The Rosicrucians: Their Rites and Mysteries



Their Rites and Mysteries

Fourth Edition, Revised

by Hargrave Jennings

Author of 'The Indian Religion; or, Results of the Mysterious Buddhism'; 'Phallicism'; 'One of the Thirty', etc. etc.

Illustrated by Upwards of Three Hundred Engravings
and Twelve Full-Page Plates

George Routledge & Sons, Limited
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co

Unto the very point and prickes, here are to be found great mysteries.

Nicolas Flammel, 1399.

Quod sit Castellum in quo Fratres degunt? Quinam et quales ipsi sint? Cur, inter alia nomina, appelletur Fratres? cur Crucis? cur Rosæ Crucis?

Gassendus, 1630.

Quod tanto impendio absonditur, etiam solummodo demonstrare, destruere est.


Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition


Part I

I. Critics of the Rosicrucians Criticized
II. Singular Adventure in Straffordshire
III. Ever-burning Lamps
IV. Insufficiently Worldly Objects
V. The Hermetic Philosophers
VI. An Historical Adventure
VII. The Hermetic Brethren
VIII. Mythic History of the Fleur-de-lis
IV. Sacred Fire
X. Fire-theosophy of the Persians
XI. Ideas of the Rosicrucians as to the Character of Fire
XII. Monuments Raised to Fire-Worship in All Countries
XIII. Druidical Stones and the Worship
XIV. Inquiry as to the Possibility of Miracle
XV. Can Evidence be Depended upon? Examination of Hume's Reasoning
XVI. Footsteps of the Rosicrucians amidst Architectural Objects
XVII The Round Towers of Ireland
XVIII. Prismatic Investiture of the Microcosm
XIX. Cabalistic Interpretations by the Gnostics
XX. Mystic Christian Figures and Talismans
XXI. The 'Rosy Cross' in Indian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Mediæval Monuments
XXII. Myth of the Scorpion, or the Snake, in its Many Disguises
XXIII. Ominous Character of the Colour 'White' to English Royalty
XXIV. The Beliefs of the Rosicrucians—Meaning of Lights and of Commermorative Flambeaux in all Worship
XXV. The Great Pyramid

Part II

I. History of the Tower or Steeple
II. Presence of the Roscrucians in Heathen and Christian Architecture
III. The Rosicrucians amidst Ancient Mysteries. Their Traces Discoverable in the Orders of Knighthood
IV. Rosicrucianism in Strange Symbols
V. Connexion between the Templars and Gnosticism
VI. Strange Speculations of the Transcendentalists
VII. Rosicrucian Origin of the Order of the Garter. Deductions, and Proofs, from Historical Authorities
VIII. Rosicrucian supposed Means of Magic through Signs, Sigils, and Figures
IX. Asto-theosophical (Extra-natural) System of the Rosicrucians—The Alchemic Magisterium or 'Stone'
X. Rosicrucian 'Celestial' and 'Terrestrial' (means of Intercommunication)
XI. The Pre-Adamites. Profound Cabalistic or Rosicrucian Speculations
XII. The Adapted Rosicrucian Contemplation. Intrusion of Sin. Ruins of the old Worlds
XIII. Indian Mysterious Adoration of Forms. The Unity of the Mythologies found in the Bhuddistic and Mohammedan Temples
XIV. Doctrine of Rationale. The Embodied 'Children of the Elements', both of Heathen and of Christian Periods
XV. Robert Flood (Robertus de Fluctibus), the English Rosicrucian
XVI. Notices of Ancient Authorities
XVII. Mysteries of the Ancients: the Ark of Noah
XVIII. Cabalistic Illustrations. The San-grëale, Grëal, or Holy Grëale
XIX. The Round Table is the Rationale or Apotheosis of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
XX. Remarks upon Two Curious Books
XXI. Remarks Relating to the Great Mystic, Robert 'de Fluctibus'
XXII. Alchemy. The Power of Producing Gold and Silver, Through Artificial means. Doctrine of the Rosicrucians
XXIII. The Outline of the Cabala, or Kabbalah. Its Mystic Indication. The Purpose of the Great Architect of the Universe in the Sensible and Spiritual Worlds (Natural and Supernatural), and the Character of their Reciprocity, and Double Working
XXIV. Cabalistic Profundities