Esoteric Encyclopedia

Esoteric Encyclopedia Entry of the Week: Ancient and Mystical Order Rosæ Crucis

According to Wikipedia:

The Ancient and Mystical Order Rosæ Crucis (AMORC), also calling itself the Rosicrucian Order, is currently the largest worldwide Rosicrucian organization, having Lodges, Chapters and various other affiliated bodies throughout the world, in 19 different languages. The Rosicrucian organization is a philosophical secret society, said to have been founded in late medieval Germany by Christian Rosenkreuz. Its doctrine/theology is “built on esoteric truths of the ancient past”, which, “concealed from the average man, provide insight into nature, the physical universe and the spiritual realm.”

The terms “Rosicrucian Order”, “Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis” and “AMORC” are trademarked by the organization.

AMORC claims to be the oldest existing Traditional Fraternity and the modern day manifestation of the ancient ‘Rose-Croix’ Order which is said to have originated in the Ancient Egyptian Mystery schools. The ancient Mysteries are claimed to have been preserved through the millennia by closed secret societies until the early years of 17th Century Europe. At that point, according to AMORC internal mythology, the time was right for the existence of this body of secret knowledge to become open, i.e. revealed, to the world, in the form of the Rosicrucian manifestos (click here to learn more).

Today, AMORC sees itself as representing an “open cycle” of the ancient Rosicrucian tradition, claiming that its existence is a “reactivation” of Rosicrucian teaching in the United States, with previous Rosicrucian colonies in the United States having become dormant.


AMORC presents itself as a worldwide philosophical and humanistic, fraternal order devoted to “the study of the elusive mysteries of life and the universe.” The organization claims that it is non-sectarian and open to both men and women of legal adult age (18 years old in most countries) regardless of their various religious persuasions.

AMORC’s teachings draw upon ideas of the major philosophers, particularly Pythagoras, Thales, Solon, Heraclitus, Democritus. The teachings are divided into “Degrees” which are further grouped into broad categories under titles such as Postulant, Neophyte, and Initiate sections. These degrees cover various fields related to physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual existence such as physics, metaphysics, biology, psychology, parapsychology, comparative religion, traditional healing techniques, health, intuition, extrasensory perception, material and spiritual alchemy, meditation, sacred architecture, symbolism, and that mystical state of consciousness relating to the experience of unity with the Divine.

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