Rosicruciana in Anglia
Second Grade - Theoricus
This Grade is conferred by the
Celebrant of a College holding a Warrant for the four Grades of the First Order
of the Society.
The Convocation is held in a
Rosicrucian Temple. In the East there is a white Altar, upon which stands a
black Calvary Cross with a wreath of red roses entwined thereon. On the Altar,
at the foot of the Cross, are five candles - one in front of four.
The Celebrant is seated in the
East, at the South side of the Altar. The Exponent is seated in the West.
The four Ancients are seated at
the centre of the Temple, behind their pillars, each facing his own cardinal
point, thus forming the Cross of the Four Elements:≠
the Ancient of Earth, clothed in
a black robe, faces North.
the Ancient of Water, in a blue
robe, faces West.
the Ancient of Air, in a yellow
robe, faces East.
the Ancient of Fire, in a red
robe, faces South.
The Secretary is seated in the
North-East, the Conductor in the South-West, and the Guardian beside the Portal.
The Acolyte is in the
ante-chamber guarding the Temple.
Each Frater must wear the Jewel
of the Society with the appropriate ribbon.
The Zelator-Aspirant is
blindfolded before admission, and must carry in his right hand, as an Admission
Badge, a simple Cross, composed of four arms of equal length around a central
square, and the four arms are coloured, in rotation, yellow, red, blue and
black. When he seeks admission at the Portal of the Temple, he must give the
Knocks of a Zelator; three and one.
The Knocks of the Grade of
Theoricus are four and one.
When an Officer is addressing the
Celebrant he should give the sign of this Grade
The College is adjourned in the
Grade of Zelator: all Zelatores, including the Candidate, are asked to withdraw,
the Ancients take up their new positions, and the candles on the Altar are
Fratres, assist me to open the Temple in the Grade of Theoricus.
All rise and the Guardian stands
beside the Portal.
Frater Guardian, assure yourself that the Acolyte is without, and that the
Portal is closed and the Temple guarded.
This is done by the Guardian, who
GUARDIAN: Right (or Very) Worthy Celebrant, the Portal is closed and the Temple is
I declare the Temple open in the Grade of Theoricus.
Celebrant gives four and one
Be seated, Fratres.
Very Worthy Exponent, what are the objects of our
assembly in this Second Grade of Theoricus?
Right (or Very) Worthy Celebrant, we are assembled to study the constitution of
the Universe and the structure of our world, and to seek to understand the
relations which exist between the soul of man and his body.
I acknowledge the correctness of your statement of the work and duties of the
Theorici; let us be earnest in the fulfilment of them.
The Officers of the College have
reported to me favourably upon the work of Frater ..., who is a Zelator, and I
have resolved to receive him into the Second Grade, and to confer upon him the
rights and privileges, as well as the secret knowledge, of a Theoricus.
Right (or Very) Worthy Celebrant, we rejoice that another Zelator has made such
progress, we will assist you in the Reception, and will give him all the help we
can to ensure his further progress.
Frater Guardian, ascertain if Frater ... is in attendance, and it so, let him be
properly prepared by the Acolyte.
Ceremony of Reception
GUARDIAN: Right (or Very) Worthy Celebrant, Frater ..., who has been invited to
attend for Reception into the Second Grade, is waiting in the ante-chamber duly
Frater Conductor, leave the Temple and instruct the Aspirant to knock as a
Zelator. Assure yourself that he is able to give the Sign, Pass Word and Grand
Word in a proper manner, and let him carry in his right hand the Cross of the
Four Elements, the badge of admission to this Grade.
Conductor complies; knocks are
Frater Guardian, admit the Conductor and the Zelator whom he brings with him.
The Guardian admits them, and
they stand within the Portal.
COND: Right (om Very) Worthy Celebrant, I present to you Frater ... a Zelator
of the Society of the Rose and Cross; he has done the work required of him in
the First Grade and has received your approval. He now seeks to participate in
the studies of the Second Grade, and to gain our secret knowledge.
Frater Zelator, I call upon you to give us the Sign and also the Pass Word and
the Grand Word which were communicated to you upon your admission to our
The Zelator gives them
We acknowledge you to be well instructed.
