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Books about the Manifestos of the Classic Rosicrucians

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.

Books of the Rose Series by Catharose de Petri

TransfigurationCatharose de Petri

True liberation requires the rebirth of the entirely conscious, immortal soul, in connection with the spirit. Only a reborn soul can enter the original divine world of eternal peace. This fundamental rebirth is accessible through a process, the traces of which are found in the primordial wisdom of all times, from Hermes to Christ, from the Upanishads to Tao; as the result of a totally new attitude of life the soul awakens, Reason and consciousness are transformed by self-knowledge and ‘non-being’. The perfect breath of life transfigures the entire being.


The Seal of RenewalCatharose de Petri

Without only few words the author manages to open up worlds, while shedding a surprising new light on the evangelical texts, so that one clearly understands the gnostic message that is enshrined in the holy language.


Seven voices speak, Catharose de Petri

Seven voices – seven radiations of the gnostic fullness. Every human being will have to learn to react to them in the right way, if he wishes to follow the path of liberation. This booklet offers the candidate many instructions that may result in great blessings.


The Golden Rosycross, Catharose de Petri

The author wishes to reveal how man can again become a living building stone in the Universal Temple. To that end a harmonisation takes place in the physical temples of the School of the Golden Rosycross, of heart, eye, voice, pituitary gland, medulla and the twelve pairs of cranial nerves. In this way other magnetic flows are attracted into the human temple. New lights are lit in the auric being of those who consciously cooperate by self-surrender.

Books about the Hermetic Gnosis by J. van Rijckenborgh

The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis volume 1, J. van Rijckenborgh

In the first volume of The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis, J. van Rijckenborgh outlines the fundamental state of man on the basis of the Tabula Smaragdina and the first two books of the Corpus Hermeticum. Mankind is bound to temporariness, while eternity is its destination. The reader will become aware of the great potential of man as a microcosm. The clarifications of the texts ignite the knowledge of the heart and lead towards insight in the eternal wisdom inherent to the Hermetic texts.


The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis volume 2, J. van Rijckenborgh

The second volume of The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis on the basis of books 3 to 9 of the Corpus Hermeticum of Hermis Trismegistus presents the conditions for, as well as the phases of the path of liberation. The first condition is the profoundly experienced insight that mankind, in its current existence, is separated from God and does not know him. By sacrificing his ‘I’, man can undo this separation, can be nourished by the forces of the spirit, and overcome death.


The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis volume 3, J. van Rijckenborgh

The impediments on the path are described by the author in volume three, based on the books 10, 11 and 12 of the Corpus Hermeticum. He makes clear to the reader that a new attitude of life is a necessity. A new desire in the heart attracts light force, which influences the blood. The blood, charged with light force, subsequently enlightens the head and induces a new thinking! This sustained new attitude of life is the gateway to the mystery temple.


The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis volume 4, J. van Rijckenborgh

Volume 4 contains the books 13 to 17 of the Corpus Hermeticum, describing the results on the path of liberation: how the heart can change and be liberated. How becoming still for God works as a supreme remedy. How everyone following the path of the soul is connected to every other one. And how this process gives access to new, immortal powers. Those who search in truth, will understand and follow the sound of the call, which approaches them from the Hermetic wisdom.

Books about the Christian Gnosis by J. van Rijckenborgh


The Mystery of the Beatitudes, J. van Rijckenborgh

In the biblical Sermon on the Mount the beatitudes occupy a special place. They are generally considered as a future reward for a morally outstanding life. The clarifications of J. van Rijckenborgh make clear that the texts are of quite a different nature, with a very topical value. The nine beatitudes confront us with the ninefold path to true incarnation, with a path that every determined person can go in self-freemasonry.


The Christian Initiation Mystery - Dei Gloria Intacta, J. van Rijckenborgh

This book offers an esoteric access to the seven letters from the Book of Revelations. The seven ‘churches’ that are addressed by John, are in Ashia: the part of humanity that is ripe for renewal. What is described, is a way of initiation of cosmic dimensions, led by the Christ power. In three phases, linked to the seven planet spheres, a process of rebirth of body, soul and spirit unfolds. As the consciousness of the reader expands, the book will open an ever greater perspective before the inner eye.


