The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz
"The last of the so-called manifestoes of the Rosicrucian Society is the Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rosencreutz which appeared in 1616 and passed through three editions in the same year. It was later translated into English as "a pleasant work" by F. Foxcroft in 1690. It should be remembered that the original manifestoes, the Fama, the Confessio, and the Chymische Hochzeit were published anonymously; and also that it is definitely stated that the name of Christian Rosenkreutz is a symbolical designation for a person whose true name remains concealed.
The quest for the author or authors of the Rosicrucian manifestoes at last centered around one man, Johan Valentin Andreae (1586-1654), who is still accepted as the most probable source of these works, although the available proof is in no way conclusive. He was an eminent Lutheran divine, a conservative and respectable man, despicted with long white whiskers and a skull cap. He received many honors from his church and finally died in the bosom of Lutheranism.
He was the author of numerous works, particularly distinguished for their pedagogical style. He seemed to possess a circuitous type of mind, which, having essayed a literary undertaking, flounders in it for hundreds of pages to the distress and discouragement of the reader. An important publication by this scholar is Christianopolis, or the City of Christ, an Utopian dream similar in spirit to Lord's Bacon's New Atlantis.
Andreae must have been accused of having written the Fame, Confession, and Chemical Marriage, for he prepared elaborate denials and wrote of the whole matter as a hoax or a chimera of no substance or importance. But in a posthumous work entitled Vita ab Ipso Conscripta, which remaided in manuscript until 1849, Andreae admits that he wrote the Fama of the Rosicrucian Society when he was sixteen years old. He does not acknowledge the other works, but a word looking for an author has fastened all of them upon him.
In the Chemical Marriage it is stated that C.R.C. , who for the first time becomes Christian Rosenkreutz, when preparing himself to attend the chemical marriage, tied a red ribbon crosswise over his shoulders and then placed four red roses in his hat. This was damming evidence, of the family crest of Johann Valentin Andreae was a St. Andrew's Cross having four roses, one in each of the angles.
C.R.C.'s Chemical Marriage is an allegorical account of the preparation of the philosopher's stone, combining alchemical , philosophical, and mystical terminology. It is exceedingly improbable that a boy of sixteen could have produced any of the Rosicrucian manifestoes unless under the diretion of another person or persons. There the matter must rest, however, and the first cycle of Rosicrucianism literature comes to a close."
- Manly Palmer Hall, Codex Rosae Crucis, The Philosophical Research Society, Inc.
Completed in 1603, first published in 1616 in German, The Chymical Wedding is a "spiritual diary" that presents in picture-symbols soul-event sencountered by one who strives to follow the path leading to a real knowledge and experience of the spiritual world. Its autor, Johan Valentine Andreae, writes both an initiation narrative and an account of striving to know the nature and activity of those forces that work behind external happenings. It is, in fact, one of the first documents to represent the modern stream of Rosicrucianism. The main "test" in this fifth or Friday sequence is in allowing the force of love to work on one without being misled by its sensory manifestations. This excerpts from "The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz Anno 1459" by Arne Salomonssen, is reprinted through the king permission of R.S.C.Press-St. George Publications Fair Oaks, CA.
- Rays from the Rose Cross, May/June ,1997.
The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz
The Fifth Day
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Translated by E. Foxcroft.
Edited by A. E. Waite
First Published: 1616
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