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these are the reverse sides of the tablets of the ancient "law," the right understanding and meaning of which have long since been forgotten.


:: the "name of the "rose" ::

This is the "Rose" that "grew" over the "ruins."


the four cardinal direction, elemental "Watch Towers" of the Enochian system.


the Tarot


these diagrams will show you how to fold the "kamea" #-squares around a Pythagorean spiral.


primer on sacred ratios



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Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:45am

"This day, this day, this, this 
The Royal Wedding is. 
Art thou thereto by birth inclined, 
And unto joy of God designed? 
Then mayest thou to the mountain tend, 
Whereon three stately Temples stand, 
And there see all from end to end. 
Keep watch, and ward, 
Thy self regard; 
Unless with diligence thou bathe, 
The Wedding can't thee harmless save; 
He will damage that here delays; 
Let him beware too light that weighs."


Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:47am

Fama Fraternitatis 

Seeing the only wise and merciful God in these latter days hath poured out 
so richly his mercy and goodness to mankind, where by we do attain more and 
more to the perfect knowledge of his Son Jesus Christ and Nature, that 
justly we may boast of the happy time, wherein there is not only discovered 
unto us the half part of the world, which was heretofore unknown and hidden, 
but he hath also made manifest unto us many wonderful, and never heretofore 
seen, works and creatures of Nature, and moreover hath raised men, imbued 
with great wisdom, who might partly renew and reduce all arts (in this our 
age spotted and imperfect) to perfection; so that finally man might thereby 
understand his own nobleness and worth, and why he is called Microcosmus,(1) 
and how far his knowledge extendeth into Nature. 

Although the rude world herewith will he but little pleased, but rather 
smile and scoff thereat; also the pride and covetousness of the learned is 
so great, it will not suffer them to agree together; but were they united, 
they might out of all those things which in this our age God doth so richly 
bestow upon us, collect Librum Naturae, or a perfect method of all arts: but 
such is their opposition, that they still keep, and are loth to leave the 
old course, esteeming Porphyry,(2) Aristotle, and Galen, yea and that which 
bath but a mere show of learning, more than the clear and manifested light 
and truth; who if they were now living, with much joy would leave their 
erroneous doctrines. But here is too great weakness for such a great work. 
And although in theology, physics, and the mathematics, the truth doth 
oppose itself(3) nevertheless the old enemy by his subtlety and craft doth 
show himself in hindering every good purpose by his instruments and 
contentious wavering people. To such an intent of a general reformation, the 
most godly and highly illuminated father, our brother, C.R. a German, the 
chief and original of our Fraternity, hath much and long time laboured, who 
by reason of his poverty (although descended of noble parents) in the fifth 
year of his age was placed in a cloister, where he had learned indifferently 
the Greek and Latin tongues, who (upon his earnest desire and request) being 
yet in his growing years, was associated to a brother, P.A.L. who had 
determined to go to the Holy Land. 
Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:47am

Although this brother died in Ciprus,(4) and so never came to Jerusalem, yet 
our brother C.R. did not return, but shipped himself over, and went to 
Damasco,(5) minding from thence to go to Jerusalem; but by reason of the 
feebleness of his body he remained still there, and by his skill in physic 
he obtained much favour with the Turks. In the meantime he became by chance 
acquainted with the wise men of Damasco in Arabia, and beheld what great 
wonders they wrought, and how Nature was discovered unto them; hereby was 
that high and noble spirit of brother C.R. so stirred up, that Jerusalem was 
not so much now in his mind as Damasco; also he could not bridle his desires 
any longer, but made a bargain with the Arabians, that they should carry him 
for a certain sum of money to Damasco; he was but of the age of sixteen 
years when he came thither, yet of a strong Dutch constitution. There the 
wise received him (as he himself witnesseth) not as a stranger, but as one 
whom they had long expected; they called him by his name, and showed him 
other secrets out of his cloister, whereat he could not but mightily wonder. 
He learned there better the Arabian tongue, so that the year following he 
translated the book M. into good Latin, which he afterwards brought with 
him. This is the place where he did learn his physicks, and his 
mathematicks, whereof the world hath just cause to rejoice, if there were 
more love, and less envy. After three years he returned again with good 
consent, shipped himself over Sinus Arabicus into Egypt, where he remained 
not long, but only took better notice there of the plants and creatures. He 
sailed over the whole Mediterranean sea for to come unto Fez, where the 
Arabians had directed him. And it is a great shame unto us, that wise men, 
so far remote the one from the other, should not only be of one opinion, 
hating all contentious writings, but also be so willing and ready under the 
seal of secrecy to impart their secrets to others. 

