Report of the 68th Convocation of the Rose Cross Order

Roughly forty years ago, an amateur researcher of secret societies stumbled upon an oddly unique find in a humble little used book store. It was a reddish-brown leather bound book with no title on the cover – just a strange arcane symbol embossed in gold. The symbol was intricately detailed: a rope circle with a triple-layered triangle in the center. Within the inner-most triangle is a skull & bones above a world with two wings on either side (also known as “wings around the world”). On the left of the outer-most triangle is an anchor, on the right is a symbol of the ark of the covenant, and below the triangles are the letters TRY, all uppercase.

Inside the book, the first couple of pages have images of the Great Seal of the United States – one page has the side with the eagle, the next page  has the “reverse” side with the uncapped pyramid – exactly as we have come to know them on every single American one dollar bill printed since 1935. Below the reverse side has this text:

THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE SEAL – UNCUT

The next page that contains text gives the title and purpose of the book.

FUNDAMENTAL LAWS

A Report of the 68th Convocation of the Rose Cross Order Giving a resume of the proceedings of the Convocation, together with most of the lectures that were delivered during this time of the Convocation, by the several delegates present. Also a report of the work of Ancient Initiation in the Grove of Osiris as especially prepared for the occasion.

Then another symbol below that – that of a triangle, with a cross in the middle standing upon three steps, sun rays coming out of the cross-section of the cross, with again, the letters TRY below the triangle. Below this:

Copyrighted 1916. All Rights Reserved.

Published by
THE PHILOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING CO.
Allentown, Pa

For the Members of the Rose Cross Order

It is an official Rosicrucian publication detailing the proceeds of their April 1916 convocation near Quakerstown, Pennsylvania. Although it was meant to only be in the sole possession of Rosicrucian initiates, at some point The New York Public Library obtained a copy of this rare publication.

Google Books scanned it in 2007. An online archived version can be found HERE. The following indented text comes directly from the book (italics, bold and underline emphasis added; all-caps in original):

IN EXPLANATION

“In explanation of the contents of this book, it is to be stated that these articles do not give the INNER work of the Rose Cross Order but simply the outer, the public teachings.”

At no time are the esoteric teachings ever printed nor published – such things are taught person to person. All esoteric matters are cloaked in symbology when presented in an exoteric manner. However, because this publication was intended solely for members of the Rose Cross Order, it contains some startling admissions and assertions. Continuing:

The Illuminati and its Soul Science work may be called the child of  the Rose Cross Order. Years ago it was found that where there was one person who desired to follow the work with heart and soul, in other words, who was willing to LIVE the life as taught by the Order, there were an hundred others who desired teachings from the Order but who were not willing to dedicate their lives to the Sublime Work.”

Possibly no other mystery school name, title or arcane concept has become more cliché, muddled and boogie-man-i-fied than that of the “Illuminati” – for conspiracy buffs, conspiracy cynics, and even for authors of modern pulp fiction. Best-selling author Dan Brown has especially profited off of his sensationalistic thrillers, perpetuating the inherent exoteric obscurity of the subject and teasing the reader with hints and clues – yet providing no meaningful insight nor any genuine information. Such an order or classification of initiates truly does exist, however it represents merely one facet in the expansive realm of the modern mystery schools. Continuing:

“These thousands had to be taken care of, and as a result, the Illuminati and its Soul Science work was born.

“When, in April [of 1916], the order went forth to the brethren, that Sacred Convocation was to be held, all delegates were requested to prepare articles on Soul Science so that regular lecture sessions could be held. The lectures that follow are the result. All these lectures were given in open session and are to be considered as Soul Science work, though in entire harmony with the teachings of the Rose Cross Order.

The work of the Rose Cross Order as given to its students can never be published. It is a secret, sacred work between teacher and student. It is a Soul Training, an inner Initiation, and such work continues until the student has reached Initiation, after which he is called upon to attend a Convocation, and at which time the degree work is conferred upon him, but the inner work always precedes the outer work, as the outer work is only a bond, binding together the Brotherhood.

“Thus a word in explanation. Many, having heard of the Great Order and its work, and actually knowing nothing of its inner work, have, ignorantly or with fraudulent intent, established so-called Rose Cross bodies, and these bodies, knowing nothing of the true work of the Rose Cross, have nothing but a Ritualistic initiatory rite or degree work.

