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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 10:52am

Were it not a precious thing, that you could so read in one only book, and 
withal by reading understand and remember, all that which in all other books 
(which heretofore have been, and are now, and hereafter shall come out) hath 
been, is, and shall he learned and found out of them? 

How pleasant were it, that you could so sing, that instead of stony rocks 
you could draw the pearls and precious stones, (14) instead of wild beasts, 
spirits, and instead of hellish Pluto, move the mighty princes of the world. 

O ye people, God's counsel is far otherwise, (15) who hath concluded now to 
increase and enlarge the number of our Fraternity, the which we with such 
joy have undertaken, as we have heretofore obtained this great treasure 
without our merits, yea without our hopes, and thoughts, and purpose with 
the like fidelity to put the same in practise, that neither the compassion 
nor pity of our own children (which some of us in the Fraternity have) shall 
draw us from it, because we know these unhoped for goods cannot be 
inherited, nor by chance be obtained. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:52am

If there be some body now, which on the other side will complain of our 
discretion, that we offer our treasures so freely, and without any 
difference to all men, and do not rather regard and respect more the godly, 
learned, wise, or princely persons, than the common people; those we do not 
contradict, (16) seeing it is not a slight and easy matter; but withal we 
signify so much, that our Arcana or secrets will no ways be common, and 
generally made known. Although the Fama be set forth in five languages, and 
is manifested to everyone, yet we do partly very well know that the 
unlearned and gross wits will not receive nor regard the same; (17) as also 
the worthiness of those who shall be accepted into our Fraternity are not 
esteemed and known of us by Man's carefulness, (18) but by the Rule of our 
Revelation and Manifestation. Wherefore if the unworthy cry and call a 
thousand times, or if they shall offer and present themselves to us a 
thousand times, yea God hath commanded our ears, that they should hear none 
of them: yea God hath so compassed us about with his clouds, that unto us 
his servants no violence or force can be done or committed; wherefore we 
neither can be seen or known by anybody, except he had the eyes of an eagle. 
It hath been necessary that the Fama should be set forth in everyone's 
mother tongue, because those should not be defrauded of the knowledge 
thereof, whom (although they be unlearned) God hath not excluded from the 
happiness of this Fraternity, the which shall be divided and parted into 
certain degrees; as those which dwell in the city of Damcar (*) in Arabia, 
who have a far different politick order from the other Arabians. For there 
do govern only wise and understanding men, who by the king's permission make 
particular laws; according unto which example also the government shall be 
instituted in Europe (whereof we have a description set down by our 
Christianly Father) (19) when first is done and come to pass that which is 
to precede. And thenceforth our Trumpet shall publicly sound with a loud 
sound, and great noise, (20) when namely the same (which at this present is 
shown by few, and is secretly, as a thing to come, declared in figures and 
pictures) shall be free and publicly proclaimed, and the whole world shall 
be filled withal. Even in such manner as heretofore, many godly people have 
secretly and altogether desperately pushed at the Pope's tyranny, which 
afterwards, with great, earnest, and especial zeal in Germany, was thrown 
from his seat, and trodden underfoot, whose final fall is delayed, and kept 
for our times, when he also shall be scratched in pieces with nails, and an 
end be made of his ass's cry, by a new voice; (21) The which we know is 
already reasonably manifest and known to many learned men in Germany, as 
their writings and secret congratulations do sufficiently witness the same. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:52am

We could here relate and declare what all the time, from the year of Our 
Lord 1378 (in which year our Christian Father was born) till now, hath 
happened, where we might rehearse what alterations he hath seen in the world 
these one hundred and six years of his life, which he hath left to our 
brethren and us after his decease to peruse. But brevity, which we do 
observe, will not permit at this present to make rehearsal of it, till a 
more fit time. (22) At this time it is enough for those which do not despise 
our declaration, haying therefore briefly touched it, thereby to prepare the 
way for their acquaintance and friendship with us. (23) 

Yet to whom it is permitted that he may see, and for his instruction use, 
those great letters and characters which the Lord God hath written and 
imprinted in heaven and earth's edifice, through the alteration of 
government, which hath been from time to time altered and renewed, (24) the 
same is already (although as yet unknown to himself) ours. And as we know he 
will not despise our inviting and calling, so none shall fear any deceit, 
for we promise and openly say, that no man's uprightness and hopes shall 
deceive him, whosoever shall make himself known unto us under the seal of 
secrecy, and desire our Fraternity. 

