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The Rosicrucians: The History, Mythology, and Rituals of an Esoteric Order Paperback – September 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; 3 Revised edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877289204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877289203
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
For those with a preliminary interest in the Rosicrucian (R+C) philosophy and teachings, this is a good overall introduction. The book ties together the Gnostic- and Hermetic-influenced origins of the R+C and various accounts of their evolution through the ages up to the 1990s.
This book was written by an author who is up to his neck in esotericism and the history of the Age of Reason. The author does a good job of explaining just how dangerous it was in times past to hold some of the beliefs that R+Cs did, and why things were kept so secret. I had the feeling he did his research well, going back where possible to original documents in various continental libraries in order to do so. One glance at the bibliography of this book will prove the breadth of his research and, likely, the intensity of his interest in the subject.
It is not a handbook of R+C teachings, but does contain very helpful information on key parts of the R+C tradition: the Fama Fraternitatis, Confessio Fraternitatis and Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. The roles of key personalities relevant to the R+C are considered: Johann Andraea, Francis Bacon, Dr. R. Swinburne Clymer, John Dee, Rene Descartes, Goethe, Max Heindel, Dr. H. Spencer Lewis, Michael Maier, Paschal B. Randolph, Rudolph Steiner, A.E. Waite, Adam Weishaupt (of the Bavarian Illuminati), etc.
There are 16 b/w plate illustrations.
One of the later chapters gives potted histories of some of the 20th century R+C groups: AMORC, Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis, Golden Dawn, Lectorium Rosicrucianum, Rosicrucian Fellowship.
Although this book is not an exposé of detailed R+C teachings and symbology, it is a valuable resource for someone interested in knowing more about the Rosicrucians and in tying together the various strands, movements and philosophies.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you are already a rosicrucian, this book will not help you since you have inside information. But if you want to read a true historian's view on facts involving the Rosicrucian movement, this is an excellent book. The author made a very thorough job of investigating sources.
His basis is veryfiable facts (not all facts unfortunately can be verified). He started writing on Rosicrucianism with the thought of it being a fledging unimportant movement, but had to change his mind completely as the many details came to the surface. This books covers everything from the Fama (manifestos) to present day rosicrucian movements like AMORC, and the Fellowship...
A very technical and scholarly book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Principal on July 30, 2010
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Everything about Rosicrucians pushes us out of our complacency. Prepare to be introduced to a sample of information that will intrigue. This is a confident piece of research. It offers alternatives; many alternatives that reorient us. Each chapter helps the inquiring mind understand the vastness of each topic.
Better to quickly dismiss the possibilities than to take them seriously. The Rosicrucians: The History, Mythology and Rituals of an Esoteric Order is an interesting book that is fearless about challenging conventional thinking.
I suspect people who read this book and suspend their disbelief may not admit it. Of course the nature of the esoteric is not for everyone.
A quick, compelling read about beliefs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Tim Stephens on September 25, 2010
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I found the title misleading. It was a well researched, documented and written history, but there was very little of the mythology and ritual promised by the title.
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