The Call of the Brotherhood of the R.C., J. Van Rijckenborgh
Volume one of the three manifestos of the classic Rosicrucians is the Fama, or Call. This text calls the searcher to come to insight: ‘so that ultimately man might understand his own nobility and worth, and why he is called microcosm, and how far his knowledge of nature extends’. In his comments, the author says: ‘The earth is a crucible into which we are all thrown, so that the gold of the spirit can bee freed from what is inferior and transmuted into the gold of the soul.’
The Confession of the Brotherhood R.C., J. Van Rijckenborgh
The Confessio, or confession, is the second manifesto. Here J. van Rijckenborgh focuses on the words of the classic Rosicrucians as the key issue: ‘The earth is the melting pot in which we are cast down, so that the gold of the spirit will be able to free itself from the lower and transmute into soul-gold. That is the human destination.’ The Rosicrucian manifestos were issued between 1614 and 1616 in Germany, as the spiritual testament of the classic Rosicrucians. The Manifestos spread rapidly, also in the Netherlands. Their call for a general reformation caused much commotion throughout Europe.
The Alchemical Wedding 1, J. Van Rijckenborgh
The last volume of the Manifestos is The Alchemical Wedding. It is the veiled story of a way of initiation that takes seven symbolic days. Christian Rosenkreutz receives an invitation to a royal wedding, for which he knows himself to be not worthy yet. His assignment is to work on the alchemical wedding of his renewed soul (the bride) with the divine spirit (the groom) and to make this way accessible for his fellow human beings as well. Volume 1 contains day 1, 2 and 3, with the clarifications of J. van Rijckenborgh.
The Alchemical Wedding II, J. Van Rijckenborgh
In volume 2 (day 5, 6 and 7) of the Alchemical Wedding the development processes continue. The seven principles of the old consciousness, represented by seven ‘royal personalities’, must perish, hence die, in order to make room for a new consciousness. It is only after this phase that the actual alchemical transformation process within the various levels of the ‘Olympus Tower’ (the human serpent fire system) can unfold itself. This book, too, contains the original text and the clarifications by J. van Rijckenborgh.