Christian Rosenkreutz and Rosicrucianism
With an Introduction, "Who Added the Roses to the Cross?" by Christopher Bamford
Rosicrucianism is one of the most important, and least recognized, streams of Western spirituality. The publication of the first Rosicrucian texts in the early seventeenth century created a cultural riot, the so-called Rosicrucian furore. Forced underground in the maelstrom of the Thirty Years War, Rosicrucianism was passed down secretly by alchemists, hermetists, and Masons into the nineteenth century, when it inspired new spiritual movements, including theosophy, the Order of the Golden Dawn and Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science.
This book collects from many different sources Steiner’s discussions on Rosicrucianism: The Tao and the Rose Cross; the history and mission of Christian Rosenkreutz; the nature of Rosicrucian practice and experience; the meaning of The Chemical Wedding; Goethe’s Rosicrucian poem “The Mysteries;” and how to meditate on the Rose Cross itself.
Edited and introduced by Christopher Bamford, The Secret Stream brings to light the hidden fraternity that has lived and worked since the fourteenth century and uncovers the Rosicrucian path that is Christian, alchemical, and profoundly modern.