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.
The Rosicrucian Utopia
Claudio Mazzucco, FRC
Grand Master of the Italian Grand Lodge
In this podcast, which is a reading of his presentation at the AMORC World Convention in San Jose, Grand Master Claudio Mazzucco of the Italain Grand Lodge traces the path of Universal evolution from the Big Bang to the achievement of Cosmic Consciousness.
Awakening the Heart Center
Ilkka Laaksonen, FRC
General Administrator of the Finnish Administration
In this podcast, which is a reading of his discourse presented in the Grand Temple, during the AMORC World Convention in San Jose, General Administrator Ilkka Laaksonen reminds us of the physical, mystical, and spiritual functions of our Heart Center.
Ainu: The Indigenous People of Northern Japan
Atsushi Honjo, FRC
Grand Master of the Japanese Grand Lodge
In this podcast, which is a reading of his presentation at the AMORC World Convention in San Jose, Grand Master Atsushi Honjo introduces us to the Ainu worldview, with its striking relationship to the environment, to the Divine, and to all creatures.
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 features an article from the 2009 No. 2 Eleusis issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. The town of Eleusis, twelve miles from
Athens, was home to the famous Eleusinian Mysteries. People would
come from all parts of Greece to be initiated into this cult of “The Two Goddesses,” Demeter and Persephone. The Mysteries consisted of two parts,the Lesser Mysteries, which were conducted in the spring (Athenian month of Anthesterion),and the Greater Mysteries, which took place in the autumn (Athenian month of Boedromion).
This podcast features an article by Soror Julie Sanchez-Parodi from the 2009 No. 2 issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. In this podcast the esoteric link between the symbolism of the bee in ancient Western Asian and Greek culture, and the Eleusinian Mysteries is explained.
This podcast features an article from the 2009 Digest No. 2. Dr. George Mylonas (1898-1988) was a Greek archaeologist and scholar renowned worldwide for his expertise, erudition, and wit. In this excerpt from his work Eleusis and the Eleusinian Mysteries, he discusses what we can know about these ancient Mysteries. Text (c) 1961 Princeton University Press, used with permission.