The Rosicrucian Mystery Tradition derives its origins out of the mythological figure of a roughly Late Medieval European Mythical Individual (may or may not have existed) referred to as Christian Rosencruetz, who as the story goes founded their Order during the 16th century European Inception period of the Enlightenment and the early Renaissance. This new Esoteric Order was initiated by deeply knowledgeable, far-seeing individuals seeking to reconstitute the long-suppressed Mystery Traditions of Antiquity, their unique knowledge, and initiatory system of education for those individuals displaying a capacity for comprehending higher knowledge of the Cosmos.
However, this new Esoteric Mystery Tradition had a unique characteristic totally unknown in the Ancient Pre-Christian Mysteries which was the fundamental infusion of Christ and his TRUE Occult purpose into the very fabric of the Rosicrucian system. Rosicrucianism is systematically permeated with this Christ Impulse and is entirely based in a new synthesis of the Lost Occult Mystery Knowledge with the CHRIST, referred to as ESOTERIC CHRISTIANITY. Though regarded as Christian by its Spiritual adherents, the Rosicrucian conceptualization of Christ, his mission, and impact unequivocally diverges from the mainstream exoteric theological dogmas and narratives taught to the masses of average Christians.
It seems likely that these inspired individuals that founded the Rosicrucian Order had long grated under the harsh impositions of the Papacy upon on all things held as taboo, such as occult and scientific information, or possessing the potentiality to challenge institutionalized dogmas long enforced upon medieval Christendom. Thus, its reasonable to assume that not only did these centuries of stifling dogmatism, invariably creating a stagnant cultural paradigm in the West, spark a counter reaction among spiritually and philosophically deprived intellectuals but inevitably manifested a truly fierce desire to reacquire this lost Esoteric knowledge required for higher spiritual growth long held under Papal lock & key.
Consequently, the founding of the Rosicrucian Occult Order can be seen as not only long overdue but also as absolutely an inevitability stemming from the hundreds of years of authoritarian, undue, and extremely detrimental repression of knowledge. Its precise origins, those involved, and the specific impetus for its creation are remain shrouded in mystery to this day, yet their reasoning can be easily deduced. It was a backlash against the historically repressive nature against all types of advanced knowledge decreed over the centuries by the smothering influences of Vatican power and dating back to the destruction of the Mysteries by nascent Christianity. Ultimately, the Rosicrucian founders were a symbol of the rising impulse for a true reawakening and thirst for lost Occult Knowledge within the cultural consciousness of the Western World long starved for a deeper spiritual paradigm.
In concurrence and rapport with all Occult Mystery Traditions throughout history, the Rosicrucian tradition delineates the nature of the One True God as an unconditioned, eternal, and Absolute Root Essence or Principle. This Absolute Principle is depicted as being in total contrast to the exoteric, anthropomorphized, and male patriarchal God envisioned by popular Christianity.
The popular conception of "God" is largely a denigration of this Occulted Absolute Root Principle seen as an unbalanced, illogical, and irreverent derivative of its sublime conception, only fit for teaching the masses unequipped for the deeply philosophical, Occult version. The Rosicrucian, Or Mystery, conception of the unmanifested Logos was knowledge only taught to the initiates of the Arcane Mysteries who were charged with its stewardship and safekeeping throughout humanity's history.
This Absolute, Eternal Essence is considered by Rosicrucianism as the Causeless Cause of the periodical Universe and held to be its unmanifested root. This Absolute Root Essence is not the One God but is the Eternal Cause which emanates the ONE, the ALL, or GOD. This Unknowable, Unconditioned, and Unmanifested Essence periodically becomes either Active or Passive and, in accordance with immutable LAW, emanates the ONE GOD, who then manifests the temporal Cosmos during this period of Evolutionary Activity.
An Occult Axiom states the Absolutes nature thus: "Imagine a Circle whose Circumference is Nowhere, and its Center is Everywhere, or BOUNDLESS SPACE". That is the only truly appropriate symbolic representation for reducing such an inconceivable and incognizable abstract concept, as the Eternal Absolute Essence, into a comprehendible form for our finite consciousness, however utterly inadequate.
Once this period of Activity reaches the nadir of materiality or the halfway point, when involution and then evolution of the ONE into the Cosmos occurs, the totality of manifested phenomena contracts and eventually reascends to its inception point to be reabsorbed into the ONE, which is then reabsorbed into the Eternal Absolute. The Absolute then falls into a state of PURE UNCONCIOUS Passivity or SLEEP that lasts as long as the period of Activity, only to be once more reawakened by itself into a new Active period once again.
This ceaseless rhythmic swing of the Eternal Absolute along its pendulum into alternating periods of activity or passivity is called, in Occult Terminology, the "Law of Periodicity" in Western Occultism and referred to as the "Days and Nights of Brahma" in Eastern Occultism. In a phrase or expression pregnant with hidden meaning, it has also been stated thus: "an exhalation of Brahma generates (manifests) the Universe, and an inhalation of Brahma extinguishes (reabsorbs) the Universe". Additionally, one unknown Occultist described the Absolute God Principle thus: " God in one word would be PRESSURE".
In the Rosicrucian tradition, the entire conception of the Christ, Jesus, their mission, and their historical impact upon humanity drastically differs from the mainstream one of Exoteric Christianity, with its plethora of divided and warring denominations. This Occult Christianity also distinguishes its esoteric teachings from the many Occult Mystery Traditions throughout history.
