Hello gentle readers,
Today I wish to set us apart as Rosicrucians from other paths. Every seeker will sooner or later come across magical paths of western spirituality. Some readers here have already studied ‘magick’ and tried those methods. Magic-k with a ‘k’ denotes the esoteric art of magic practiced by occultist. By their art they generally imply that they use rituals or occult means to manifest some sort of outcome which should change their lives, be that more money or success… Indeed some will have noticed that at times the Rosicrucians indeed share similar practices and even similar rituals with those who practice the magical path. Yet we have to be clear here, as to the difference, because:
Magic is not Rosicrucian and no Rosicrucian practices magick
There is no such thing as Rosicrucian Magick
Magic in itself is boomingly popular today and it’s no wonder in this age of fast food and fast communications through social media. People are naturally attracted to anything that offers a quick fix.
I am not referring to stage tricks or show magicians, but rather to the modern idea that people can practice occult exercises to manifest some material outcome, be that more money, more friends, or even attracting the opposite sex. Yes, it’s true. People practicing the magical arts sometimes even attempt to influence and manipulate others through the use of magical spells and rites. So not only does the question of karma come into play but also its moral implications.
We have all seen the ‘how to’ books on magick and entire occult Orders claiming to teach magick.
It is kind of ironic because most of what they teach is highly astral and doesn’t extend to realizing their results in terms of receiving blessings and miracles from the divine, nor do we hear much of spiritual appearances which help instigate transformative initiation. Instead they tend to focus on doing magical rituals to control spirits and forces which govern different aspects of human life, be that employment, love, learning, family and confrontations. Don’t get me wrong, a few of them cross over to the spiritual path and dabble in both worlds, having an interest in both the material changes as well as the spiritual changes such methods may bring. However being Rosicrucian excludes doing magick with a ‘K.’
I am mostly generalizing here, yet all in all most magical practitioners intentionally do magical rituals to change their outside world. My speculation might be that perhaps they are weak individuals, and perhaps they are too lazy to go through the courageous process of creating that change for themselves, building upon their own wits, skills and personality, thus rising to the cause to really achieve whatever it is they are after. Certainly everyone wants change. Everyone wants something to happen. They just use occult rites to move things along. We Rosicrucians do not, apart from one thing…
Yes this is what sets us apart, as the Rosicrucian wishes to manifest no outer outcome in his or her life using occultism. The Rosicrucian focus is spiritual and the change we seek is internal. We wish to be better mothers and fathers, better friends and community members. We wish to contribute and believe that if we grow with the power of love and compassion, we shall flower from that, and our lives will change as a consequence of our wits, skills and personality, and our whole being.
This is the long road perhaps, but the road travelled is a worthy-journey, which is why we term spirituality a PATH. And, along the way perhaps a few miracles will manifest, and a few spiritual guides will show themselves, and we might benefit in some way, and we will count these as a blessing.
I did mention that there is but one exception to this rule. The manifestos state that we profess nothing other than to heal the sick. And what is healing and how broad may that be applied?
Illness is the result of disharmony and healing is the bringing of that situation into harmonization and balance. Therefore the only manifestation it appears Rosicrucians are permitted to do in terms of actually changing people’s lives is: healing and the manifestation of more harmony.
And who couldn’t do with a little more harmony?
Harmony may be found in music, art and poetry for certain, and when using occult means we might pray, use meditations, and connect with our surroundings and attune with our environment and local habitat, carefully listening to the birds and rustling of the trees. In this is a great music that helps harmonize us, because we are being strum like a cord and IAO-Nous is the Divine Musician, resonating harmonic waves through all creation. Yes we may practice one pursuit of a material outcome using occult means, so that through spiritual exercises we may manifest more harmony, not only for ourselves but also for all humanity, and even the entire planet, if it would only be within our power.
Consider how this wish for harmony to appear isn’t for me or you personally. It is for everyone. It is a fount of regeneration for all. It is the ideal of all health and happiness as well as the reason behind law.