“We would refer all seekers to authorities on the Rose Cross and on Initiation, and they will then find that the TRUE Rose Cross is actually a School of Spirituality, with a degree ceremonial Initiation as the climax.

“[signed by] the Hierophant of the Order”

PREFACE

“Early in the summer, instructions were received from the Hierarchies to call the Inner Circle of the Rose Cross Order into session, and thus to fitly celebrate the 68th year of the Rose Cross Order in America.
“Orders were immediately issued to those who have the privilege of attending this Convocation, and on June the 1st [1916] the Convocation was called to order, and the preliminary lectures were started.

“At this Convocation all delegates were instructed to prepare and to deliver articles which should have a bearing on the conditions of the present day and which should be the means of helping humanity.

“However, because of the limited amount of time at the disposal of those who could attend, only a few were enabled to prepare such lectures, with the result that there were not as many lectures delivered as might have been had the delegates had more time at their disposal.

“But even so, there were from two to three lectures each day, and most of these lectures will be found in this present volume, though many of the lectures cannot be given in book form, as they were only delivered as from teacher to those of the Inner Circle.

“From the beginning of the month until the day of the thirteenth there were lectures in the Assembly Hall which had been built in 1910 for the express purpose of holding these yearly Convocations, but on the thirteenth, there were no lectures, as all of the day was required for making the preparations necessary in order that the Ancient Mysteries might be given to the delegates in a form of Symbolism, consisting of
three degrees.

“I can do no better than to give the article prepared by Grace K. Morey, of Buffalo, N.Y., the Secretary of the Rose Cross Sacred College, for the Buffalo, N.Y., papers, and which appeared in the ‘Buffalo Express’ July 16th, 1916.”

Ancient Mysteries of Egypt Given in an Initiation of Three Degrees “Under the authority of the Rose Cross Order founded in America in 1858 prominent delegates of the Order were gathered in the most remarkable conclave held during the last 5000 years, the publication of whose records now opens to the world, the connection of Egypt in her ages of true religion, power and glory, with the Mystic Seal of the United States, whose Heraldric symbolism declaring the mighty destiny of America, has, until now only been known to a limited number.

“At ‘Beverly Hall’ in the beautiful Tohickon valley about four miles from the town of Quakertown, men and women of all ranks of life, and from all parts of the world, high Masons, and members of the Eastern Star [Ed. note: a division of Freemasonry], physicians, teachers, authors, and members of all denominations inclusive of the Hebrew, all these assembled at the call of the Grand Master of the Rose Cross Order for the sixty-eighth Convocation.

“Some years ago R. Swinburne Clymer, author of the Philosophy of Fire, Ancient Mystic Oriental Masonry, The Rosicrucians; Their Teachings, Mysteries of Osiris, Soul Science and Immortality, and over thirty other works, bought a mountainous tract of land, and on this was built ‘Beverly Hall,’ an Assembly Hall, press rooms and libraries, and chemical laboratory which, surrounded by orchards, vineyards and rose gardens, set in terraced lawns, presents with its Collie kennels and poultry plants, a splendid combination of the beautiful and the practical.

“To this has been added the Mystic, for in a secluded and wooded tract of fifty acres of this land, an artificial lake was made from a mountain stream, a throne room erected and other improvements made which would be needed for the Initiation of Neophytes in the Egyptian Mysteries.

“The Convocation was called to order on June first in the Assembly Hall, built over five years ago for that purpose, and the delivery of a series of lectures upon practical as well as Mystical subjects began and continued until the close of the Convocation. The delegates and teachers presented the lectures, which were followed by discussions upon the subjects of Eugenics, Scientific Motherhood, Code of Ethics for the Schools and home, Spiritual Christianity [i.e. previously-covered apostate Christianity], Personal Hygiene, Diet and Health, Sin, Authority and Individuality, Jacob’s  Ladder, Initiation, Reincarnation, Soul Development, The Second Coming of the Christ [Ed. note: as in the New Age Christ, “the ‘Christ’ in all of us”], and the Mystic Significance of the seal of the United States.

