Corpus Christi

Yesterday was the most important day of the year for the Rosicrucian Inner Order of the Golden Dawn, the Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis.

The feast of Corpus Christi is a Catholic festival celebrating the Mystery and Blessing of the Body of Christ as the Eucharist. It is noted for festivals and processions where the Host is taken with great ceremony and reverence through the streets, often to the poorer areas of town. This is to bring the blessings of Christ, the Mystery of the Incarnation, the Institution of the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ to the people and the town itself.

From an esoteric point of view this festival is a bringing down of the blessings of the higher forces into the material universe. This is done periodically to refresh and maintain the link between the material realm and the inner, heavenly realm. This link is created via actions in the psychic or astral realm, which are the result of the ritual itself. The maintenance of this link enables those willing and open in the material realm (us) to connect with the heavenly. Of course, this mystery and process is conducted at each Eucharist, but the Corpus Christi festival also affects the group soul or mind, the non-human beings and the spirit of the town itself.

The RR et AC celebrates Corpus Christi in a unique way. Drawing from an interpretation of the original Rosicrucian manifesto, the RR et AC meets every year to re-consecrate their ‘sacred space’, the Vault of the Adepti. The Vault is a reconstruction of the Tomb of our Master in Christ, Christian Rosencreutz and without a doubt is an incredible structure both esthetically and spirituality. For those outside of the RR et AC, there is a computer generated ‘tour’ of a Vault on YouTube. It gives us some idea J

The timing of this re-consecration is extremely important. The original RR et AC documents are clear that it is to be done at the Summer Solstice, which by tradition is linked to Corpus Christi. This statement is not at all opaque.

The Summer Solstice is the height of the forces of light in the natural world. At this time there is a real, physical change and power that is also reflected in the interior, astral world. Anyone who has worked pagan or earth based Summer Solstice rituals would agree and probably also agree that the change and beauty of the Summer Solstice cannot really be worked with or celebrated up to a month in advance, in May. So what is this traditional link the RR et AC is referring to and why Corpus Christi at all?

To understand this we must remember that the RR et AC is a Christian Order. Christ’s incarnation and life provided a new dispensation to humanity. In symbolic (and if you are a Christian, actual) terms since Christ’s incarnation He, not the physical Sun, has been the Light of the World. So the mystery of the Higher Spiritual force as the Sun descending to the Earth during the Solstice is now replaced by the Mystery of God the Son incarnating in body and flesh, warmth and blood, on the Earth. And this mystery is exactly what is celebrated at the festival of Corpus Christi.

Now for some people this may seem a little obtuse or far fetched, but people who have experienced the Corpus Christi re-consecration (or any esoteric Christian celebration of the festival) would attest that this is exactly what occurs. The incredible spiritual strength of the Sun is shown forth in the Body of Christ being offered to us via the Eucharist.

The RR et AC works magically on this day for other compassionate reasons, all aimed at perfecting ourselves as servants of Christ to aid the world. The re-consecration of the Vault affirms its roles in being an earthing and focal point for the higher spiritual forces transmitted to the world via the seven primary forces of the astral realm. Each properly consecrated Vault becomes a transmitter, via the physical earth of the blessings of the heavenly to the people of the city where it is located. This is one of several reasons why there are never any banishing ceremonies conducted in the Vault.

The re-consecration is also a way of re-affirming and strengthening the sharing of the blessings of Christ and the RR et AC through the Adepti to the world at large. The Adepti present and the RR et AC itself are themselves re-consecrated so that their physical bodies and regular daily lives become the ground for the Mystery of the Sacred Body. This means the Adepti are charged, like talismans, commissioned for the following year to be the vehicles for our Master, Christian Rosencreutz and his blessings and aims to heal and reform the world. This is the real reason for the re-consecration, indeed the real reason for Adepts or the RR et AC or the Rosicrucians at all.

From God We Are Born
In Jesus We Die
By the Holy Spirit We Are Revived

2 comments

  1. zee gutenburg · May 26, 2009

    If their truth is so wonderful and terrible then why do these “orders” create the fascade of secrecy. One cannot illuminate the world by hiding away their light, and teaching others to do the same.

  2. Nico I. Reyes · May 7, 2010

    I had that same question Zee, this other blog, which may or may not have association helped me answer that for myself. It was at: http://rosicrucian-vault.blogspot.com/2010/04/magical-discipline-of-silence.html.

    Very interesting blog. Thank you Peregrin.

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