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The Rosicrucians

The Rosicrucians

The Rosicrucians - Priory Of Sion

In Europe, during the Renaissance, more precisely in 1600, it comes to life the Rosicrucian Movement, as heir to the hermetic tradition, which historical roots are lost in time.

 

The Rosicrucian Movement, is presented to the public in 1614, through their first publication, the "Fama Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis" and later in 1616, with the publication of the equally famous "The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz".

 

In the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the Rosicrucians are already present throughout Europe, among them eminent personalities joined in, who more secretly, some less; many coming from the world of science, literature and philosophy, and then spread around the world, until today.

 

The Rosicrucian tradition, conveys a knowledge that comes to us from ancient Egypt, Babylon, by the Pythagoreans and the Jewish Mysticism, understood as the gnostic current, and the study of Kabbalah.

 

From this emanation, subsequently born different initiatory Rosicrucian Orders, which until our days, preserve and perpetuate this knowledge through their Initiates.

The symbolism of the Rose and the Cross

The symbolism of the Rose and the Cross - Priory Of Sion

The most powerful and emblematic symbolic instrument of the Rosicrucians, is the Rose, sometimes at the center of a Cross.

 

The Rose  is the symbolic and transcendent representation of the Man who has been able to develop its real divine spiritual essence, reaching to fulfill the potential stage, under a spiritual aspect.

 

The symbol of the Rose expresses the beauty, love, purity and grace in their highest representation, at the same time, it depicts the transience, the vulnerability, the brevity of existence, which results in a very powerful parallel with the human condition.

 

The Cross symbolizes instead the body, through the encounter between the four elements, which are placed as water and air in horizontal, earth and fire vertically; it is in the center of the Cross, seen as the perfect balance point, which can flourish the Rose, symbol of the realization of the spiritual essence and its perfection.

 

The Rose on the Cross is thus the symbol representing the Man, able to express and realize his potential, developing his divine, spiritual essence.

 

Being a Rosicrucian therefore means to know everything about the Cross (Body) but also everything related to the Rose (Spiritual Component).

 

The Rose on the Cross so represents the perfect being who has learned to know all the elements of which it is composed, developing them, through work on himself.

 

Symbolically, there is a remarkable similarity between the symbol of the Rose on the Cross and the Holy Grail, given by the similarity of the symbol of the Cup, seen as man's body, which receives the Blood of Christ, that represents, in this allegory, the divine spiritual essence for excellence and the Cross of the Rosicrucians, which is the human body and on which blooms the Rose, who symbolizes the divine spiritual essence, developed by the Initiate.