December 30, 2012

The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians by William Walker Atkinson and edited by Clint Marsh

The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians was originally published by Magus Incognito 1918. It was just a pen name for the author and publisher William Walker Atkinson, who wanted to give his generation the information about Rosicrucian ideals and occult concepts. The current generation has Clint Marsh who has been passed the torch to share with all of us this same book, with a forward written by him to help us better understand the text.

Book Description
The Rosicrucians are a truly “secret society” whose philosophy has come to light at different points in history. In the 1600s they issued a set of manifestos calling for an enlightened revolution that would reshape society into a more democratic ideal. Even the American Founding Fathers were influenced by these manifestos.

Writing as Magus Incognito, William Walker Atkinson reintroduces a new generation of readers to the Rosicrucian ideals, as well as to a myriad of connections between occult concepts as varied as alchemy, reincarnation, the astral plane, auras, Eastern and Western mysticism, and the “evolution of mankind” among seven esoteric versions of planets in our solar system.

There are more than two dozen organizations of Rosicrucians, with local groups in nearly every state—more than 100 in all—and half a million or more followers. Interest continues to be high in this group.” – The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians

My Thoughts
The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians is a book that shares the history of the Rosicrucians, including what they believe, and explains the connections that they have to esoteric concepts such as alchemy, reincarnation, auras, the astral plane, mysticism, and much more.

Although the book was originally written and published in 1918, it is still relevant for people today, nearly 100 years later. That is a rather amazing feat for a book that is based on both scientific and spiritual beliefs. The Rosicrucians are a secret society that people want to know more about, and many continue to want to join today. This book can give you the information that you seek, but it isn’t all written there for you to easily believe. There are many things you have to discover for yourself, so not all answers will be clearly written out for you to learn.

Overall, I think that this is an excellent book on the secret society of the Rosicrucians. If you want to learn more about this group, and what they believe, I definitely recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians, Weiser, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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