The Rose and Cross is for general use in magical working and is to be worn by the Zelator Adeptus Minor at all meetings of the Second Order at which he has the right to be present.
THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ROSE CROSS
Rays -- White with black letters and symbols.
Air -- yellow ground purple Pentagram and symbols.
Fire -- scarlet ground Emerald Pentagram and symbols.
Water -- blue ground Orange Pentagram and symbols.
White ground -- Black Hexagram and symbols.
Earth Citrine, Russet, Olive, Black, White Pentagram and symbols
It should be suspended from a yellow silk collarette or ribbon. It is to be made and consecrated by him unassisted and when not in use should be wrapped in white silk or linen. Like the Lotus Wand, it should not be touched by another person after consecration, only by its owner.
It is a complete synthesis of the Positive, Masculine, or Rainbow Scale of Colour attribution, the ‘Scale of the King,’ as it is called. These colours may be found in a Knowledge Lecture. The four ends are attributed to the Elements, the white portion to the Spirit and to the Planets, the 22 petals of the Rose to the 22 paths. it is the Cross in Tiphareth, the receptacle and centre of the forces of the Sephiroth and the Paths. The extreme centre of the Rose is White, the reflected spiritual brightness of Kether, bearing upon it the Red Rose and Golden Cross from which the second Order takes its name; the symbols of the rescuing force.
Around the Hexagram on the white part, below the Rose, are placed the planets in the order which is the Key of the Supreme Ritual of the Hexagram. Around the Pentagrams are the symbols of the Spirit and the four Elements in the order which is the Key of the Supreme Ritual of the Pentagram. in each of the floreated ends of the Cross itself are arranged the three Alchemical principles, but in different order in each element, and as showing their operation therein.
The uppermost arm of the Cross allotted to Air, is of the yellow colour of Tiphareth. in it the flowing philosophic mercurial nature is chief and without hindrance to its mobility, hence the ever moving nature of Air. Its Suiphurous side is drawn from the part of Fire whence its luminous and electrical qualities, its Saline from the Water, whence clouds and rains, from the action of the Solar forces.
The lowest arm of the Cross allotted to Earth is of the four colours of Malkuth, the Earth being of the nature of a container and receiver of the other influences. The Citrine answers to its airy part; the Olive to the watery; the Russet to the fiery part; and the Black to the lowest part, earthy of the Earth.
Here is also the Mercurial part chief, but hindered by the compound nature, whence its faculty becomes germinative, rather than mobile. While the Sulphur and the Salt are respectively from the sides of Water and Fire, which almost neutralize their natural operation and bring about the fixedness and immobility of Earth.
The extremity allotted to fire is of the scarlet colour of GEBURAH, and in it the Suiphurous nature is chief, whence its powers of heat and burning. The Salt is from the side of water, whence the necessity for a constant substantial pabulum whereon to act; and the Mercury is from the side of Air, whence the leaping, lambent motion of flame especially when acted on by wind.
The extremity allotted to Water is of the blue color of CHESED and in it the Salt nature is chief as exemplified in the Salt nature of the Ocean, to which all waters go; and thence also is derived the nature of always preserving the horizontal line. The Mercury is from Earth whence the weight and force of its flux and reflux. Its Sulphur part is from the Air
whence the effects of waves and storms; so that the dispositions of these three principles form the key of their alchemical operation in the elements.
The white rays issuing from behind the Rose at the inner angles between the arms, are the rays of the Divine light issuing and corruscating from the reflected light of Kether in its centre. The letters and symbols on them refer to the analysis of the Key Word of an Adeptus Minor.
The above is the means by which the opening of the Vault is accomplished. Its associations are as follows:
The first I is attributed to Virgo, as well as L in (LVX), the letter N is attributed to Scorpio, as well as V in (LVX), the letter R is attributed to the Sun, as well as X in (LVX), the final I merely repeats some of the attributions.
The Twelve letters of the 12 outer petals follow the order of the Signs of the Zodiac.
HEH that is Aries being uppermost.
LAMED which is Libra being lowest.
The Seven Double letters of the middle row are allotted to the Planets in order of their exaltations, the planets being wanderers, and the stars fixed with respect to the Earth.
The Three Mother Letters are allotted to the Elements, and are so arranged that the petal of Air should be beneath the arm of the Cross allotted to Air. While those of Fire and Water are on counterchanged sides so that the forces of the arms of the Cross should not too much over rule the Planetary and Zodiacal forces in the Rose, which might otherwise be the case were the petal of Fire placed on the same side as the arm of Fire, and that of Water on the arm of water.
The mode of Sigil formation from the Rose petals is taught in another place in this volume.
The back of the Cross bears inscriptions as shown as follows:
At the top is written in Latin: 'The Master Jesus Christ, God and Man,' between four Maltese crosses, which represent the four pyramids of the Elements opened out.This is placed at the uppermost part because here is affirmed the descent of the Divine Force into Tiphareth, which is the central point between Supernals and Inferiors. But at the lowest part is written the Motto of the Zelator Adeptus Minor, because therein is the affirmation of the elevation of the Human into the Divine.But this is impossible without the assistance of the Divine Spirit from Kether, whence the space above Malkuth is white upon the front aspect of the Cross--white being the Symbol of the Spiritual rescuing from the material.In the centre, between the symbols of the Alchemical Principles of which the outermost is Sulphur, the purgational fire of suffering and self-sacrifice is written in Latin: 'Blessed be the Lord our God who hath given us the Symbol SIGNUM'and this is a word of six letters, thus representing the six periods (creative) in the Universe. And the Regimen of the Planets necessary ere the Glory of the Sun can be obtained.
