The traditional and internationally recognized title of the Rosicrucian Order is the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, which is where the acronym for the order was born, AMORC. This is the Latin form of the name, which when translated literally means the Ancient Mystical Order of the Rosy Cross. However, there is no religious connotation in regards to this symbol and the Rosy Cross actually predates Christianity.
Traditional History of the Rosicrucian Order
The furthest back that the Rosicrucian Order has been dated is to 1500 B.C. In these times, the word “mystery” referred to a secret wisdom. Thousands of years ago, during the times of ancient Egypt there were certain schools or bodies that were formed in order to explore the mysteries of life and also learn the secrets of the hidden wisdom.
It is related according to the traditional history that only the most sincere students that displayed a strong desire for knowledge and that passed certain tests were considered worthy enough to be inducted to learn these mysteries. The original meetings for the Order’s first member students were said to meet in secluded changers, which were located in old temples for initiation.
There are some historians that have affirmed that the Giza pyramids were not build for the tombs of pharaohs, but rather as places for the original members of the Rosicrucian order to study and for mystical initiations. The actual mystery schools, from the times dating back to ancient Egypt, gradually evolved into larger learning centers, which attracted students from all over the world.
The very first esoteric school of initiates was created by Pharaoh Thutmose III, who was the ruler of Egypt from 1500 all the way to 1447 B.C., and it was founded on the methods and principles that are similar to those that are perpetuated in modern times by the Rosicrucian Order.
As time passed, other great philosophers and scientists around the world were initiated throughout the world. This includes Greek philosophers including Pythagoras and Thales and Roman philosopher Plotinus.
The three Rosicrucian Manifestos were said to be a product of Christian Rosenkreuz, who is the mythical founder of this order and has been accepted as a figure of divine inspiration by a number of esoteric groups, which includes Rudolph Steiner. There are many historical scholars that view these manifestos as a hoax. The fact is that it is not known for sure that the original purpose of the manifestos. There were some that thought they were revelations and others believed them to be completely fake.
The actual modern name for the order, the Rosicrucian Order came much later in history.