The philosophy of Rosicrucian Fraternity is founded on the aspirations of its
legendary founder Christian Rosencreutz a German of noble birth and monastic
education who, having sojourned the East in search of enlightenment, sought to
bring the ancient knowledge he had gained back to the West. After encountering
resistance and ridicule throughout Europe he retired to Germany where he
founded the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross.
Originally a secret Order, the Rosicrucians came to light 120 years after the Founder’s
death as an established but ‘invisible’ Fraternity (at about the same time as
the rise of Speculative Freemasonry) at the turn of the 17th century through
the publication of the two manifestos: the Fama Fraternitatis and the Confessio
Fraternitatis (the Fame and the Confession of the Fraternity) published in
Germany in 1614/15, which invited all the learned of Europe to join them in a
educational, moral and scientific reformation of society. Rosicrucianism has ever
been concerned with individual and fraternal search for divine enlightenment
for the benefit of the individual in particular and of society in general.
In common with Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism is concerned with encouraging the fellowship
of Man and with comprehending the true nature and purpose of his place in
Creation. The spiritual journey of one’s understanding of one’s relationship
with the Creator is peculiarly unique and individual. But it need not be
lonely. Indeed it may be necessary that one be guided or encouraged by an adept
or some other who has traversed and contemplated a similar path.
Structure of the Society
A member of the Society (called a frater, Latin for ‘brother’, pl. fratres) aspires to
progress through a series of nine grades, each having its own colourful and
impressive ritual ceremony, in three distinct Orders.
A candidate is required to be proposed and seconded by members of the Society and is
elected by ballot.
Through regular and graduated steps, the members of the Society are guided from the
initial effort to the final goal. Each student ought to possess those
aspirations that can be developed during the training in the Fraternity
Benefits of being a Rosicrucian
Membership of the Society offers the potential of personal improvement and the development
of an esoteric and philosophical understanding of the great issues in life and
a greater comprehension of the values of Freemasonry.
Members are encouraged to carry out research and participate in discussion that may arise
as a result. The Rosicrucian fraternity is dedicated to the education of like
minded individuals in spiritual, philosophical and ethical truths of the
The Society has an extensive library which is situated in Grand Lodge. Areas of recent
research include: The Symbolism of Numbers, Alchemy, Study of the Universe,
Artificial Intelligence, Sacred Geometry, Hypnotism, Hawaiian Spirituallity and
other aspects of Philosophy, Esotericism and Mysticism