Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Secret Rosicrucian Symbols

cruce rosea

scala philosophorum cabalistica magia

spiritus sanctus

tabula smargadina hermetis


magia lucifer

inugfrau sophia

mysterium magnum

natura elementa

mons philosophorum

iesus lucifers

etubique bene radix davidis

hermetische philosophie

figura cabalistica

The ever excellent University of Wisconsin Digital Library has recently posted 'Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer, aus dem 16ten und 17ten Jahrhundert' ('Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians from the 16th and 17th Centuries') to their History of Science and Technology subsite. It was published in 1785-1788. There are multiple format page images available (click 'display gallery view').

Adam McLean tells us:

"This 18th century compendium, drew on 17th century alchemical sources such as Adrian von Mynsich, with mystical pieces from Valentin Weigel, and Abraham von Franckenberg's works on Jacob Boehme. It was an important and influential source of Rosicrucian ideas, albeit filtered through an 18th century perspective."
Adam has posted translations from a selection of images.

Marvellous stuff. Thanks Steven!

[Wikipedia has an extensive set of links if you want to get your hermetic golden rosey alchemy dawn cross cabala on - the actual article, like the subject matter itself, is ambiguous and dense by turns: any secrets revealed remain fairly opaque for the great majority of us I venture to suggest. But the symbols hold an enduring fascination.]


peacay said...


jasgrave333 said...

Excellent reference stuff. Thanks!


Crackpot! said...

Wow! Beautiful images. Thank you for posting them.

Anonymous said...


Sincere Question: Can I print t-shirts with these images, or does a copyright exist on Rosicrusian arcana?

peacay said...

Can I print t-shirts with these images
That's a question you must put to the Wisconsin University Digital Library I suppose.

Indigobusiness said...

Do you know Mr.h?

Indigobusiness said...

Oh...I see in your sidebar that you do.

Nice blog.

Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff. First symbol brings to mind the seal of Martin Luther. Check it out at

Anonymous said...

Great reference for all those looking into such mysteries.

Advanced Health said...

Sounds awesome. An ancient secret order for the better of humanity. With the knowledge to manufacture unlimited wealth and potentially live forever(?) But no one knows how to do it? Hmmm. When one of them actually materializes in front of me and proves their (good) capabilities I might be more convinced :)

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