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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Cross Of Light

The Cross Of Light Image
In the Second Order of the Alpha Omega, the R.R. et A.C., we wear a rose cross descending from the primordial Cross of Light.

The complete name of the Second Order of the Golden Dawn is the Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis, meaning the Ruby Rose and the Cross of Gold. This alludes to the original, primordial form of the Cross of Light, which has since most ancient times been the primary symbol of the FRATERNITY OF THE SAGES OF LIGHT - an enameled red cross made of purest gold and worn over the heart of the Adept.

There have been many variants of this cross down through history. Here are a just few of them:Known by ancient Rosicrucians as the Golden and Rosy Cross, this Cross of Light has at all times in history assisted the spiritual evolution of mankind through true initiation. The Cross of Light plays an essential role not only in Rosicrucian history, but is also primary symbol of the Freemasonic Rite of Memphis and Misraim (in my opinion the most spritually and initiatically valuable of all Freemasonic Rites).

Thus, the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis and Misraim of Freemasonry (in which I am 33, 90, 96), the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha Omega, and the German Golden and Rosy Cross order all the share the following legend of our common origin:At the beginning of our Christian era, there lived in Egypt a great initiate named Ormus; called Ormesius by the Greeks. Ormus was a priest of Serapis in the city of Alexandria and an initiate of the Hermetic mysteries. Ormesius forsaw the rise of Christianity, and thus was converted to the new religion by St. Mark in AD 44. To ensure the survival and transmission of the Royal Art, Ormus stripped the mysteries their Egyptian trappings, and re-veiled them in the symbols and rites of the new religion. To preserve the initiatic transmission as well, Ormesius founded a Hermetic mystery school called the "Fraternity of the Sages of Light," known to initiates through the centuries as the the Ordo Ormesius, or the Order of Ormus. The Order has manifested to the outer world under many names and has undergone many transformations. In 1111, it was known as the Alliance of Magical Brothers. In 1222, following the defeat of the Crusaders in Jerusalem and the expulsion of Christians from the holy land, the surviving members of the order disbursed across the world. Thus the light of our fraternity was carried to France where the Knights Templar were formed by Hugues de Payns with the aid of the Alliance. Thus the red cross of our order became the primary emblem of the Knights Templar, who provided the spiritual implulse for a new Crusade to retake the holy land. In 1314, when when the Knights Templar were supressed in France, the last Grand Master, Jaques de Molay, sent his nephew, the Count of Beaujeu, into the Templar crypt in Paris, to recover a chest filled with the esoteric secrets of the order. These documents were dispatched with an envoy of knights to Scotland, where they arrived in 1333, and were later used to lay the spiritual foundations for Freemasonry. Time and again across the centuries, our order has manifested and been known by many names. In 1444. It was known as the Order of the Cross, in 1555 as the Order the Rosy Cross, and in 1666 as the Brothers of the Golden Cross, and 1777 as the Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross. In 1888, it was known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, then Rosicrucian Order of Alpha Omega.From the earliest times, initiates of our order have recognized one another by the primary ensignia of our order: an enameled red cross made of purest gold and worn over the heart of the Adept. Legend has it this cross was originally drawn with the blood of Christ upon a white shield by Joseph of Arimathea, and that this shield was carried by Galahad on the Grail quest.

This same cross has also been worn by numerous Templar Rites in Freemasonry, including the Strict Observance, the Scottish Templar, and the Swedish Rite of Freemasonry. This Cross of Light is a most fundamental symbol in the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha Omega, representing both the legend of our origins and the descent of our mysteries from ancient Egypt.

by GH Imperator David Griffin

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