Rosicrucianism is essentially a unique tradition due to the inclusion of the Christ Impulse in their Esoteric System's Core Doctrines. The Rosicrucians not only advance a far greater importance to Christ but also reveal a previously unknown and highly intricate background to the entirety of this important episode in humanity's evolutionary history.
According to the Rosicrucian System, the Nature of the Christ and of Jesus are totally separate and distinct as beings rather than one and the same. In their System, the Christ is a highly evolved and advanced entity from the 'Angelic" hierarchy. The Christ is depicted as the highest initiated adept from the Solar Angelic Order which is an Order of beings many evolutionary phases in advance of humanity having long ago passed through the stages of unfoldment we currently are experiencing.
The Christ Being is the most advanced of these Solar entities and their leader, so to speak. Such conceptions inevitably become very abstract and ambiguous being intricately related to knowledge of Occult Cosmology, its phases, and full scheme.
Nevertheless, this Christ Being is utterly different from present humanity having no dense, physical body, vital body (etheric), or desire (emotional) body. It had advanced to the point beyond the need for the lowest three vehicles of manifestation, having totally perfected the four highest vehicles.
In contradistinction, Jesus was a highly spiritualized man, a fully initiated hierophant who had totally perfected those three lowest bodies (vehicles) within MAN but still had the four highest ones in a state of latency.
Consequently, the unification of the Divine Solar Christ and the Holy Initiate Jesus was a merging into a compound being with all 7 bodies in vibratory perfection. This was Jesus Christ and occurred at the Baptismal ritual of Jesus by John the Baptist, when the Christ Incarnated into Jesus. The impulse that generated this unique union of holy beings for a purpose was designed to significantly alter the state of humanity's evolutionary path.
This cosmic impulse and selfless action by the Solar Christ to aid humanity was for the previously restricted, exclusive path of Occult Initiation, long reserved only for the few, to become flung open to all of humanity. This unique act would enable everyone to tread the Esoteric Initiatory path and thus exhibit the spiritual capacity to advance more rapidly than the generally slow, gradual pace of humanity's eventual full spiritual evolutionary unfoldment millennia in the future.
In simpler terms, all humanity is destined to eventually fully evolve spiritually over the course of millions of years; however, the occult initiatory path enables highly dedicated individuals to, in essence, speed up this normally slow spiritual process reaching higher states far in advance of current evolutionary phases. Inevitably, all of humanity reaches peak spiritual unfoldment but this Christ Impulse opens up the more rapidly advancing occult path to everyone now not just the elite few (in the end it's not a necessity, is exceedingly difficult, and not without its risks).
Rosicrucian Cosmology, and Occult Cosmology generally, is a stupendously elaborate, highly complex, and multidimensional scheme of Cosmic Emanations. This will only be a brief overview of its core concepts and fundamental components, which will be greatly expanded further down this page.
In harmony with the other occult cosmological systems, Rosicrucianism posits the existence of an Absolute, Eternal, Unmanifested, and Unconditioned Root Essence which periodically becomes Active or Passive. When Active this Causeless Cause crystalizes or emanates the ONE, First Cause, or the ALL (terms differ by school) which then emanates the totality of the Cosmos in precise phases. this One becomes two and then three: Cosmic Ideation, Cosmic Substance, & Akasha.
This trinitarian Deity, being one essence with three aspects, is the manifesting principle of the cosmic superstructure and starts by generating an archetypal blueprint that the differentiating cosmic substances will coalesce around as reality is becoming denser and increasingly less rarified (more material) along its pre-outlined involutionary path.
This cosmic schematic results in the plethora of non-material and highly dense physical planes that make up the total Cosmic Structure. We only see the densest material plane with the other planes interpenetrating ours but being largely unseen by humanity.
Once the layers of reality or at least their ethereal blueprints are manifested, the One in Three Deity emanates the infinitude of virgin spirits that will eventually become humanity, as we know it, in future evolutionary periods. These divine sparks are akin to celestial fractals of the ONE, being mirrored reflections of its divine essence that embark upon a path of involution.
This Involutionary Path is a structural circuit or system of incremental descent into denser substance that all virgin spirits or Monadic reflections proceed along as they transform from Spiritually rarified states of existence (closest to the ONE) to ones of increasing density and materialization.
In essence, these are spirits literally falling into MATTER. This Involutionary Scheme is one of monumental intricacy and complexity unfolding over eons of time and occurring through what is called in Occultism: the successive Periods, Globes, Revolutions, and Rounds, a subject quite incapable of brevity or simplification that will be elaborated upon further down this webpage.
Nonetheless, a brief and basic outline can be stated. Essentially, these "globes", "rounds", "world periods", and "revolutions" are major & minor stages of a Cosmic structural evolutionary system of successive, repeating, and spiraling incarnations of the monadic sparks (virgin spirits) into differentiated, varied life-forms and substances.
Furthermore, these ensouling monads unfold parallel to concurrent reincarnations or rebirths of "Earth" as it too is evolutes as seven alternate "globes". These changing "Earths" (globes) are the altered (densified) habitats for the transforming, incarnating monads(virgin spirits).
The World periods are referred to as the Saturn, Sun, Moon, EARTH, Jupiter, Venus, and Vulcan Epochs and are unique evolutionary periods that encompass the timeframe of a full ROUND, after which the next Epoch begins with its own unique evolutionary impulses for monadic "growth".