Rose Cross


Rose Cross

The Rose Cross is the central symbol to all groups embracing the Esoteric Christian philosophy of the Rosicrucians. [German language original: 'Die Bruderschaft des Ordens der Rosenkreuzer', Fama Fraternitatis, 1614 [in circulation ca. 1610] ; 'Bruderschaft Rosenkreuz', Confessio Fraternitatis, 1615] [Max Heindel, " [http://rosicrucianzine.tripod.com/christian_rosenkreuz.htm Christian Rosenkreuz and the Order of Rosicrucians] ", 1909 [1908-1919] ]

The Rose Cross is, as its name suggests, a cross with a white rose at its centre. [Albert Pike, "Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, XXX: Knight Kadosh", p. 822, 1872 [http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/morals_and_dogma/table_of_contents.htm] :
"Commentaries and studies have been multiplied upon the "Divine Comedy", the work of DANTE, and yet no one, so far as we know, has pointed out its especial character. (...) His Hell is but a negative Purgatory. His Heaven is composed of a series of Kabalistic circles, divided by a cross, like the Pantacle of Ezekiel. In the centre of this cross blooms a rose, and we see the symbol of the Adepts of the Rose-Croix for the first time publicly expounded and almost categorically explained.":Dante Alighieri, "The Divine Comedy", , ca. 1308-1321:
"In fashion then as of a snow-white rose
Displayed itself to me the saintly host,
Whom Christ in his own blood had made his bride,"
]

The Rosy Cross is also a Rosicrucian symbol found in some Masonic Christian bodies [See image rose.

A modern form of the "Rosie Cross" is found in a Rosicrucian Christian symbol that places a crown of red roses ennobling a white rose at the centre of the cross; [See image ]

See also

* Christian Rosenkreuz
* Esoteric Christianity
* Western mystery tradition

References


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