But to the false hypocrites, and to those that seek other things than 
wisdom, we say and witness by these presents publicly, we cannot be made 
known, and be betrayed unto them; and much less they shall be able to hurt 
as any manner of way without the will of God; (25) but they shall certainly 
be partakers of all the punishment spoken of in our Fama; so their wicked 
counsels shall light upon themselves, and our treasures shall remain 
untouched and unstirred, until the Lion doth come, who will ask them for his 
use, (26) and employ them for the confirmation and establishment of his 
kingdom. We ought therefore here to observe well, and make it known unto 
everyone, that God hath certainly and most assuredly concluded to send and 
grant to the world before her end, which presently thereupon shall ensue, 
such a truth, light, life and glory, as the first man Adam had, which he 
lost in Paradise, after which his successors were put and driven, with him, 
to misery wherefore there shall cease all servitude, falsehood, lies, and 
darkness, which by little and little, with the great world's revolution, was 
crept into all arts, works, and governments of men, and have darkened the 
most part of them. For from thence are proceeded an innumerable sort of all 
manner of false opinions and heresies, that scarce the wisest of all was 
able to know whose doctrine and opinion he should follow and embrace, and 
could not well and easily be discerned; seeing on the one part they were 
detained, hindered, and brought into errors through the respect of the 
philosophers and learned men, and on the other part through true experience. 
(27) All the which, when it shall once be abolished and removed, and instead 
thereof a right and true rule instituted, (28) then there will remain thanks 
unto them which have taken pains therein. But the work itself shall be 
attributed to the blessedness of our age. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:52am

As we now willingly confess, that many principal men by their writings will 
be a great furtherance unto this Reformation which is to come; so we desire 
not to have this honour ascribed to us, as if such work were only commanded 
and imposed upon us. But we confess, and witness openly with the Lord Jesus 
Christ, that it shall first happen that the stones shall arise, and offer 
their service, before there shall be any want of executors and accomplishers 
of God's counsel; yea, the Lord God hath already sent before certain 
messengers, which should testify his will, to wit, some new Stars, which do 
appear and are seen in the firmament in Serpentano and Cygno, which signify 
and give themselves known to everyone, that they are powerful Signacula of 
great weighty matters." So then, the secret hid writings and characters are 
most necessary for all such things which are found out by men. (29) Although 
that great book of nature stands open to all men, yet there are but few that 
can read and understand the same. For as there is given to man two 
instruments to hear, likewise two to see, and two to smell, but only one to 
speak, and it were but vain to expect speech from the ears, or hearing from 
the eyes. So there hath been ages or times which have seen, there have also 
been ages that have heard, smelt, and tasted. Now there remains yet that 
which in short time, (30) honour shall be likewise given to the tongue, and 
by the same; what before times hath been seen, heard, and smelt, now finally 
shall be spoken and uttered forth, when the World shall awake out of her 
heavy and drowsy sleep, (31) and with an open heart, bare-head, and 
bare-foot, shall merrily and joyfully meet the new arising Sun. 

These characters and letters, as God hath here and there incorporated them 
in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, so hath he imprinted them most apparently 
into the wonderful creation of heaven and earth, yea in all beasts. So that 
like as the mathematician and astronomer can long before see and know the 
eclipses which are to come, so we may verily foreknow and foresee the 
darkness of obscurations of the church, and how long they shall last. From 
the which characters or letters we have borrowed our magic writing, and have 
found out, and made, a new language for ourselves, in the which withall is 
expressed and declared the nature of all things. So that it is no wonder 
that we are not so eloquent in other languages, (32) the which we know that 
they are altogether disagreeing to the language of our forefathers, Adam and 
Enoch, and were through the Babylonical confusion wholly hidden. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:52am

