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Famous Rosicrucian alchemical allegory. Translated into English in 1690.
The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, often looked upon as the third Rosicrucian manifesto, has an entirely different tone from the other Rosicrucian documents. Unlike the Rosicrucian manifestoes, which address the transformation of society, The Chemical Wedding is concerned with the inner transformation of the soul. It is a deeply interior work, one which asks the reader to step into its world of symbols and walk with Christian Rosenkreutz along his path of transformation. Despite its importance as a key text of the Western esoteric traditions, this is the first ever contemporary English translation of The Chemical Wedding, made especially for this edition by Joscelyn Godwin. Also included in this edition is an introduction and commentary by Adam McLean, which illuminates the transformative symbolism.
The text and commentary on one of the founding books of Rosicrucianism.
Christian Rosenkreutz's remarkable adventures read like a fairy story, a dream, even at times like Kafka. Drawing on the work of Rudolf Steiner, this book shows that the Chymical Wedding is an allegory of a path of initiation; a spiritual quest suited to the present epoch. "The journey of which it tells is a journey we must all take sooner or later."
On an evening before Easter Day, I sat at a table, and having (as my custom was) in my humble prayer sufficiently conversed with my Creator, and considered many great mysteries (whereof the Father of Lights his Majesty had shown me not a few) and being now ready to prepare in my heart, together with my dear Paschal Lamb, a small, unleavened, undefiled cake; all of a sudden arose so horrible a tempest, that I imagined no other but that through its mighty force, the hill on which my little house was founded would fly into pieces. But inasmuch as this, and the like from the Devil (who had done me many a spite) was no new thing to me, I took courage, and persisted in my meditation, till somebody in an unusual manner touched me on the back; whereupon I was so hugely terrified, that I dared hardly look about me; yet I showed myself as cheerful as (in such occurrences) human frailty would permit. Now the same thing still twitching me several times by the coat, I looked back, and behold it was a fair and glorious lady, whose garments were all sky-coloured, and curiously (like Heaven) bespangled with golden stars; in her right hand she bore a trumpet of beaten gold, on which a Name was engraved which I could well read but am as yet forbidden to reveal it.
Originally published in 1888, this is Arthur Edward Waite's version of this important Rosicrucian publication. Although its authorship is anonymous, this allegorical story has been attributed to the theologian Johann Valentin Andreae. It is often connected with other Rosicrucian documents, including the Fama Fraternitatis and the Confessio Fraternitatis of the Rosicrucian Fraternity. This allegory tells the story of Christian Rosenkreutz's invitation to the wedding of the king and queen. During his seven day journey, Rosenkreutz experiences progressive tests, purification, and death. The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz is a romantic expression of the journey and eventual goal of the philosophy and practice of Alchemy. Arthur Edward Waite's translation is an adaptation and revision of that of E. Foxcroft, who translated the Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz into English in 1690.

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