“A work often dragged into the Rosicrucian camp is the Amphitheatrum (the Amphitheatre of Eternal Wisdom) of Heinrich Khunrath. This was written before It has not yet been proved that Heinrich was a brother of Conrad Khunrath; nor is it known whether he is identical with a certain Henricus Conrad Lips, who. Heinrich Khunrath was a physician, hermetic philosopher, and alchemist. He was also a sort of bridge between John Dee’s philosophy and Rosicrucianism.
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On several title pages of his books he is khungath medicinae utriusque Doct. Another of his works is all about the Signatures in nature and how the appearance of something plant, animal, etc reveals its inner nature and use, for example, in medicine. Goodness, and Power of the Creator; to the end that they die not sophistically but live theosophically, and that the orthodox philosophers so created may with sincere philosophy expound the works of the Lord, and worthily praise God who has thus blessed these friend, of God.
Medical and chemical operations have to be undertaken, he stated, first khunrth the guidance of God, then of Jesus Christ, and finally through the three methods called Christiano-Kabalice, Divino-Magiceand Physico-Chymice. The Fama uses two allegories to illustrate its foundation in the hermetic tradition.
Follow, poet, follow right To the bottom of the night, With your unconstraining voice Still persuade us to rejoice.
Some years ago I described this as the fourth Rosicrucian manifesto, really just to emphasise its importance in the sequence of Rosicrucian publications. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. May 20, at 7: This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat October 26, at A edition contains a preface and conclusion by Khunrath’s friend Erasmus Wohlfahrt.
It contains a lot of interesting diagrams of hands in relation to palmistry, with explanations of what all the different hand shapes, lines, marks and so forth mean. Although we can recognise that the Fama had a definite allegorical structure, it appears that many people at the time took it quite literally.
Unfortunately, I only know material in Latin and German. During the 15th century a new creative phase of European hermeticism results in the appearance of a number of original works in manuscript dealing with symbolism in a new way.
To this portal ascent is made by a mystic, indisputably prologetic, flight of steps, set before it as shown in the picture. In a sense this parallels the khunrth tale in the Fama of the uncovering of spiritual wisdom of the past.
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At this time other writers were using the same device.
My colleague in the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Dr Carlos Gilly, has been researching the background to the Rosicrucians for the past ten years and has been given the opportunity to visit many European libraries in a quest for source documents and writings relevant to Rosicrucianism.
Henricus Khunrath as he was called, who was a physician and Hermetic alchemist. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. Although these innovative pieces of alchemical literature could easily stand on their own, they were given a mystical charge by the claim that they were written two centuries earlier by a Benedictine Monk called Basil Valentine and hidden under a marble tablet behind the high altar of the Cathedral of Erfurt, and recently uncovered.
So that our words are to be seen as entrances to cosmic realms perhaps, as doorways into the universe of the soul, a bridge between this physical world and other spiritual realms which we enter only through inner prayer.
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From the Amphitheatre of Eternal Wisdom: The images were later printed as a series of woodcuts in Reusner’s Pandora of All best wishes, Peter. In this key work the image of the secret order of the Rosicrucians is carefully sculpted and revealed in the exciting story of its foundation.
A similar thing can be said for Robert Fludd’s vast encyclopaedic survey of the knowledge of the Macrocosm and Microcosm.
Knowing this we should realise that, although Frances Yates’ thesis proclaims itself as a strong interpretation, in fact it takes a weaker line, expanding the term Rosicrucian too loosely to capture sufficient history to make it tenable to scholars of the present generation.
Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 11 Decemberat The following caption, conveniently accompanied by a translation of the diagram in mention, we get: This German manuscript appears in about and consists of a series of 22 illustrations. I have been able to find over 60 manuscripts of this work.