The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order by Paul Foster Case is a biblical work on the subject and a must-read for all interested in the Rosicrucian tradition.
Rosicrucianism is the first Christian enlightenment tradition that emerged from the Dark Ages, in 1615, with the publication of the Fama Fraternitatis – the Story of the (Rosicrucian) Brotherhood.
The Rosicrucian Order is probably not what you expect. Put aside everything you heard about the Rosicrucians and let Paul unravel the unexpected mystery for you. Spoiler alert: The Rosicrucian Order is a model of the enlightenment network, also called the Hierarchy of Light, which is the enlightenment network of incarnate and discarnate souls.
The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order has two major parts. In the first part, Paul interprets the two Rosicrucian manifestoes, the Fama Fraternitatis and the Confessio Fraternitatis.
In the second part, Paul elaborates on the ten Rosicrucian grades of initiation and how they correspond to the ten spheres of the Tree of Life. What follows is a table with the original names, short explanations of the grades, and a comparison to the seven stages of enlightenment.
The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order is a masterpiece of Hermetic Qabalah and a demonstration of Paul’s superb grasp of the European enlightenment traditions – Qabalah, Tarot, Alchemy, and Astrology.
Throughout the book, Paul treats the reader with exquisite examples of Gematria, the secret code of the prophets. Examples: the (enlightenment) arcana of the Pythagorean triangle, the true nature of Brother C.R., the founder of the Rosicrucian Order, and the Rosicrucian vault, and the sanctuary in our body-mind vehicle where we can realize the higher self and discover those enlightenment enigmas that have never been put in writing.
The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order is not the easiest read, but it’s one of those books you can read ten times and still discover something new.
About the author: Paul Foster Case isn’t as well known as his contemporary occultists because most of his work is only available as lessons – through a B.O.T.A. membership. B.O.T.A. is a non-profit, enlightenment organization of which I am a member. The lessons can be compared to the Course in Miracles just much more advanced and with deep insides into Tarot, Qabalah, enlightenment Astrology, and enlightenment Alchemy.