Literature

Discover the books by Jan van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri, the founders and grandmasters of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum. In this section you find a selection of LRC books available in English, including short summaries and bookshop links.

Rosicrucian authors of the 20th Century

Jan van Rijckenborgh (1896-1968) was born as Jan Leene in Haarlem, The Netherlands. He was one of the founders of the International School of the Golden Rosycross, Lectorium Rosicrucianum. In over 30 books he gives his vision of the modern Rosicrucian path of initiation based on the universal gnostic wisdom, together with Catharose de Petri (1902-1990, birth name: Hendrikje Stok-Huizer).

The Call of the Brotherhood of the Rosycross

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

The Fama Fraternitatis R. C. tells the story of the founding of the Rosicrucian Order and invites the like-minded to make contact with it. As Jan van Rijckenborgh considers one by one the incidents described in the Fama, explaining how they relate to a practical path of self-initiation, many details of Rosicrucianism which may have been obscure for centuries become clear.

Contains the full original text of the Fama Fraternitatis R. C. (1614) with extensive esoteric analysis.

361 pages, hardcover 
https://www.amazon.com/Call-Brotherhood-Rosycross-van-Rijckenborgh/dp/9067320285/

 

The Confession of the Brotherhood of the Rosycross

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

The author describes this Rosicrucian manifesto as follows: On closer consideration, students of the Confessio will realize that this old document is a tremendous piece of prophecy. If we go beyond the simple, exoteric aspect, its universal, unlimited significance is revealed to us and we see the radiant path of truth stretching in a wide arc from horizon to horizon.

Contains the full original text of the Confessio Fraternitatis R. C. (1615) with extensive esoteric analysis

75 pages, hardcover
https://www.amazon.com/Confession-Rosicrucian-Brotherhood-van-Rijckenborgh/dp/9067320374/

 

The Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross, Part One

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

This strange story of Christian Rosycross_s journey to a wedding is a Hermetic allegory intended to be a guidebook for people who are actively engaged in the process of inner transformation. As the story is unlocked for us, we begin to see the means by which the original Soul can be brought back to life and united with the Spirit.

Contains the text of the first three days of The Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross by Johann Valentin Andreae (1616) with extensive esoteric analysis

287 pages, hardcover 
contains 9 full-page illustrations by Johfra
https://www.amazon.com/Alchemical-Wedding-Christian-Rosycross-Part/dp/9067320587

The Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross, Part Two

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

After seven days of ceremonies and tests, Christian Rosycross is dubbed a Knight of the Golden Stone. But not selfishness, deception and pride allowed him to win, but his great humility and self-knowledge. In the afterword, Jan van Rijckenborgh gives a scenario of the future.

Contains the text of the last four days of The Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross by Johann Valentin Andreae (1616) with extensive esoteric analysis.

255 pages, hardcover 
contains 8 full-page illustrations by Johfra
https://www.amazon.com/Alchemical-Wedding-Christian-Rosycross-Part/dp/9067320781/

 

The Egyptian Arch Gnosis

The four volumes of “The Egyptian Arch Gnosis” are based on the universal wisdom of the Emerald Tablet and the first two books of the Corpus Hermeticum by Hermes Trismegistos.

The origin of these writings were assumed to be in the Egyptic cultural era before Moses and Plato. In fact, they were written by a group of gnostics during the first Christian centuries.

The dialogues between Hermes and Pymander, Hermes and Asklepios and Hermes and Tat are true treasures of gnostic literature. The esoteric analysis and commentaries by Jan van Rijckenborgh supply the key for a deep undestanding.

The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis, Part 1

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

These ancient treatises attributed to Hermes Trismegistus reveal a message that has been handed down since humanity_s earliest beginnings: that the fundamental obstacle to awareness of Gnosis is the I-central self, and that this state of separation can be healed through the resurrection of the Spirit-Soul in the human being.

Includes the texts of the Emerald Tablet and the first two books of the Corpus Hermeticum with extensive esoteric commentary.

232 pages, hardcover
Full color illustration by Johfra entitled The Son of the Snakes
https://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Arch-Gnosis-Call-Eternal-Present/dp/9070196883/

The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis, Part 2

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

The second volume describes the requirements and stages of the path to liberation in detail. Chapter titles include: Karma-Nemesis and the way to redemption, The realization of God_s plan, The primordial law of the gnostic mysteries, The imitation of Christ, The mystery of the Holy Grail, The key to purification, The holy Mother Earth, and The restoration of perfect equilibrium.

Includes the texts of the third through ninth books of the Corpus Hermeticum with extensive esoteric commentary.

268 pages, hardcover
Full color illustration by Johfra entitled The Arch-Mother
https://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Arch-Gnosis-Call-Eternal-Present/dp/9067320234/

The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis, Part 3

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

In the third volume, the author describes the main obstacles on the path. They are: 1. the wrong understanding of good and evil; 2. the products of the mind not oriented to truth in politics, society, culture and religion; 3. the tendency to use forces received from the spiritual world for earthly needs, and so to betray the spirit.

Includes the texts of the tenth through twelfth books of the Corpus Hermeticum with extensive esoteric commentary

251 pages, hardcover
Full color illustration by Johfra entitled The Gate of Saturn
https://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Arch-Gnosis-Call-Eternal-Present/dp/9067321206/

The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis, Part 4

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

Volume 4 describes the results of the path of liberation. The heart and mind of the candidate are purified by truth, by the holy spirit. This leads to freedom from karma. A new consciousness and a new thinking, which experiences and recognizes the truth, develop. Life can then be lived in harmony with truth.

Includes the texts of the thirteenth through seventeenth books of the Corpus Hermeticum with extensive esoteric commentary.

253 pages, hardcover
Full color illustration by Johfra entitled The Woman of the Apocalypse
https://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Arch-Gnosis-Call-Eternal-Present/dp/9067321397/