For our upcoming online session, we will move back in time. Over the last few months, we have been looking at the works of the alchemists from the 1600s. Now we will go back to the early part of the late Middle Ages, circa 1325. A Dominican monk by the name of Henry Suso, a follower of the German mystic Meister Eckhart, wrote a book called Das Buch Gennant Seuse which included a woodcut illustration known as the Horologium Sapientiae. We will examine an article from the Rosicrucian Forum, discuss the symbolism of this woodcut, and maybe learn a little bit more about the flavor of the mysticism of the time.
Join us for the next installment of our new online video discussion group. This group is live and for members only. If you wish to participate, email us your member number and we will invite you to the event. You must have a good internet, a laptop with a camera, and a set of headphones with a mic.
In 1617, Michael Maier’s Symbola Aureae Mensae was published with the frontispiece illustration known as Maria Prophetissa. In this illustration, Maria Prophetissa, who may also be known as the Maria of the Gnostic tradition, draws our attention to the alchemical process which appears to be coming to fruition before our eyes. This illustration is robust with alchemical symbolism. For this December’s online discussion group, we will read from an article that examines the symbolism found here in greater detail and learn some of what Maria seeks to impart to us. – Frater Ken, Online Discussion Host
Now in our third month, our new online group is a video discussion and meditation for members who are not in the Portland Metro Area. The session lasts about 40 minutes. We will conduct a meditation, have a lecture and time for sharing and discussion.
This month: The Mountain of the Adepts
In 1616, an alchemical text was published entitled Cabala, Mirror of Art and Nature: in Alchemy whose authorship is attributed to the Tyrollian physician Steffan Michelspacher. The text dealt with alchemical self-transformation in the same vein as the Rosicrucian book, The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz, published the same year. This month’s Online Discussion Group will have a reading of an article discussing one of the alchemical illustrations found in this text known as the ‘Mountain of the Adepts’. Many Rosicrucian students may have seen this illustration from time to time, and this session will offer a chance to look deeper at the illustration and engage in discussion about it’s importance to the Great Work.
Please examine and come prepared to discuss this image.
This month’s online meditation and discussion group will talk about Johann Joachim Becher’s book called Oedipus Chimicus, published in 1664. The group, led by Frater Ken, will hold a meditation, and then a brief talk on the alchemical symbols and principals from this old treaty on alchemy.
“Becher’s views on chemistry have much in common with standard 17th-century Paracelsian and Helmontian treatments of the subject” such that “sulfur was analogous to earth, and salt to water, while earth and water, in more subtle form, were mercurial in nature…”
We are excited to launch a new regular online video discussion group this month via Zoom. This will be a great way for members who are too far away from the Portland area to connect with other members and advance in their studies. The discussion will be hosted by life-long AMORC member, Frater Ken. It will occur every third Sunday of the month at 2 pm.
That burning orb in the sky is appearing more and more often, so summer in the Pacific Northwest must be approaching! We’ve got a lot of news, events, and opportunities to share with you, so please read carefully.
Summer Solstice Event at Maryhill Stonehenge Mystery The Summer Solstice event is coming! We just still don’t know when. We are working on organizing this event (volunteers needed), and we will let you know through our email blast about the details as soon as we have everything locked down. So, save the date for that weekend, get your potluck, and mystical skills warmed up, and we will have more for you very soon.
You are Invited to Our New Online Forum We wanted to invite you to a new online tool we are experimenting with this year. This is will be on a website called Slack. And it’s a private online forum that we can use just for members.
Save the Date: June 21 Weekend Solstice Gathering
Spring is in full bloom, and we are a getting ready for the Summer Solstice. We are planning on having a two-day event at the Maryhill Stonehenge replica this year on the weekend of June 21. Last year we had a fantastic one-day event with a picnic and about 25 Rosicrucians and their friends from Washington, Oregon, and California coming together at this beautiful location.
Details for the event are still coming together, so be on the lookout for more in our update email, this blog, and social channels. If you’d like to volunteer, please email us.
Calling all Beta-testers, pioneers, and tech-friendly members
We are rolling out a new experimental forum for members in Southwest Washington and Oregon. If you are a member and would like to talk with other members (just text, no video or voice), you will be able to do so on the new ESP Slack site. Slack is just like Facebook, but it will only be open to local Rosicrucian members. This was an idea suggested to us by one of our members, way out on the Oregon/Idaho state line.
We’ll begin testing out our new online discussion group and meditation this month. This group is designed to connect with members who are too far away to attend convocation. In these sessions, we’ll be doing simple meditations like the overall exercise and other visualizations and talking about topics from the Rosicrucian monographs.
We’ll be using the Zoom platform. All you’ll need is an email address, a computer with a microphone and video camera and a reliable broadband connection. We’ll be sending out notes to folks who have expressed an interest in the project. We’ll set up times for you to meet online and test the equipment. We plan to offer a regular schedule of online meetings (hopefully) in May.