Rosicrucian Digest

The Mithraic Mysteries

Volume 88 Number 2 2010

This is the ninth in a series of thematic issues of the Rosicrucian Digest exploring sources that have contributed to the Rosicrucian tradition.

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The Rise and Fall of the
Mithraic Mysteries
V. L. Stephens, M.A.

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Image: Apronianus Tauroctony; Kepler Rudolphine Tables;
The Pleiades
; Pisa Tauroctony; Harmonia Macrocosmica; Constantine burns Arian works;


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

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Image: G.R.S. Mead

G.R.S. Mead

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

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Image: Tauroctony with Sol and Luna; Aquilea Tauroctony; Dura Europas Tauroctony;Gaianus Dedicatory Stele; Marino Tauroctony Fresco; Asclepius; Mithraic Kronos

Tauroctony with Sol and Luna

The Precession of the Equinoxes
The Staff of the Rosicrucian Research Library

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Images: Kircher Star Chart; Precession

Kircher Star Chart

Map of Mithraeum Locations

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Kircher Star Chart

The Succession of World Ages
Jane B. Sellers

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Images: Dendera Zodiac; Hapi;
King Esarhaddon
; Odin and Baldr

King Esarhaddon

The Image of the Bull:
A Transcultural Exploration from Paleolithic Caves to the Mithraic Mysteries
Antonietta Francini M.D., SRC, and Benefactor Taciturnus, FRC

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Images: Laozi riding a bull; Shiva riding Nandi; Riding home; Apis Bull; Bull Leaping; Roman Tauroctony

Laozi riding a bull

Recovery: The Art of
Paradigm Shifts
Denise Breton and
Christopher Largent

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Images: Caffeine; Expulsion from Paradise; Humanity on the Moon; Kepler Orbits of the Planets; Conformity; Extraordinary Science; Sun and Sea; Flux; Alchemical Tables; Cologne Cathedral


Supplementary Web Articles

In the Place of Mithras: Leadership in the Mithraic Mysteries
Israel Campos Méndez, Ph.D.

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Images: Mithraic Banquet;
Symbols of the Pater;
Pio-Clementine; Bust of Mithras; Felicissimus Mosaic


Symbols of the Pater

Mithras and the Hypercosmic Sun
David Ulansey, Ph.D.

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Images: Osterburken Tauroctony; School of Athens (detail); Helios; Akhenaten and Nefertiti; Mithras and the Bull; Mithras Born from
the Rock



Sun, Word, and Wisdom
Steven Armstrong, FRC

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Images: Anselm


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