“In the time of Solomon as in the time of the Egyptian Priesthood, no ceremony was ever held, unless the circle of Solomon, commonly called the Sacred Seal of Solomon, had been previously prepared, but since the fall of Egypt and of the Temple of Solomon, this seal has been practically unknown, except to a limited number of students of ancient religions and mysteries.

“During the first week in June, in the grove especially prepared for the dramatization of the Ancient Mysteries of Osiris, the Seal of Solomon, often called the Magic Circle, was especially built, and on June 11 the dedication of the Magic Circle took place in the presence of the delegates of the Rose Cross Order, some of whom were natives of Germany, England and Russia. [Ed. note: further confirmation as to the established presence of the Rosicrucian / Rose Cross Order mystery school in Europe and Russia.] This was in accordance with the system as practiced by the ancient Priests of Egypt and the Sanhedrin of the Temple of Solomon.

“On the night of June 13th the first section of the class, including those of the Order taking part in the Initiation, Assembled in the grove of Osiris, which was illuminated by electricity from a central power house especially prepared for the purpose, and the Initiation of the Ancient Mysteries of Egypt in three Degrees and six scenes.

“All students of the Ancient Mysteries and religions know that in the Temple of Solomon there were three Courts, the outer Court for the people being composed of seven hundred selected teachers and leaders. These were members of the First Degree, Illuminati, called also, seekers, travelers or soldiers. [Ed. note: as you can see, from their own words, the “Illuminati” are merely initiates of the first of three degrees. They are by no means the most “elite” of the mystery schools.] The middle Court, or members of the second Degree were seventy in number, and were supposed to be in the Hall of Meditation, and acted as mediators between the people and the inner Sanctuary. Above all was the Inner Court, or circle of the Seven Priests and the Master or High Priest, who were the teachers between God and man, mediators between the seen and Unseen.

“In the Egyptian Mysteries, the first Court was made up of the Royal youth of Egypt, and such students from foreign countries as desired to enter the Temple and Priesthood, and these, during probation, were often known as the ‘Soldiers of the Priesthood,’ as it was their duty while undergoing the preliminary training and tests to guard the Priesthood and its work even to the death.

“The second class corresponding to a Second Degree were those who had passed this test and who were in the Hall of Meditation, and purification, in preparation for the first vows, and the dedication of the body, mind, soul and spirit to God and the service of mankind.

“The third class called The Third Degree were those who had passed with credit the tests of the first degree, the purification of the second, as well as the various stages of development required of all students in the Halls of Meditation.

“In the Royal Third Degree, which took place in the Temple the Neophyte received the final instruction. After this came the final test in the beautiful ceremony of the death of the old life, the giving up of the body and its  temptations and the raising of the slain Osiris or Spiritual body, by his faithful spouse Isis, the Soul, with the final Illumination.

“On the fifteenth of June, the first section of the representatives left ‘Beverly Hall,’ for their respective homes and the second section began to arrive for the preparatory lectures, and on the nineteenth of June the ceremonies were repeated so that all might witness the Initiation and take part in it so as to become members.

“So far as can be learned either through travel or history never before since the fall of Egypt and its Priesthood and the fall of the Temple of Solomon, has there ever been a grove, a lake to represent the Nile, a Magic Circle, or a Temple prepared, nor is it believed that anywhere in the world does there today exist such a Circle.

“Nearest to this, however, is Stone-henge of the Druids of Britain, to which their descendants travel each year at a certain time to greet the Sun, and renew their vows. [Ed. note: famed Stonehenge is actually an outdoor temple of the Druids, who were also an ancient mystery school.]

This is the first time, therefore, in 5000 years that any Order has attempted to build up this Sacred emblem under the stately oak, so that people of modern civilization might witness the beauties of the life and religion of the ancient people, whose teachings of individual soul development, made the glory of Egypt, the lost dreams of all Israel, the teachings of the Magi of Persia, all that was true in India, the splendid philosophy of Greece, the magnificence of the early Romans, the basis of pre-Christian Ireland’s great schools, as well as the familiar Holy Grail legends of Briton, Celt and Gaul. In this light of  Brotherhood of man and Fatherhood of God was founded this great Republic foretold by Virgil, upon whose seal is set the Egyptian Pyramid, completed [i.e. capped] by the White stone of Spiritual  Purification as the crown of the ages.