But we must also let you understand that there are yet some Eagles' Feathers 
in our way, the which do hinder our purpose. Wherefore we do admonish 
everyone for to read diligently and continually the Holy Bible, for he that 
taketh all his pleasures therein, he shall know that he prepared for himself 
an excellent way to come to our Fraternity. For as this is the whole sum and 
content of our rule, that every letter or character which is in the world 
ought to be learned and regarded well; so those are like unto us, and are 
very near allied unto us, who do make the Holy Bible a rule of their life, 
and an aim and end of all their studies: yea to let it be a compendium and 
content of the whole world. And not only to have it continually in the 
mouth, but to know how to apply and direct the true understanding of into 
all times and ages of the world. Also, it is not our custom to prostitute 
and make so common the Holy Scriptures; (33) for there are innumerable 
expounders of the same; some alleging and wresting it to serve for their 
opinion, some to scandal it, and most wickedly do liken it to a nose of wax, 
which alike should serve the divines, philosophers, physicians, and 
mathematicians, against all the which we do openly witness and acknowledge, 
that from the beginning of the world there hath not been given 'Into men a 
more worthy, a more excellent, and more admirable and wholesome Book than 
the Holy Bible. Blessed is he that hath the same, yet more blessed is he who 
reads it diligently, but most blessed of all is he that truly understand eth 
the same, for he is most like to God, and doth come most near to him. (34) 
But whatsoever hath been said in the Fama concerning the deceivers against 
the transmutation of metals, (35) and the highest medicine in the world, the 
same is thus to be understood, that this so great gift of God we do in no 
manner set at naught, or despise it. But because she bringeth not with her 
always the knowledge of Nature, but this bringeth forth not only medicine, 
but also maketh manifest and open unto us innumerable secrets and wonders. 
Therefore it is requisite, that we be earnest to attain to the understanding 
and knowledge of philosophy. And moreover, excellent wits ought not to be 
drawn to the tincture of metals, before they be exercised well in the 
knowledge of Nature. He must needs be an insatiable creature, who is come so 
far, that neither poverty nor sickness can hurt him, yea, who is exalted 
above all other men, and hath rule over that, the which doth anguish, 
trouble and pain others, yet will give himself again to idle things, as to 
build houses, make wars, and use all manner of pride, because he hath gold 
and silver infinite store. 

God is far otherwise pleased, for he exalteth the lowly, and pulleth down 
the proud with disdain; to those which are of few words, he sendeth his holy 
Angel to speak with them, but the unclean babblers he driveth in the 
wilderness and solitary places. The which is the right reward of the Romish 
seducers, (36) who have vomited forth their blasphemies against Christ, and 
as yet do not abstain from their lies in this clear shining light. In 
Germany all their abominations and detestable tricks have been disclosed, 
(37) that thereby he may fully fulfil the measure of sin, and draw near to 
the end of his punishment. Therefore one day it will come to pass, that the 
mouth of those vipers will be stopped and the three double horn will be 
brought to nought, (38) as thereof at our meeting shall more plain and at 
large be discoursed. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:53am

For conclusion of our Confession, we must earnestly admonish you, that you 
put away, if not all, yet the most books written by false Alchemists, who do 
think it but a jest, or a pastime, when they either misuse the Holy Trinity, 
when they do apply it to vain things, or deceive the people with most 
strange figures, and dark sentences and speeches, and cozen the simple of 
their money; as there are nowadays too many such books set forth, (39) which 
the Enemy of man's welfare doth daily, and will to the end, mingle among the 
good seed, thereby to make the Truth more difficult to be believed, which in 
herself is simple, easy, and naked, but contrarily Falsehood is proud, 
haughty, and coloured with a kind of lustre of seeming godly and of humane 
wisdom. Ye that are wise eschew such books, and turn unto us, who seek not 
your moneys, but offer unto you most willingly our great treasures. We hunt 
not after your goods with invented lying tinctures, but desire to make you 
partakers of our goods. We speak unto you by parables, (40) but would 
willingly bring you to the right, simple, easy and ingenuous exposition, 
understanding, declaration, and knowledge of all secrets. We desire not to 
be received of you, but invite you unto our more than kingly houses and 
palaces, and that verily not by our own proper motion, but (that you 
likewise may know it) as forced unto it, by the instigation of the Spirit of 
God, by his admonitions, and by the occasion of this present time. (41) 

