From the Grand Lodge
ROSICRUCIAN NEW YEAR
Rooted in Nature and Ancient Tradition
Monday, March 20 at 5:07 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Greetings from the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge Board of Directors on this Rosicrucian New Year 3360!
Perhaps you have wondered why the Rosicrucian New Year differs from the universal New Year? For instance, whereas the universal New Year is 2007, and this annual event begins on January 1 each year, the Rosicrucian New Year reads 3360 and begins on the Spring Equinox in March of each year.
The answers are found in the cycles of nature and the Rosicrucian Order’s long history.
First, how do we arrive at the year 3360? Actually, the Rosicrucian New Year tradition is a very ancient one. Our tradition records that it was in the year 1353 B.C., during the reign of the great pharaoh Akhnaton, that the first official ceremony of our Order was held. Therefore, the Rosicrucian year is calculated by adding 1353 to the current year of the Common Era. So, 2007 + 1353 = 3360.
Secondly, why does the Rosicrucian New Year fall on the Spring Equinox? The Spring Equinox (as reckoned at Greenwich, England) falls on either March 19, 20, or 21 in any given year. This year the Spring Equinox occurs on March 20th at 5:07 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when the Sun enters the zodiacal sign of Aries. This is the first day of spring, the blossoming forth of renewed life in the Northern Hemisphere. In the words of past Rosicrucian Imperator H. Spencer Lewis, in “March . . . we will celebrate the birth of the Rosicrucian year. The time is figured from the year when the Order, or its first plans and method of operation, were established by a proclamation issued in the secret temple of Egypt. It is a most logical time for the birth of the year and all through the Orient we find races and tribes, sects and groups of people celebrating the birth of a new year on the day of the Spring Equinox. Actually it is the beginning of the Sun’s new journey through the twelve signs of the Zodiac. It is the beginning of spring, the rebirth of life after the winter, and the coming into life again of all that has been asleep through the months of late fall and winter. There is no logical reason for January firstthe early part of winterbeing looked upon as the beginning of a new year. It is one of humanity’s institutions without foundation in Nature.”
The Rosicrucian Order dedicates this day in honor of the ancient celebration of the transition of seasons and birth of a new year, as this is the time when a new cycle begins and all Nature bursts forth in fresh expressions of life following winter’s rest. In recognition of the New Year, this glorious event is celebrated with the traditional New Year Ceremony and Feast conducted in all Rosicrucian affiliated bodies throughout the jurisdiction as close as possible to March 20. At the beginning of this new cycle, we, as Rosicrucians, reflect on the ideals that have kept our Order alive and distinctive for centuries, and we plan for the future of our Order and our world. At this time, let each of us visualize AMORC dynamically moving into the future as a strong, positive influence in the world. Let us lift up our consciousness to a higher vibration and thus participate in the building of a better world for all beings and our planet.
So Mote It Be!