“The American Constellation of thirteen stars set in the form of a double triangle was foretold by Merlin of King Arthur’s Court [Ed. note: who was an actual person and literally a wizard of a mystery school], and the Philosophy of the Holy Grail and of Egypt’s glory and Solomon’s Temple, has been the Day star [i.e. the sun (and all that it symbolizes to the mystery schools)] of every great American Statesman from Washington to Abraham Lincoln.

“After the ceremonies in the grove, there was given in the dining room of ‘Beverly Hall’ at midnight a ‘Feast of the Gods’ at which neither meat nor spices formed part of the menu, but only fruits, nuts and other products of sun kissed foods.

“The conclusion of the rites was held at sunrise in the grove with a musical communion service, in which Nectar of roses, distilled from the thirty thousand roses blooming each June upon the lawns at ‘Beverly Hall,’ was served as emblematic of the wine of the Soul, and for this service the rose bushes were planted several years ago. [Ed note: recall that the rose itself symbolizes secrecy, multiple exoteric layers which conceal the core esoteric.]

“I wish that all the readers of this book might have been present at the preparation, at the building, and at the Dedication of this Ancient Magic Circle. Or, I wish that I might be able to give a detailed description of these sublime ceremonies in this book. However, I cannot do this here, though I hope that in some future work I will be able to do so. Sufficient be it to say, that when the stone, made out of cement by one of the Brothers, was nearly finished, the Dedication took place, and the emblems placed in the stone itself before it was completed, were:

“The American Beauty Rose in full bloom. This as a representation, or symbol of the Soul that has reached full Illumination.

“The Mystic ring. This was a solid gold ring, belonging to one of the members present, upon which had been engraved the Cross and Pentagram. All members of the Magi will know what this symbol stands for. [Ed. note: apparently there’s not even an exoteric explanation of this.] The ring itself, as is known to the Magi, is a protecting agent against all evil or malignant influences when worn during any ceremonial or developing work.

“The True Magic Mirror. This is an emblem of the Soul, which when fully developed will act as a mirror to the universe wherein may be wisdom and truth.

“Lastly, a complete copy of the private text book, ‘Ritualistic Occultism,’ which contains the ceremonies as made use of by the Magi, and four of these ceremonials were made use of by four of the Magi, in the dedication of the Magic Circle.

“When all of this had taken place, the stone was completed and then later in the day the characters were engraved upon the stone by the Brother who had completed the stone.

“Of the midnight ‘Feast to the Gods’ and of the morning services which took place in the grove it is not lawful for me to speak at this time, but it is my sincere prayer that all who are enrolled in the Sacred Schools may some day be present with us and witness these sublime ceremonies, especially as they are conferred in the Spring of the year.

“Arrangements were made by the delegates present, through voluntary contributions, to either buy another large grove, or if that is found impracticable, to build a much larger Hall in the ‘Grove of Osiris’ so that advanced ceremonies may be held the coming Spring at the 69th Convocation of the Rose Cross Order.”

This constitutes the Preface section of this book, which was published in 1916. Perhaps after reading this, one can develop a clearer picture of the massive organization behind all of this, the tremendous amounts of money and effort put forth, and the overwhelming dedication to these matters by the initiated members and believers of these orders.

To the devout Christian reader, who may be struggling with overwhelming feelings of denial – I cannot reinforce the reality of all this powerfully enough. If I were to have merely summarized this content, one might be sorely tempted to dismiss it all as paranoid conspiratorial fantasy, or at minimum conclude that it is blown way out of context and proportion.

But no, I have quoted verbatim from their privately-distributed publication, printed over 100 years ago, only two or three physical copies of which are  known to be in a non-initiate’s hand or in a public location.

This is real. This is an actual manifestation of a branch of the Luciferian Church – the highest levels of which literally control every facet of the secular world. It is the heart and soul of the political concepts of Socialism and Communism. Those who adhere themselves to it get promoted to some of the most powerful positions of government, industry, banking, media, academia, and religious institutions and sects throughout the world.

Continuing from another section of the book:

INTRODUCTION TO THE GREAT SEAL

“It is rather a strange and an unknown thing for one to write an introduction to a single chapter appearing in a book, but the conditions are so unusual as to warrant it.