What think you, loving people, and how seem you affected, seeing that you 
now understand and know, that we acknowledge ourselves truly and sincerely 
to profess Christ, condemn the Pope, addict ourselves to the true 
Philosophy, lead a Christian life, (42) and daily call, entreat and invite 
many more unto our Fraternity, unto whom the same Light of God likewise 
appeareth? Consider you not at length how you might begin with us, not only 
by pondering the Gifts which are in you, and by experience which you have in 
the word of God, beside the careful consideration of the imperfection of all 
arts, and many other unfitting things, to seek for an amendment therein; to 
appease God, and to accommodate you for the time wherein you live. (43) 
Certainly if you will perform the same, this profit will follow, that all 
those goods which Nature hath in all parts of the world wonderfully 
dispersed, shall at one time altogether be given unto you, and shall easily 
disburden you of all that which obscureth the understanding of man, and 
hindereth the working thereof, like unto the vain eccentrics and epicycles. 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:53am
But those pragmatical and busy-headed men, (45) who either are blinded with 
the glittering of gold, or (to say more truly) who are now honest, but by 
thinking such great riches should never fail, might easily be corrupted, 
(46) and brought to idleness, and to riotous proud living, those we desire 
that they would not trouble us with their idle and vain crying. (47) But let 
them think, that although there be a medicine to be had which. might fully 
cure all diseases, nevertheless those whom God hath destined to plague with 
diseases, and to keep under the rod of correction, such shall never obtain 
any such medicine. 

Even in such manner, although we might enrich the whole world, and endue 
them with learning, and might release it from innumerable miseries, yet 
shall we never be manifested and made known unto any man, without the 
especial pleasure of God; yea, it shall be so far from him whosoever thinks 
to get the benefit and be partaker of our riches and knowledge, without and 
against the will of God, that he shall sooner lose his life in seeking and 
searching for us, than to find us, and attain to come to the wished 
happiness of the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross.

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:53am

(1) The Latin text is divided into fourteen chapters. The Latin Title runs 
"Confessio R.C. ad Eruditos Europae." 

(2) Latin: "Whatsoever you have heard, Mortals through the blast of the Fama 
R.C. concerning our Fraternity, you should not attribute to chance, or 
suspect to be our design." 

(3) Latin: "And what heretofore hath been sought in vain with great pains 
and unwearied labour, He now manifests to those who never thought upon such 
things, nay, offers to the violent and forces upon the unwilling." 

(4) Latin: "Although our institution, through which we execute the will of 
our excellent Father, we think has been sufficiently declared unto you in 
the Fama; nor can we be suspected of any heresy, etc." 

(5) Latin: "or for certain reasons were not to be expressed in the other 
languages." The reference is to the five languages in which the Fama was 
said to be published." 

(6) Latin: "Yea, we doubt not…" 

(7) Latin: "The only right means and those such as are suitable to our 
Patria, whereby she may become sound again and appear anew, or rather 
renewed, for the renovation of the earth." 

(8) Latin: "Man alone, the Microcosm; concerning whom the more modest of the 
Learned, if any there be, who will appear at our fraternal invitation, shall 
find, etc." 

(9) Latin: "To labour carefully that there be no cause for wonder at our 
adhortation, and that all may agree that such great secrets are not profaned 
by us, but that it is fitting that the rumour of them shall be spread among 
many. For it is not absurd that many should be overwhelmed by a conflict of 
opinion at this unhoped-for opportunity of ours." 

(10) Frankfort, 1617, here reads "Our beloved father Christian." 

(11) "and to build up again a new Castle or Fortress of Truth." 

(12) Latin: "How therefore can such things be despised by us; as if they 
were given for us only to know and not rather for the adornment of the age?" 