Every year the Arabians and Africans do send one to another, inquiring one 
of another out of their arts, if happily they had found out some better 
things, or if experience had weakened their reasons. Yearly there came 
something to light, whereby the mathematica, physic, and magic (for in those 
are they of Fez most skilful) were amended. As there is nowadays in Germany 
no want of learned men, magicians, cabalists, physicians, and philosophers, 
were there but more love and kindness among them, or that the most part of 
them would not keep their secrets close only to themselves. At Fez he did 
get acquaintance with those which are commonly called the Elementary 
Inhabitants, who revealed unto him many of their secrets. As we Germans 
likewise might gather together many things, if there were the like unity, 
and desire of searching out secrets amongst us. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:47am

Of these of Fez he often did confess that their Magia was not altogether 
pure, and also that their Cabala was defiled with their religion; but 
notwithstanding he knew how to make good use of the same, and found still 
more better grounds for his faith, altogether agreeable with the harmony of 
the whole world, and wonderfully impressed in all periods of times. And 
thence proceedeth that fair concord, that, as in every several kernel is 
contained a whole good tree or fruit, so likewise is included in the little 
body of man the whole great world, whose religion, policy, health, members, 
nature, language, words and works, are agreeing, sympathizing, and in equal 
tune and melody with God, heaven, and earth. And that which is dis-agreeing 
with them is error, falsehood, and of the Devil, who alone is the first, 
middle, and last cause of strife, blindness, and darkness in the world. 
Also, might one examine all and several persons upon the earth, he should 
find that which is good and right, is always agreeing with itself; but all 
the rest is spotted with a thousand erroneous conceits. 

After two years brother C.R. departed the city of Fez, and sailed with many 
costly things into Spain, hoping well [that since] he himself had so well 
and so profitably spent his time in his travel, that the learned in Europe 
would highly rejoice with him, and begin to rule and order all their studies 
according to those sound and sure foundations. He therefore conferred with 
the learned in Spain, showing unto them the errors of our arts, and how they 
might be corrected, and from whence they should gather the true Indicia of 
the times to come, and wherein they ought to agree with those things that 
are past; also how the faults of the Church and the whole Philosophia 
Moralis was to be amended. He showed them new growths, new fruits, and 
beasts, which did concord with old philosophy, and prescribed them new 
Axiomata, whereby all things might fully be restored. But it was to them a 
laughing matter; and being a new thing unto them, they feared that their 
great name should be lessened, if they should now again begin to learn and 
acknowledge their many years errors, to which they were accustomed, and 
wherewith with they had gained them enough. Who-so loveth unquietness, let 
him be reformed. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:47am

The same song was also sung to him by other nations, the which moved him the 
more because it happened to him contrary to his expectations, being ready 
then bountifully to impart all his arts and secrets to the learned, if they 
would have but undertaken to write the true and infallible Axiomata, out of 
all faculties, sciences, and arts, and whole Nature, as that which he knew 
would direct them, like a globe or circle, to the only middle point and 
Centrum, and (as is usual among the Arabians) it should only serve to the 
wise and learned as a rule. That also there might be a Society in Europe, 
which might have gold, silver, and precious stones, sufficient for to bestow 
them on kings, for their necessary uses and lawful purposes; with which such 
as be governors might be brought up, for to learn all that which God hath 
suffered man to know, and thereby to he enabled in all times of need to give 
their counsel unto those that seek it, like the heathen oracles. Verily we 
must confess that the world in those days was already big with those great 
commotions, labouring to be delivered of them; and did bring forth painful, 
worthy men, who broke with all force through darkness and barbarism, and 
left us who succeeded to follow them: and assuredly they have been the 
uppermost point in trigono igneo, whose flame now should be more and more 
bright, and shall undoubtedly give to the world the last light. 

Such a one likewise hath Theophrastus been in vocation and callings, 
although he was none of our Fraternity, yet nevertheless hath he diligently 
read over the book M: whereby his sharp ingenium was exalted; but this man 
was also hindered in his course by the multitude of the learned and 
wise-seeming men, that he was never able peacefully to confer with others of 
his knowledge and understanding he had of Nature. And therefore in his 
writing he rather mocked these busy bodies, and doth not show them 
altogether what he was: yet nevertheless there is found with him well 
grounded the aforenamed Harmonia, which without doubt he had imparted to the 
learned, if he had not found them rather worthy of subtle vexation, than to 
be instructed in greater arts and sciences; he then with a free and careless 
life lost his time, and left unto the world their foolish pleasures. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:48am

But that we do not forget our loving father, brother C.R., he after many 
painful travels, and his fruitless true instructions, returned again into 
Germany, the which he (by reason of the alterations which were shortly to 
come, and of the strange and dangerous contentions) heartily loved. There, 
although he could have bragged with his art, but specially of the 
transmutations of metals, yet did he esteem more Heaven, and the citizens 
thereof, Man, than all vain glory and pomp. 

