One question we hear a lot in Rosicrucian circles is, “Will AMORC be shutting down soon?” We heard some chatter about this at last month’s Spiritual Alchemy Workshop. The Grand Lodge continues to roll out new online tools for members, and the recent growth at the Enneadic Star Pronaos are good examples of how things are going well with the organization. Still, people often think that AMORC will be “going dark.” There are good reasons why. It comes from the belief that Rosicrucians transmit their teachings in cycles: going back and forth between active and inactive or underground eras.
Master Anjala decided to weigh in on the issue to give you the full story:
The Rosicrucian Order in the United States was established by H. Spencer Lewis in 1909. There is a MYSTICAL CYCLE of 108 years that some Fraters and Sorors have asked about for years. Isn’t the Order supposed to “Go Dark” in the USA for 108 years, starting in 2017? Why hasn’t that happened?
I have attended a conference in which Grand Master Scott spoke on this subject, and, in mundane terms, it’s awful hard to make a block-sized headquarters in the heart of San Jose, California, stop being there. Same for the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, which receives thousands of yearly visitors. Same for the Rosicrucian Cultural Center in New York, and other Lodges and Chapters around the nation. There are Grand Lodges here and around the world that was established in different years, and they will all continue to exist as long as they have members and financial support. That is the mundane reason.
The Mystical Reason is in the numbers. Those who love working with the mystical properties of numbers will recognize that 108 adds up to 9, and 9 is the magically wonderful number that symbolizes the completion of a cycle. Please read Self Mastery and Fate with the Cycles of Life (available here) to get a broader understanding of how cycles, both great and small, inter-mesh. Cycles can be applied to businesses, as well as persons, and much can be gained by knowing where in what cycle a business or person is in.
For another example, the book also sets out nine cycles of 7 years for a human life, and the lessons that are typically learned in each of those 7 years. But what happens after a person reaches age 63? should they become a mental infant again and relearn what they already know? Go through puberty again? Absolutely not!
SYMBOLICALLY, a complete human life should last 108 years, but sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes a person lives to 122, but should they have been forced to die at 108 because of the symbolic nature of the number 108? Not at all. All this is to say; there is no need for the Order in America to shut down because more than 108 years have passed since its reestablishment.
I remember reading an article, and I am not sure whether in the Forum or the Rosicrucian Digest about this subject; maybe one of you know that article and can quote from it in response to this post. It would be wonderful to continue this conversation with you all via this blog. Let me know what you think.
Anjala Ehelebe, Master/Servant