“More than a year ago, Grace K. Morey, the author of the article, ‘The Great Seal of the United States and Its Mystic Significance,’ prepared a sketch for a short primer of the Illuminati teachings, and in this sketch, as will be shown by the drawings, it was brought out that man is not only a threefold being, but that he is actually a four-fold being as well. In short, that when he has succeeded in reaching Soul Illumination, he is the completed Pyramid or true Triangle.

“If the student will give serious study to the article on the Seal of the United States, he will find that on the reverse side of the seal which is as yet uncut [Ed note: as of the time this was published in 1916], there is to be found the Pyramid, but with the capstone as yet not placed, and thus he will see that the Philosophy of the Illuminati is the absolute and undeniable Philosophy upon which these United States are founded as is clearly indicated by our four-fold philosophy, by the drawings representing our Philosophy, and by the drawings of the reverse side of the United States seal.

“And thus it would appear that the Unseen Hierarchies which shaped the foundation of the great Republic which must some day rule the world, are the same Hierarchies which gave us the Soul Science Philosophy as taught by the Illuminati.

“And now let us look into the future, not far, but just beyond the line. We find that scholars condemn the design of the reverse side of the United States Seal, that it has never been cut but has remained hidden as though it were something to be ashamed of.

“However, though this appears the truth, it is not the truth. The reason why it has never been cut is because the time is not yet as the  cap-stone has not yet been set.“And what is this cap-stone? My reader, prepare for a shock.

When Atlantis ruled the word, that which is now America was connected with Egypt by what is now Mexico, and in Mexico, in the territory of Yucatan, there is a Pyramid in which the Fire Philosophers worshiped God as Divine Fire and Life in like manner as did the Initiates of Egypt, for the two were then one.

“America is not complete, and will not be complete, cannot be complete, until Mexico is again part of America as she was in the long ago, and when Mexico is once again a part of the United States, then will the cap-stone have been set on the Pyramid and the reverse side of the United States seal will be cut.

“Thus you will see that the Soul Science Primer with its drawings, is but the beginning of the article concerning the Seal of the United States, while the article on ‘Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul’ is the finale thereof.

“May it not be long until the Holy Pyramid shall be completed and may it be completed without the shedding of blood.

Lovingly given,
R. SWINBURNE CLYMER
“Beverly Hall,” Quakertown, Pa., July 6th, 1916.

Here we have a clear admission, directly from a private publication of one of the most influential of the mystery schools, that the North American continent’s destiny is to become Mystery Babylon’s prophetic New Atlantis. It is to become the ruling center of the world. They are striving for, and awaiting for the time when “the cap-stone is to be set upon the pyramid” – the culmination of their “Great Work,” “Great Plan,” “Sacred Work” or “Great Enterprise.”

Here in this publication, it is revealed that this event which will usher in the era of the New Atlantis, which will herald the arrival of the New Age, is the unification of Mexico and the United States. Politically, there has been a great deal of work done over the decades to create a merger of the two nations, especially NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), and in 2005 there was the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America), which was founded (wholly without Congressional oversight) by the President of America (W. Bush), the President of Mexico (Fox), and the Prime Minister of Canada (Martin).

This confessed prophetic agenda certainly tends to cause one to ponder why federal-level border protection between the USA and Mexico has been so terribly incompetent and non-committal for decades. Incompetent actions, activities and failures in government, especially at the federal level, are rarely accidental. Feigning incompetence covers a multitude of deliberate sins.

Prior to 1935, the reverse side of the US one dollar bill had no images nor symbolism on it – just a large “ONE” in the middle, “One Dollar” printed on top of it, some upper and lower ribbon designs stating “United States of America” on top and “One Dollar” below, then surrounded by familiar green and white border art typical of US currency. Beginning with the 1935 series, the US reverse side of the one dollar bill began to be printed as we are familiar with it today: both the front and reverse sides of the Great Seal placed thereon.

For decades we citizens of the United States have allowed ourselves to believe the varied explanations by “experts” about the numerology and symbolism of in the seal – that such represents the 13 original colonies and other symbols convey various American virtues. Yet, as it is now apparent, these are exoteric mystery school symbols which actually denote the prophetic destiny of North America to be the New Atlantis.

 

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