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Book of Shadows: The Rosy Cross (also called Rose Cross and Rose Croix) is a symbol largely associated with the semi-mythical Christian Rosenkreuz, Qabbalist, alchemist, and founder of the Rosicrucian Order. The Rosy Cross is also a symbol found in some Masonic Christian bodies, and it was used by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, in Thelema, by the Ordo Templi Orientis, and by the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, as well.
The Rose Cross is associated with a number of different schools of thought, including that of the Golden Dawn, Thelema, the OTO, and the Rosicrucians (also known as the Order of the Rose Cross). Each group offers somewhat different interpretations of the symbol. This should not be surprising as magical, occult and esoteric symbols are frequently used to communicate ideas more complex than is possible to express in speech.
The Rose Cross, High Magick Designed by S.L. MacGregor Mathers, the head of The Order of the Golden Dawn and combining the elements, the planets and the 22 paths this extraordinary cross can be the key to initiation on the Path to High Magick. To be empowered to any High Purpose.
Rosicrucianism is a philosophical secret society, said to have been founded in late medieval Germany by Christian Rosenkreuz. It holds a doctrine or theology “built on esoteric truths of the ancient past”, which, “concealed from the average man, provide insight into nature, the physical universe and the spiritual realm.