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The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited

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April, 1999
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The fruit of two historic conferences, “The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited” in 1995 and “Prague, Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition” in 1997—both held in the Czech Republic and sponsored by the New York Open Center (in association with Gnosis magazine)—this book of essays on the backgrounds of Rosicrucianism and Western Hermeticism by major scholars is essential reading for anyone interested in the spiritual history of the West and the Rosicrucian legacy.

This book shows that we do not have to start from scratch. We don’t even need to rely primarily on the spiritual traditions of the East for inspiration in this time. Right in the cultural and historical backyard of the West, right in the very center of Europe, a time occurred when microcosm and macrocosm, inner and outer, individual and world, were united in a manner whose potential was never fulfilled.

Included are John Matthews on the relationship between the Grail and the Rose; Christopher Bamford on the prehistory of the Rosicrucian reformation in the late Middle Ages—among women mystics, alchemists, Cathars, Franciscan spirituals, as well as in Luther and the great Paracelsus; Nicholas Goodrock-Clarke tells the wild tale of John Dee’s mission to central Europe; Joscelyn Godwin unfolds the paradigmatic Rosicrucian life of Michael Maier; Claire Goodrick-Clarke recounts the influence of Comenius; Paul Bembridge speaks of Rosicrucian Resurgence at the Court of Cromwell; Robert Sardello speaks on the alchemy of the senses; and Christopher McIntosh speaks of the Rosicrucian legacy.

Also included are the texts of two Rosicrucian Manifestos—the Fama and the Confessio—“amazing documents which announce a new spiritual dispensation, or revelation, that can elevate humanity to renew all arts and sciences so that humanity ‘might understand his own nobleness, and why he is called Microcosmus, and how far his knowledge extendeth into Nature.’”

The contents of this book will enrich the reader’s knowledge of this period and deepen his or her attunement to the mystery of the Rose Cross. This book will even suggest how this same spiritual stream speaks to the present day by suggesting tasks and responsibilities for sensitive and responsible people in the contemporary world.

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