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JOHANN JOACHIM CHRISTOPH BODE
THE ELEVATION – CONFIRMED BY THE HIGHEST FRATERNAL CHOICE, POWER AND VIGOUR – TO THE FIRST DEGREE OF THE
LAUDABLE ORDER OF THE GOLDEN ROSE CROSS

1788

translation:
Ruud Muschter

Groningen
the Netherlands
EUROPE

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July 4th 2014
revised January 23rd 2017

 

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface by the translator 8 Source 25
The German cover 26
The German subtitle 28
Caput Primum 30
About the origin of the Brotherhood 30
§. l mus 30
§. 2
dus 30
§. 3
,ius 31 Caput secundum 33
About the convocation rooms of the Order, and also how the condition of the candidate is and the actual installation must be untertaken 33
§. l mus 33
§. 2
dus 33
§. 3
,ius 35
Caput tertium 36
How the tableaus must be explained to the new juniors 36
§. l mus 36
§. 2
dus 38
§. 3
,ius 40
Caput quartum 42
About some ceremonial and other customs 42
§. l mus 42
§.2
dus 42
§. 3
,ius 43
Caput quintum 44
How the Brethren must appear at the convocations and must behave 44
§. l mus 44
§.2
dus 44
§. 3
,ius 45
Caput sextum 46
The first instruction about the four elements 46
§. l mus 46
About the fire 46
§.2
dus 46
§. 3
,ius 47
About the air 47

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§. 4
,us 47
Caput septimum 48
About the origin of the aforesaid signs, their meaning, and how
through the number of seven the wisdom of Solomon must be
understood 48
§. l mus 48
§.2
dus 48
§. 3
,ius 49
§.4
,us 49
Special remarks 51
How the prior or director must behave towards his juniors, and what
he must teach in the convocation 51

Sign, touch, word and keyword 54
Commentarius on several truths of the Order for the use by the worthy
Leading Brethren of the Order -1781 56
O.C.D.A.N.S.E. 57
Cap. 1 58
What actually belongs to the office of a director of the Order, regarded
in it’s full size 58
§. 1 58
§.2 60
§.3 64
§.4 75
Cap. II 77
Further explanation of the seven oath points 77
§. 1 77
§.2 77
§. 3 78
The first duty. Constantly practising myself in devotion 78
§.4 86
The second duty. Not to deliberately renounce the love for the neighbour 86

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§.5 92
The third duty. Flawlessly to observe the utmost silence 92
§.6 102
The fourth duty. To become older in unbreakable loyalty to the Order
102
§.7 108
The fifth duty. To show total obedience to the priors 108
§.8 115
The sixth duty. For the very laudable Fraternity not to conceal any
secret that is related to its terrain 115
§. 9 117
The seventh duty. To embrace the Creator, His wisdom and this Order
117
§. 10 119
Remarks with the Excerpt of the instructive Order regulations of the old system of the G.R.C 122
Preface 122
Cap. 1 123
About the general duties of a Brother 123
l
ste remark 123
ad §.2 123
2nd remark 124
ad §. 3 124
3rd remark 124
ad §. 2 124
4th remark 125
ad §.5 125
Cap. II 126
What a Circle is and how it must be held according to the rules 126
Cap. Ill 127
About the convocation rooms and the choice of candidates, and also about how an approved candidate must be prepared for his acceptance,
actually must be received and subsequently must be instructed according to regulations 127
5th remark 127
ad §.2 127
6th remark 128
ibidem 128
7th remark 128

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ibidem 128
8th remark 129
9th remark 130
ad. §. 5 130
10th remark 131
ad §. 6 131
Cap. IV 132
About the convocations of the Order, and what must be observed with
that according to regulations 132
1 1th remark 132
ad §. nr. VI 132
Cap. V 133
What the Brethren before and after every convocation of the Order,
and also outside the convocations, must adhere to with God and
themselves 133
12th remark 133
Excerpt from the instructive Constitution of the G.R.C. of the old system 135
Cap. 1 138
About the general duties of every Brother 138
§. 1 138
§.2 139
§. 3 139
§. 4 140
§. 5 140
§. 6 141 §.7 141 Cap. II 144
What an Order is and how it must be established in terms of the rules144
§. 1 144
§. 2 144
§. 3 145
§. 4 145
§.5 146
§. 6 147
§.7 148
Cap. Ill 149

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About the convocation rooms and the choice of candidates, and also about how an approved candidate must be prepared for an installation,
actually be incorporated and thereupon be instructed according to regulation 149
§. 1 149
§.2 150
§. 3 152
§.4 153
§.5 156
§.6 158
§.7 162
Cap. IV 164
About the convocations of the Order and what officially must be
observed with them 164
§. 1 164
§.2 166
§. 3 171 Cap. V 176
What the Brethren before and after each convocation of the Order,
also outside the convocations, must observe towards God and
themselves, and also when they congregate beyond this, amongst each
other, finally however towards profanes with whom they are in contact 176
P.P 179

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PREFACE BY THE TRANSLATOR
Announcing the Order

In 1614, 1615 and 1616 the renowned works Fama Frater-
nitatis

1
, Confessio Fraternitatis

2 and the Chymische Hochzeit
Christiani Rosenkreutz Anno 14593 appeared in Germany.
These writings referred to the existence of the Rosicrucian
Order in Europe and were succeeded by a declaration that was
attached to the walls of Paris in 1623. Its contents were as follows:
“We, the representatives of the Highest Council of the Rose
Cross reside visibly and invisibly in this city, at the grace of the
Most High, to the heart of which the righteous turn. Without
books or signs we speak, and this we learn to others as well, in
all the languages of the countries where we want to stay, to
liberate the human beings, our equals, from deadly errors.
If ever someone wants to meet us out of sheer curiosity, he will never make contact with us. However, when his will urges him
to have himself registered in the file of our Fraternity, then we,
who can see through thoughts, shall show him that we truly
keep our promises. Thus we do not state the location where we
reside in this city, because the thoughts added to the genuine
will of the reader will enable him to get to know us, and us to get to know him.”

1 ‘Fama fraternitatis Roseae Crucis oder Die Bruderschaft des Ordens
der Rosenkreuzer’, Cassel, 1614.

2 ‘Confession oder Bekandnusz, der Societet und Brtiderschafft R.C. An die Gelehrten Europae’, Cassel, 1615.

3 ‘Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rosenkreutz Anno 1459’,
Straatsburg, 1616.

 

Afterwards many writings have seen the light, pro and contra
the Rosicrucians.

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