This year marks the ninetieth year of Rosicrucian Park as the focus of Rosicrucian activity in North America and around the world. The word, focus, is a most apt description since, in the households of ancient Rome, the hearth (focus in Latin) was the center of the home. Sacred to the goddess Vesta, whose virtues had defined the sanctity, purity, and harmony of the ideal Roman family, the hearth provided warmth and light, and it was the place where nourishment was prepared. In so many ways, Rosicrucian Park has served the Rosicrucian Order and the San Jose community in these very capacities.
Rosicrucian initiatic journeys to Egypt began in 1929 with Imperator H. Spencer Lewis
leading the first group. These extraordinary pilgrimages continue until today. Seventy-five
Rosicrucians from throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe accompanied
H. Spencer Lewis on that first initiatic journey. The principal destination was Egypt, however
on the way to and from that mystic land, the travelers visited mystical sites in the Madeira
Islands, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Holy Land, and Europe. As this was in the
days before regular transatlantic air service, the journey lasted seventy days. It concluded on
the Spring Equinox.
This trip was especially tailored for Rosicrucians. As is the case today, the travelers were treated
to unique experiences and unusual sites normally passed over by the casual tourist of the day.
At every site, in every city, members learned about cultural and mystical aspects related to the
site generally unknown to the ordinary traveler. Of course the most special features of this trip
were the unique initiations conducted by Imperator Lewis. This tradition continues today
with Imperator Christian Bernard conferring the initiatic rituals in Egypt.
The entire 1929 tour was chronicled in eleven consecutive issues of The Mystic Triangle
magazine (the predecessor to today’s Rosicrucian Digest), from February through December
1929. We present below an excerpt from the original series.
The Step Pyramid marked the beginning of the Pyramid Age, a time in Egypt’s history distinguished by monumental progression and building ingenuity. While many have admired its physical structure and integrity, others have sought to understand its meaning. The Step Pyramid was built for the king and to serve the king, but how has been debated.
Gender roles of various societies and cultures have always been a topic of fascination and the role of women in ancient Egypt is no exception. Much of the information gathered here came from our museum publication Women of the Nile, with essays by Dr. Emily Teeter, Lisa Schwappach-Shirriff, Dr. Gay Robins, and Cathleen Keller.
Cleopatra VII is one of the most fascinating personalities of all time and has become immortalized in art, film and literature. This podcast considers the extraordinary true story of her life, from her youth in the palace at Alexandria through her death at the side of Marc Antony.