This is a Podcast of a Message from the Board of Directors of the English Grand Lodge for the Americas about the New Alchemy Museum that is being created at Rosicrucian Park in San Jose, CA. For three years, our magnificent Alchemy Exhibit has been a popular display at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. We are now ready to begin the construction of its permanent home.
For more details, please visit https://www.rosicrucianpark.org/alchemy-museum
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.
This podcast explores the topics of Gnosis (inner knowledge), the Gnostics (mystics who proclaim gnosis as the path to salvation), and Gnosticism (the broad tradtion beginning millennia ago and continuing through the Catharism of the Middle Ages to today).
This podcast features an article from the June 2011 Hermetism issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. Environmentalist and Hermetic scholar and practitioner John Michael Greer presents the context of the Renaissance rediscovery of the Corpus Hermeticum, as well as its contents and the significant role it played in the struggle for freedom of thought and mystical practice.
This podcast features an article from the June 2011 Hermetism issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. Hermeticism and alchemy lead us to inner and outer transformations. These practices have their roots in ancient Egypt and Greece. Well-known author and lecturer Richard Smoley considers how these ancient traditions affect us today.
This podcast features an article from the June 2011 Hermetism issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. Leading esoteric scholar Joscelyn Godwin traces the outlines of the Hermetic Tradition from Thoth to Hermes Trismegistus, and its essential teachings. He demonstrates how the unique character of the tradition has enabled it to influence much of the Western world and its many paths.
This podcast features an article from the June 2011 Hermetism issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. The Staff of the Rosicrucian Digest provides an introduction to one of the most popular and enduring mystical philosophies on Earth—the tradition attributed to Hermes Trismegistus.
This podcast features an article from the December 2010 Mithraic Mysteries issue of the Rosicrucian Digest.In this selection, Jane B. Sellers discusses the precession of the equinoxes, vital to the understanding of the Mithraic Mysteries. Hipparchus may have rediscovered this astronomical phenomenon, however, it is clear that the Egyptians were aware of it centuries before.
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 the natural world. In this excerpt, the author demonstrates the central role of Isis in the Sophia Tradition—the Divine Wisdom Tradition—elements of which are shared by the Rosicrucian and Martinist paths.