Nevertheless he built a fitting and neat habitation, in which he ruminated 
his voyage, and philosophy, and reduced them together in a true memorial. In 
this house he spent a great time in the mathematicks, and made many fine 
instruments, ex omnibus hajus artis partibus, whereof there is but little 
remaining to us, as hereafter you shall understand. After five years came 
again into his mind the wished for reformation; and in regard he doubted of 
the aid and help of others, although he himself was painful, lusty, and 
unwearying, he undertook, with some few joined with him, to attempt the 
same. Wherefore he desired to this end, to have out of his first cloister 
(to the which he bare a great affection) three of his brethren, brother 
G.V., brother J.A., and brother J.O., who besides that, they had some more 
knowledge in the arts, than in that time many others had, he did bind those 
three unto himself, to be faithful, diligent, and secret; as also to commit 
carefully to writing, all that which he should direct and instruct them in, 
to the end that those which were to come, and through especial revelation 
should be received into this Fraternity, might not be deceived of the least 
syllable and word. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:48am

After this manner began the Fraternity of the Rose Cross; first, by four 
persons only, and by them was made the magical language and writing, with a 
large dictionary, which we yet daily use to God's praise and glory, and do 
find great wisdom therein; they made also the first part of the book M. But 
in respect that that labour was too heavy, and the unspeakable concourse of 
the sick hindered them, and also whilst his new building (called Sancti 
spiritus) was now finished, they concluded to draw and receive yet others 
more into their Fraternity; to this end was chosen brother R.C., his 
deceased father's brother's son, brother B. a skilful painter, G. and P.D. 
their secretary, all Germans except J.A. so in all they were eight in 
number, all bachelors and of vowed virginity; by those was collected a book 
or volume of all that which man can desire, wish, or hope for. 

Although we do now freely confess, that the world is much amended within an 
hundred years, yet we are assured that our Axiomata shall unmovably remain 
unto the world's end, and also the world in her highest and last age shall 
not attain to see anything else; for our Rota takes her beginning from that 
day when God spake Fiat, and shall end when he shall speak Pereat; yet God's 
clock striketh every minute, where ours scarce striketh perfect hours. We 
also steadfastly believe, that if our brethren and fathers had lived in this 
our present and clear light, they would more roughly have handled the Pope, 
Mahomet, scribes, artists, and sophisters, and had showed themselves more 
helpful, not simply with sighs, and wishing of their end and consummation. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:48am

When now these eight brethren had disposed and ordered all things in such 
manner, as there was not now need of any great labour, and also that 
everyone was sufficiently instructed, and able perfectly to discourse of 
secret and manifest philosophy, they would not remain any longer together, 
but as in the beginning they had agreed, they separated themselves into 
several countries, because that not only their Axiomata might in secret be 
more profoundly examined by the learned, but that they themselves, if in 
some country or other they observed anything, or perceived some error, they 
might inform one another of it. 

Their agreement was this: First, That none of them should profess any other 
thing than to cure the sick, and that gratis. 2. None of the posterity 
should be constrained to wear one certain kind of habit, but therein to 
follow the custom of the country. 3. That every year upon the day C. they 
should meet together in the house S. Spiritus, or write the cause of his 
absence. 4. Every brother should look about for a worthy person, who, after 
his decease, might succeed him. 5. The word C.R. should be their seal, mark, 
and character. 6. The Fraternity should remain secret one hundred years. 
These six articles they bound themselves one to another to keep, and five of 
the brethren departed, only the brethren B. and D. remained with the father, 
Fra. R. C., a whole year; when these likewise departed. Then remained by him 
his cousin and brother J.O. so that he hath all the days of his life with 
him two of his brethren. And although that as yet the Church was not 
cleansed, nevertheless we know that they did think of her, and what with 
longing desire they looked for. Every year they assembled together with joy, 
and made a full resolution of that which they had done; there must certainly 
have been great pleasure, to hear truly and without invention related and 
rehearsed all the wonders which God had poured out here and there through 
the world. Everyone may hold it out for certain, that such persons as were 
sent, and joined together by God, and the heavens, and chosen out of the 
wisest of men, as have lived in many ages, did live together above all 
others in highest unity, greatest secrecy, and most kindness one towards 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:48am

