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RosicrucianDigestNo. 22014Page iiEach issue of the Rosicrucian Digest provides members and all interested readers with a compendium of materials regarding the ongoing flow of the Rosicrucian Timeline. The articles, historical excerpts, art, and literature included in this Digest span the ages, and are not only interesting in themselves, but also seek to provide a lasting referenceshelf to stimulate continuing study of all of those factors which make up Rosicrucian history and thought. Therefore, we present classical background, historical development, and modern reflections on each of our subjects, using the many forms of primary sources, reflective commentaries,the arts, creative fiction, and poetry.This magazine is dedicated to all the women and men throughout the ages who have contributed to and perpetuated the wisdom of the Rosicrucian,Western esoteric, Tradition.May we ever be worthy of the light with whichwe have been entrusted.In this issue we present the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis - the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC - from its inspiring beginnings to its far-reaching contributions to the world today.Page 1The Mystery Schools and the Rosicrucian Order2Julie Scott, SRCH. Spencer Lewis - Restorer of Rosicrucianism9Christian Rebisse, FRCImagination and Creativity16H. Spencer Lewis, FRCRosicrucian Initiatic Journeys to Egypt18The Function of a Rosicrucian21Ralph M. Lewis, FRCCreed of Peace25Ralph M. Lewis, FRCContribution to Peace26The Science of Intuition27George F. Buletza, PhD, FRCRosicrucian Park32AMORC - The Contemporary Era34Christian Rebisse, FRCRosicrucian Lesson38AMORC Around the World42Rose+Croix Journal44Rosicrucian Cultural Center of New York City46Appellatio Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis47Cosmic Attunement52Christian Bernard, FRCEstablishedin1915bytheSupreme Grand Lodge of the English Language Jurisdiction,AMORC,Rosicrucian Park, San Jose, CA 95191.Copyright 2014 by the Supreme Grand LodgeofAMORC,Inc.Allrights reserved.Republicationofanyportion ofRosicrucianDigestisprohibited without prior written permission of the publisher.ROSICRUCIANDIGEST(ISSN #00358339) is published bi-annually for $12.00 per year, single copies $6.00, bytheGrandLodgeoftheEnglish LanguageJurisdiction,AMORC, Inc., at 1342 Naglee Ave., San Jose, CA95191.POSTMASTER:Send address changes to ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTat1342NagleeAve.,San Jose, CA 951910001.Official Magazine of the Worldwide Rosicrucian Order Ordo Rosae Crucis Vol. 93 - No. 2 No. 2 - 2014RosicrucianDigestNo. 22014Page 2The Mystery Schools and the Rosicrucian Order, AMORCJulie Scott, SRCTe Mystery Schools were centers of study and mystic initiation in the ancient Western world where the mysteries of the Universe, of Nature, and of Humanity were explored. Tese spiritu-al centers educated students in natural laws and principles so they could better live in harmony with them; encouraged introspection in order to know oneself better; and engendered within a feeling of connection with the Great Mystery of the Universe. Today, the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC perpetuates many of the traditions of these ancient Mystery Schools and the philosophies that sprang from them. In this article, Grand Master JulieScottleadsusonajourneythroughtheseinspiringancientsourcestoRosicrucianism today. Each of the traditions described below has been the focus of one of the past sixteen is-suesoftheRosicrucianDigest,beginningwithmysteriousAtlantistomodernMartinism. Tis issue of the Digest concludes this seventeen-part series, culminating with the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC.Tobegin,letsdefinetheword mystery.Mysterycomesfrom mysteriawhichismadeupofthe verb, muo, meaning to close, as in to close themouth(insecrecy)ortoclosetheeyes, andteriameaningfestival.Accordingto CarlKerenyi,oneoftheleadingexpertson theEleusinianMysteries,thewordmysteria means,thefestivalatwhichthesecretis communicated.1Te Dictionary of Philosophy and Reli-gion defnes the Mystery religions as Te namegiventoagroupofreligiouscults popularinHellenicandRomanperiods. Temysteryreligionswerecharacterized by a body of esoteric knowledge and ritual that allegedly had the power to purify the initiateandguaranteeunionwithGod andpersonalimmortality.Virtuallyallof themysteriescenteredarounddyingand rising saviors.2TeseincludetheEleusinianandOr-phicMysteriesofancientGreeceandthe RomanMithraicMysteries.Addedto thislistintheRosicruciantraditionare theEgyptianmysteriesofOsirisandIsis andtheMysterySchoolsassociatedwith Akhnaton and his great, great grandfather, TutmoseIII,aswellasthePythagorean School in Italy. What do we know about these ancient Mystery Schools?Insomecases,wedontknowalot, and even if we did, I shouldnt tell you ev-erything.Secrecyandambiguityarecon-sistentwiththeseancienttraditions.Te ancient Mystery Schools often required an oathofsecrecyfromitsinitiates(usually under the penalty of death) and lessons or answerswereoftenpresentedintheform