Before undertaking any duty of importance it has
always been the custom of the Fratres of the Society of the Rose and Cross to
invoke the blessing of God upon their proceedings. Kneel, therefore, upon both
knees and join in our supplications.
Prayer (all stand.)
CEL. or CHAP: O God our Father , Source of light and truth, pour down upon us the
continual Love of Thy blessing, and prepare our hearts for the reception of a
knowledge of the mysteries which surround us, so that we may be able to benefit
mankind and fit ourselves for a dwelling in Thy heavenly kingdom.
In the name of God, Who is our Creator and Preserver, you may rise, and the
Conductor will lead you around our Temple in search of more Light upon the
mysteries of our being.
All except the Conductor and
Zelator resume seats. The Conductor leads the Zelator once around the
Temple, and places him beside the
Exponent in the West.
COND: Right (or Very) Worthy Celebrant, our Frater asks to be further
Frater Zelator, I commend your desire for knowledge and remind you that the Lord
of Life and Light will assist and protect those who truly seek His Glory and the
welfare of their fellows. Are those your objects in seeking reception into this
ZEL, prompted by the Conductor: They are my objects, Right (or Very) Worthy Celebrant.
Prompted by such sentiments you may safely advance. Guided by Godís word,
assisted by the Light of Reason and a love of knowledge, you may hope to attain
Yet, before you can participate in the secrets of
the Grade of Theoricus you must assent to the questions which will be put to you
by the Exponent.
Conductor turns the Zelator
towards the Exponent.
Do you promise to study with zeal the mysteries of our art and science?
Do you promise to attend in our Temple once in every year, when summoned, or
write to the Secretary a valid excuse for your absence?
Do you promise to conceal the
secret knowledge of this Grade from all persons who have not been regularly
received into it?
Right (or Very) Worthy Celebrant, the Zelator has given the promises which it is
our custom to require, and I now present him to you in all love and humility as
being worthy to participate with us in our treasured knowledge.
Frater Conductor, you will lead our Frater Zelator once again around our Temple,
and place him before the Altar.
This is done (i.e. a half
Let Light be restored to our Frater.
This is done by the Conductor and
all clap their hands four times and once.
The Cross of the Four Elements which you carry must now be shown to each of the
Four Ancients who in return will give you certain instruction.
Frater Conductor, lead the Zelator four around the
Temple, each time stopping before one of the Ancients: first to the Pillar of
Air in the East, then in succession to the Pillars of Fire, Water and Earth.
Take care that the Zelator shows to each Ancient the appropriate arm of the
Cross of the Elements which he carries.
The Conductor and Zelator pass
once around the Temple and stop at the Pillar of Air in the East. The Zelator
presents the Yellow arm of the Cross, and the Ancient holds it in his left hand
waving a fan with his right hand.
ANCIENT OF AIR: I set in motion with this fan waves of Air which, although unseen by our
eyes, are yet essential to all life on earth. The Fan was an emblem used in all
Ancient Initiations to represent the Spirit of God, the Spiritual essence in
man, the Air as necessary to sustain both life and fire. You must labour and
having prepared yourself by prayer, for the treasured knowledge you hope for,
arm yourself with courage and a clear conscience, and fear nothing. Be
circumspect and persevering. I give you the Pass Word Fortitude.
The Zelator repeats the Pass Word
and is then led by the Conductor once again around the Temple, they stop at the
Pillar of Fire in the South, upon which a lamp is burning. The Zelator presents
the Red arm of the Cross and the Ancient holds it in his left hand, waving a
flame with his right hand.
ANCIENT OF FIRE: This Flame typifies the Light of God in Nature, that burns ever unseen by
mortal eye. Every natural body carries a spark within it, but the light is
eclipsed by the grossness of matter. According to the presence of the Lux of
Life all things flourish, or as it fails, they decay. We know that within us, so
long as life doth last, there is a continual burning, and as we lay our hands on
our frames we feel the natural heat, which can proceed only from the Fire
enclosed within us, a spark of the blessed fireólight with which we are
impregnated from above.
Seek then for the true Lux, the Divine Light, which
will warm your soul with the Love of God, without which you will not obtain the
treasure of a true Rosicrucian. I give you the Pass Word Ignigene.
