Share the Wealth: The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz

CWCRDeep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. – Frank Herbert

Avatars of Avalon,

I like to define the “Good” as a perspective grounded in ecocentric holism etched over a scaffold of compassion, love and grace. I don’t think the “every man for himself” or “what’s in it for me” anthropocentric thinking espoused by the crafters of the Noble Lies are serving this human experiment well at all. Now in order for this experiment to progress towards the “Good,” every man, woman, and child has to realize the wondrous magic involved in turning avocados and apricots into art, music and philosophy – with equal admiration allotted for the avocado and the art. Sounds easy enough, but the catch is that you have to realize this majesty not only in yourself, but in every other expression of life.  My hope with this series has been to aid others in achieving this realization.

Now you’re always free to discount these shares as the unfettered idealism of a nutty sun-gazer with a web connection. But to my fellow Jedi, I hope that I’ve overcome the presumptive burden required to establish sanity. Or at least come as close to it as a dude with numbers in his name possibly can. The coincidence control office facilitated this gem some time back and another voyager recently returned it to the fore of my consciousness. I immediately thought it a great fit for the series. Though published in the early 1600s under an anonymous authorship, the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz contains motifs applicable today. I guess that’s a testament to its timelessness.

Esoteric contemplation aside, the Wedding is a fun narrative about a mystic who goes on a seven day adventure of self discovery.  The story is filled with intrigue, adventure, and mystic brushes with the tangential domain. I recommend that you give it a once over and then read the commentary of the text by Jack Courtis over at the Rosicrucian library. I’ll link to both at the bottom.

Here is the introduction provided by Mr. Courtis in his commentary:

“The Chymical Marriage is one of the seminal documents of the Western esoteric tradition. It has a depth and complexity that give it an almost infinite amount of meaning. This commentary represents only one attempt to understand that meaning. It is easier if we see the Chymical Marriage in its proper context.

For example, it is divided into “7 Days”. This is a clear reference to Genesis ch 1. The very first sentence refers to “an evening before Easter day”. Hence this is a reference to Christianity and therefore, the Gospels and other parts of the New Testament. Furthermore, the entire work is alchemical in character and it is therefore appropriate to consider the Emerald Tablet of Hermes. In the first chapter there is a clear allusion to Plato’s Cave and that brings with it by necessary implication, a great deal of Greek philosophy and metaphysics. There is much else but this is sufficient to demonstrate that the Chymical Marriage is to be understood in its particular cultural and historical milieu.

Technically, this document is one of the Rosicrucian Manifestos and they in turn, are part of the late mature phase of the Hermetic Revival of the Renaissance. But that does not assist the reader. What is the Chymical Marriage all about?

We believe that it is an allegorical description of the inner journey of personal transformation. This is our interpretation and we invite you to join us as we conduct this journey together.”

While it may seem tempting to jump right into the commentary, I believe you’ll only do yourself a disservice if you take that route. I think it beneficial to invest the time to read the text and get a sense of the protagonists’ musings as the journey unfolds.

Now for my fellow Matrix fans out there, pay attention to C.R.C.’s dream when he initially receives the invitation to the wedding. I think the scene in which Neo is unplugged from the Matrix and brought into the light regarding the truth of his existence was thoroughly inspired by this book.

Always remember to take the psychology of the time period into account when you read these old books amigos. In the 1600s, the idea of man as a fallen being was a commonly held notion. Ergo the dispensation of salvation has to come from an external source. Today, I think we’ve progressed to an awareness of the powers underpinning our own natures, but we need help to kindle our Divine Sparks. I sincerely hope you find this work both useful in that process and enjoyable at the same time.

Link to the text: The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz

Rosicrucian commentary:

One love,



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