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30th April 2010, 13:34
I have been curious about these teachings for a while now, and would like to know if any one here has had any experience with these teachings. Is this just another "rip off" or is it true to it's teachings? Lot's of interesting history, very curious about this group.

The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, is known internationally by its traditional and authentic title, the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, from which is derived the acronym “AMORC.” The Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis is the Latin form of the organization’s name, which literally translates into the Ancient Mystical Order of the Rosy Cross. There is no religious connotation associated with this symbol; the Rosy Cross symbol predates Christianity. The cross symbolically represents the human body and the rose represents the individual’s unfolding consciousness. Together, the rose and cross represent the experiences and challenges of a thoughtful life well lived. Thus, by our name and symbol we represent the ancient fraternity of Rosicrucians, perpetuating the true traditions of Rosicrucian movements from centuries past to the present day.

The history of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, may be divided into two general classifications: traditional and chronological. The traditional history consists of mystical allegories and fascinating legends that have been passed down for centuries by word of mouth. The Rosicrucian Order’s chronological accounts are based on specific dates and verifiable facts.
Our Roots in the Ancient World

The Rosicrucian movement, of which the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, is the most prominent modern representative, has its roots in the mystery traditions, philosophy, and myths of ancient Egypt dating back to approximately 1500 B.C. In antiquity the word “mystery” referred to a special gnosis, a secret wisdom. Thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt select bodies or schools were formed to explore the mysteries of life and learn the secrets of this hidden wisdom. Only sincere students, displaying a desire for knowledge and meeting certain tests were considered worthy of being inducted into these mysteries. Over the course of centuries these mystery schools added an initiatory dimension to the knowledge they transmitted.

It is further traditionally related that the Order’s first member-students met in secluded chambers in magnificent old temples, where, as candidates, they were initiated into the great mysteries. Their mystical studies then assumed a more closed character and were held exclusively in temples which had been built for that purpose. Rosicrucian tradition relates that the great pyramids of Giza were most sacred in the eyes of initiates. Contrary to what historians affirm, our tradition relates that the Giza pyramids were not built to be the tombs of pharaohs, but were actually places of study and mystical initiation. The mystery schools, over centuries of time, gradually evolved into great centers of learning, attracting students from throughout the known world.

Pharaoh Thutmose III, who ruled Egypt from 1500 to 1447 B.C., organized the first esoteric school of initiates founded upon principles and methods similar to those perpetuated today by the Rosi*crucian Order, AMORC. Decades later Pharaoh Amenhotep IV was initiated into the secret school. This most enlightened
pharaoh—history’s first monotheist—was so inspired by the mystery teachings that he gave a completely new direction to Egypt’s religion and philosophy. He established a religion which recognized the Aton, the solar disk, as being the symbol of the sole deity—the foundation of life itself, the symbol of Light, Truth, and Joy—and changed his name to Akhnaton to reflect these new ideas. And although the earlier religion was later reestablished, the mystical idea was put forth in human consciousness, and its flame never died.

Centuries later, Greek philosophers such as Thales and Pythagoras, the Roman philosopher Plotinus, and others, journeyed to Egypt and were initiated into the mystery schools. They then brought their advanced learning and wisdom to the Western world. Their experiences are the first records of what eventually grew and blossomed into the Rosicrucian Order. The name of the Order, as it is now known, was to come much later. However, the Rosicrucian Order always perpetuated its heritage of ancient symbolism and principles.

Link to site: http://www.rosicrucian.org/about/mastery/mastery08history.html

30th April 2010, 20:11
First, let me state for clarification that AMORC has no ties with real Rosicrucianism, but is a fairly new organization.
I joined out of curiosity about 9 years ago, and participated fully to see what they had to offer. AMORC is certainly not a scam, and has much wisdom to offer for the seeker. I learned nothing new from the organization personally, as I was already an adept in several other initiatic bodies, which are from direct lines of authentic Rosicrucianism, and much more "occult" than AMORC.
AMORC offers keys that can be of great benefit to any spiritual or mystic path, though one will certainly not find all the answers there. The AMORC community is a very positive one, with many great members whom I love dearly. Most members are extremely positive, well rounded individuals, and the strong sense of community strengthens the experience.

Is the membership worth the dues and fees? It really depends on your personal path and experience, as for some, much of the information may be nothing new; again, myself being an initiate in other orders, I had nothing new to gain. But, if you have never participated in such a initiate/degree system, I would certainly recommend it as much can be gained from the system. Also, it will be much more worth your while if you can make it to a local lodge regularly, at least if only for the initiations.

Hope this helps, if you would like to know anything else, or specifics, feel free to ask.

30th April 2010, 20:16
Thanks Solphilos, It was one of those teachings I have always wanted to check out, but never got around to it, life being in the way and all of that. I have more time now, will have to see if there is one around my area, which is probably a big no, as I live in a small town, where not much happens.

love & light

30th April 2010, 20:26
If there is no lodge close by, you may still find the teachings worthwhile. There is great benefit to systematic approaches such as mystery schools offer; the degree systems allow one to progress in a natural way, and you may feel as if you are a flower slowly blossoming, one petal unfolding at a time. Before I even knew these type schools existed, I was advancing spiritually, but after my first initiation it was more like a rocket being ignited in me. In such groups, you also have the benefit of community where you gain from others experiences, and by resonance your learning increases many-fold.

7th June 2010, 21:25
Community is all..Thanks for your succinct comments Solphillos