The Light of the World, J. van Rijckenborgh

Here, Light of the world refers to the central spirit core. In search of the basic values of our existence, J. van Rijckenborgh confronts man with the appalling reality that modern life offers much distraction, much falseness and only very little deepening. The searcher keeps encountering borders, set by life in the society. With extraordinary clarity the author clarifies the causes of this inner conflict and points at the two life fields, the one we know and that of the central spirit core. The Sermon on the Mount – spoken for the few – serves as a guide to pass the border.

Books By J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri


Elementary Philosophy of the Modern Rosycross, J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri

In their search for truth people will find many insights and methods, under many denominations. In the Elementary Philosophy of the modern Rosycross the author explains the dangers that come up when someone wishes to go the way of internalisation. He comments on the significance of magic and initiation, involution and evolution, birth and death and sketches a clear image of the practice of life on this side as well as the other side of the veil (the reflection sphere).


The Brotherhood of Shamble, J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri

The earth is changing, just like society does. In the atmosphere new radiation values are developing, bringing forth great new opportunities. How can we, as searching people, prepare for this new reality? The authors outline how mankind receives help in this change, from Shamballa, the reality of life which one can enter by ascending towards it. From that sphere a call goes out to people to move towards regeneration, to truly become Man. What matters is to answer that call.


The Great Revolution, J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri

The transition from the age of Pisces to the age of Aquarius is accompanied by huge changes and it seems that all untruthfullness has to be exposed first. Everything is declaring itself, regardless of borders, races or nations and everyone is being confronted with it. The authors demonstrate that these changes are the result of cosmic influences. The book shows the extraordinary opportunities of the new age and offers a joyful, liberating perspective of life to every interested searcher.


The Universal Path, J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri

Those who wish to internally approach the mystery of Christ, search for the universal path that spiritual schools of all times have always indicated. In the fourth chapter of this book we find: If you want to find the mystery of Christ to some extent, it is necessary to have at your disposal a great freedom of consciousness.

Other books by J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri


The Coming New Man, J. van Rijckenborgh

In our time there is a growing awareness that mankind faces a change. In The coming new man it concerns an overall, fundamental change, the development of the core essence in the heart. Giving up the ego and letting the soul core grow in the Light, leads to the new man, with a new consciousness. The author gives a magnificent insight in this great human opportunity. For those who are receptive for this, life will never be the same again after reading this book.


The Gnosis in present day manifestation, J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri

All the original religions, authentic Christianity included, have built up a field of contact and encounter between the spiritual and the transient world, which enables people with a receptiveness for it to ascend to that spiritual world or supranature. The Gnosis in present day manifestation describes how such a force field has been established in our time, within the Spiritual School of the Golden Rosycross. It is a Living Body, which is consciously maintained by joint alignment with the spiritual world, thus nourishing everyone.


The Gnostic Mysteries of the Pistis Sophia, J. Van Rijckenborgh

This book covers the first of the six books of the Gospel of the Pistis Sophia, attributed to the gnostic Valentinus (150 AD approx.) and discovered in the eighteenth century (British Museum, Codex Askewianus). The Pistis Sophia, as a believing soul (Pistis), has reached the borders of her earthly possibilities, desiring to experience the mystery behind these. Strengthened by the power of wisdom (Sophia) she overcomes all the barriers, raised by the earthly world, while crossing this border.


The Chinese Gnosis, J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri

The Tao Te Ching is here read as a gnostic writing. Gnosis is the knowledge that gives people access to the way of redemption. The text contains everything that the searcher for the truth needs. The authors in their comments: 'Every pupil on the path must read and reread the Tao Teh Ching. Why? The Other, for whom Tao is destined, is caught in you and you can release him by letting him awaken in you, by self-surrender in wu wei.’ At this point the authors comment on the first 33 of the 81 verses.