This artwork and verse are a hymn of praise and thanksgiving. It is my inevitably inadequate attempt to describe my own inner experiences and give thanks for that mystic Ascent and Union with the Cosmic Pleroma, which lies at the center of our Souls. — Daniel Gautier, FRC
The accompanying music for this meditation is also by Frater Gautier.
The Rosicrucian Chant is presented to every AMORC student at the beginning of the studies — to be sung, hummed, played either internally in the heart/mind or even externally in physicality if circumstances allow, when the member is in the home Sanctum, in Convocation, or wherever the need or desire arises.
However, not everyone manifests musicianship and if one does, the opportunity to sing or play is sometimes elusive. An alternative is to play a recording. However, in the new world of digital music, a contemporary recording of The Rosicrucian Chantis difficult to find, as I’m sure some of you already know.
I actually recorded a version of The Rosicrucian Chant in the 1980’s that perhaps some of you may have encountered in your association with AMORC, but as music recording technologies and artistic sensibilities have changed, it occurred to me that it was time for another expression of this most heartfelt music. This was the motivation for the recording of several intuitive variations of this eternal song, used not just for simple entertainment but more importantly, as a tool for resonating, communing and communicating with the Inner Self and the energies of Celestial Sanctum.
The first version is the traditional interpretation of The Rosicrucian Chant, taken directly from the sheet music itself. The three variations that follow are recordings of intuitive performances, played from the heart from a spiritual perspective — with regard for metronomic exactitude and musical structures held only in secondary — or even tertiary — importance.
With today’s technology, these recordings can be played separately, linked together or looped separately or together, in any order that you wish – whatever you need to facilitate going to the spiritual place you want or need to be.
Please understand that this music is Rosicrucian in origin – inspired, composed, played, recorded and presented by members of AMORC, which holds all international copyrights. I ask that you honor this sacred trust and keep it within the bounds of the Order.
Peter Bindon is a professional anthropologist and botanist. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Rose+Croix Journal for many years and is a frequent contributor to the Rosicrucian Digest. He was a presenter at the “Hidden in Plain Sight” Esoteric conference held at Rosicrucian Park, where he presented a paper on “Ancient Alchemical Diagrams: Are they Mirrors of the Human Soul for the Modern World?” He recently retired as Grand Master of the English Grand Lodge for Australia, Asia, and New Zealand after many years of service in that position.
In this Podcast, Frater Bindon presents some of the fascinating symbolism and history behind Emblem 21 in Michael Maier’s intriguing work, Atalanta Fugiens.
In his book, Rosicrucian History and Mysteries, Christian Rebisse describes the many traditions that contributed to what would become the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC and to some extent the Traditional Martinist Order. The excerpt below briefly describes the history of the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Croix and its founders who greatly influenced both traditions.
In this podcast, Christian Bernard, Imperator of The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, invites us to develop our perception of the transcendental nature of beauty, which can be a powerful tool to carry us closer to Divine Wisdom.
The musician draws the bow across the violin string and immediately the inert atmosphere becomes vibrant and transparent, “…as if sound from nonspatial realms shines through a window into the world of space.” What is being demonstrated is a phenomenon known as the overtone series, in which any tone, played or sung, activates a column of mathematically-related notes which vibrate sympathetically with the sounded pitch and create resonance. Octaves throughout the universe respond, in a modern, scientific “music of the spheres,” echoing the hypothesis that dates back to ancient times and the School of Pythagoras.
Harmony is often emphasized in esoteric circles as a goal of the seeker on the mystical path. By achieving harmony within, the mystic accomplishes a fusion with the divine essence and transcends the purely physical appetites, aspirations, and limitations of corporeal existence. In this podcast , we examine what harmony is, using references to familiar forms of harmony from music, the arts, and the sciences. We then examine the effect harmony has on its surroundings to discern whether harmony is the actual goal or, more precisely, a tool for effecting beneficial change. Finally, by drawing parallels between musical and mystical harmony, we explore some of the direct and indirect uses of mystical harmony in today’s society.
This podcast is written and narrated by Dr. Richard Schultz.