S.R.M.D.'s NOTE OF MAKING THE ROSE CROSS
The Cross may be cut out of cardboard and the coloured portions may be painted or formed by pasting on portions of coloured paper of the required shape. The colours must be correct and clear and brilliant. If they are not the symbol is useless either as a Symbol or insignium. Actually evil effects may follow if the colours are not clear and brilliant or if they are dirty. If this occurs, the whole should be destroyed, for faulty colours and shapes in Divine Symbols are a degradation of Divine Things and are practical blasphemy, because it is substituting the evil and disorderly for the good.For the petals, one pattern may be designed and several cut at once from it, superimposing several coloured papers.No dimensions are officially given for the Rose Cross but pragmatism dictates that it should be about 7-8 inches in length.
CONSECRATION OF THE ROSE CROSS
1. Prepare the chamber, and the invocation of Tiphareth.2.. Arrange a central altar, draped in black.
3. Place on it the Triangle and Cross as in the Neophyte Grade.
4. Place on it the Rose, Cup, Salt, and Fire, but place Cup between the Cross andTriangle as in the Neophyte Grade, with the Rose and incense at the East side.
5. Place the new Rose Cross upon the Triangle.
6. Stand at the West side of the Altar and have thy Lotus Wand (consecrated) with thee.
7. Illumine the Lamp and incense, and drop salt into the water.
8. Take the Wand in the right hand.
.9. Repeat: Hekas, Hekas, este Bebeloi.
10. Perform the lesser .Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.
Perform the lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram.
Deposit the Wand upon the Altar.
Purify the chamber with Water in the four quarters
So therefore first the Priest who governeth the works of fire must sprinkle with the lustral water of the loud resounding sea.
Purify the chamber with Fire in the four quarters repeating: When after all the phantoms are banished thou shalt see that holy and formless fire, that fire which darts and flashes through the hidden depths of the Universe, hear thou the Voice of Fire.
Take up the Wand
Circumambulate with the Sun three times.
Return to place and repeat the Adorations:
Holy art Thou, Lord of the Universe!
Holy art Thou, Whom Nature hath not formed!
Holy art Thou, the Vast and Mighty One!
Lord of Light and of the Darkness!'
Give sign of Neophyte at each adoration and sign of Silence at close.
Perform the Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram at the Four quarters of the Chamber.
Stand West of the Altar, facing East, hold the Wand by the White part.
Make over the Rose Cross, in the Air with the Lotus wand and as if standing in the
centre of the Rose, the symbol and invoke all the Divine and Angelic Names of the Tiphareth by a special form as follows:
Thou most sublime Majesty on high, who art at certain seasons worthily represented by the Glorious Sun of Tiphareth. I beseech Thee to bestow upon this symbol of the Rose and Cross, which I have formed in Thy honour, and for the furtherance of the Great Work in a spirit of purity and love, the most excellent virtues by the divine name of YHVH, and the great name of ELOAH VE DAATH. Deign I beseech thee to grant that the great Archangel RAPHAEL and the mighty angel MICHAEL may strengthen this emblem, and through the sphere of the splendid orb of SHEMESH may confer upon it such power and virtue as to lead me by it towards the solution of the great Secret. (Raising the hand and eyes to Heaven during the Prayer and covering them as you finish it.)
Repeat these words from Genesis:
And a river NAHAR went forth out of Eden to water the Garden, and from thence it was parted and came into four heads.
Describe over the white portion the invoking Hexagrams of the planets as if standing upon it, repeating the necessary names and holding the Wand by the white portion.
23. Describe the equilibriating Pentagrams of Spirit, and the words EXARP—
BITOM—HCOMA—NANTA as previously laid down.
24. Then over the four coloured portions (arms) in turn describe the Invoking
Pentagrams of each Element, using the Words and Grade Signs and repeating the verse of
Genesis 11, 11-13, 14, 15 referring to each. Holding the wand by the part allotted to the
Kerubic sign of the Element.
First - over the red Fire arm, read, And the name of the First River is PISON; it is that which encompasseth the whole land of HAVILAH where there is Gold, and the Gold of that land is good; there is bdellium and the onyx stone. Make invoking Fire pentagram holding the wand by Leo, with the Sign of Fire grade.
Second - over the blue Water arm read, (Hold by Scorpio-Blue Green) And the name of the second River is Gihon, the same as that which compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. Sign of Practicus Grade and invoking Water Pentagram.
Third - over the Yellow Air arm read, (Holding by Aquarius-Violet) And the name of the third river is Hiddekel, that is it which goeth toward the East of Assyria. Sign of Theoricus grade and Invoking Air Pentagram.
Fourth - over the black Earth arm read (holding by Taurus-red orange.) And the fourth river is Euphrates. Sign of Zelator with Invoking Earth Pentagram.
25.Lastly--holding the Wand again by the white part, describe a circle from left to right over the outermost 12 petals of the Rose pronouncing the name ADONAI vibrating it as taught.
26. Describe a similar circle over the seven middle petals pronouncing the word ARARITA.
27. Then describe a circle over the three innermost petals say: YHVH.
28. Finally trace a perpendicular line down and say: EHEIEH.
29. Draw a horizontal line from left to right and say: ELOHIM.
30. Wrap up the Cross in white silk.
31. Close the Ceremony by purification by Water.
32. Close the Ceremony by purification by Fire.
33. Stand at West of altar, face East and say: In the name of Yeheshuah, I now set free any spirits that may have been imprisoned by this Ceremony.
34. Perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.