The Condutctor leads the Zelator
once more around the Temple and they stop at the Pillar of Water in the West
upon which is a bowl of Water. The Zelator pesents the Blue arm of the Cross and
the Ancient holds it in his left hand, sprinkling water around him with his
ANCIENT OF WATER: Water is the menstruum or solvent of the world. Without it Man and all
animal life would cease to exist, and all vegetation would fail; no blood would
flow in our veins, no sap in the vessels of plants. Water forms by far the
largest constituent of our bodies, of our blood, of our drink and also of all
our food. Without Water there could be neither growth nor decay, and none of the
beneficial changes arising from fermentation. The common water of the earth is
tinctured with fire in its natural warmth, it is impregnated with air, and earth
is both suspended and dissolved in it. My Frater, I ask you to seek the Living
Water, which is the Water of Eternal Life; it you finch it, drink of it freely
that your sins may be purged and your iniquity washed away. Cleanse your soul in
the laver of Regeneration and turn to God Who will abundantly pardon.
I give you the Pass Word Aquaticus.
The Conductor leads the Zelator
around the Temple and they stop at the Pillar of Earth in the North upon which
is a platter of earth. The Zelator shows the Black arm of the Cross, and the
Ancient of lEarth holds it in his left hand, sprinkling earth with his right
hand around and upon the Zelator.
ANCIENT OF EARTH: The Element Earth is typical of the Cold and Dry nature and is considered
passive and fixed. Material earth is the basis of all bodies in which other
principles reside. Man was formed from the dust of the earth says the Book of
Genesis, and to the earth must his body return after death. Man has been called
a microcosm (a Little World) having within him the types of all the elements and
forces which surround him. Remember that Fire preserves the Earth from being
destroyed by Water, and Water saves the
Earth from destruction by Fire; the Air preserves
the Fire from extinction, and Earth provides a meeting place for the several
elemental forces and forms of matter.
These forces must remain in due equilibrium for the
universe might be destroyed if any Element became dominant, and Manís progress
and destiny would be changed.
The Pass Word of the North is Terrigena.
The Exponent will now address you.
The Conductor leads the Zelator
araund the Temple to the Exponent.
Observe then, my Frater, that Man is a complex being, and that even his body is
formed of many elements and exposed to many faces; we judge, then, that manís
sojourn here on earth is but a passing visit intended to be a period of
probation. The Body of man is but the coat of skin enveloping the sentient,
thinking, acting being who may rise or fall according to his birthright, his
surroundings and the wise he makes of his will and conscience. Let us further
consider the constitution of a Man as a type of all humanity.
Man is composed of a Body, Soul and Spirit. The
Body is formed from the Material World.
The Spirit of Man is a Ray from the Celestial World
of God and His Angels.
The Soul of Man from the Celestial World dwells in
the body, and is illuminated by the Divine Spirit from above. The Soul of Man
may be considered as of two aspects; the higher Rational Soul, which gives the
understanding mind, the intellect and the human will, and the lower or animal
soul which gives the vital powers and the passions.
CEL: Frater Conductor, lead the Zelator to the East and place him before me.
The Conductor does so.
Hand me the Cross which has secured to you the knowledge granted by the Four
The Zelator hands the Cross to
This Cross is named the Cross of the Elements; it consists of a central white
four arms of equal length around it. They are
coloured Red, Blue, Yellow and Black, the Red of Fire is above, the Black of
Earth is below, the Blue of Water is on the right, and the Yellow of Air is on
the left; this is the position of the four Ancients in the Temple in this Grade.
The four colours are emblems of the four letters of the Holy Name, I.H.V.H.
which we now call Jehovah. They also refer to the Four Worlds of Existence, the
Divine, Angelic, Formative and Material.
You, my Frater, are a Temple of God, and may the
Spirit of God always send you Light. Fear and love God, honour our Society and
mespect yourself; only so can you be prepared to exchange this earthly life for
a realm beyond the reach of sin and sorrow.
The Pass Words which you have received were
Fortitude, Ignegene, Aquaticus and Terrigena and their initials form the first
Word of the great dictum of the Creator F I A T.
The Grand Word is Zaph-nath-paan-cah, meaning A
Receiver of Secrets.
The Celebrant rises.
CEL: The Sign is to place the left hand so as to
cover the forehead ≠as in reverence of the Spirit within Man.
The Grip is given by the right hand with the thumb
and t... f... only.
