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The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited - various contributors

The Rosicrucian Enlightenment - Revisited
Various contributors (see below)
Introduced and edited by Ralph White

[Johann Valentin] Andreae and his friends felt that the time was ripe for a new age. European civilization had reached a critical point. The Reformation had failed to bring about the spiritual renewal that had been hoped for, Europe was bitterly divided into Catholic and Protestant camps, science and religion were drifting apartit was obvious that something had gone wrong. So Andreae and his friends decided to express their vision for Europe in the form of an imaginary brotherhood, which they hoped would in due course attract people and so turn into a real brotherhood                                             —Christopher McIntosh

Early in the seventeenth century, a series of manifestos and other writings began to circulate across Europe. They announced the dawn of a "new age" and proclaimed a universal reform of science, religion, and society. The authors were members of an "invisible college" and confessed themselves disciples of "Christian Rosenkreutz." They called upon all the learned and the pious to participate in the new Rosicrucian enlightenment. The movement went underground during the Thirty Years' War, and it lives on today as a vital component in contemporary spiritual movements.

For this reason, in 1995 and 1997, the New York Open Center (in association with Gnosis magazine and Obibio in Amsterdam), invited leading esotericists and scholars of Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, and the Western Mystery Traditions to the Czech Republic to discuss the historical background and future possibilities of the Mystery of the Rose Cross. This volume presents their findings:

  • John Matthews reveals the mystical relationship between the Grail and the Rose
  • Christopher Bamford addresses the prehistory of the Rosicrucian reformation in the late Middle Ages—the women mystics, alchemists, Cathars, Franciscan spirituals, as well as Luther and the great Paracelsus
  • Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke tells the wild tale of John Dee's mission in central Europe
  • Joscelin Godwin unfolds the paradigmatic Rosicrucian life of Michael Maier
  •  Robert Powell speaks of the Prague Hermetic Renaissance in relation to Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and Rudolf  II
  • Rafal Prinke tells of the Polish alchemist, Sendivogius
  • Clare Goodrick-Clarke conveys the influence of Comenius
  • Paul Bembridge tells of the Rosicrucian resurgence at the Court of Cromwell
  • Christopher McIntosh recounts the legacy of the Rosicrucians, placing it in the context of the history of Western esotericism and world events
  • Also included are two Rosicrucian manifestos, the Fama and the Confessio

Lindisfarne Books
268pp w/illustrations; paperback
ISBN: 0 940262 84 3

 

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