The illustration was drawn, if not published, around , about ten years before the appearance of the Fama Fraternitatis—usually considered the first book to announce the presence of the Rosicrucians to the world. Thus, the opening of the door of the vault symbolizes the opening of a door in Europe. For like as our door was after so many years wonderfully discovered, also there shall be opened a door to Europe when the wall is removed which already doth begin to appear, and with great desire is expected of many. Donald R. The creation of the name Christian Rosencreutz must be credited to Andreae; no one has discovered its use prior to
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No author was named in the book, other than Christian Rosenkreutz henceforth CRC , but Johannes Valentinus Andreae — claimed to be the author, in his autobiography. First English version appeared in , by Ezechiel Foxcroft , followed by translations into many languages throughout time. Although the book first appeared in , the story takes place over years earlier.
The events of this story span seven days and are divided into seven chapters, each chapter relating a different day. The story begins on an evening near Easter. In the final chapter—the seventh day—CRC is knighted; the year is It was on Easter-day that the Constitutions of the Freemasons of Strasburg was first signed in Regensburg, with a second signed shortly afterwards in Strasburg. Introductory paragraph[ edit ] The story follows the Passover and the seven days of unleavened bread exactly.
The slaughtering and roasting of the Paschal lamb begins in the evening near Easter , as does The Chymical Wedding. This would seem to indicate that CRC was Jewish. However, the words "Father of Lights" are curiously in the first paragraph. The nine lords were bound together with the rest that were at the table 27 total and CRC cried.
There remained nine of us, and among the rest he who discoursed with me at the table too. Then some first began to perceive the imminent danger, and I myself could not refrain from tears. For although we were not forbidden to speak, yet anguish and affliction allowed none of us to utter one word. For the cords were so wonderfully made that none could cut them, much less get them off his feet. Yet this comforted me, that still the future gain of many a one who had now taken himself to rest, would prove very little to his satisfaction.
The four paths[ edit ] In the second chapter CRC sits down to rest under three tall cedars. There is a tablet fastened to one of them which tells of four paths. It reads as follows: By us the Bridegroom offers you a choice between four ways, all of which, if you do not sink down in the way, can bring you to his royal court. The first is short but dangerous, and one which will lead you into rocky places, through which it will scarcely be possible to pass. The second is longer, and takes you circuitously; it is plain and easy, if by the help of the Magnet you turn neither to left nor right.
The third is that truly royal way which through various pleasures and pageants of our King, affords you a joyful journey; but this so far has scarcely been allotted to one in a thousand.
By the fourth no man shall reach the place, because it is a consuming way, practicable only for incorruptible bodies. Choose now which one you will of the three, and persevere constantly therein, for know whichever you will enter, that is the one destined for you by immutable Fate, nor can you go back in it save at great peril to life. The third path would be the general letters of Peter, James, Jude, and John. In the letter of James we find reference to the royal way or royal law Jas In the second letter of Peter we find the only reference to one in a thousand II Pet The fourth path is the letters of Paul.
This is where one finds the teaching of the dead raised incorruptible I Cor , and the only place that the word "consuming" appears in the New Testament Heb The story then continues, Whereupon I presently drew out my bread and cut a slice of it.
Bread is also broken in the letters of Paul and the Book of Acts; however bread is never broken in the general letters of Peter, James, Jude and John.
THE CHEMICAL WEDDING OF CHRISTIAN ROSENKRUETZ
THE SEVENTH DAY The First Day On an evening before Easter day, I sat at a table, and having as my custom was in my humble prayer sufficiently conversed with my Creator, and considered many great mysteries whereof the Father of Lights his Majesty had shewn me not a few and being now ready to prepare in my heart, together with my dear Paschal Lamb, a small, unleavened, undefiled cake; All on a sudden ariseth so horrible a tempest, that I imagined no other but that through its mighty force, the hill whereon my little house was founded, would flye in pieces. But in as much as this, and the like from the Devil who had done me many a spight was no new thing to me, I took courage, and persisted in my meditation, till some body after an unusual manner, touched me on the back; whereupon I was so hugely terrified, that I durst hardly look about me; yet I shewed myself as cheerful as in the like occurrence. In her left hand she had a great bundle of letters of all languages, which she as I afterwards understood was to carry into all countries. She had also large and beautiful wings, full of eyes throughout, wherewith she could mount aloft, and flye swifter than any eagle. I might perhaps been able to take further notice of her, but because she stayed so small time with me, and terror and amazement still possessed me, I was fain to be content. For as soon as I turned about, she turned her letters over and over, and at length drew out a small one, with which great reverence she laid down upon the table, and without giving one word, departed from me. But in her mounting upward, she gave so mighty a blast on her gallant trumpet, that the whole hill echoed thereof, and for a full quarter of an hour after, I could hardly hear my own words.
I feared this to be another trick of the devil, who had done me many a spite; and now I felt my coat being twitched behind me. Hugely terrified, I turned to look; and there I beheld a fair and glorious lady, in garments of sky-blue, bespangled with golden stars, and with large and beautiful wings, full of eyes, wherewith she could mount aloft and fly swifter than any eagle. In her right hand was a golden trumpet, and in her left a great bundle of letters in all languages, which she as I afterwards understood was to carry into all countries. From among them she chose a small one and laid it reverently on the table.