From the 18th century to our modern era, South-Western France has played an important role in the world of Hermetism. It was the birthplace of the modern religious currents which were derived from Gnosticism, Occult Freemasonry side-degrees (degrees above the 3rd degree in Freemasonry) and several Rosicrucian and Kabbalistic schools.
This area remained the incontrovertible place of origin of the Western Initiatic societies and continues to have a special stature in the collective history larger which has grown larger than its French origins. We may remind the reader of the mystery of "Rennes le Château" and the "Priory of Sion" which took place in the region call "Razes". The hermetic and teachings were, and continue to be, a given in this part of France.
Consequently, it was in this region that an essential initiatic tradition appeared. We know this tradition today as the Rose-Cross.
Birth of the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross
Around 1850, the viscount Louis-Charles-Edouard de Lapasse, physician and esotericist was the Chief of the Order of the Rose Cross, then located in Toulouse. The Rose Cross Tradition that existed in this part of France was a union between the mystical and symbolic German tradition and several Mediterranean Hermetic traditions. The Hermetic heritage and influence of this school of the Rose Cross Tradition was more focused on alchemy, astrology and Theurgic rituals. The Rose Cross was independent from Freemasonry; however, the Rose-Cross members were also frequently numbered among the active Freemasons. This led to the development of several Masonic degrees that were more focused on Hermeticism, Qabalah and Egypt.
Around 1850, the viscount Louis-Charles-Edouard de Lapasse, doctor and esoterist was the chief of the Rose Cross in the City called Toulouse. In 1884 the Marquis Stanislas de Guaita came into contact with Josephin and with his brother Adrian Péladan, who was linked to the Rose-Cross Order of Toulouse directed by Firmin Boissin. As a result of these contacts, Stanislas de Guaita received the transmission of the Hermetic current of the Rose-Cross, as well as a large part of their teachings. He also realized that this was his mission in life. He received the charge to form a new Order, utilizing the authentic Rose-Cross initiation he had been given, along with a theoretical education of the highest quality which was to be centered on the traditional sciences, the works of the classical authors as well as a precise, serious and rigorous ritual progression and practice.
Immediately after this formation and transmission, Stanislas de Guaita, then very young, wrote several books about occultism.
In 1888 Stanislas de Guaita, who was then 27 years old, founded "The Kabbalistic (Qabalistic) Order of the Rose-Cross" or in French "Ordre Kabbalistique de la Rose-Croix."
The date of its founding was not randomly selected. At the origin. the Fraternity of the Rose-Cross followed a cyclic pattern of 111 years of activity and 111 years of quiescence. The date was chosen to perfectly agree with that timing.
Among the known members of the Order he founded we may note:
|Stanislas de Guaita, comme premier Grand-Maître||Papus (Gérard Encausse)|
|Marc Haven (Dr. Lalande)||Paul Sedir (Yvon Le Loup)|
|Pierre Augustin Chaboseau||Erik Satie|
|Emma Calve||Camille Flammarion|
|and many other well known figures of this time.||
Paradoxically, very little information about the inner Order has been made public. Since most of its rituals remained unknown, historians sometimes doubted that this was a valid initiatic organization. This seems ludicrous to us!
It is impossible to imagine how such an Order could have been thought to founded by those prestigious figures of the occult tradition, without real rituals and initiations. The idea is simply ludicrous.
In summary, it must therefore be obvious that The Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross was the modern result of the heritage and inspiration of generations of older Western spiritual currents.
This bring us to a paradox, which is in the purest tradition of the Occident. In this paradox we see a primarily cultural and spiritual visibility of the Order, in contrast to a near complete secrecy regarding the rites that have been perfectly preserved by its initiates, in compliance with their tradition.
It is in this spirit that the Order was built and was (and continues to be) transmitted from both an external and inner/ occult level fby the Invisible College of the six brothers of the Order and the Grand Patriarch Rose-Cross who direct this group.
Regarding the inner Order, the succession has always been transmitted very seriously and with the deepest respect for the original Order Rose-Cross; the transmission has always taken place in the area which was the birthplace of the Hermetic Rose-Cross: southwestern of France.
The lineage is clear and undeniable. As usual we will now them by their fruits.
1918- Jean Bricaud (5° Ill. G.P.R+C & G.M.)
1948- L-M F. Giraud (6° Ill. G.P.R+C & G.M.)
1950- J. Brouillet (7° Ill. G.P.R+C & G.M.)
1960 (?)- Patrick T. (8° Ill. G.P.R+C & G.M.)
1986 -Today- Jean-Louis de Biasi (9° G.P.R+C & G.M.)
With respect to the traditional cycle of rebirth of the Order, it was in 1999 that the inner Order reactivated the inner and occult Order. In 2006, after an initial period of seven years, the "Qabalistic Order of the Rose Cross" (Ordre Kabbalistique de la Rose-Croix) was again vivified with the hermetic, Rose Cross and Martinist power. The Rose-Cross then began to initiate new members and to open new Chapters, consistent with the rules of this prestigious fraternity.
Today as in the past, this Order continues to express its vigorous and rich heritage. This heritage enables it to be eternally renewed, always modern, and always prepared to ignite the flame of initiation in each succeeding generation.