(13) Latin: "If God had been pleased to light the Sixth Candelabrum for us 
alone? Were it not sufficient for us, that we needed not to fear hunger, 
etc." Throughout this passage the sense has been obscured both in the German 
and English (by the failure to give to the Latin "Nobis" its force. The 
argument is: we ought so to labour that none may wonder at our summons or 
think we profane secrets. How pleasant would it be for us, the Fratres R.C., 
alone; but oh Mortals, far otherwise is God's design and your opportunity." 

(14) "You could draw to yourself pearls and precious stones." 

(15) Latin: "Far otherwise, O Mortals, is God's Counsel and your 

(16) Latin: We are not angry with such persons, for the charge is not 
without weight." 

(17) Latin: "Our Secrets will not be made public, however much in five 
languages they echo around the ears of the vulgar." 

(18) Latin: "esteemed by us according to the extent of their curiosity." 

(*) Damascus. 

(19) "Shall be instituted by us in Europe." 

(20) Latin: "and with no ambiguities of language." 

(21) Frankfort, 1617, reads "by the new voice of a roaring Lion." 

(22) "A more fitting opportunity may occur and then it shall be done." 

(23) "a closer union and friendship with us." 

(24) "and which He hath renewed for us throughout all changes of 

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:54am

(25) "We cannot be betrayed to our hurt nor even can we be constrained, 
unless God will it." 

(26) Latin: "ask for them in his own right for himself." 

(27) Latin: "while they were drawn to one side by the Fame of Philosophers 
and to the other by the truths of experience." This seems to be a direct 
reference to the Fama. 

(28) Latin: "and instead thereof, as we trust will happen." 

(29) Latin: "Powerful signacula of the Great Design, which can teach how God 
makes these, together with the discoveries of human minds, serve the purpose 
of His hidden scriptures." The new star in Cygnus appeared in 1602, that in 
Serpentarius in 1604; On the 'new stars' see Johannes Kepler, De Stella Nova 
in pede Serpentarii, with a supplement De Stella incognita Cygni, Prague, 
1606. Since the new stars appeared in 1604, the reference to them here again 
emphasizes the date 1604 as significant. This is the year in which 
Rosencruetz's tomb is supposed to have been discovered. 

(30) "with time shortened and drawing to its end." 

(31) "shall have slept out the drunkenness of the cup of poison and 

(32) Latin: "that we are less delicate in other languages and in this 

(33) "And so to accustom themselves, that they do not have it continually in 
the mouths on all unnecessary occasions, but that they may know how to 
apply, etc.; because it is not our custom to prostitute the Holy 

(34) Latin: "Blessed is he who hath it, more blessed he who reads it, most 
blessed is he who learns it, but he who understands and observes it, is most 
like unto God." 

(35) "hath been said by us, in our abhorance of Impostors, against the 
Transmutation of Metals." That is, against false alchemists. 

(36) Latin: "Of the Roman Impostor, who hath, etc." 

(37) "this clear shining light by which in Germany all his caverns and 
subterranean mazes have been disclosed." 

(38) "And his triple crown shall be brought to naught." Cassel, 1616, alone 
reads "triple horn." 

(39) The Latin adds: "and among them the Amphitheatral Comedian hath a 
foremost place, a man right ingenious in imposition; and such doth the 
Enemy, etc." 

(40) "We speak unto you not by Parables." 

(41) Latin: "but driven by the Spirit of God, commanded by the Testament of 
our excellent Father and compelled by the Law of our time." 

(42) Latin: "lead a life worthy of a man." 

(43) Latin: "you might after all meditate on the remedy together with us, 
stretch out your hand to the work of God and serve the Empire of your time?" 

(44) Latin: "shall be brought to you united and collected as in the center 
of the sun and moon. Then you could expel from world all that obscures human 
knowledge and retards action, even as all the eccentrics and epicycles." 

(45) Latin: "But you, who are determined at least to satisfy your 

(46) "now honest but by the unexpected opportunity of obtaining such riches 
might be corrupted." 

(47) Latin: "do not disturb our sacred silence with your clamour." 

(48) Latin: "he shall sooner lose his life in searching for us than attain 
felicity by finding us. The Fraternity of the R.C."

Comment by Jonathan Barlow Gee on March 29, 2012 at 10:55am


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