The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. Originally published in German in This edition derives from an English trans- lation published in The drawings on this page appeared as illustrations in The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, published by Lectorium Rosicrucianum, a Rosicrucian. The Chymical Wedding is an allegoric story divided into Seven Days, or Seven Journeys, and which tells us how Christian Rosenkreuz was invited to go to a.

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On it, in a vessel of polished copper, stood an angel, bearing a tree in his arms. My companion held out bravely, whereupon all applauded him, and the Virgin showed him deep respect.

Only I and eight others remained in the hall, among them my table companion. It ot therefore a book of great significance for our time, one that it is important should be studied both for the deep impression made by its Mystery pictures and for an understanding of its spiritual revelations.

This globe being hollow, we were able to sit within it and contemplate the tosenkreutz glittering in an agreeable order in the rrosenkreutz of the Earth, and moving so gallantly that I had scarce any mind ever to go out again, as our page told our Virgin, and with which she twitted me, for it was already supper time, and I was almost the last at table. One by one the captains laid in their weights; the first six he withstood, but when the seventh was added he was outweighed; he was therefore bound and delivered over in great anguish to the sixth band of knights.

Our Virgin presented us to the King as wedding guests who had ventured hither at peril of body and life. It is printed in response to requests from members of the Course to have the material in a permanent form for further study. Hereupon the good man was pronounced free, and I imagined no other than that I must finish my life under the gate. The events of this story span seven days and are divided into seven chapters, each chapter relating a different day.

The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz: A Pictoral Key.

The second was long, but easy provided we kept to it and were guided by our magnet. To those others who had failed, and who were now seated at a lower table, the attendants were still invisible. For the cords were so wonderfully made that none could cut them, much less get them off his feet.

When we opened our two little moulds, we found two bright and almost transparent little images, angelically fair babes, a male and a female, each being but four inches long. The phoenix on the table represents the result of the transformation.


The lion broke the sword, and the pieces sank into the fountain; then he reared till a snow-white dove came flying to him with an olive branch in her bill. It is like a seal that shows the intentions of the spiritual seeker, but also grants you safe passage in the spiritual realms. Here two pages presented to us, on the Bridegroom’s behalf, the insignia of the Golden Fleece and the Flying Lion. This sentence near cost me my life; yet I took courage, and related how this gatekeeper had been my benefactor, having bestowed a token on me by whose assistance I had stood upon the scale, and so had been made partaker of all the honour and joy already received.

I decided, even at my own peril, to release the Guardian of the First Portal from his office; so, when I was called in, I made a full confession. A third time, and now of her own free will, she fell into the hands of the Moor, who usurped her kingdom, stripped and scourged her, and cast her into prison.

The pearl is the symbol for the Divine Self.

This was a perfect square, with a great wall running all round it, two hundred and sixty paces thick. He was reborn in 1 The Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz Inwhen he was twenty-eight years of age, he began a seven-year journey to many Centres of Mystery Wisdom, returning inwhen he was thirty-five years of age see Note 3. Watching the execution of these sentences, I felt my eyes run over, till at last the garden, which had been so full, was emptied, and a silence fell upon it.

When the Ancient Matron’s servants let down the rope, I could get nowhere christisn it, while the heaving of the rest was pitiful to see.

In Cabala it is said that at the Crown the top Sephira of the Tree of Lifethe divine is witnessed as a Maelstrom, what can be a terrific sight. About midnight, being unable to sleep, I became aware of a bright glow on the water, and, rising from by bed, I saw seven ships sailing swiftly to the Castle, all full of lights.

To make choice you shall cast lots. Thus he travels now in the Divine Light of the Sun. Plato said of the myth of Isis and Osiris that it could be understood on twenty different levels, and was true on all of them. Again our Virgin departed with her Bird, and we ascended through the ceiling to the sixth conclave, where we wexding a little altar set up in the middle of the chamber, and on it the book, the lighted taper, the heavenly globe, the chimingclock, the crystal fountain, and the skull with its white serpent, every way like those in the King’s weddibg.


It is therefore in accordance with the spiritual demands at this point of time that “The Chymical Wedding” again begins to attract notice and that its beautiful sequences of imaginative piectures again begin to speak to our hearts and understanding. He knelt in reverence before a lion who stood on a fountain with a naked sword held in his paw. The student was reading books. At the meal which followed, we in our red velvet robes were seated at the high table, which was also decked with red velvet and set with drinking-cups of pure silver and gold.

Now, my lord, how am I called? Our Virgin, dressed in black velvet, now conducted us to the garden, where we found six sepulchres under a roof supported by seven columns, above which floated a flag with a Phoenix painted on it. There the matter must rest, however, and the first cycle of Rosicrucianism literature comes to a close.

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The old world ceases to exist. Then certain curious chairs were placed in a circle, in which we, toggether with the King and Queen, both their old men, and the ladies and virgins, were to sit. We need it as a traveller needs guide-book and map when he journeys into an unknown land; for the journey of which it tells is a journey we must all take sooner or later.

Here we found our Bird awaiting us, and a cool milky bath prepared for him, in which he pleasantly sported; as the lamps beneath it made it warmer, we had enough to do to keep him in the bath, and therefore clapped a cover on, suffering him to thrust out his head through a hole. Look carefully, feel, and see if it resonates with you.

The second is longer, and takes you circuitously; it is plain and easy, if by the help of the Magnet you turn neither to left nor right. This is where one finds the teaching of the dead raised incorruptible I Cor Hastily I stumbled back to the laboratory, where, lulled by a gently purling christtian, I quickly fell asleep.

This was the first night that I slept in quiet; and yet a scurvy dream would chtistian suffer me to rest, for I was troubled with a door which I could not open, though at last I did so; and with these fantasies I passed the time till I awaked.

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