On Rosicrucian Theurgy
This text is based on the very informative book by
Theurgy, The Sacred Art of the Adepts,
which unfortunately is available only in greek ("Pyrinos Kosmos" publications).
The author was kind enough to provide us with the following summary in english.
S u m m a r y
In this document, the word "Rosicrucian" does not refer to the Rosicrucians of the 17th century. It refers to a less known branch, known as the "Brethren of the Orient".
All the principles upon which we have based the theurgic system that
is presented in our book, are indeed of rosicrucian origin. The
very same principles (but a somewhat different implementation) can
be found in the systems of Martines de Pasqually, Saint Martin and the
fore-mentioned "Brethren of the Orient", as revealed in the "Sacramentary"
published by R. Ambelain. (See also "The Lyon Lessons to the Elus Cohens
The same principles are also found in Heinrich Khunrath's "Amphitheatre of the Eternal Sapience" (who is said to have been initiated to the "Brethren of the Orient").
So, in this document, the term "rosicrucian" means rosicrucian
in origin, in principles and in quality. It does not necessarily mean
that this theurgic system has been actually implemented in every detail
by any rosicrucian group or order.
The term "Theurgy" is derived from the Greek language.
THEOU ERGON >>> THEURGIA.
Litterally it means "the Work of God".
What is Theurgy? At a first approach we could say that it is nothing more than Prayer -- a Prayer that meets some inner conditions and is expressed by a simple and reasonable ritual. Its goals are:
"Spirituality" can be defined as "the relation of man to God". It therefore has nothing to do with "intellectuality", "knowledge" or "education".
The expressions of human spirituality can be summarized thus:
A. Exoteric1. Religion, exoteric worhip
B. EsotericB. History1. Religious esotericism (i.e. monasticism)
2. Philosophical esotericism
3. Sacramental esotericism (theurgy)
In spite of the fact that the term "Theurgy" appears only during the Roman era, its practice is as old as mankind.
C. What is Theurgy (and what is not Theurgy)
There are four main types of rituals, that must not be confused.
1. Religious Sacrements
2. Magical Rituals
3. Theurgic Rituals
4. Satanistic Rituals.
|Theurgy||Man, coopereating with God||Divine|
|Satanism||Man, subjugated by demons||Demonic|
There is also another type -- the initiatic rituals, that are related to the notion of egregore. The book does not talk about this type of rituals.
a. motivation2. Sacramental
b. way of life
c. environmental conditions (room, time etc)
a. PurityThese virtues are the four Pillars of the Inner Temple.
d. Remission (of oneself to God)
a. "Nipsis" (That is self-control, awareness, freedom from any kind of obsession, a kind of "Spiritual Sobriety").E. The Elements of Ritual
b. State of inner prayer
1. The Altar or Table of Operation.
2. The Candle
3. The Cross
4. The New Testament, open at the beginning of the 1st chapter of the Gospel of St. John.
F. Inside a Ritual
"A (theurgic) ritual is the expression of Man's inner Word and his ardent wish to be associated with God and to cooperate with Him, by means of a series of thoughts, words, gestures and symbols".
So, in Theurgy, there are no "magic rituals". One is free to compose his own ritual, that should be based on the principles of sound spirituality.
A theurgic ritual functions in various levels:
1. Psychological influence
2. Attunement with God
3. Attunement of the inner world with the outer world
4.Creation of the "vertical axis" of attunement and communication among planes.
G. Structure of a Theurgic Ritual
Expression of repentance
Invocation of the Guardian Angel<state of inner prayer>Expression of gratitude
Prayer to Father, Son and the Holy Spirit<state of acceptance>Specific operation, if any (therapeutic or other).
Expression of gratitude
H. Results of Theurgy
Theurgy influences all levels of man's existence -- his body (material
being), soul (emotional being), spirit (reasoning being).
But its most important result is Transcendence. By definition, "transcendental" is what transcends or surpasses human nature.
So, Transcendence is NOT something that man can control; it is completely a Gift from God, it is the germination and growth of the Ineffable Word in Man.
2. Therapeutic applications (healing)
3. Talismanic applications
J. Stages on the Theurgic Path
- prerequisites: attainment of inner uplifting.
- goals: avoidance of exoteric moral mistakes.
- prerequisites: avoidance of exoteric moral mistakes
- achievement of inner purity
- the Theurgist seeks chances to benefit people.
- prerequisites: achievement of inner purity. Nothing pollutes the Theurgist's inner Temple.
- goals: to become a benefactor of humanity.
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Those esotericists that are accustomed to interpret everything by means of Kabalistic correspondences, might think that this approach on Theurgy is simplistic. We assure them that this is not the case.
Early and analtered Martinism -- the one by Martines de Pasqually, L.C. de Saint Martin, J.B. Willermoz and d'Hauterive -- was not *ritually* kabbalistic. (But the whole *structure* of the theurgic system of the Elus - Coens was, in fact, based on the Sephirothic Tree). As far as we know, there is not a single kabbalistic expression in the writings of all the above (including the 3-year course by Saint Martin himself in the Order of the Elus Cohens in 1774-1776).
Apart from the above bibliography, that we refer the reader to, there is also another very important element that justifies this approach: a Martinist Symbol of Rosicrucian origin: The Pelican on the Rosy Cross.
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