive or groundbreaking endeavor and I was having concerns about the materials in the monographs so I felt a need to move on. It was rather disappointing, and though I did attend a Lodge for a time, I simply wondered if there were some other, secretive teaching that would come from a source other than the monographs. Since this did not come about, I continued my quest.

    My journey lead me deep into the heart of esoteric Buddhism in a form of Vajrayana called Dzogchen. It was then that the essence of non-dualism became clear and the missing piece was revealed. So, even though the R+C did not deliver for me, personally, as promised, it did at least lay a useful foundation that bore fruit. However, it could do a better job at that and I found your comments on the various degrees and how they compare to be poignant.

    1. Dear Frater, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Your testimony is another confirmation of what I have found along those years of AMORC affiliation. However, I'm still in hope to find hidden teaching into that system. Please, follow my investigations in my next post:

  13. Good Morning Mr Carlos!

    Please how can I get a copy of your ebook on Adepti.
    1-please can ask you for those authentic AMORC monographs of the 11th Temple degree and of the 10th and the 9th .



    1. Dear Oben,
      Than you for your interest in purchasing my latest eBook. Go to I'll appreciate your comments after the reading.

    2. Dear Oben,
      Also related to the Master Monographs in question, I am not able to provide any copies from that material because it was delivered to me in confidence. However you might find some available online.

    3. Enjoyed your article (and all of them) Frater. I Think that AMORC's system is honestly more similar to that of the OTO. An OTO gentleman told me that their highest degrees roughly corresponded to a 5=6 GD. Both seem to be hermetic, quasi-masonic educational orders with less emphasis on qabalistic pathworking.

    4. Frater Epstein, from my point of view, studying the AMORC system for more than 40 years, I can't see any similarities between O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis) and AMORC. On the contrary, apart from the grade titles and the temples masonic style there is not other similarities. Their curriculum of study are totally different and AMORC does not teach any kind of Pathworkings using the Tree of Life + Tarot, subjects not included in their curriculum, unfortunately...

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    1. Frater Epstein, thank you very much for your kind comments on this blog. Several topics on this blog are considerably expanded and updated in my latest eBook: The Rise of the Adepti Volume II: The College of the Adepti available on Scribd at: (see link at the beginning of this article,

  15. Very good write up .After 25 years being a member on and off .I felt the administration had its problems .Where egos were getting to much involved personalities and power .So I one must wonder weather this can cause hold back on progression of the organization through Control of knowledge. certain high level members being removed from the organization seemed sad .Also one noted a move towards religious doctrine which again became dogmatic ,This more in the groups and gatherings .I did above and beyond the tenth degree ,I respect the teachings because as all teachings they opened doorways to other opportunities to evaluate for myself . The Martinst Order (TMO) has alot to offer with Kabbalah teachings .But concerns again lead me to Administration. To sum up my view I felt it takes along time to get any where with Amorc Teachings almost dangle the carrot for the next time .You become Magus in the teeth I dont believe that degree is worthy of the identity as with Illuminati .Sorry any Amorc members who love the organization no offence .I sate this just on my own experience and observations

  16. Very Interesting comments. Having been a member of AMORC for nearly 30 years on and off .Beyond the 10 th degree .The Adepti level did not concern me as I always think identity must come from within . Although Amorc is given me identities after degrees which again. I feel are only linguistic things like Illuminati , Magus etc I feel they should be taken away as it can inflate egos possibly and create higher archy . However the Administration of Amorc Egos seem to be very prominent for power and control.Also a growing number of religious individuals who are pussing the teachings towards religion and Jesus etc which I feel is not needed as there have been many ascended masters . Removing an advanced member from administration which at the time seemed very sad, I have enjoyed the teachings and grown in many ways spiritually emotionally and am thankful as it opened doorways .A high level master I once met in the order said he could see what was coming and the order would go through Karmic change eventually for the better . As is with any order as long as they serve for the good of others and the true greater good then should be respected .The teachings should eventually be the responsibility of the student to become a true seeker of the truth which I am sure is our aim .However along the path blocks and other interference get in the way and this can also be part of our growth .So in truth nothing can ever be perfect where human thought and concept for gain becomes involved .I wish all Rosicrucian orders success for there members as I wish successful happiness for anyone following spiritual path for development . Thank you

  17. Thanks Andy for your comments and thoughts, however the point of AMORC having a College of the Adepti is not about regalia and fancy titles. It all about focused and advanced study and preparation of the student into the Great Work. Introducing advanced studies into the ancient sciences provide de students with powerful tools to direct their lives for the betterment of the Order as well for humankind and earthkind. The work of the Adepti is to advance the Rosicrucian knowledge and wisdom bringing down the Light to planet. That's my vision anyway.

  18. so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
    Matthew 6:4. I think it works the same for AMORC and its affiliates as well. Of course there is the great temptation "Information wants to be free" .

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    2. Dear Datacide, do you mind to be less cryptic in your comments. I really didn't understand what you meant. However, if you are implying that I am giving away some secrets look again. As the actual wisdom come from direct experience and not writings. Writings are just signposts on the Path, not the Path. No school can give you inner knowledge, only your own experience. So there is no way to reveal any secret to anyone... Mark knew that.

    3. Ref: Matthew 6:4 is the fourth verse of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This is the final verse of the Sermon's discussion of alms giving.
      In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:
      That thine alms* may be in secret: and
      thy Father which seeth in secret
      himself shall reward thee openly.
      The World English Bible translates the passage as:
      so that your merciful* deeds may be
      in secret, then your Father who sees
      in secret will reward you openly.
      For a collection of other versions see BibRef Matthew 6:4
      Glossary: Alms (/ɑːmz/, /ɑːlmz/) or almsgiving involves giving to others as an act of virtue, either materially or in the sense of providing capabilities (e.g. education) free