“Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio” David M. Aguilera, FRC, PhD, ABPP

“Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio” David M. Aguilera, FRC, PhD, ABPP, from the “Mystical Italy” issue of the Rosicrucian Digest Michelangelo’s magnificent design for the Piazza del Campidoglio on Rome’s Capitoline Hill was only completed in the 1940s. Its stately curvilinear lines with twelve points suggest the astrological influence of Marsilio Ficino, among other references. In this […]

Domina Rectina’s Library: Herculaneum’s Villa of the Papyri–Benefactor Taciturnus, FRC

“Domina Rectina’s Library: Herculaneum’s Villa of the Papyri” — by Benefactor Taciturnus, FRC, from the “Mystical Italy” issue of the Rosicrucian Digest The Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, buried on 79 CE like Pompeii by the explosive eruption of Mount Vesuvius, contains the only intact ancient Library from the ancient Greco-Roman world. The fascinating story […]

Rosicrucianism and Stoicism–Grand Master Julie Scott, SRC

Rosicrucianism and Stoicism–Grand Master Julie Scott, SRC, from the “Sacred Italy” issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. Julie Scott. SRC serves as the Grand Master for the English Grand Lodge for the Americas, and as the Supreme Secretary of the Order. In the year 300 BCE, following a shipwreck in which he lost his fortune, Zeno, […]

Archaelogical Indications on the Origins of Roman Mithraism — Lewis M. Hopfe, Ph.D.

This podcast features an article from the December 2010 Mithraic Mysteries issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. Between the end of the first century CE and the last part of the fourth century, a mystery religion called Mithraism was extremely popular among soldiers, merchants, and civil administrators in the Roman Empire. Today more than four hundred […]

Selections from a Mithraic Ritual — G. R. S. Mead

This podcast features an article from the December 2010 Mithraic Mysteries issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. One of the pioneering esoteric scholars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, G.R.S. Mead (1863–1933) brought wider attention to many ancient materials, including this ritual which some scholars dismiss, and others cautiously believe retains some Mithraic elements. […]

The Rise and Fall of the Mithraic Mysteries — V. L. Stephens, S.R.C., M.A.

This podcast features an article from the December 2010 Mithraic Mysteries issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. Who was Mithras and what are the Mithraic Mysteries? There was little written about the Mithraic Mysteries. It is only through the inferences drawn from the cave or cave-like Mithraea, the generally present Tauroctony scene and other images, the […]

Apuleius in the Underworld: A Footnote to Metamorphoses, Chapter 11 — John Carey, Ph.D.

This podcast features an article from the 2010 No. 1 Isis issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. In this commentary on Chapter 11 of The Golden Ass, John Carey connects Lucius’s experiences with the ancient Egyptian concept of the Amduat, demonstrating the Egyptian tradition contained within the Isis Mysteries. Running Time: 6:55 | 9.5 MB Podcast Copyright […]

Isis: The Savior Goddess – Caitlin Matthews

This podcast features an article from the 2010 No. 1 Isis issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. Reclaiming the Divine Feminine from exile in the West, Caitlin Matthews explores her many ancient forms worldwide as a post-feminist archetype for the future, showing us the way to a practical spirituality grounded in daily life, sacred marriage, and […]

An Isis Timeline — Katherine Schaefers, M.A.

This podcast features an article from the 2010 No. 1 Isis issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. The Isis Mysteries in the Roman Empire are traced by the author in this timeline. The Isis Mysteries were the most widespread mystery school of antiquity, and the Temple of Isis at Philae was the last major pre-Christian shrine […]

The Epiphany of Isis — Lucius Apuleius

The Metamorphoses of Lucius by Lucius Apuleius, better known as The Golden Ass, is the only Roman novel to survive today. The present selection is assumed to be autobiographical, as Lucius describes the epiphany of Isis, most probably from his participation in the Isis Mysteries themselves. Running Time: 12:53 | 17.29 MB Podcast Copyright © 2010 Rosicrucian Order, […]