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Mysteries of the Rosie Cross Or, the History of that Curious Sect of the Middle Ages, Known as the Rosicrucians; with Examples of their Pretensions and Claims as Set Forth in the Writings of Their Leaders and Disciples   By:

Mysteries of the Rosie Cross Or, the History of that Curious Sect of the Middle Ages, Known as the Rosicrucians; with Examples of their Pretensions and Claims as Set Forth in the Writings of Their Leaders and Disciples by Anonymous

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MYSTERIES OF THE ROSIE CROSS,

Or

The History of that Curious Sect of the Middle Ages, Known as the Rosicrucians;

With Examples of their Pretensions and Claims as Set Forth in the Writings of Their Leaders and Disciples.

A. Reader, Orange Street, Red Lion Square, London. 1891.

PREFACE.

In the following pages an attempt has been made to convey something like an intelligible idea of the peculiar mystic sect known to the readers of history, as the Rosicrucians. The subject is confessedly difficult, owing to the grossly absurd character of the writings left by the disciples of this body, and the secrecy with which they sought to surround their movements and clothe their words. Anything like a consecutive narration is an impossibility, the materials at hand being so fragmentary and disjointed. We have, however, done the best that we could with such facts as were within reach, and if we are not able to present so scientific and perfect a treatise as we might have hoped to do, we at least trust that the following contribution to the scanty literature treating of this matter will be found interesting, and will throw some light upon what is shrouded in such profound mystery.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER THE FIRST. WHO AND WHAT WERE THE ROSICRUCIANS 1

CHAPTER THE SECOND. HISTORICAL NOTICES OF THE ROSICRUCIANS 15

CHAPTER THE THIRD. EARLY LEADERS LITERATURE ROMANTIC STORIES 22

CHAPTER THE FOURTH. THE FAME AND CONFESSION OF THE FRATERNITY OF R. C. 34

CHAPTER THE FIFTH. JOHN HEYDON AND THE ROSICRUCIANS 60

CHAPTER THE SIXTH. GABALIS: OR THE EXTRAVAGANT MYSTERIES OF THE CABALISTS 81

CHAPTER THE SEVENTH. THE HERMETICK ROMANCE; OR CHYMICAL WEDDING 102

CHAPTER THE EIGHTH. MODERN ROSICRUCIANS 126

AUTHORITIES.

El Havareuna; or the English Physitian's Tutor, in the Astrobolismes of Mettals Rosie Crucian, Miraculous Saphiric Medicines of the Sun and Moon, the Astrolosmes of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars.... All harmoniously united and opperated by Astromancy and Geomancy.... Whereunto is added Psonthonphanchia.... the Books being also an appeal to the natural faculties of the mind of man whether there be not a God. By John Heydon, M.D. 1664.

The Holy Guide: leading the way to the Wonder of the World (a compleat Physician) teaching the knowledge of all things, past, present, and to come, viz., of pleasure, long life, health, youth, Blessedness, Wisdome, Virtue; and to cure, change, and remedy all diseases in young or old. With Rosie Crucian Medicines, etc. (The Rosie Cross uncovered, and the Places, Temples, Holy Houses.... and invisible Mountains of the Brethren discovered), etc. John Heydon. 1662.

A New Method of Rosie Crucian Physick, wherein is shewed the cause, and therewith their experienced medicines for the cure of all diseases. John Heydon. 1658.

A Quintuple Rosie Crucian Scourge, for the correction of that pseudo chymist, Geo. Thomson, being in part a vindication of the Society of Physicians. John Heydon. 1665.

Theomagia, or the Temple of Wisdome. In three parts, spiritual, celestial and elemental; containing the occult powers of the Angels of Astromancy.... The Mysterious virtues of the character of the Stars... Continue reading book >>




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