Christian Rosycross is one of the most mysterious characters in European intellectual history. What mystery lies behind the name?
“Who is Christian Rosycross?” If you ask these questions today, then the questions “Has this man actually lived?” and “Who are the Rosicrucians?” inevitably follow. The answer to these questions requires an inner search for truth – not the ordinary truth of historical facts – but the timeless truth about the nature and purpose of human existence.
Rosicrucians in the Lectorium Rosicrucianum see in Christian Rosyross a spiritual prototype, their “Father-brother” and founder of the spiritual Order while at the same time the name of the force field from which they benefit. In the classical Rosicrucian writings of the 17th century this force field is called the “House Sancti Spiritus“. These sources of western spiritual history contain references that can touch a truth-seeker deeply and perhaps help him open a door to intuitive knowledge. This is the subject of the following article.
The classical Rosicrucian writings
Anyone who discovers the three original writings of the classical Rosicrucians finds himself faced with an abundance of mysterious symbols and images. These manuscripts were published in the years 1614-1616 by the German theologian Johann Valentin Andreae from Calw, who was a member of the so-called „Tubingen Circle“, a fellowship of spiritually inspired men. The manuscripts tell us about Christian Rosycross and the Rosicrucian Brotherhood. The three titles are:
1. Fama Fraterniatits R.C.
(The Call of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood, 1614)
2. Confessio Fraternitatis R.C.
(The Confession of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood, 1615)
3. Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross
(Also “Alchymic” or “Alchemical” Wedding, 1616)
These writings were newly edited and annotated by Jan van Rijckenborgh in the mid-20th Century. Some of the original texts and commentaries can be found on this website in the literature section.
The three descriptions of Christian Rosycross
There are three main descriptions of Christian Rosycross, who is also called „Brother CRC“. One description is from Rudolf Steiner, the second can be found in the Confessio and the Fama, and the third is in the Alchemical Wedding. All use the language of the mysteries in which every detail has a hidden, spiritual significance. Nothing in these texts is accidental or incidental.
In these writings, Christian Rosycross is described in very different ways. Always conspicious, however, is his great modesty and humility. He is absolutely sincere in his dedication and willingness to serve. He appears to the reader as a person who, in spite of all difficulties, follows his spiritual path. At the same time he appears as the luminous personification of the great goal: The resurrection of the immortal man. Christian Rosycross is the incarnation of a spiritual reality, the prototype of the man who follows the path of Christian initiation, about which we read in the New Testament: “It is sown in corruption, it is raised imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. “(1 Cor. 15, 43-44)