By the Sign and the Grip thus given, I declare to
the Fratres that you are a perfected Theoricus of the Societas Rosicruciana in
Anglia. I present you with a copy of the Ritual of this Grade. You should
continue to wear the Jewel of the Society suspended by a plain green ribbon, as
Be seated, Frater, and the Lecture on Colours will
be given by the Exponent.
The Lecture on Colours
The distinctive task of the Theoricus, in the
Second Grade of our Society, is the study of the significance and symbolism of
At the beginning of His work of creation God said,
let there be Light and there was light. This White glory of the Beginning was
soon diversified, reflected in a myriad rays from the air, fire, water and earth
of the material world, and Man, in whom the work of creation culminated, became
conscious of colours.
The rainbow in the heavens made manifest to him the
whole range of colours, and he soon was able to distinguish the seven that were
most evident, and which we know as Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and
Violet. These colours of the rainbow are also seen on earth as well as in the
heavens - we see them in our flowers and fruits, on our hills and in our valleys,
in our metals, and on the birds and animals around us.
Of the seven main colours there are three that are,
by common consent, more clearly perceived - Red, Yellow and Blue - and there are
some primitive tribes that can distinguish no others.
White is the combination of all the colours and all
religions have attributed White and Light to God, by whatever name He may be
called. White is an emblem of goodness and purity. The priests and ministers of
almost all faiths have been clothed in white garments in token of their high
office. In the Old Testament we read of the white robes of Aaron and the sons of
Levi. And in the New Testament we read: He that overcommeth, the same shall be
clothed in white raiment.
White is also the symbol of the beatific
combination of love, innocence and faith which lead to purity, peace and
perfection. The Diamond is the emblem.
Black is the complete absence of Light and Colour
and symbolises evil, the antithesis of all that is good, beautiful and true. It
refers to loss, despair and death.
The three primary colours - Red, Yellow and Blue
ó have been atributed to three divine qualities, namely ĖRed to Godís
Omnipotence, Yellow to his Omniscience and Blue to his Omnipresence, or, in
other words, to his Power, Wisdom and Universality.
In relation to man, the colour Red denotes courage,
will and force; hence to dominion and power. It is also related to war and to
each manís fight with his passions. Yellow refers to intellect and knowledge,
and thus to wisdom, and it is emblematical of calm, peace and gladness. Blue
refers to honour, love, friendship and fidelity, hence to benevolence.
In the world around us we associate the colour Red
with fire, with blood and wine and with the Ruby. Yellow with the sunís rays,
giving life to all animal and vegetable life, with gold, corn and oil, and with
the Topaz. Blue with the vault of the cloudless heaven and the deep sea beneath
it and with the Sapphire.
These three colours predominate in flowers and are
supplemented by Orange, Purple and Violet; and Green is the almost universal
colour of leaves and growing shoots of all vegetation. In symbolism Green refers
to hope, progress, evolution and regeneration. It is typified by the Emerald.
Purple has become associated with Imperial Rule and
dignity from its combination of power and love. Its emblem is the Amethyst.
Orange has been referred to zeal and enthusiasm and
to mental and moral development and self-control. Violet is the colour referred
to penitence, and Grey is symbolical of humility.
Brown is the colour of a large part of the solid
earth on which we live, and is associated with durability, firmness, constancy
So the varied colours by which we are surrounded in
Nature and which show forth the beauties of Godís creation, reveal to us
something of the Beauty of His holiness, which it is our aim to reflect as best
we can in our own lives.
Celebrant rises: Fratres, you will rise and
assist me to close the Temple in the Grade of Theoricus.
CEL: Join with me in giving the Sign and speaking the
This is done by all.
CEL: Let us give thanks and pray.
All turn to the East and kneel.
CEL or CHAP: O God our Creator, we thank Thee
for our preservation and for the knowledge we have already acquired; be pleased
to grant unto us mercy and peace, and continue to favour us with health and
strength so that we may be enabled to make further progress in the path which
heads to wisdom and to personal perfection. We seek these blessings through the
Name of I.N.R.I., the Great Redeemer. Amen.
CEL: Fratres, our duties in this Grade being concluded,
I now close the Temple by giving four knocks and one. Benedictus benedicat nos
ALL: Amen and Amen.
The College is resumed in the Grade