After such a most laudable sort they did spend their lives, and although 
they were free from all diseases and pain, yet notwithstanding they could 
not live and pass their time appointed of God. The first of this Fraternity 
which died, and that in England, was J.O., as brother C. long before had 
foretold him; he was very expert, and well learned in Cabala, as his book 
called H. witnesseth. In England he is much spoken of; and chiefly because 
he cured a young Earl of Norfolk of the leprosy. They had concluded, that as 
much as possibly could be, their burial place should be kept secret, as at 
this day it is not known unto us what is become of some of them, yet 
everyone's place was supplied with a fit successor. But this we will confess 
publicly by these presents to the honour of God, that what secrets soever we 
have learned out of the book M. (although before our eyes we behold the 
image and pattern of all the world) yet are there not shown unto us our 
misfortunes, nor hour of death, the which only is known to God himself, who 
thereby would have us keep in a continual readiness. But hereof more in our 
Confession, where we do set down 37 reasons wherefore we now do make known 
our Fraternity, and proffer such high mysteries, and without constraint and 
reward. Also we do promise more gold than both the Indies bring to the King 
of Spain; for Europe is with child and will bring forth a strong child, who 
shall stand in need of a great godfather's gift. 

After the death of J.O., brother R.C. rested not, but as soon as he could, 
called the rest together (and as we suppose) then his grave was made. 
Although hitherto we (who were the latest) did not know when our loving 
father R.C. died, and had no more but the bare names of the beginners, and 
all their successors, to us, yet there came into our memory a secret, which 
through dark and hidden words, and speeches of the 100 years, brother A., 
the successor of D. (who was of the last and second row and succession, and 
had lived amongst many of us) did impart unto us of the third row and 
succession. Otherwise we must confess, that after the death of the said A. 
none of us had in any manner known anything of brother R.C. and of his first 
fellow-brethren, than that which was extant of them in our philosophical 
Bibliotheca, amongst which our Axiomata was held for the chiefest, Rota 
Mundi for the most artificial, and Protheus the most profitable. Likewise we 
do not certainly know if these of the second row have been of the like 
wisdom as the first, and if they were admitted to all things. It shall be 
declared hereafter to the gentle Reader, not only what we have heard of the 
burial of R.C., but also made manifest publicly by the foresight, 
sufferance, and commandment of God, whom we most faithfully obey, that if we 
shall be answered discreetly and Christian-like, we will not be afraid to 
set forth publicly in print our names and surnames, our meetings, or 
anything else that may be required at our hands. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:49am

Now the true and fundamental relation of the finding out of the high 
illuminated man of God, Fra. C.R.C. is this. After that A. in Gallia 
Narbonensis was deceased, then succeeded in his place our loving brother 
N.N. This man after he had repaired unto us to take the solemn oath of 
fidelity and secrecy, he informed us bona fide, that A. had comforted him in 
telling him that this Fraternity should ere long not remain so hidden, but 
should be to all the whole German nation helpful, needful, and commendable; 
of the which he was not in any wise in his estate ashamed of. The year 
following, after he had performed his school right and was minded now to 
travel, being for that purpose sufficiently provided with Fortunatus' purse, 
he thought (he being a good architect) to alter something of his building 
and to make it more fit. In such renewing he lighted upon the memorial table 
which was cast of brass, and containeth all the names of the brethren, with 
some few other things. This he would transfer in another more fitting vault; 
for where or when Fra R.C. died, or in what country he was buried, was by 
our predecessors concealed and unknown to us. In this table stuck a great 
nail somewhat strong, so that when he was with force drawn out, he took with 
him an indifferently big stone out of the thin wall, or plastering, of the 
hidden door, and so, unlooked for, uncovered the door. wherefore we did with 
by and longing throw down the rest of the wall, and cleared the door) upon 
which was written in great letters, Post 120 annos patebo,(6) with the year 
of the Lord under it. Therefore we gave God thanks and let it rest that same 
night, because we would first overlook our Rotam. But we refer ourselves 
again to the Confession, for what we here publish is done for the help of 
those that are worthy, but to the unworthy (God willing) it will he small 
profit. For like as our door was after so many years wonderfully discovered, 
also there shall be opened a door to Europe (when the wall is removed) which 
already doth begin to appear, and with great desire is expected of many. 

In the morning following we opened the door, and there appeared to our sight 
a vault of seven sides and corners, every side five foot broad, and the 
height of eight foot. Although the sun never shined in this vault, 
nevertheless it was enlightened with another sun, which had learned this 
from the sun, and was situated in the upper part in the center of the 
ceiling. In the midst, instead of a tombstone, was a round altar covered 
over with a plate of brass, and thereon this engraven: 

A.C.R.C. Hoc universi compendium unius mihi sepulchrum feci (7) 

Round about the first circle, or brim, stood, Jesus mihi omnia (8) 

In the middle were four figures, inclosed in circles, whose circumscription 

1. Nequaquam vacuum.(9) 

2. Legis Jugum.(10) 

3. Libertas Evangelii.(11) 

4. Dei gloria intacta.(12) 


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