ofriddlesorparadox,aswiththefamous oracles at Delphi. Tere is also a lot that has not yet been discovered.Egyptology,forexample,is arelativelynewfeld.Champollion,the FrenchlinguistandfatherofEgyptology, only frst announced the deciphering of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in 1822. For centuriesbeforethen,nooneknewwhat thehieroglyphsmeant.Egyptologistsdid not recognize Akhnaton as a pharaoh until about 100 years ago because his name had Page 3beenexpungedfromtheancientrecords. Also, although there are some inscriptions and texts available to us related to some of these traditions (such as the descriptions of the rituals associated with the Cult of Isis, recorded by the ancient writers Iamblichus andApuleuis)defnitivetextsorinscrip-tions are rare. Tereisalsothechallengeofbeing able to accurately interpret them with our more modern minds and biases. Many of theinterpretationsofthetextsthathave beenfoundwerepresentedthroughthe perspectivesofar-chaeologistsandre-searcherswhowere ofteninfuenced bytheirVictorian upbringingsorthe dominantcultural or academic theories of their day. For example, for yearstheprevailing viewinEgyptol-ogyhasbeenthat thePyramidtexts wereonlyfunerary texts, a guide for the pharaohashetrav-eledtotheafterlife. Whatif,instead, thesetextswerein-terpreted from a sha-manicperspective, guiding not the dead king, but the shaman initiatetoanotherplane,fromwhichhe returnedwiththeabilitytohealandto communicatewiththoseonotherplanes of existence?Defnitiveknowledgeofwhathap-penedintheancientMysterySchools thereforeislimitedby;secrecyoverthe ages, a dearth of texts and artifacts available forresearch,andthelimitsofourunder-standing of the perspectives of the ancient peoples, especially their priests, priestesses, andshamans.However,wecanpieceto-gether the general themes and purposes of theancientMysterySchoolsbystudying theircontext,theavailableinscriptions, temples,texts,etc.,andbyattuningto thespiritoftheancientEgyptian,Greek, andRomanpeopletherebyopeningour-selvesuptootherwaysofperceivingbe-yondjustintellectualunderstanding.We can reach beyond our own time and space to step into the shoes of the ancient mys-tics, students, and initiates, as they did in their time. Finally, and most importantly, wecanstudyand experiencethewis-dom of these ancient traditionsasithas beenpasseddown through the Western esoteric tradition.Christopher Mc-Intosh, Ph.D. writes inhisbook,Te Rosicrucians,Te Rosicrucianmove-ment is part of a way ofthinkingwhose roots go far back into antiquityandwhich canbedescribedas theWesternesoteric tradition.Tistra-dition,drawingon manysources,has runthroughEuro-pean history exercising a strong infuence, sometimesunderground,atothertimes fourishingintheopenAgreatrevival of this tradition began in Italy during the Renaissanceandopenedupanewphase inthedevelopmentofesotericthought. Fromthenonithadanassured,ifstill somewhat underground, place in Western thought.3McIntosh traces the Rosicrucian move-ment beginning with Gnosticism, a move-ment,whichhadEgyptasitsfocalpoint RosicrucianDigestNo. 22014Page 4of development, and Hermetism; through NeoPlatonism, including the Pythagorean strain that greatly appealed to Renaissance scholars; to Kabbalah; to the Esoteric Tra-dition in Germany that set the conditions for the release of the Rosicrucian manifes-tos in the early 1600s; up to modern Rosi-crucian movements.Te Rosicrucian Order, AMORC trac-es its tradition back to a Primordial Tradi-tion.Tisconceptfrstappearedinthe Renaissance,especiallyaftertherediscov-ery of the Corpus Hermeticum, a group of mysterious texts attributed to an Egyptian priest,Hermes Trismegistus.4Belowisthe timelinetracingtheRosicruciantradition fromsomeofitsmostancientsourcesto today.Rosicrucian Order, AMORCTime Line Atlantis (Prehistory)Plato (ca. 428 ca. 348 BCE) described Atlantis in detail in his books, Critias and Timaeus. He stated that his knowledge on this subject was reported to him by Solon (ca.640558BCE)who,accordingto his own words, obtained it from Egyptian priests.SomepeoplebelievethatAtlantis actuallyexistedandisthecradleofthe Primordial Tradition, which fows through theRosicruciantradition.Tishighlyso-phisticated and spiritual civilization four-ishedformillennia,untilitdeclinedinto corruption,warmongering,andsupersti-tion,andfnallyendedinacataclysmin 9564BCE.OthersbelievethatAtlantis merely symbolizes the unknown source of thePrimordialTradition,representinga previous Golden Age. Predynastic Egypt (ca. 10000 to ca. 3000 BCE)According to the Primordial Tradition, the Atlanteans chose Egypt as the place to lay the foundation for what was to become theculturalandspiritualhomeofnew-born antiquity. Dynastic Egypt (ca. 3000 to 30 BCE)LegendtellsusthatthefrstKingof Egypt was chosen from among the Atlan-teans.Later,TutmoseIII(14731425 BCE),inadditiontoservingasPharaoh, directed the mystery school at Karnak and organized the mystery schools together as asingleOrder.Hisgreat,greatgrandson, Akhnaton, (ca. 1353 ca.1335 BCE) was responsible for introducing monotheism to ancient Egypt and inspiring an arti