Thus, as Rosicrucians we may on the other hand say: using magick to manifest anything other than harmony is rooted in egoism.
Ultimately, one heals and the other hurts. The magick hurts one’s own spiritual development, because it shortcuts the way to get things done or realized in the real life, thus removing the need for character development and any skills normally required in the outcome.
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If you don’t know what I mean, imagine someone who actually manipulated another with magick to find ‘love’ whereas normally we need to learn correct behavior in terms of what is socially acceptable during the process of courtship, as well as how to put on our natural charm. Magick removes the need to learn and let’s be honest all you magicians reading this: such learning is natural and healthy, and as with all things in life, Rosicrucians believe that one’s success is rewarded to the extent of one’s development.
So yes, let us define today the Rosicrucian path as non-magical. We wish to only grow internally, and if we wish to manifest anything outwardly, let it be more harmony, which is the basis of all healing.
And hey, this idea didn’t start with me. It is mentioned in the Fama and has more ancient roots:
The Greeks believed Godhead was beyond human comprehension, but the attainment of harmony brought human beings as close to the divine as possible, and they called this ‘likeness,’ meaning that to have harmony, was to be like IAO-Nous. This vision is beautiful, and everyone can benefit from more harmony, in their lives, at work, with family and perhaps someday society will have harmony with nature. Everything about this harmony is divine and an ideal for all Rosicrucians and while we may not understand everything in life, we know that if paradise is to manifest on earth, it would be harmonious.
Rejecting magick as a method for manifesting outcomes is the future of our Rosicrucian Order. We need to take a stand and we need to proclaim in unified voices our rejection of such a materialistic form of occultism. (Magick was only inserted into one Rosicrucian Order by Macgregor Mathers, who I might add went quite mad) We don’t need to ‘change’ our circumstances using magick. Rather we face life knowing that everything in life happens for a reason and that is a warming comfort, because:
Whatever we have around us in our lives at any time IS THE lesson.
All our circumstances, our predicaments and problems playing out in our lives are faces of a divine comedy playing out, and we are the main character and more importantly, the main student. Life is the Rosicrucian classroom, the sky the temple ceiling and the earth the floor. We don’t need to change anything exactly, and if we do it is because the challenge is there to help us develop enough to outgrow the problem. The Rosicrucian accepts life with resignation, accepting the lesson of the moment.
Everyone becomes the teacher in the classroom of the world. It reminds me of the Sufi practice in Egypt, whereby Sufis will greet poor beggars upon the street saying ‘Hello my Lord, Oh worthy King,’ as a practice, done in order to better help them see the teacher and IAO-Nous in everyone.
This vision of what the Rosicrucian Order encompasses (and does not) is important as we take a stand today. I believe there is a trend amongst magical folk, especially within occult Golden Dawn hybrid orders with Rosicrucian elements, that many of their members now prefer to worship, practice mysticism and seek enlightenment as opposed to trying to use magick as a means of manifesting material outcomes. Sure they use occulty-type rituals but you gotta call it for what it is.
This is why its high time people stop calling themselves practitioners of the magical path.
For those of you reading this, who have been a practitioner of the Rosicrucian Order teachings for several years, all of this might seem obvious. For others it is not. This is why we have to become outspoken against a major misconception. Rosicrucian magick does not exist.
This distinction between the Rosicrucian path and the Magical path might help:
Resolves the cause
Invokes higher angelic entities
Love is the answer
Manifest material outcomes
Forces into action
Solves the symptom
Self-gain is priority
Evokes demons and spirits
Power is the answer
So, remember, the next time you talk about the Rosicrucian Order and its teachings, be sure to do your best to help people understand the difference. We might use similar tools, implements, rituals and initiations. Yet, the difference is now clear. Let’s stick together and help voice what Rosicrucians are.
Your friend along the path,
Imperator of the Rosicrucian Order of the Mystica Aeterna
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